Breathtaking real-life locations that inspired Disney movies
Sleeping Beauty: The Royal Castle in Sleeping Beauty was inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany. This castle was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1892 as a personal retreat and a tribute to Richard Wagner, his favorite composer.
Beauty and the Beast: This small village square in Beauty And The Beast was inspired by Alsace, a picturesque region in North-West France that, throughout most of Europe’s history, was politically German.
Mulan: The Emperor’s home in Mulan was inspired by the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. Though it is now open to tourists, it was once home to the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The expansive palace was considered “Forbidden”
The Emperor’s New Groove: Pacha’s village In The Emperor’s New Groove was inspired by Machu Picchu In Cusco, Peru. This mysterious Incan site 2,430m (7,970ft) up in the mountains of Peru is thought to have been the residence of Incan emp
Tangled: The Kingdom of Corona in Tangled was inspired by Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France. This unique island commune is periodically cut off from the mainland by tidal waters. This made it an easily defensible position that was ideal for a
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame: The cathedral in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame was none other than the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The iconic and imposing cathedral is one of the most well-known examples of Gothic architecture in the world.
The Little Mermaid: Prince Eric’s castle in The Little Mermaid was inspired by Chateau De Chillon on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The chateau dates back to the Roman empire, when it was used to guard a road through the Alps. Not only is the since-
Up: Paradise Falls in Up was inspired by Angel Falls (also known as Kerepakupai Vena in the indigenous Pemon language) in Venezuela. With an uninterrupted fall of 979m (3,212ft), it is the world’s highest waterfall.
Wreck-It Ralph: Game Central Station in Wreck-It Ralph was inspired by Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The terminal was torn down and rebuilt in its current style in 1913. The iconic station is in active use to this day despite bomb threats