addition to the Duffy character family, the second new character in the family to debut this month. So I figured it's time to offer a recap of who's who in the Duffy Plush Universe. (Yes, I just made that up. But I am all in on the DPU!)Disney is rolling out another
Like many other character universes, Duffy the Disney Bear started with a retcon. Duffy originally was an unnamed teddy bear ("My First Disney Bear") that I first saw in 2005, as the substitute toy given to boys dragged along to the Perfectly Princess Tea Party at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa who didn't want to take home a princess doll. From clicking around the Web, it appears that the bear was sold first in 2002, at Walt Disney World.
Years later, Tokyo Disney merchandise managers named the bear Duffy, and he became a merchandise sensation at Tokyo DisneySea, where fans cosplayed as the bear, buying up anything that Disney could make for or of him, from backpacks to snacks. Heck, there's even been Duffy Chucks and a a Duffy Bus. (Warning: Link contains potential nightmare fuel... or overwhelming cuteness, depending upon your point of view.)
Over the years, Disney has added five friends for Duffy the Disney Bear, bringing them to other Disney Parks with varying degrees of success. The first four characters in the DPU debuted at Tokyo DisneySea, while the fifth and sixth have debuted this month at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disney's Aulani in Hawaii, respectively. Disney has yet to debut a DPU character at a theme park in the United States, where the character family hasn't enjoyed the maniacal success it has in the Asian theme parks.
Here is who's who in the Duffy Plush Universe:
Duffy (brought to US in 2010): Mickey Mouse's teddy bear, made for him by Minnie as a traveling companion for Mickey's trips around the world
ShellieMay (debuted 2011): Another teddy bear, also made by Minnie Mouse. She's Duffy's girlfriend.
Gelatoni (2014): A cat from Tokyo DisneySea's Mediterranean Harbor who loves painting
StellaLou (2017): A rabbit from Tokyo DisneySea's American Waterfront who dreams of dancing on Broadway
Cookie (2018): A dog who makes waffles at Hong Kong Disneyland
'Olu (2018): The newest member of the DPU, 'Olu is a turtle from Aulani who plays love songs on his ukulele.
Now, since synergy drives so much business at The Walt Disney Company, when is Disney going to take the next step with the DPU and start giving us Duffy movies and TV shows, in addition to its theme park meet-and-greets and shows?Tweet
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