A new Gelatoni popcorn bucket is coming soon to Tokyo Disney Resort. Gelatoni is an artistic green tuxedo cat who wears a blue beret. He lives in Mediterranean Harbor, the entrance area of Tokyo DisneySea. The land is themed to the fictional Italian city Porto Paradiso and Gelatoni is named after gelato, Italian ice cream. He was only the second of Duffy’s friends to be introduced, after ShellieMay, in 2014.
Gelatoni Popcorn Bucket – ¥2,600
The new popcorn bucket takes inspiration from Mediterranean Harbor with Italian structures pictured in black and white around the sides. ShellieMay and Duffy are shown sight-seeing while Gelatoni paints. It has a blue diamond-patterned strap.
The popcorn bucket will be available (with popcorn) beginning on September 7, 2023. It will be at the popcorn cart across from Sea Turtle Souvenirs in Mermaid Lagoon at Tokyo DisneySea.
A new Mickey ghost and jack-o’-lantern popcorn bucket will also be available in September for the Halloween season.
Duffy & Friends
Duffy the Disney Bear was originally introduced as a plush at Walt Disney World for the opening of the Once Upon a Toy shop in Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs). Finding little success in the U.S.A., Duffy was adopted by The Oriental Land Company in 2004 and became a popular Tokyo DisneySea character. Over the years, the Asian Disney Parks have introduced several different characters to the Duffy & Friends franchise.
Here is the current Duffy & Friends lineup:
- Duffy himself: a special sailor teddy bear Minnie Mouse created for Mickey, with the hope that Duffy would provide “happiness and luck.”
- ShellieMay: a tan female teddy bear with a green bow and a seashell pendant, made by Minnie Mouse for Duffy.
- Gelatoni: an artistic and creative green Tuxedo cat with a blue beret who sees beauty in everything
- StellaLou: a lavender rabbit with a blue flower, a tutu, and ballet shoes.
- CookieAnn: a yellow dog with a chef’s hat who loves to combine different things to come up with unique recipes and ideas.
- ‘Olu Mel: a shy turtle who loves making music with his ukulele
- LinaBell: a smart pink fox with a purple orchid who loves to solve problems and mysteries by finding clues using her trademark magnifying glass.
The group can be seen in Tokyo DisneySea during the dining show “Duffy & Friends’ Wonderful Friendship,” an upcharge experience that replaced the free “Duffy & Friends.” Read more details.
The characters also make appearances at Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disney Resort. In 2020, Shanghai Disney Resort released a stop-motion Duffy & Friends short and a Duffy & Friends stop-motion series is in development for Disney+.