There is some new Duffy Bear merchandise arriving in the Disney Parks this year. Monty Maldovan, long-time artist with Disney Design Group, talks about some of the new merchandise coming for Valentine's Day and Easter to name a few. Monty recently celebrated the release of three original art pieces, including one featuring Mickey and Duffy, at the Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
“I had a lot of fun designing some of the seasonal outfits for Duffy the Disney Bear this year,” said Monty. “We have some new things that our guests have told us they wanted including outfits for 17-inch bears and smaller sized bears that have been a hit!”
The 9-inch Valentine’s Day bear has been extremely popular this year. For St. Patrick’s Day, Monty has designed a costume for a 17-inch bear that includes a bow tie. Monty felt the bow tie was the perfect complement to the bowler hat.
Monty also designed a cute 9-inch egg that unzips to reveal a 7-inch bear dressed as a baby chick. He said the design was inspired by previously released plush.
“We introduced Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse plush eggs about two years ago,” explained Monty. “Guests loved them, so we updated the colors this year and added a version with Duffy.”
Other favorites will return this spring including two 12-inch bears. Gardener Duffy will be found at the start of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival on March 6. Monty said the pocket on the front of his overalls is big enough to hold a Disney Gift Card. Graduate Duffy looks similar to last year’s design but features different colors.
Finally, there is a series of new Hidden Mickey pins that has Duffy the Disney Bear sporting different Disney hats. These pins build on a collection introduced last year of Duffy wearing hats.