A student obsessed with Disney has spent £22K on her collection
Masters student Beth Louise Carr is so obsessed with Disney she’d forked out more than £22k on her obsession.
Beth, 21, has splurged her student loan and all her spare cash from her part-time job on trips to Disneyland – and thousands of toys.
She has so many Disney toys she’s turned an entire room of her house into a fairy-tale bonanza.
But boyfriend Lee Creighton, 21, is so worried about her spending he’s banned her from visiting Disney stores in the UK.
Beth, from Sunderland, fell in love with Disney after watching Beauty and the Beast as a toddler.
Since then, the fine art student has collected thousands of toys, and visited Disney Resorts all over the world nine times.
Boyfriend, Lee has tagged along to most of Beth’s Disneyland trips but now claims he has banned her from all UK stores as her home collection has spiralled out of control.
Beth said: “I now have thousands of Disney toys all over the house and own five Disney outfits, with a wardrobe filled with Disney inspired t-shirts and accessories.
“I have filled the kitchen cupboards with Disney mugs, glasses, vases and cutlery.
“I love nothing more than watching a Disney film.
“I’ve also visited the Walt Disney Family Museum located in San Francisco, California, expressing my admiration for Walt Disney himself.
“Growing up it was an escape for me, I didn’t have the best upbringing but Disney always managed to put a smile on my face.
“I created my fairy-tale room after realising I didn’t have enough space for all my possessions.
“I add to my collection every year, buying up to three stuffed Disney toys at once and now it’s huge, I think it would be worth thousands.
“Because I kept going to Disney stores every week and spending loads each time, my boyfriend, Lee, has now banned me from all UK stores.
“I don’t take him too seriously though and I know deep down he fully understands how much I love it.
“He wanted an Xbox room or a gym room in our spare room but when I asked him where all of my Disney stuff would go, he agreed that I needed a special place for it all.”
Beth has visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, as well as Disneyland in California – and has been to Disneyland Paris seven times.
Although she says her favourite film is Beauty and the Beast, her favourite Disney character is Stitch and she can’t wait to visit the resort again later this year to see some of her favourite characters.
She added: “I’m going again in November to Walt Disney World Orlando Resort and I can’t wait, it gets me through the year knowing I’ll be visiting Disney.
“Lee will be coming too, he fully respects how much I love Disney and we take as many photos when we’re there together.
“Now I have my Disney room, I feel as though I have my own very small piece of the fairy-tales at home.
“My friends who come and visit think I am crazy but I don’t care, I absolutely love it.
“I’m normally an easy person to buy birthday presents for but because I have so much Disney stuff now, they all now struggle to find ornaments or toys I don’t already have.”
The fine art student is now even able to use her Disney obsession in practice while studying at university and on placement.
Beth said: “I always wanted to be a Disney sketch artist and that’s what got me into art in the first place.
“I currently have a temporary art placement where I create crafts at a theatre in Sunderland.
“I love to create Disney art; I have completed many self-negotiated fairy-tale themed projects at university where I frequently study the art created by the Walt Disney Company. I work at Nando’s part-time alongside university so I have extra money to fund my love of Disney.”
Beth has continued her love for Disney when it comes to naming pets too.
She said: “I name pets after Disney characters, my cat is called Ariel and my gerbils were called Mike and Sully.”
After collecting Disney merchandise for all of her life, Beth now claims she has some very unique pieces.
She said: “I have some very rare Disney collections, including a pin from the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps tour that I did in the US where I had a VIP tour of Walt Disney’s very own private apartment located above the firehouse on Mainstreet USA in Disneyland Resort, Anaheim.
“I also have quite a few limited addition, rare Disney resort’s pins and teddies, such as Ray from Princess and the Frog, I’m not sure how much they are worth but I would never sell any of it anyway as it’s all so precious to me.”
Disney is renowned for its movies and Beth can’t wait for their most recent live-action release.
She said: “There’s a Beauty and the Beast film upcoming and I’ve never been more excited to see anything more in my life.”
Whenever an opportunity arises to dress up, Beth always jumps at the chance to use her Disney outfits.
Beth said: “I’ve been to numerous fancy dress parties dressed as Marie from The Aristocats, along with Minnie Mouse and Cinderella dresses that I’ve had over the years.
“I had the best fancy dress party on my 16th birthday which my friends all attended.
“Me and my boyfriend have gone as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider on a Disney themed university night out.
“I can’t help how much I love Disney, I’m just drawn to all their merchandise whenever I’m at the shops, I can’t see my collection getting any smaller, when I see something I like, I just buy it.”
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