I am sure many of you have heard of this already but no one has posted here about it. Tokyo DisneySEA's most famous resident, Duffy, Mickey's bear doll, will be making it's debut at EPCOT later this year, beginning with a special introduction to APers in mid september.
Some people here may be familiar with the Disney Bear that still sells at WDW in small quantities.. It was released a few years ago but quickly sat on the shelves and did not sell, except for those that were reduced in price and sold at the outlet mall Disney shops. Some can still be fouind around WDW property... However, Oriental land Co, owners of Tokyo Disney Resort, adopted the bear, gave it a new backstory (a giift from Minnie to Mickey, to be a traveling companion, etc) and based him at TDS' Cape Cod. The bear plush took off and became the best selling item in the park, not to mention, the most popular walkaround character. Duffy singlehandedly evicted Donald from his Cape Cod theater and took residence where his show packs audiences day after day. Every time there is a new Duffy related doll or costume release, guests in Japan wait for hours to get their new bear and costume. It's absolutely crazy.
WDC is trying to replicate the same Duffy fever here at EPCOT and DCA in CA by re-launching the old Disney Bear as Duffy the Bear. Whether the US fans will embrace Duffy with the same feverish delight as the japanese do, remains to be seen...
Anyone (besides Kevin Yee) planning to attend the APer Duffy event in mid sept??