Today, Sept. 1, 2020, ‘Olu Mel from Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, has made his debut at Shanghai Disneyland. Today also marks the end of the Splash into Magic seasonal event that happened during the summer. Thanks to photos by @jaymeshimamura on Instagram, we can give you a look inside the park.
The appearance of this new Friend of Duffy means new decorations, merchandise, food and more. ‘Olu Mel was originally only at Aulani, but much like the other Duffy friends, his popularity has led to him traveling around the globe.
The park is celebrating all of September with A Month with Duffy and Friends. Duffy and his friends will be performing shows daily at Mickey Avenue’s Clock Tower.
A new Autumn-themed ice cream stand can be found in the Gardens of Imagination.
Here, guests can order this Duffy-themed ice cream bar. It also really showcases how some of Duffy’s facial features hide a hidden Mickey.
Due to social distancing measures, guests still can’t get up-close with characters at Shanghai Disneyland – but guests can do selfie meet-and-greets. During part of ‘Olu Mel’s first day, he was meeting guests alongside CookieAnn.
With Autumn comes a new Duffy and Friends-themed wall for photo backdrops. And, of course, it includes ‘Olu Mel as well. This wall can be found on Mickey Avenue near the Il Paperino dining location.
Street art was also seen welcoming in the newest friend to Shanghai Disneyland. Take a closer look and you can see ‘Olu Mel’s hidden Mickey on his knee.
In stores, the autumn theming continues with specialty signage. Here, the characters are showcased with some of their signature clothing options.
‘Olu Mel’s merchandise is scattered throughout as well, including his signature ukulele.
And of course, guests can pickup an ‘Olu Mel plush and outfit complete with different accessories.
Guests at Shanghai Disneyland have welcomed in their newest friend today. And, they will be spending the next month celebrating Duffy and his friends.
Have you been able to meet ‘Olu Mel or Duffy or any of the other friends? Let us know in the comments below.