DISNEY has grown into a global phenomenon since first hitting our screens in 1937 with the film Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.
The movie made over eight million dollars when first released and the enduring appeal of Disney means that it is a name that still means a lot to people of all ages.
Over the years, the name has become associated with much more than just movies. In 1955, Disneyland, the first Disney Park, opened in Anaheim, California, while the 1990s saw the opening of Disneyland Paris and the launch of Disney Channel in the UK.
Disney continues to grow and grow with new releases such as Tangled, Inside Out and Frozen. Frozen raised the bar selling over 1.7 million copies which became the biggest selling DVD of 2014. With famous song ‘Let It Go’ written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez reaching number four in the UK Official Music Charts.
Disney completely changed the game by releasing this well known smasher. Story lines usually end where the princess marries their prince charming and they live happily ever after, whereas with Frozen it shows that not every princess needs a man by their side and just their sister.
Young hopeful dancer Olivia Barker, 12-year-old, from Redcar, has had the wildest love for Disney since she can remember. Olivia started dancing at Constellations School of Dance and Performing Arts when she was just five-years-old.
Olivia never keeps her feet still after competing at local and national events including Birmingham’s Clothes Show, Britain’s Got Talent and most recently competed at Disneyland Paris.
An excited Olivia said: “Disney and dancing are my favourite things in the whole world and I was so excited to go and dance there. I got to dance in the parade and receive a medal from Mickey mouse. Dancing on stage with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy was the best thing ever.”
Disney has always been apart of Olivia’s life and getting to go to Disneyland Paris was a dream come true for her.
Disney is now such a global brand, building and is expanding its business across the world in both established and emerging markets including Latin America, Russia, India, China, Japan, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Parents will spend excessive amounts of money on merchandise for their children to be able to become their favourite Disney character, from Cinderella’s glass slippers to an Elsa gown.
Merchandise is mainly where Disney makes its profit as you can buy pretty much anything the imagination can think of, from pjs to snow globes, figurines and of course teddy bears. As who doesn’t love a good snuggle buddy.
When Olivia first started dancing she started off with just tap and ballet once a week and now she does tap, ballet, modern, jazz and street five nights a week.
“Dancing makes me feel amazing” says Olivia. Her mum Sarah jokes that Olivia even danced in her stomach when she was pregnant.
Olivia added: “I like to dance in a group with all my friends around me as I like to feel the rhythm of the music and move to the rhythm. It’s so much fun.”
Olivia, who is due to start competing in solo dances which is something she has never done before, claims that appearing on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent was a highlight for her.
She added: “Meeting people you see on television was so exciting and receiving four Yes’s was even better. Simon Cowell actually liked our dance.
“David was probably my favourite judge because he made a joke about our costumes. We were dressed as Avatars and he thought we were smurfs, which was very funny.”