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Involvement with Tamagotchi
- Mickey Mouse for Mametchi
- Minnie Mouse for Yumemitchi
- Donald Duck for Kuchipatchi
- Daisy Duck for Kiraritchi
- Goofy for Shirimotchi
- Chip for Amakutchi
- Dale for Karakutchi
Pocket Usatama, a Tamagotchi Nano variant themed after one of Tokyo Disneyland's Easter Mascots, was released in April 2017. It was re-issued in April 2019 alongside the release of Pocket Usapiyo, similarly themed after another Easter Mascot for Tokyo Disneyland.
Twistetchi, an upcoming Tamagotchi Nano variant themed after the Japan-exclusive battle/rhythm mobile game Twisted Wonderland, will be released in Japan on June 2021. Much like the mobile game, the Twistetchi shells will be themed after several antagonists from Disney's animated filmography:
- Heartslabyul, themed after the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
- Savanaclaw, themed after Scar from The Lion King
- Octavinelle, themed after Ursula from The Little Mermaid
- Scarabia, themed after Jafar from Aladdin
- Pomefiore, themed after the Evil Queen from Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
- Ignihyde, themed after Hades from Hercules
- Diasomnia, themed after Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
References to Tamagotchi in Disney-owned media and vice versa
- In the 2012-2016 television series Gravity Falls, a Tamagotchi virtual pet is shown in Grunkle Stan's Contraband box in the episode "Scary-oke".
- In the anime episode Pinch! Gotchi King is Boiling?!, one of the traps Adobentchi unintentionally sets off in the temple is a large boulder that chases after him and the others, in reference to the iconic scene from the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- In the Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dream episode Queen of Tears vs. Yume Kira Comedians, Himespetchi fantasizes herself outside a cruise ship with her arms outstretched and Ikemen Mametchi holding her in an identical fashion to Rose and Jack in the iconic "I'm Flying" scene from the film Titanic, which 20th Century Studios holds the rights to outside North America. Later in the fantasy, in a subversion of the film's events, Ikemen Mametchi prevents the cruise from colliding with an incoming iceberg by steering the ship away from it.
- At one point, Disney owned the international rights to Tamagotchi's spear counterpart, Digimon. When Disney acquired Fox Family Worldwide in 2001 and rebranded it as ABC Family, the library of Saban Entertainment, the producer of Digimon's English dub, was included in the deal. In 2012, these rights were sold to Saban Brands (Saban Entertainment's successor), and were acquired by Toei Animation's US division in 2017, a year before Saban Brands sold the bulk of their assets to Hasbro.