Most of the stunning places that we can see on Disney animation movies might be created by imagination but not all! Some of them were inspired in real places, specially villages and castles from Europe. Here is a list of the enchanted places that served as inspiration for the most famous Disney movies.
Sleeping Beauty – Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany: The beautiful castle that appears in Sleeping Beauty has a big inspiration: Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, which is currently one of the most photographed buildings in Europe.
Beauty and the Beast – Alsace, France: This small French village is the smallest metropolitan region of France, and ended up inspiring the story due to its charming architecture.
Tangled – Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France: The Tangled Movie castle was based on Mount Saint-Michel, located in France. His huge appearance makes it a popular attraction for tourists who pass through the country.
Aladdin – Taj Mahal, India: The palace shown in Aladdin was inspired by the Taj Mahal, a mausoleum located in Agra, India. Besides being considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal was also named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Mulan – Forbidden City, Beijing, China: The Emperor’s house in Mulan was inspired by the Forbidden City in Beijing. The palace was considered “prohibited” because it was the residence of the emperor and no one could enter or leave there without his permission.
The Little Mermaid – Chillon Castle, Lake Geneva, Switzerland: The Prince Eric’s Castle in The Little Mermaid was inspired by the Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva, Switzerland. The castle dates back to the Roman Empire, when it was used to protect a road through the Alps.
Frozen – Church of St. Olaf, Balestrand, Norway: The chapel that appears in the film was based in the Church of St. Olaf in Balestrand, Norway. Its construction was started by Margaret Green, an English who lived in the mountains and who died before construction was completed – so it is also known as the English Church.
Cars – U-Drop Inn, Shamrock, Texas: The Ramone’s House in Cars was inspired by U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, Texas. After the Route 66 has been disabled, the inn was closed and fell into ruin. Today, the architectural art deco monument is the site of a charging station for electric vehicles Tesla (or supercharger).
Atlantis: The Lost Empire – Angkor, Cambodia: The city of Atlantis in the film was inspired by Angkor Wat in Angkor, Cambodia. Although based on a legendary Greek island that may or may not have existed, its visual inspiration is definitely real. Angkor Wat began as a Hindu temple, and later it was retrofitted as a complex of Buddhist temples in the twelfth century. In any case, it is the largest religious monument in the world!
The Snow White – Castle Segovia, Spain: The Queen’s castle in Snow White was inspired in Segovia Castle, a large building found in central Spain. It was inhabited for years by the Spanish before being hit by a fire in 1862.