Win­nipeg’s tourism of­fice posts hi­lar­i­ous home video

City pro­motes it­self with clip of brothers up­set they are go­ing to Dis­ney, not the Peg

Toronto Star - - LIFE - MICHELLE BAI­LEY METRO

Tourism Win­nipeg is pro­mot­ing the city as a place more mag­i­cal than Dis­ney World, us­ing a fam­ily home video of a sur­prise trip re­veal gone side­ways.

The 40-se­cond clip from 2013 stars Jonathan and Ethan By­ers, from Cal­gary, who were 8 and 6 years old at the time. Their par­ents, Ian and Chan­talle, had pre­vi­ously told the boys that they were trav­el­ling to Win­nipeg for a va­ca­tion.

“They were pretty ex­cited about the idea be­cause they have cousins in Win­nipeg they are re­ally close to,” Ian By­ers told Metro.

How­ever, his sons pro­ceeded to have a mi­nor melt­down when their par­ents ad­mit­ted they were ac­tu­ally leav­ing that morn­ing to hang out with Mickey Mouse.

“You said we were go­ing to Win­nipeg,” yells the older sib­ling.

“You’re such a liar,” he screams as he storms off to his bedroom.

Ian By­ers said he was vis­it­ing fam­ily in Win­nipeg ear­lier this year and they en­cour­aged him to res­ur­rect the hi­lar­i­ous video and send it to Tourism Win­nipeg.

“We loved the idea of us­ing this awe­some footage,” said Matt Schaubroeck, spokesper­son for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Win­nipeg, who said the ad has been viewed more than 177,000 times on Face­book since it was posted last Fri­day.

“It’s such a purely or­ganic video and you just can’t help but laugh at these boys as they grog­gily process that they are go­ing to the Magic King­dom and not to see their rel­a­tives in Win­nipeg,” Schaubroeck said.

Tourism Win­nipeg took the ad a step fur­ther on Face­book on Mon­day, tar­get­ing Cal­gary, Regina, Saska­toon, Grand Forks and Fargo.

The stars of the video, who are now 12 and 10, even­tu­ally did board the plane and, ac­cord­ing to their dad, had a “mag­i­cal” time.

“They are pretty pumped about the video be­ing used in the ad,” laughed Ian By­ers.

“Jonathan, who is quite tech savvy, said it’s neat to be such an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion.”

Jonathan and Ethan By­ers are ini­tially per­plexed, then irate, when they are told they are not go­ing on a trip to Win­nipeg, but to Dis­ney World in­stead.

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