Everything You Need to Know About Duffy
Of course we all know about Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto, but do you know about Duffy? A lesser known Disney Mascot but still loved all the same, Duffy the bear is a snuggly friend to anyone who knows and loves the Disney Parks. You may have seen him and his cute friends around the Disney Parks, so check out these facts about Duffy the Disney Bear below!
The official story of how Duffy the Disney bear came to the Disney Parks comes from our favorite mouse, Mickey. One day, he was setting sail on a long voyage away from Minnie Mouse. Knowing he may be lonely and miss her on his journey, she hand sewed him a friend for his journey. This friend was none other than Duffy! He accompanied Mickey on his journey and helped him make it back home safely.
Duffy the bear was originally introduced in the Japanese Disney parks. There, the popularity skyrocketed. After the success of Duffy the Disney bear in Japan, they decided to bring him over to Disney World and Disneyland. Although the popularity of Duffy isn’t as great as in the Japanese parks, Duffy is still a loved and welcomed tradition in most parks worldwide.
Duffy also has friends who are available for purchase in the parks! Shellie Mae is a female bear character who was made by Minnie to keep Duffy company. The third addition to this dynamic trio is a cat named Gelatoni, who loves gelato! These characters also all originated in the Japan parks but were brought over to the US parks when Duffy got lonely.
One of the best parts of Duffy the Disney bear and his friends is that they have great outfits and accessories to dress them up as. Very similar to a build-a-bear, Disney will sell different outfits and accessories that fit Duffy, Shelly Mae and Gelatoni. Some popular ones include a matching Cinderella and Prince Charming outfit set, a Stitch costume and various different accessories to match. You can even find Duffy & Friends pins, mugs, hats and apparel around the parks.
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