Now it’s time to say goodbye…to Duffy the Disney Bear…state-side anyway. Duffy’s last day to meet guests will be on October 3 at the gazebo near Showcase Plaza in Epcot.
Duffy the Disney Bear is one of the most polarizing characters at Walt Disney World; people either loved him or hated him. (Maybe the better analogy is that it’s more that people could care less about him.) However for those who visit the Tokyo Disneyland Resort, it was clear to see that Duffy was the bees knees. He is almost as popular as Mickey Mouse and his popularity has even spawned off two other companions, Shellie May (Duffy’s best friend) and Gelatoni (a cat who paints.) What makes these characters stand out is that they all have faces that are shaped like Mickey’s.
Tom Bricker actually shared a fascinating piece about just how Duffy came to be, what his role became here in the United States, and what his impact is on Tokyo Disneyland Resort. If you’re curious, make sure to give it a read.
Duffy originally debuted at Epcot on October 14, 2010.
Taking Duffy’s place will be Daisy Duck, who will begin meeting guests on October 4.