Duffy the Disney Bear made his debut at Walt Disney World today. You can meet Duffy, buy a Duffy and color a Duffy at his new home, Epcot. But what’s Duffy’s story? Read on.
As you walk through Epcot, you’ll first see Duffy near the left of World Showcase Plaza. The store here carries a lot of Duffy merchandise. You can read Duffy’s story above the entryway. Here’s the official story from Duffy’s Facebook page.
“One day, Mickey Mouse was getting ready to set sail on a long sea voyage. Minnie Mouse made him a special teddy bear to take with him so he would never be lonely. Minnie presented her hand sown bear to Mickey in a duffel bag. Mickey loved the bear and named him Duffy.
“As Mickey and Duffy sailed on their journey, they visited all sorts of exciting places and make new friends along the way. At the end of their travels, they sailed back home for a wonderful reunion with Minnie.
“Mickey and Duffy shared their magical memories and photos with Minnie, who was thrilled that Duffy was such a great friend and companion for Mickey.”
The general idea is to take Duffy on your travels, buy different outfits for him and have your picture taken with him – around the world Showcase countries, and on your travels away from Walt Disney World. You can’t buy a Duffy online, only at Walt Disney World, Disney California Adventure and on Disney Cruise Line in the U.S.
You may have a Duffy doll in your house and not even know it. Disney sold Duffy around the parks years ago, but he didn’t have a name. Back then he was known simply as The Disney Bear and was available in different colors.
When he made his appearance at Tokyo DisneySea in 2004, they named him Duffy and he became wildly popular. Now the bear is back in the U.S. and he’s keeping the Duffy name.
In addition to the dolls and accessories available around Disney World, the Kidcot Masks children used to color in the country pavilions at Epcot have been replaced by Duffys on a stick you can color and get stamped. Pictured above is Duffy fan Marge Hudec. She said she owns a bunch of Disney Bears and was excited to meet Duffy in person and get photos of him.
Look for Duffy-shaped Vinylmations and a Duffy Ear Hat next year. You’ll also be able to find Duffy trading pins, keychains, photo albums and more. In select dining locations, look for Duffy chocolate cake, a crispy Duffy-shaped treat, themed souvenir cup and kids’ menu placemats.
Here’s a video of Duffy’s arrival and ribbon cutting: