15MagicalYears wrote:I personally just don't think he deserves to be on the finale float, and that's coming from someone who actually quite likes Duffy. He's taking up some valuable space there, where Daisy/Pluto should be. I don't have a problem with him being in the parade, he should just have his own carriage or be elsewhere - not taking the place of beloved characters known for decades.
While I totally agree with you, I don't think that it'll last. Very often new characters are introduced or become popular for a short period of time. When the park first opened there was a giant float with minnie, goofy etc all riding in planes with the gummy bears. The gummy bears also featured on the castle finale float with mickey in Florida around the early 90s.
It's not uncommon in Tokyo Disneyland for unusually popular characters such as Marie from the Aristocats to ride on a float with the main five too.
I certainly don't think Duffy is well known enough to be on the finale float, and actually if he MUST be on it HE should be the one riding in the cubby hole in the back. Somehow though, I don't think he'll keep his position for too long. I know that the parks are trying to introduce him as a character in his own right, and putting him on the finale float is just exposure, sort of like advertising. He's not quite popular enough to be the "flavour of the month", so he'll either gain momentum and then gradually fade out completely, or he could prove to be popular enough to keep as a character, but one who stays very much in the background. I don't even expect the meet and greets to last. In five years time, it's very possible that people could be saying: "hey, do you remember duffy?". You never know. I just see his current position in the parade to be nothing but a commercial, and something which has been happening in Disney Parks for years.