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Unbearably Cute Costumes and More for Duffy the Disney Bear Coming to Disney Parks in Early 2014

Steven Miller

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


While recently roaming the halls of Disney Theme Park Merchandise headquarters, I visited with Julie Young who is now the merchandiser for dolls, plush and Duffy the Disney Bear. Julie and I have been working together for more than 10 years (much of that time was spent together on the Disney pin team). That day, Julie was particularly happy to share details about new costumes and more coming for Duffy the Disney Bear in early 2014. Here is a brief summary of what you can expect to see in the New Year.


As in previous years, there will be a new 12-inch, pre-dressed bear celebrating 2014. This art is part of what we call a “global program” as it is used on a variety of hardlines and softlines merchandise. This bear will be joined by a new reversible costume for a 17-inch bear in January. One side of the costume celebrates St. Patrick’s Day while the other side celebrates Easter.


Additional costumes for 17-inch bears are coming in February. You should look for a Stitch outfit and, one of my favorites, a yellow rain poncho (do you remember those from Disney Parks?). There will also be a deluxe costume inspired by Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio” that comes complete with a small Jiminy Cricket plush.

There will also be two pre-dressed bears released in February including one inspired by Steamboat Willie and one featuring Duffy in a safari outfit.


Finally, March will see another new costume for the 17-inch bear that looks like Jake from Disney Junior’sJake and the Never Land Pirates”.

The best places to find a great assortment of Duffy the Disney Bear merchandise is at Treasures in Paradise inside Disney’s California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort and at Disney’s Traders near the entrance to World Showcase in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort.

Select items will also be carried on our Disney Parks online store in the coming months.


  • Hi Steven, I was just wondering if you could tell me please when will the Duffy The Disney Bear Jake And The Neverland Pirates costume be released at Disneyland Paris. I was also wondering if you could tell me please if there will be more exclusive Disneyland Paris Duffy The Disney Bear items released this year alongside the 12 inch Disneyland Paris Signature Duffy The Disney Bear that has been released please. I was also wondering when will there be more new 12 inch pre-dressed Duffy The Disney Bears released please. Thank you! 😀

  • Do you know when the Safari Duffy will be available? I’m a Seasonal CM at Safaris and would love to pick him up in a few weeks! Thanks! 🙂

  • Poncho is out now

  • The Pinocchio costume was out in Disneyland already and according to guest services it sold out already. I had to get mine online elsewhere for only a bit more. The CM said the Poncho has not been released yet.

  • I noticed that the Poncho and Pinocchio outfits haven’t been released yet despite February being almost over. Can we get an ETA on those two?

  • Hi Steven! When will the 2014 graduation bears be release? And are there any plans to bring ShellieMay to the USA?
    Thank you 🙂

  • Thank you for the reversible St. Patricks and Easter! Does save on the budget. I love the rain coat! I must agree with Amy some regular clothes would be great!I also wish you would offer the 2014 year t-shirt for 17 inch Duffy as well!I would get my Duffy one every year!

  • I love the poncho bear so cute, when is that one coming out in the parks?

    • @Juliet – Look for it to arrive at some point in February.

  • Omg, Jake and the Neverland Pirates outfit and I can’t wait to buy it in Disney World on Sept 2014 awesome!

  • Omg, the Stitch and rain coat one are soooo cuteee!!!! 🙂

  • Will they be available on line to purchase?

  • Of all those the only one I really want is the poncho. Kind of tired of all the character-based costumes though. I already have a Stitch costume I got at Build A Bear last year. But I think the 12″ pre-dressed safari Duffy is adorable! Are there any plans to come out with more “everyday” outfits like Tokyo does? My Duffy prefers to wear regular clothes over costumes most the time.

    • @Amy – I have not seen development for “everyday” outfits that you mention. I know the team has been working on a bunch of different costumes and items for 2014. So please stay tuned.

  • I Love the Poncho

  • Exciting! Will any of these be sold in the UK?

    • @Bethan – I don’t know of specific plans to carry these in the UK.

  • I want them all, so cute!! thanks for sharing the up coming costumes, cant wait to have them all.

  • These outfits are terrific! Can’t wait to purchase some-especially the Stitch outfit.

    • @Mary Beth and Karen – I’m glad you both liked the Stitch costume. I agree that it’s pretty cute 🙂

  • Oh my goodness Stitch we will have to get that one. It is so cute!

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