15 Real Places That Inspired Disney Movies

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Disney is a magical place, everyone knows that. What few people know is that much of this fantasy exists in reality. Some of the locations shown in the films of the largest film company in the world are part of the architecture or nature of several countries that surround the planet Earth.


See below all the beautiful places that inspired the biggest fantasy factory in the world. Disney is the best at what they do, so they chose these locations because they really are very special. It’s one more beautiful than the other. Check it out and fall in love.

1. Cars

One of the most innovative films by the Walt Disney Studios brings together all the fantasy created by the unforgettable Route 66. A place of American passion, portrayed in the movies, on shirts, buttons, flags and everything that has to do with the American way of life .

2. Aladdin

The fantastic world of Aladdin brings in its plot one of the seven wonders of the world: the beautiful and splendorous Taj Mahal, from India. In the film, the location is the Sultan’s Palace, identical to the Indian monument.

3. Mulan

The movie Mulan, one of the special productions of Walt Disney, was shot in a fantasy place based on the Forbidden City of Beijing, China. The strange name exists because in antiquity it was the home of the Chinese emperor and no one could enter there without his permission.

4. Hunchback of Notre Damme

The Hunchback of Notre Dame movie is more than just a Disney fantasy. It portrays a mythical story of a gentleman who lived in the Palace of Notre Dame in Paris, France. One of the main monuments in the world, which took about 200 years to complete.

5. The Little Mermaid

In Ariel’s story, Prince Eric’s Castle was inspired by another one that really exists only in Switzerland and not at sea. It is Chillon Castle, which is located on Lake Geneva.

6. Frozen

The freezing adventure of the Walt Disney studios could not be left out of this list. The chapel that passes through scenes in the film is based on the masterpiece Church of St. Olaf in Balestrand, Norway.

7. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

One of the greatest classics in Disney history, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs brings in its film several completely paradisiacal scenarios. Among them is the Queen’s Castle which is based on the Alcázar of Segovia in Spain.

8. Beauty and the Beast

The film that shows that love and diversity go together is also present in this beautiful list. The village in which the story of the most different couple in cinema takes place is inspired by Alsace, a small French region dominated by Germany for many years.

9. UP!

The exciting UP! Altas Aventuras brings in its inspirations the wonderful Angel Falls, in Venezuela, considered the highest waterfall in the world, 979 meters high.

10. Sleeping Beauty

The palace of the girl who only knew how to sleep is actually in Germany. It is inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle, built in 1892 by Ludwig II, a leading artist in the Bavarian region.

11. Wreck-It Ralph

The modern Wreck-It Ralph, inspired by video games and arcades, also has its connection with architectural reality… And it’s right in New York’s Central Terminal. In the film, it also represents a terminal, but the characters go inside the games and not to cities or neighborhoods.

12. The Princess and the Frog

Disney’s fantastic film uses the swampy bay of Louisiana, in the United States, in one of its scenes.

13. Tangled

The magnificent Mont Saint-Michel in France is one of the spectacular places that served as inspiration for the movie Tangled.

14. Atlantis: The Lost Empire

The Atlantis adventure needs a special place to be able to bring all the air that moves the film. That’s why they chose Angkor Wat in Cambodia. A place that inspires action and fun.

15. The Emperor’s New Groove

Finally, nothing better than going back to Latin America. In The New Groove of the Emperor, Walt Disney Studios used the mythical Machu Picchu, Peru, to inspire the story of the characters in the plot.

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