Most True Fans Don’t Know These Picturesque Real-Life Locations Are Inspirations Of Disney Movies

Needless to say that Disney set a fairly beautiful world in every heart, which fascinates both adults and children. But most avid fans do not realize that although those splendid worlds of lovely Disney movies are works of unlimited imagination, they actually come from real-life locations!
Indeed, many famous destinations emerge from picturesque settings of your favorite films: alluring London in both Peter Pan and 101 Dalmatians, the North American wilderness which inspired Pocahantas, the desert of The Lion King is Kenya, and the spectacular cathedral of The Hunchback of Notre Dame that simulated the real one in Paris. Also, of course, the settings in movies like Sleeping Beauty were created based on the depiction in the original fairytale, but still, there are visible connections.
Below, we compiled a series of images comparing some of the most iconic architectures of Disney animation with their real-life counterparts for you to enjoy. So, let's scroll down and dive right into this magic with us!

#1 Sleeping Beauty (1959)

King Stefan's Castle

Source: Disney Wiki

The Castle of Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany

Source: Travel + Leisure

#2 Frozen (2013)

The Elsa’s Ice Palace

Source: Wallpaper Access

Hotel de Glace in Quebec, Canada

Source: The Spaces

#3 Up (2009)

Paradise Falls

Source: Kingdom Hearts Unlimited Wiki

Angel Falls in Venezuela

Source: World Atlas

#4 Beauty and the Beast (1991)

The Beast's Castle

Source: MickeyBlog

Château de Chambord in Loir-Et-Cher, France

Source: BBC

#5 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The Queen’s castle

Source: Disney Wiki

Segovia Castle, Spain

Source: Travel + Leisure

#6 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

The city of Atlantis

Source: Disney Wiki

Angkor Wat in Angkor, Cambodia

Source: Britannica

#7 Brave (2012)

Castle DunBroch

Source: Disney Wiki

Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland

Source: VisitScotland

#8 The Princess And The Frog (2009)

The bayou of New Orleans

Source: Disney Wiki

Louisiana bayous, USA

Source: USA TODAY 10Best

#9 Beauty and the Beast (1991)

The small village square

Source: Disney Wiki

Alsace, France

Source: Muchosol

#10 Tangled (2010)

The island kingdom Corona

Source: Tangled Wiki

Mont Saint-Michel, France

Source: Wikipedia

#11 Aladdin (1992)

Agrabah Palace

Source: Disney Wiki

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India

Source: ThoughtCo

#12 The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

The Pacha’s village

Source: Tumblr

Machu Picchu In Cusco, Peru

Source: Ticket Machu Picchu

#13 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

The Cathedral in the movie

Source: Disney Wiki

The Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Source: Since independence

#14 Mulan (1998)

The Emperor Place

Source: Disney Wiki

The Forbidden City in Beijing, China

Source: SFGATE

#15 Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

The Game Central Station

Source: Disney Wiki

Grand Central Terminal, New York City, USA

Source: Curbed NY

#16 The Little Mermaid (1989)

Tirulia castle

Source: Disney Wiki

Chateau De Chillon on Lake Geneva in Switzerland

Source: WorldStrides

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