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Cuddle Up This Valentine’s Day at Disney Parks

Steven Miller

by , Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Walt Disney World Resort

Duffy Valentine's Day Plush

What Disney characters inspire love? That question is something Denise Edelmaier, Product Developer for Dolls and Plush, asked as she began developing this year’s Valentine’s Day plush. I’m thinking she also asked how much cuteness she could add this year as these plush are adorable. I particularly love all of the details to which I learned is all part of storytelling.

Mickey & Minnie Valentine's Day Plush

“Each year, I like including Mickey and Minnie in our Valentine’s Day plush assortment,” explained Denise. “They are the quintessential Disney couple. Mickey and Minnie have a retro look this year which complements their festive attire well. That retro or vintage look is very popular in the marketplace right now.”

The colorful pink and red fabric that Denise mentions is found in elements on all four plush – from Duffy’s shorts to Minnie’s hat to Bolt’s collar. I particularly like the rose in Bolt’s mouth (then again, I’m a romantic).

Bolt Valentine's Day Plush

“Last year, we created Marie from ‘The Aristocats’ for Valentine’s Day,” explained Monty Maldovan, the Disney Design Group artist responsible for developing artwork for plush. “This year, it made sense to have a dog like Bolt. I added some fun details to him like a heart with lightning bolt or the collar tag that says, ‘Love Struck.’”

Now that is funny. I enjoyed discovering those details once I got past the initial “he is so cute” reaction I first had while photographing him.

Another detail I liked finding was the quiver of arrows on Duffy’s back. I’m guessing that Cupid now carries a quiver of Duffy the Disney Bears like the one pictured at the top. Once again, he is too cuddly and cute (who wouldn’t fall in love holding him?).

Monty continued his thoughts about development.

Duffy Valentine's Day Plush Features a Quiver of Arrows

“We started developing these items around Valentine’s Day last year,” said Monty. “The challenge for me was finding ways to incorporate that unique fabric print. We didn’t want any of the print to go to waste. I’m happy with the results as the plush look great together. Yet they are even stronger as individual items.”

I asked Denise if she had a glimpse into Valentine’s Day 2012.

“There will be two items next year featuring some beautiful nighttime dogs,” answered Denise. “But that is all I can say for now.”


  • I love the idea of a Valentines Day Bolt plush!

  • I love the Bolt plush. Very cute.

  • I will be at Disneyland On Valentines Day With My Husband, I Can’t Wait… its going to be so much fun.

  • My first thought about Disney Valentines was Pongo and Perdita. For some reason I feel like they are the ultimate in cute Disney couples.

  • @Michael – I know they have a whole Duffy the bear gift area on the pier in CA Adventure across from Ariels Grotto, so I would assume there.

  • We will be in Disney for Valentines day and I can’t wait to get Duffy one of my favorites

  • Where can you get these?

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