You already know the generous bear ShellieMay, the artistic cat Gelatoni, the hardworking dancer rabbit StellaLou, the curious and creative dog CookieAnn, and the musical and nature-loving turtle ‘Olu Mel. Now meet Duffy the Bear’s newest friend: an inquisitive fox named LinaBell, who loves to solve mysteries.
Almost everything done at Walt Disney Imagineering starts with a story, so it’s no surprise that Duffy the Disney Bear — Mickey Mouse’s very own teddy bear — was born from an original Walt Disney Imagineering story for American Waterfront at Tokyo DisneySea.
As the story goes, Mickey, the sailor, was leaving on a long sea voyage, so Minnie made Duffy to keep Mickey company during his travels. Minnie presented her hand-sewn bear to Mickey in a duffel bag, which gave Mickey the idea to name him Duffy. As Duffy’s story has evolved, he and Mickey have visited many places and met friends along the way, the newest of which is LinaBell, who Duffy met in a forest where he got lost following a butterfly. Thankfully, using her keen detective skills and signature magnifying glass, LinaBell helped Duffy reunite with Mickey — and now that LinaBell has joined the family, fans can look forward to more exciting and heartwarming tales in the story world of Duffy and Friends.
“As a big fan of Duffy the Disney Bear myself, I’m thrilled to introduce the latest Duffy Friend to all of our guests here in Shanghai and fans around the world,” said Shanghai Disney Resort President and General Manager Joe Schott. “Since the moment they first arrived at Shanghai Disney Resort, Duffy, ShellieMay, Gelatoni, StellaLou, CookieAnn, and ‘Olu Mel, have melted our guests’ hearts, and we continue to deliver magical new experiences based on the amazing stories of their friendship.”
Linabell will make her global debut starting Sept. 29. 2021 at Shanghai Disney Resort. Shanghai Disneyland guests will also be the first in the world to celebrate her arrival with an entirely new and exclusive merchandise collection of adorable items that incorporate LinaBell designs and inspiration.
In addition, Tribal Table, the popular restaurant and store in Shanghai Disneyland’s Adventure Isle, will be reimagined and transformed into a LinaBell-inspired space, with special food and beverage offerings to immerse guests in a never-before-enjoyed LinaBell experience.
Starting in August 2022, LinaBell will join Duffy and Friends at the other sites where they appear.