When I passed by this past Sunday Duffy was all by his lonesome self, while a few feet away people were lined up to get their picture taken with Santa.
If there's any truth to rumor in the other thread about Ghirardelli & the tortilla factory then Duffy should be the one handing out samples. His popularity would skyrocket!
I like that Duffy is at DCA. I wish he would take off better then he seems to be, but I do think Disney hasn't done enough to make him known in the states. In Japan, something just needs to be cute and it has a likely hood of being bought and being popular. The states its not that way. We need a story, why is Duffy a Disney character and so on. With out that, I think Duffy will fail and that will be sad. I remember when the Disney Bears came out and I remember thinking what is this and why should I buy it and at Disney high prices?
Why I like my Duffy bear so much is because my trip to Japan was a dream come true. I wasn't sure I would ever get there and when I did, it was like WOW these parks are amazing! (I have grown up at DL, been to Disney Pairs and WDW, so Ive seen other Disney Resorts) Duffy is done so well in Japan, because they made him a home in Cape Cod. He has a store that is just for him and he has amazing costumes. Why we don't get the same costumes here may contribute to the fail or Duffy, if he falls. Duffy is so loved in Japan, you want to be a part of it. Which Im not sure how they can create that here. I hope that Disney tries different things before they just give up on him. He needs a movie or some sort, maybe its only played in DCA and Epcot. He needs a storyline that ties him into Mickey more. I also think they should do two lines of costumes. I understand keeping things on the cheaper side. Its sad when Build a Bear clothing is nicer. If they had a more expensive clothing line, ie the costumes they sell in Japan. That would give guest options. I think Disney may surprise themselves when the pricier line sells. Adults collect many things and this could be one of them. I mean who though Pin trading would be as big as it is? Its a pricey hobby IMO. But people love it and that is great.
Personally, I think Duffy is VERY cute. But he has absolutely no connection to the Disney audience. He is not a beloved character from the films or TV. He doesn't have a history in the parks. It should not be a surprise that he isn't doing well in the US parks. We would LOVE to see Duffy do well and NEVER want the parks to fail. But Duff IS a failure here. If he couldn't sell well at Christmas then he isn't going to take off at all. And Disney knows that as well.
He will likely continue to be a Japanese phenomenon.
If Disney really wants huge numbers they need to start implementing more. I am all for the Ghirdelli idea! Lol I think they need Mickey or Minnie with him at the photo op so people are more enticed to see what he is all about! But like I said earlier a crucial part of his success would be word of mouth, so to all Duffy fans out there hold your Duffy proudly in the parks to get word out!
They should call it, "Hello Duffy."
Sometimes pop-culture success is not a good way to judge financial success. Will Duffy become an all-out hit at DCA? I highly doubt it. Will Duffy raise the revenue at the stores that sell him? Probably. It probably cost them very little to bring the merch over from Japan and setup the Duffy queue. If the cost of doing that can raise revenues by some acceptable percent, then the bean counters might call him a success. I suspect that the Duffy introduction had more to do with revenue per square foot calculations than the desire to make him as popular as Mickey. (I could be totally wrong about this, but I’ve seen similar stuff happen in other industries.)
Gosh...I can't wait until they bring out a line of toys to compliment Duffy. I'm sure Donald needs a stuffed dog named "Barky" and Goofy can have a stuffed toy rabit named "Hippity" and they could sell liknesses of them in the stores and do M & G's for them in DCA!!!!! Duffy is just the tip of this cash cow! ALL the Disney characters could have their own stuffed toy side kicks that in turn could be turned into collectible toys and characters in the park for M&G...and judging by this thread, there are plenty of folks out there who would shell out money for them. Go Disney marketers go!
Apparently someone hasn't read the story -_-
So as to the topic of the thread...Duffy (IMO) doesn't appear to be popular because for even many of the more fanitical fans, let a lone the casual park visitor, he is an unknown who appears to be nothing more than a shameless attempt to sell a common Teddy Bear at inflated prices because he is possibly maybe kinda sort of related/attached to a Disney character. Apparently their "word of mouth" marketing ploy isn't spreading as well as they'd hoped. It's cool that you like the character and buy the stuff, power to you, free country and all that, but since the thread is about if he is popular or not, I say he doesn't seem to be...otherwise I would think I would have seen him around or at least know more about him by now.
^They have his story out in front of the Meet and Greet and ask ANY CM and they will know the story of Duffy.