11 famous places that inspired Disney's magical movies

Articles Sep 02, 2020 00:46

Did you know that many of the iconic scenes in Disney movies came from real places around the world? Let's discover these destinations.

Maybe you will consider going to these place when the COVID-19 pandemic passes after seeing these astonishing fairy-tale sites.

11 real-life versions of places in Disney's magical movies

1. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

This beautiful and haunted castle in Germany was built by Mad King Ludwig II in 1869. The building was built under the hands of a stage designer, not an architect.

11 famous places that inspired Disneys magical movies

Walt Disney saw the castle on a trip to Bavaria with his wife and loved it so much that he included in one of his movies: "Sleeping Beauty".

2. Alsace, France

The Alsace region of France is famous for its wine and magical little villages. In particular, Riquewihr looks quite like the town in "Beauty and the Beast".

11 famous places that inspired Disneys magical movies

These picturesque towns were a source of inspiration for the filmmakers of the 1991 animated version, as well as a recent film adaptation starring Emma Watson.

3. Chillon Castle, Switzerland

This castle on the banks of Lake Geneva is said to be the inspiration for Prince Eric's castle in "The Little Mermaid".

11 famous places that inspired Disneys magical movies

Even though it is next to a lake rather than the sea, you can almost imagine how Ariel is rising from the water!

4. Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

This craggy country house in Scotland has been the filming location for a number of impressive productions such as "Highlander" and "James Bond". Most recently, this fairy tale site is believed to have been the inspiration for DunBroch Castle in Disney's "Brave" movie.

11 famous places that inspired Disneys magical movies

5. Le Mont-Saint Michel, France

Le Mont-Saint Michel is a beautiful walled city on a tidal island in northern France.

11 famous places that inspired Disneys magical movies

This magical hilltop castle inspired the long haired princess Rapunzel's tower in the movie "Tangled".

6. Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal is one of the most famous architectural masterpieces in the world. It's no surprise that Walt Disney found inspiration here. The palace in the movie "Aladdin" is the animated version of the Taj Mahal.

11 famous places that inspired Disneys magical movies

7. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The beautiful tropical islands of French Polynesia are famous for their vibrant turquoise waters and lush green patches. The setting of the Disney movie "Moana" (2016) is based on this fairy tale place.

11 famous places that inspired Disneys magical movies

8. Ashdown Forest, England

British children's story author AA Milne found inspiration for his books observing the adventures that his son, Christopher Robin, had in the woods near their home in East Sussex.

11 famous places that inspired Disneys magical movies


He also wrote the series "Winnie the Pooh" which included a boy named Christopher Robin, who played in the Hundred Mothers Forest with his animal friends. The books have been turned into many movies over the years.

9. Forbidden City, China

The Forbidden City, built in Beijing, China in 1420, is the largest and best-preserved palace in the world.

11 famous places that inspired Disneys magical movies


The Emperor's Palace in the movie "Mulan" starring Liu Yifei is based on this historic site.

10. Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Amboseli National Park in Kenya is a large nature reserve that is home to a variety of wildlife. It is located next to Mount Kilimanjaro and has a stunning view of the world's tallest mountain.

11 famous places that inspired Disneys magical movies

While many African countries are believed to have inspired the "King of the Lion" setting, there is an unmistakable scene where Mufasa and Simba are facing Mount Kilimanjaro in the opening of the film.

11. Lohr Castle, Germany

The story of Snow White is inspired by Grimm Tales. Research suggests this may be true. It is probably based on the events that happened around Lohr Castle in Germany.

11 famous places that inspired Disneys magical movies

Lohr Castle is surrounded by Spessart Forest, where "Snow White" runs away from his evil stepmother. It was even thought that the dwarfs she befriended and the glass coffin she slept could be real. Either way, the inspiration for the Disney movie is dark, not as cute as the story we are told.

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