Last week I posted a bit of history about Duffy. Then I decided to poll my readers and see what their thoughts were about this new addition to the Disney Family. Here were the results.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF DUFFY THE BEAR?
As you know, I try to meet as many characters and get as many autographs as I can when I visit the parks. When I'm at WDW this September, if I see Duffy and there is a minimal line, I'll probably meet him just so I can check him off my list. But, I'm still not so sure I even like him. I totally agree with what some of you said in the comments or on Facebook- you don't think it's up to Disney standards, it seems cheesy, the story is too imagineered and it's just a marketing scheme.
When we were in the parks last December, we saw Duffy in a parade (I think) and I even asked my husband, "Who is that?", before I realized it was Duffy. I think he is appealing to children- especially those who love stuffed animals and teddy bears. But as an adult who has a sick love affair with all things Disney, Duffy doesn't do it for me. I don't like the fact that there is a "made up" story to go along with him just to get guests to buy the merchandise. Give me Rapunzel, Tiana or Aurora who has a full length movie to go along with them. Or even Clarabelle or Pete who has ties to OLD Disney cartoons. I'll even take the Country Bears (which I'm not a fan of) over Duffy. At least those bears have their own attraction!
So, there are my thoughts. I'm still voting for Eh, whatever. While I don't love him, I don't hate him either... after all, he is Mickey's teddy bear! ;)