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These Are The Real-Life Locations That Inspired Disney, And are Just Mesmerizing!

Ian Smith

One of the strong points in Disney movies are the mesmerizing landscapes and castles from the land far, far away.

Wheres, most of us thought that these amazing landscapes are just a products of imagination, the truth is the most of them were based on a real location.

This is perfectly understandable since many of Disney numbers are based on existing traditional fairy tales, so the references to real-life castles were only appropriate.

Aladdin – Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Aladdin – Taj Mahal, Agra, India

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Aladdin – Taj Mahal, Agra, India.

Image credits: Razvan Ciuca

Agrabah, Arabia  is the central location in the popular 1992 Disney film, Aladdin. It is located near the Jordan River (as the narrator tells during the first minutes of the film). Agrabah’s ruler is the Sultan.Agrabah’s most prominent feature is its palace, which was inspired by the Taj Mahal, located in Agra, India. Though commonly mistaken by many to be a palace, the Taj Mahal is actually a mausoleum (tomb) for a dead panguian (wife of a sultan).

Atlantis The Lost Empire – Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia

Atlantis The Lost Empire – Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia

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Atlantis.The Lost Empire – Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia

Image credits: Oliver J Davis Photography

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century.

Beauty and the Beast – Alsace, France

Beauty and the Beast – Alsace, France

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Beauty and the Beast – Alsace, France.

Image credits: Tambako The Jaguar

The village was a location in the film Beauty and the Beast. It acted as Belle’s hometown and was described to be a relatively quiet, peaceful secluded village with every day like the day before. It was a provincial farming community which had a flower shop, a bakery, a wig shop, a bookstore, and a tavern. Belle’s Cottage was just a walk away. Because it was a farming community, livestock such as sheep and pigs are often seen in the area. It was located in a mountainous region with a riverbed closeby headed to the west behind Belle’s Cottage. The population of the village, or at least those who composed the mob late into the film, was at least 50.

Beauty and the Beast – Chateau De Chambord, Loir-Et-Cher, France

Beauty and the Beast – Chateau De Chambord, Loir-Et-Cher, France

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Beauty and the Beast – Chateau De Chambord, Loir-Et-Cher, France.

Image credits: Sylvain Sonnet

Expansive, 16th-century, former royal palace with multiple towers and cupolas, surrounded by a moat

Brave – Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland, UK.

Brave – Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland, UKPhoto Credit: Disney

Brave – Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland, UK.Image credits: Sebastien Wasek

Eilean Donan is a small tidal island where three lochs meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, in the western Highlands of Scotland.

Frozen – St. Olaf’s Church, Balestrand, Norway

Frozen – St. Olaf’s Church, Balestrand, Norway

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Frozen – St. Olaf’s Church, Balestrand, Norway.

Image credits: Heather Tesch

This church built in a stave church style was completed in 1897. It belongs to the Church of England and is under the spiritual administration of the Bishop of Gibraltar who is in charge of all Anglican churches on the European mainland

Mulan – Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Mulan – Forbidden City, Beijing, China

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Mulan – Forbidden City, Beijing, China.

Image credits: Makenzie & Shakyston & Abigail

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—the years 1420 to 1912. It is located in the centre of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum.

Sleeping Beauty – Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

Sleeping Beauty – Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany Photo Credit: Disney
Sleeping Beauty – Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany.

Image credits: paparountas

The Royal castle from the Sleeping Beauty was inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany.Neuschwanstein Castle is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany

Snow White – Segovia Castle, Spain

Snow White – Segovia Castle, SpainPhoto Credit: Disney
Snow White – Segovia Castle, Spain.

 

Image credits: Fernando de Antonio

The Emperor’s New Groove – Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru.

The Emperor’s New Groove – Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

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The Emperor’s New Groove – Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru.

Image credits: Vegard Saetrenes

Disney animators drew their inspiration for Kuzco’s empire in The Emperor’s New Groove from the real life ruins of Machu Picchu, built by the Incans around 1450, and located in the region of Cusco, Peru. Kuzco, Cusco.

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame – Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France.
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame – Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France.Photo Credit: Disney

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame – Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, FranceImage credits: Stéphane Briand

Notre-Dame de Paris ( French for “Our Lady of Paris”) is a historic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement ofParis, France.The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world.

The Little Mermaid – Chateau De Chillon, Lake Geneva, Switzerland

The Little Mermaid – Chateau De Chillon, Lake Geneva, SwitzerlandPhoto Credit: Disney

The Little Mermaid – Chateau De Chillon, Lake Geneva, Switzerland.Image credits: Elfi Kluck

The Château de Chillon is an island castle located on Lake Geneva, south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud.

The Princess And The Frog – Louisiana bayous, USA.

The Princess And The Frog – Louisiana bayous, USAPhoto Credit: Disney

The Princess And The Frog – Louisiana bayous, USA.Image credits: saveblueplanet

A bayou is a Franco-English term used in the United States for a body of water typically found in a flat, low-lying area, and can refer either to an extremely slow-moving stream or river (often with a poorly defined shoreline), or to a marshy lake or wetland.

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