PHOTOS: Santa Duffy Meet & Greet Debuts for Limited Time at Walt Disney World

Eric Morton

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PHOTOS: Santa Duffy Meet & Greet Debuts for Limited Time at Walt Disney World

Disney gave guests a Christmas surprise this morning, introducing Santa Duffy, who is now greeting guests at It’s a Wonderful Shop in his holiday best. Previously, this meet and greet was only available at Disney Jollywood Nights, the separate upcharge holiday event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Santa Duffy Appearing at Walt Disney World

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Duffy is available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a limited time.

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He can be found at It’s a Wonderful Shop in the Grand Avenue area, which has been home to a Santa meet and greet.

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This differs from his Disney Jollywood Nights appearances, which took place outside the Mickey Shorts Theater.

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For today, guests are being asked for their mobile number for a return time to visit Duffy. The sign out in front of It’s A Wonderful Shop reads:

Meet Duffy in his Holiday Best

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Here’s what our text message notifications looked like upon signing up for a return time, and when we were called back to meet Santa Duffy.

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Duffy is appearing in a red coat with white accents, with some festive holly on his hat.

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Duffy the Disney Bear

Duffy the Disney Bear and several others were added to Disney Jollywood Nights after a lukewarm response from guests after the first iteration of the event. “Santa Duffy” quickly became a popular meet and greet character, and his appearance is now available for all guests, not solely for the ticketed event.

Duffy the Disney Bear, a cherished teddy bear with a heartwarming origin story crafted by Walt Disney Imagineering for Tokyo DisneySea, holds a special place in the hearts of Disney enthusiasts worldwide. As Mickey Mouse’s very own teddy bear, Duffy has transcended from a character to a symbol of joy and luck for millions of fans, primarily in Asia. However, Duffy and his friends have gained traction in domestic parks in recent years. Fans of all ages have embraced this cuddly companion, finding comfort in the whimsical tales and adventures associated with him.

Are you planning to visit Santa Duffy? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Eric Morton

    Eric's unique blend of Marine Corps discipline, humor, and storytelling talent make him a versatile member WDWNT team. A member of our leadership team, he occasionally contributes as a writer, and can more often be found contributing to WDWNT's YouTube content. He hosts Boxed In and is a member of the WDW News Tonight cast.

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