I recently shared with you some new merchandise coming to Disney Parks this summer. One item that caught the eyes of many was a Sulley-inspired outfit for Duffy the Disney Bear. I saw the outfit at World of Disney in California during my coast-to-coast expedition for the Monstrous Summer All-Night Party (which means Walt Disney World Resort should receive it soon). I spoke with Disney Design Group artist Monty Maldovan about a few more Duffy items arriving this summer.
“We have new outfits for the 17-inch bear and some new 12-inch pre-dressed bears,” explained Monty. “For some items, we worked closely with our friends at the Disney Store. They recently introduced Duffy the Disney Bear to their assortment, so we will introduce some of their development to Disney Parks this summer. It’s also been fun designing new Duffy items that were inspired directly by things at Disney Parks.”
A new 12-inch pre-dressed bear was inspired by Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park. Monty designed an Oswald’s Service Station-inspired bear complete with red handkerchief in his back pocket.
Monty made a slight modification to the railroad conductor outfit. This 17-inch bear outfit was originally created by the Disney Store team. For the Disney Parks outfit, Monty added the official logos for the railroads at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris (I only pictured the Walt Disney World Resort version above).
Monty said there will be two additional holiday-themed outfits coming this summer. The patriotic 17-inch bear outfit was inspired by a previously released 12-inch bear. The Halloween outfit for a 17-inch bear was inspired by Mickey Mouse’s Halloween costume that was introduced last year.
Which new Duffy item is your favorite?