Blue Disney 17″ Hidden Mickey Bear – Pre-Duffy with Tags & Hologram Book Plush
Paid $3.90 – Sold $1,083.00
This adorable BLUE HIDDEN MICKEY is the hard to find Theme Park edition – exclusively sold at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. He measures approximately 17″ tall and has light blue shaggy fur. Attached is the original booklet that has a holgram on the front. If you look at it one way, you will see Mickey hugging his bear. If you look at it the other way, you will see the back of Mickey with the bear’s face on his shoulder. The booklet tells the story of “The Disney Bear”. Also attached is the original tush tag. He is in MINT condition – the only flaw I can see is a tiny pinhole in the booklet – like maybe from a price tag? There are no stains or smells – he looks like he just came from the Park!
DISNEY Plush HIDDEN MICKEY 2007 White NYC Duffy Teddy BEAR
Paid less than $5.00
Adorable white sparkly plush Hidden Mickey from 2007. He is wearing a red tshirt that says “NYC New York City 2007″. He measures approximately 15″ tall. He has his original tush tag – but not the store tag. He is in MINT condition with no stains or tears. Comes from a smoke free home
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A Hidden Mickey is a representation of Mickey Mouse that has been inserted subtly into the design of a ride, attraction or other items from Disneyland or Disney World. The most common Hidden Mickey is three circles conjoined to make a silhouette of the head and ears of Mickey Mouse. Hidden Mickey’s can take on many different formations and can be found in the Disney Theme Parks, Films, TV shows, hidden in architecture, attractions in the parks, Disney Resorts, Buildings, T-shirts, and other Disney related products, etc. The Olympic Circles made a hidden Mickey. Current Hidden Mickey’s can take on different shapes, sizes, outfits, accessories and forms.
The original “Disney Bear” came in a multitude of colors, and a hidden Mickey of lighter fur around his eyes and muzzle.While Duffy comes in Beige, Browns, etc…
This information brings us to the reason for this article; Hidden Mickey Teddy Bears! Here is the one of the stories about the Hidden Mickey Bear: The Tokyo version:
One day, as Mickey was about to set sail for one of his long adventures, Minnie thought he should have a special keepsake to remind him how much he was loved while he was out at sea. Mickey is Minnie’s favorite mouse, so she gave him a teddy bear she had hand-made with her whole heart.
Minnie wrote a rosy “Bon Voyage!” message and carefully dropped it into a small glass bottle. She gently tied the little bottle round the bear’s petite neck, capped it with a cork and sealed it with a kiss for luck. Voila!
Minnie presented the bear to Mickey at the pier by the old lighthouse on a blustery day. Mickey smiled brightly, and placed the teddy lovingly into his duffel bag. “I’ll call you Duffy!” And the two were off to begin a wonder-full journey
Duffy appeared in Mickey’s dream, wearing a sailor’s uniform and smiling. The happy little bear opened Minnie’s message in the bottle and showed it to Mickey: “DEAR MICKEY, THIS BEAR IS MEANT TO BRING YOU LOTS OF HAPPINESS AND LUCK. LOVE, Minnie”
Mickey smiled in his sleep, and awoke feeling totally reenergized and cheerful.
Mysteriously, upon waking, Mickey found Minnie’s message in his own hand! But he was sure that it had been in the bottle and sealed tight when he fell asleep! Not only that, but somehow Duffy had got dressed and was wearing the very same sailor’s uniform from the dream!
When Mickey returned home from his voyage, he told Minnie and his friends about his surprising and inspiriting dream come true. They all agreed, but Goofy said it best: “Gawrsh, that Duffy sure is one special teddy bear!”
Everyone wanted one of Minnie’s special Duffy bears. So she did her best to make them, one by one, for all of her friends. The waiting list was so long; Duffy was just too popular! There were too many orders, and Minnie couldn’t keep up.
So her friends said, “We’ll help, Minnie!” And they all worked together, Minnie and all of her friends, making the lovely teddy bears. Each one charmed with a message in a bottle from the heart – we can’t forget that!
A lot of people love Duffy now… From children to princesses, to adventurers and explorers like Mickey. Everyone feels happier when Duffy’s around! People especially love taking photos with Duffy. They say when anyone sees these pictures, the smiles in the portrait overflow to the viewer! When snapping photographs of cherished memories, you always find your warmest, brightest smile when you’re with the bear of happiness and luck!
There’s even a rumor that sometimes you can find Duffy by himself, strolling along the pier in his sailor uniform, perhaps returning from his own adventures… But how can this be?! He’s just a teddy bear, right? Nobody understands it, but you should try to meet him yourself! Can you think of a new adventure for you and Duffy? Then you’ll be saying, too, “That Duffy sure is one special teddy bear!”
In the United States there is another tale to be told of the Hidden Mickey Bear. When he 1st appeared in the US in 2002, he was known only as the “Disney Bear” he was recognizable because of the “Hidden Mickey’s” on his face, feet and the Mickey shaped “birthmark” on his backside to the left of his tail. Thus the US version of the story is as follows:
Mickey was lonely throughout his travels and Tinkerbell sprinkled pixie dust on Mickey’s Bear to bring him to life so Mickey would have a friend thus not feeling lonely. Mickey loved this bear so much that he hugged and hugged him, he hugged him so tight that Mickey left a permanent imprint on the bears face.
Duffy aka Hidden Mickey Bear is in no way your ordinary stuffed Teddy Bear, he is Mickey Mouse’s bear and he represents Mickey’s ownership with his Mickey imprints.
By winter 2005, the popular bear Duffy had been turned into a full-fledged meet and greet character at the parks. These bears sold well right up to 2005 when Japan re-branded the “Disney Bear” and he became “Duffy the Disney Bear”!
Thus Hidden Mickey Bears sold before 2004 are often described as Pre-Duffy! Pre-Duffy is quite a collectible and can sell for 4 figures for the right color and Disney collector.
Duffy made his official debut at Disney California Adventure Park on October 14, 2010.
The original “Disney Bear” came in a multitude of colors, and a hidden Mickey of lighter fur around his eyes and muzzle. While Duffy comes in Beige, Browns, etc..
Guess what; in February 2010 Disney introduced a friend for Duffy! Duffy became lonely when they arrived home from their voyages. Mickey spent his time with Minnie and Duffy needed a friend, so Minnie made him a bear named ShellieMay, she wears a heart shaped seashell pendant that Duffy gave her. She is a dusty rose color, and she has Mickey marks on her as well, her birthmark on her backside is opposite from Duffy’s.