I'm a newbie around here with only two trips to the Tokyo Disney Resort. And right now I have only one question:
What is up with "Duffy the Disney Bear - The Bear of Happiness and Luck"?
The Cape Cod area at DisneySea has signage that says "Cape Cod, home of Duffy the Bear" as if that's the real reason the area was built. All the cool stuff from the store has been replaced with enough outfits for plush Duffies to make An American Girl pout in jealousy. And when the character walked onstage I was nearly crushed by more girls in school uniforms than you see on a week long Cartoon Network Annime marathon.
Did this start out as a merchandise ploy or just end up as one? I've heard Duffy was a special Christmas character and "caught on". Is the character actually that well known in Japan, or is this some version of 'Dole Whip Mania' among that fanbase?
P.S. I'm also afraid Disney will try to do something like that in the U.S., but to cover all the franchises we'll get 'Duffia - Princess of the Fairy Pooh Bears' starring in a High School Musical.