Duffy the Disney Bear will make his last appearance at Epcot’s world showcase on October 3rd. He will be replaced in the same area by Daisy Duck on October 4th.
As the story goes, Minnie Mouse created Duffy for Mickey Mouse as he was packing for a long voyage at sea. Duffy is available for purchase and at “meet and greets.”
Although originally created for and briefly sold at the Disney World Once Upon a Toy shop in Orlando in 2002, Duffy only became popular after Tokyo DisneySea park adopted the character, gave it a name and a backstory, and aggressively marketed it. Japanese fans took to it and some of them started to carry around multiple Duffy plush bears during their visits to the park.
Duffy’s travel experience made him a good fit for Epcot and World Showcase, which is “all about discovery,” said Dan Cockerell, then the vice president of Epcot.
Duffy-related stuffed bears and merchandise, are still sold at various locations at Disney World, and at The Disney Store Online.