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Can You Solve a Tokyo Disneyland Mystery?

posted on April 15th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

When we were sorting through images to use in today’s coverage of the 30th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland, one image in particular caught my eye – it’s a shot of a huge group of Disney characters assembled for the opening ceremony.

One character in this group caught my attention: It’s the pink character on the very far right, wearing a blue hat. I didn’t recognize him, and neither did a few of my coworkers. Pretty soon, a whole cluster of Disney friends were surrounding my computer tossing out guesses.

After a call to the Disney Archives, we finally found the answer. Can you identify him? Leave your guess in the “Comments” section below. I’ll update the post later with the answer – it may surprise you!

Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog later today for a look at the 30th anniversary festivities.

ANSWER: This cat character was a member of Scat Cat’s jazz band in “The Aristocats.” In addition to an appearance at Tokyo Disneyland, all three band members used to appear for meet and greets at Walt Disney World Resort years ago. Who knew?

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Marietta from CA on April 15th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

ShellieMay, a pink bear created by Minnie as a friend for Duffy


Andrew on April 15th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Peppo the Italian Cat…..aristocats


Dana from IL on April 15th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Gotta be Peppo, when they sing “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” they all change colors.


Joe on April 16th, 2013 at 8:21 am

Pink elephant from Dumbo?


Amanda on April 16th, 2013 at 9:25 am

The anticipation is killing me… who could it be??


Kira from NY on April 16th, 2013 at 11:01 am

Is he from the Aristocats? :) What a neat photo!


Dawn on April 16th, 2013 at 11:14 am

I think it is a pink elephant from Dumbo.


HAJIME on April 16th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Maybe, Peppo Cat


THOMAS on April 16th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

This is definatly Peppo, one of the Alley Cats. In the 1970’s Disney released a Pan-a-vue set of pictures from WDW and he clearly seen as being an Alley Cat.


Jennifer from FL on June 24th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

This blog post from Disneyblogs clearly shows he’s from The Aristocats


Friend on June 25th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I think being it’s the opening in 1983, It may be one of the famouse Shinagawa Apartment 33 party lovers from Disney Staff dressed up in a TOHO creation.