Duffy the Disney Bear
Duffy the Disney Bear
Duffy Plush (sailor)
In-universe information
AliasThe Bear of Luck and Happiness
AffiliationDisney Parks
Significant otherShellieMay the Disney Bear

Duffy the Disney Bear (ダッフィー) is a Disney Parks stuffed bear that can be found at the Tokyo Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and formerly at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in California, and Walt Disney World in Florida.

Duffy has two Mickey Mouse features, similarly shaped face and hip Mickey birthmark. Duffy is unique among Disney characters in that he was not first featured in a Disney movie or TV show[1] until he made his television debut in the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. And on June 30, 2020, the Disney Parks posted on YouTube a stop motion short called "Morning Glories"[2] featuring Duffy and Friends and then again in 2021 with another stop motion short called "Spring Surprise".[3]


The Disney Bear was originally created for and briefly sold at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney Once Upon a Toy shop in Orlando in 2002 as a unique product for its opening. With The Oriental Land Company executives looking for fresh ideas and the teddy bears being culturally popular, the company adopted the character in 2004, giving it a name, a sailor suit and a backstory. They aggressively marketed it in the Tokyo DisneySea park.[1] He was added as a walk-around character, becoming a regular character in 2005.[4] In 2005, the bear, as "My First Disney Bear," was the boys' substitute toy given out at the Perfectly Princess Tea Party at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.[5] As Duffy's popularity grew, executives started to retheme a bit the "Old Cape Cod" area at Tokyo DisneySea to add Duffy, which included changing the show "Donald's Boat Builders" at the Cape Cod Cook-Off Theatre to "My Friend Duffy", which tells the story of how Duffy comes to life. And due to Duffy's popularity amongst Japanese fans, limits were set on the number a guest could buy. Women aged 20 to 35 lined up at stores with any new costume release.[1]

Through the One Disney theme-park/corporate initiative of sharing IP/ideas, Duffy the Disney Bear was exported to the other Disney Parks. Duffy was released at the American Disney Parks on October 14, 2010. He then joined Hong Kong Disneyland Resort on November 19, 2010. In 2012, he appeared in Disneyland Paris. And during the Disney Dreamers Everywhere event in 2013, ShellieMay joined in.[1]

DisneySea began expanding the Duffy Universe. On January 15, 2010, ShellieMay was announced and on January 22 debuted in the park as Duffy's friend.[6] The Disney Bear was the first of three Duffy and Friends toys to be introduced at Tokyo DisneySea. On June 30, 2014, they introduced Gelatoni the Cat.[5] And then StellaLou the Bunny, was introduced on March 23, 2017, as part of the Easter celebration.[4]

The next three friends debuted at other Disney Parks and Resorts. On April 30, 2018, Hong Kong Disneyland debuted CookieAnn the Dog.[5] 'Olu Mel the Turtle was introduced at Aulani on July 17, 2018.[7] Recently on June 15, 2021, a new friend for Duffy was announced to appear soon at Shanghai Disneyland as part of the 5th anniversary.[8] Later on September 18, 2021, it was revealed online that the new friend would be LinaBell the Fox, who made her official debut in Shanghai on September 29.[9]

The Disney Bear's backstory (2002–2004)

Duffy was previously known as "The Disney Bear" with an entirely different backstory. One day in Magic Kingdom, Mickey Mouse was walking around with his favorite teddy bear and wishing he had a best friend. Tinker Bell appeared and Mickey asked her for a friend, so she sprinkled pixie dust on the bear. The bear transformed into Mickey's silhouette and came to life. Mickey and the bear went on lots of adventures together in Magic Kingdom.[10]

Duffy Bear's backstory (2004–present)

As the current Duffy story goes, Mickey Mouse was a sea captain who sometimes felt lonely because he would miss his friends, family, and especially his sweetheart, Minnie Mouse. So one day, Minnie decided to make a special teddy bear for Mickey. She also made a bottle with a letter that said "I hope this bear gives you happiness and luck!". She placed everything in a duffel bag. When Mickey got his present, he was very happy and decided to name the bear Duffy. That night while he was asleep, Mickey had a dream that Duffy came to life dressed up as a sailor and said to him, "Mickey, let's go on adventures together!". The next day when Mickey woke up, the bear looked exactly like he had in the dream! Mickey swears, even to this day, that when he turned around, the bear winked at him. Mickey didn't feel lonely anymore and went on many adventures with Duffy, taking photos everywhere. When Mickey came back home, he showed his friends all the adventures he had with Duffy. His friends all said good things about the bear, but Goofy said it best: "Gawrsh, that Duffy is one special bear!". Soon everybody wanted a Duffy bear, so Minnie got to work with Daisy Duck making Duffys for everyone. Every day, she would receive photos of their adventures with Duffy. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you can see Duffy walking back home from his adventures. But how? He is just a teddy bear right? Well if you see him, you might also say "That Duffy is one special bear!" [1][4]

Duffy's friends and others

All characters in Duffy and Friends are plush toys but come to life in Mickey's imagination as well as in our imagination.[11] (For Tippy Blue, see below.)

Park attractions


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