Collection of places that were used as inspiration in Disney movies 🌟
Neuschwanstein means “New Swan Stone” - derived from an opera character, the Swan Knight. This castle was built for King Ludwig II. Although the architecture is incredibly extravagant, the castle seems to be missing a Throne Hall. The Throne Hall was not completed due to Ludwig’s death. This famous castle inspired The Sleeping Beauty Castle’s design in Disneyland.
Neuschwansteinstrasse 20, Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany
Belle spent her days reading fairy tales feeling trapped in the "Little Town". The "Little Town" she called home is inspired by the real villages of Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé, two neighboring towns in France's Alsace region. There are lots of places I wanna visit! One of which are Vieille Ville in Riquewihr and relive Belle's scene singing Bonjour, bonjour! Walking through the village like strolling through the Disney scene and chill in the fountain square while reading a book. I also want to check out Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg and reminisce when Belle fell in love with Beast by the garden (where the snowball fight may have taken place).
Mont Saint-Michel was one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Spain. Mont-Saint Michel was an important pilgrimage of faith during the Middle Ages. The journey to reach the Benedictine abbey was difficult that it became a test of penitence, sacrifice, and commitment to God. This famous location inspired Corona, the Island Kingdom in Tangled.
Mont Saint-Michel, France
Angel Falls, in Spanish Salto Ángel is a waterfall in the Guiana Highlands in Venezuela. This majestic destination is the highest waterfall in the world - the cataract drops 3,212 feet and is 500 feet wide at the base. The falls was first sighted by an outsider in the 1930s when James Angel, an American adventurer crash-landed his plane on a nearby mesa. Salto Angel inspired the waterfalls in the Disney movie Up.
Taj Mahal, the magnificent monument located at the heart of India has a story that has been melting the hearts of millions. A story that continues to live on in the form of Taj that is considered a living example of eternal love. It is believed that a visit to the Taj Mahal is a spiritual thing and people go there to find peace. The Taj Mahal represents peace, love, happy and joy. The Indian civilization believe that a visit to the Taj mahal can make you more calm and make you have a better life. No wonder this is used as an inspiration for the Disney movie Aladdin. Seems like Taj Mahal will really bring its visitor to a whole new world of tranquility and love.
Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Machu Picchu sometimes called the "Lost City of the Incas" is a well-preserved pre-Columbian Inca ruin located above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. The famous destination was an astronomical observatory. Its sacred Intihuatana stone accurately indicates the two equinoxes (the "edge" between night and day). Twice a year, the sun sits directly over the stone creating no shadow. This destination is also the inspiration for the village of the Disney movie Emperor’s New Groove.
Camino Inca, Cuzco Region, Peru
China's most glorious palace is located in the heart of Beijing. As one of China's largest and most well-preserved heritage sites, the Forbidden City is a must-see destination for all visitors to China. One of the main reason why I want to visit this place is that this inspired the Emperor's palace in the Disney movie Mulan.
Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
The ultimate "sanctuary" - The Notre Dame Cathedral is an iconic tourist attraction in France. The Cathedral has immense religious, historical, and cultural significance. People visit Notre Dame Cathedral to check out its magnificent architectural designs. This magnificent estate is the inspiration for the Notre Dame Cathedral of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
3 Parvis Notre Dame, 60400 Noyon, France
Chillon Castle is an island castle located on Lake Geneva. Chillon is amongst the most visited castles in Switzerland and Europe. The famous location is classified as a Swiss Cultural Property of National Significance. Among all the fairytale destinations, this is the one that I am most excited to visit because the castle inspired the making of the castle of my favorite Disney movie - The Little Mermaid. One step on this castle is like reliving parts of Ariel's world.
Avenue de Chillon 21, Veytaux, Switzerland
The unique architecture and interior design of Grand Central Station have earned it several landmark designations, including as a National Historic Landmark. Grand Central Terminal is one of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions, with millions of visitors excluding train and subway passengers. This busy location is also the inspiration for Wreck it Ralph.
East 42nd Street, New York City, New York, USA
St. Olaf's Church is an Anglican church in the village of Balestrand in Norway. The church was built in 1897 and has 95 seats. St. Olaf's Church is notable as the inspiration for the chapel in Elsa's coronation scene in the Disney movie, Frozen.
Kong Beles 35, Balestrand, Norway
Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most recognised castles in Scotland. The castle is strategically located on its own little island, overlooking the Isle of Skye, at the point where three great sea-lochs meet, and surrounded by the majestic splendour of the forested mountains of Kintail, Eilean Donan’s setting is truly breath-taking. The famous castle inspired the castle for the Disney movie, Brave.
Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Alcázar of Segovia is known to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is one of the most distinctive castles in Spain because of its shape – it's like the bow of a ship. The Alcázar was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy since then. It is currently used as a museum and a military archives building. This famous destination is used as an inspiration for the Disney movie - Snowhite.
Plaza Reina Victoria Eugenia, s/n, 40003 Segovia, Spain
Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination. This destination is famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. Having this great location, no wonder this place is used as the inspiration for the island of our Moana.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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