My friend Duffy the Disney Bear recently arrived at Disneyland Resort Paris for the Disney Enchanted Christmas celebration. Duffy will be meeting friends on Main Street, U.S.A., participating in Disney’s “Once Upon a Dream” Parade and serving as the guest of honor for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
To celebrate the start of the Christmas season, the Disneyland Resort Paris team held a small press event that featured Duffy. They worked with several notable designers to create unique costumes for Duffy bears, which were displayed in an exhibition hall at Disney’s Hotel New York for the media. The team then took photos of the bears throughout the park. Pictured above are designs by Alexandre Vauthier (top left) and Nathalie Garçon (top right).
The nice part about these costumed bears is that they will be donated to local hospitals in France and Belgium. Throughout December, Mickey Mouse and his friend Duffy will be visiting local hospitals. During the visits, a creative workshop will be held where a group of children can personalize their own Duffy bears. More than 200 bears will be distributed during the holidays.
I thought the pictures of Duffy throughout the park turned out great (probably because I’ve always wanted to visit France!). Pictured above are costumes by Manish Arora (top left), Paul Ka (top right), Paul & Joe (bottom left) and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (bottom right).
While these designer bears won’t be available for sale, the team in France has also introduced a unique magical moment for guests who purchase a Duffy bear. Rather than say “purchase,” a cast member completes an adoption certificate (pictured above) when a guest gets a new Duffy the Disney Bear.
If you have visited Duffy in France, please share your experience in the comments below. You can also connect with other fans on either the official Facebook fan page for Disneyland Resort Paris or share your photos on the official Facebook fan page for Duffy. And if you plan on visiting Disneyland Resort Paris anytime soon, please take me with you!