Happy Hippo hopes to return to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade before hopping down to Universal Orlando

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Happy Hippo has come and gone as part of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade over the years, originally part of the big balloon lineup back in the 1940s. Tomorrow morning should mark the return of Happy to the always-anticipated New York parade, if the weather holds up.

Many of the parade’s biggest balloons may be grounded due to winds and otherwise poor weather. But Happy Hippo is already standing by alongside other iconic characters ready to float into the air when the call is made in just a few hours. And whether or not Happy flies in New York, she will be headed down to Florida to appear in Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Orlando as part of her own mini-show beginning December 7.

We’ve received a few early photos of Happy Hippo already inflated in New York, courtesy of Stitch Kingdom:

Here’s how Happy looked back in the ’40s soaring through New York:

Regardless of whether the lovable purple balloon gets a chance to be part of the parade tomorrow morning, its upcoming appearances at Universal Studios Florida will surely leave everyone wanting one for Christmas. Because only a hippopotamus will do.

Update: Happy Hippo did indeed fly along with the rest of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons! Here are a few screen grabs from the telecasts:

Next stop: Universal Orlando!


  1. E.F.


    And speaking of Universal, I have three Universal theme park-related questions:

    1. Why aren’t there any attractions or character meet-and-greets based on the movie “The Land Before Time” at Universal Orlando?

    2. I know Halloween is over, but what’s your opinion if Universal would think of creating a horror feature film based on Halloween Horror Nights?

    3. What would you think if the “Woody Woodpecker Kidzone” area at Universal Studios Florida would someday be closed down (except “SpongBob StorePants” and “Animal Actors” which would be relocated at the Hollywood section)and re-themed into My Little Pony?

    1. Nicholas

      Land Before Time kind off fell into obscurity these days and really the only kids who know it existed is that their parents saw them.

      A Horror Nights feature film would be awesome! Best idea for a horror film in years!

      My Little Pony has a very centered market of mainly little girls. In a way it would be like Magic Kingdoms original Fantasyland plans if they did that. Families with boys would complain of the limited things too do in such an area.

      1. E.F.

        I wish Universal would reboot “The Land Before Time” because I know that people, such as myself and my sister too, who really adore that old movie since growing up.

        Yeah, it would interestingly awesome about HHN feature film. I bet they would get Rob Zombie as the director of that film.

        Yes, I know that My Little Pony is always aimed towards young girls, but I learned that there’re adult men and women who really loved My Little Pony so much too since the TV show “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” debuted 3 years ago and it has a huge popular fan base. And even the adult fans of that show have their fandom names which are “bronies” and “pagasisters”. Don’t believe me? Here’s a link for you to find out what I mean: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brony

        1. Nicky

          I never doubted of the Brones or Pagasisters existence. Nor do I have a problem with that. But they are still a very select group much like the Potterheads. Guess because I never took much interest in the series myself I could never really see it having a place at Universal. Especially as a more of a classic film and behind the scenes oriented attraction fan.

          1. E.F.

            Well, if a My Little Pony-themed land would come to the attraction world of Universal someday in real life, it would may be included a summer nightly adult-oriented fan party event which would be created for Bronies by Bronies and even Universal and Hasbro would join the partnership to licensed the event. In my thoughts, the party would be called “Brony Fest”.

    2. EricJ

      1. And, which dinosaur would you like to meet?
      2. Instead of horror attractions based on films?
      3. It might if they owned it.
      (And bronies scare me. It’s like they don’t even KNOW the 80’s version ever existed, and think the license owner -made- the show to appeal to gushy college fangirls–Instead of reviving their marketing license for cheap Saturday morning flash-animation, like they did with the Care Bears.)

      1. E.F.

        Well, I have nothing to say, but we should focus on commenting about that Happy Hippo balloon for now because I have a feeling that we’re getting too carried away here.

        Can you explain the history about the Happy Hippo balloon and who just created it?

  2. EricJ

    (Uh, I’d give up the last-ditch attempt at “Loyal topic defender” thread-backpedaling, pony-boy; it’s already too late for that.)


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