7 Real-Life Places Which Inspired Disney Movies

Most of you will probably be surprised to hear that artists not only did they use their imagination, but they were also inspired by some real – life locations while creating these movies. Seeing the resemblance between the locations in the movies and those in real life will make you want to watch your favorite Disney movies all over again. As they say: “You are never too old for a Disney movie”.

1. Sleeping Beauty – Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle Bavaria Germany

This majestic castle was built by King Ludwig II in honor of his favorite composer – Richard Wagner. Some of the rooms in the interior were inspired by characters present in Wagner’s operas. After the death of the king, the castle was opened to the public. Nowadays it has more than 1.3 million visitors annually.


2. Beauty and the Beast – Alsace, France

Alsace France

Alsace is one of the most beautiful regions in Europe. It is found in southeast France and it borders with Germany and Switzerland. Beautiful villages and enchanting cities are scattered across the mountains and hills.

Alsace France

With passing years, the influence from the German and French culture made this place special with its building, dialect, food and lifestyle.


3. Aladdin – Taj Mahal, Agra, India


One more for the romantics out there. Taj Mahal, often mistaken as a palace is actually a tomb which Emperor Shah Jahan built for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Laying in the heart of India this symbol of eternal love is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.


4. Mulan – Forbidden City, Beijing, China


Nowadays this is a museum where people can admire years and years of Chinese history. In the past it was the home to a number of famous emperors. The magnificent palace got its name “Forbidden” due to the rule not to enter or leave without the permission of the emperor.


5. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame – Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Notre-Dame -Paris

Even the name of the movie makes it pretty obvious that the cathedral in it is none other than the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture. This church is one of the most visited sites in whole Europe. It took up to 200 years to fully build it!


6. Frozen – Hotel De Glace, Quebec City, Canada

Ice Hotel Quebec

This hotel was opened in 2001 and it is the first ice hotel built in North America. It is a perfect spot where you can gather inspiration for a movie like Frozen. Its exterior and interior change every season so that way visitors are more and more amazed with every passing year. It’s open from January to March and it welcomes over a million tourists every season.


7. Snow White – Segovia Castle, Spain


Before being used as a museum, this breathtaking castle was used as a royal palace, a prison, a college and a military academy. It is situated in the heart of Spain, surrounded by two rivers known as Rio Eresma and Rio Clamores. These rivers are responsible for the greenery which surrounds the castle and makes it look even more beautiful than it already is.

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