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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-24-03

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The Beast most popular in the North, South votes for Simba

NORTHERNERS have voted for The Beast, star of the 1991 film Beauty and the Beast, as their favourite male Disney character - whilst the rest of the country chose loveable Simba from Lion King, a survey of more than 15,300 has revealed. Respondents from the North West and also the Yorkshire and Humber regions, unanimously chose The Beast as their favourite male character, beating others including Simba, Woody from Toy Story, Peter Pan, and Frozen's Kristoff.

The survey was launched by holiday company Ocean Florida, specialists in travel to the Orlando region, in a bid to find out Britain's opinions on Disney's famous characters.

Head of Marketing Sabrina Hamilton, said:- "The Beast coming out as the favourite character for the North West and Yorkshire was 1 of the most startling results from the survey. Simba from the Lion King; a loveable yet cocky character who learns to take responsibility; swept the board across the rest of the UK. But for the north it was the gruff and lonesome Beast who won out. Perhaps the stereotypes are true and that northerners are made of strong stuff, even when it comes to choosing Disney characters!"

There were areas of national unity, for example Mickey stole the show with 41% of the national vote for the favourite classic character, followed by Minnie Mouse with 26% of the vote. Of course, the main characters are nothing without their trusty sidekicks. Ocean Florida found that the most popular for the majority of the UK is the wise cracking snowman Olaf, from Frozen. However respondents in London and Wales preferred the helpful and kind, yet jealous, Tinkerbell, best friend of Peter Pan.

When it comes to the bad guys, the villainous Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty gets the loudest 'Boooo' from all regions, apart from respondents in Northern Ireland who thought the dastardly sea witch Ursula from The Little Mermaid was the biggest baddie.

Things became less clear cut when it came to choosing favourite song from a Disney film. "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and The Beast, just pipped "Circle of Life" from Lion King to the top spot with 20% against 17%Hamilton added:- "In the 1st 2 months of 2017 we've seen sales of Disney holidays increase by more than 30%, proving Brits just can't resist adding a bit of Disney magic to their family breaks."


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