I’m sure at some point in the next month I’ll force myself to write the dozen or so backlogged blog posts from our travels thus far this year (San Francisco, Tokyo, etc.) – but this particular tale seemed pretty easy to hammer out this morning. So here goes: Last month, Shannon and I went to Tokyo DisneySEA (and, subsequently, Tokyo DIsneyland) while we were travelling around Japan. You can see all the photos from Disney here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjECzBPg
(Other Japan photos will be uploaded into that Flickr set in the coming week. A lot more.)
There is a minor character in the Disney theme park lexicon named Duffy. Duffy is Mickey Mouse’s teddy bear (read about him here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duffy_the_Disney_Bear) and in the United States – NO ONE CARES. The character isn’t prevalent in the American theme parks and the ONLY time I remember seeing him anywhere was in a small shop near the France pavilion in EPCOT. It seems that the Americans just don’t dig Duffy… but the Japanese LOVE HIM.
In Tokyo DisneySEA, there are photo spots (PLEASE NOTE: I’m not making this up) specifically for Duffy in the theme park. (You can click all the photos to see larger versions.)
It’s serious business, folks. Look how dedicated this little girl is:
SO WE BEGAN A QUEST. I bought the limited edition Duffy and Shelly May bears (made exclusively for the Spring Voyage event going on at the time) and Shannon and I did another lap around the park looking for as many photo spots as we could. Here’s the result:
I’m sure we missed one or two, but SERIOUSLY. That’s an insane amount of effort around the marketing of a teddy bear, you know?
BONUS! Special Duffy “Spring Voyage” desserts…
We brought the Duffy and Shelly May home with us from Japan. They will be living on the bookshelf in our bedroom with the Hard Rock Cafe teddy bears we’ve collected. Hopefully they’ll all get along.