If you’ve ever thought, “the monorail is fun, but I’d rather the highway in the sky have its Duffy-factor dialed up to 11,” then the Duffy & Friends Resort Liner servicing Tokyo Disneyland is for you! This Duffy-themed monorail features a wrap with Duffy & Friends on the outside, and interior cabins styled to Duffy, ShellieMay, and Gelatoni.
These interiors are crazy-cool. The highlight is fluffy seat covers that use the same fur as you’d find on a Duffy, ShellieMay, or Gelatoni (which could be a bit morbid depending upon your level of Duffy-reverence). In addition to that, the handle grips each feature a character, and the color palettes of the cabins have all been changed to match the characters.
Tokyo Disney Resort regularly themes its monorail cabins to the season (in addition to this one during our visit, there were also special Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary Crystal Wishes cabins), but we’ve never seen anything this elaborate or cute. Even if you aren’t a fan of Duffy, I think you have to admit that these are just flat out fun. It’s all part of the Journeys with Duffy 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Forbearer of Disney Kawaii, and was originally set to be in service January through March for the “Sweet Duffy” event.
I held back on doing a blog post on this before since the Duffy & Friends monorails were supposed to stop being used even before our last visit, but Tokyo Disney Resort seems to have extended their run, so I figured what the heck. Even if the monorail disappears tomorrow, I think it’s still pretty cool and worth sharing. It’s also illustrative of the random cuteness you are bound to encounter on any given day in the Tokyo parks!
Guests absolutely adore this monorail. Every time we rode, people were posing, taking photos, and just generally having fun with it. Without question, this is an attraction unto itself, and the perfect way for many guests to start (or end) their day at Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea.
The nose of the Duffy & Friends Resort Liner (and all of the monorails at Tokyo Disney Resort) allows guest seating for a great view as you go around the resort and through Tokyo DisneySea.
Moving on to the ShellieMay-orail, there’s a similar style, except pinker.
Gelatoni has not made his way to the U.S. parks yet, but he is Duffy’s newest friend–a cat who uses gelato to paint with his tail. (I did not make that up.)
Each of the monorail cabins features display cases that showcases new Duffy & Friends merchandise. Here, Gelatoni pulls off a sharp preppy look that would make Ralph Lauren blush.
Whenever we have posted photos of the Duffy-orail on social media, there are invariably replies about how it’s “impractical” will “get dirty in a hurry” or other comments about maintenance, upkeep, and cleanliness. The thing is, we took our photos nearly four months after these monorail cabins debuted, and a month after they were supposed to end their run. They were still in perfect condition.
What has kept these monorails in great shape is that Cast Members regularly enter and clean the monorails throughout the day before guests board (presumably, they receive a deeper clean each night, too). Maintenance and upkeep are impeccable throughout Tokyo Disney Resort, and a sterling example of the “Disney Difference” at the Tokyo parks. It also doesn’t hurt that guests in Japan are actually respectful of property that isn’t theirs. (Just one look at the condition of Tokyo’s mass transit as compared to New York City’s bears out some stark cultural differences that extend far beyond Disney parks…)
We hope you enjoyed this quick tour of the Duffy & Friends Resort Liner at Tokyo Disney Resort. You probably should not plan a trip to see this monorail–there’s a good chance it’ll be gone by the time you visit–but this should underscore the type of guest experience you’ll encounter in Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea. Little things like this all add up, and collectively are the big reason why we implore Disney fans who are able to do so, to plan a trip to Japan. These are the two best Disney parks on the planet, and they are worth seeing if you can swing the trip!
If you’re thinking of visiting Japan for the first time and are overwhelmed with planning, definitely check out our Tokyo Disney Resort Planning Guide. It covers much more than the parks, from getting there to WiFi to currency and much, much more. For more photos and an idea of what we did day-by-day during our first visit, read our Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report.
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What do you think of the Duffy-orail? Which character cabin is your favorite? Are you interested in visiting Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea? Share any questions, tips, or additional thoughts you have in the comments!