Real Life Places That Inspired Disney Movies

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If you're reading this, the chances are Disney films made up a significant part of your childhood; or just life because you're never too old for Disney right? You may have even dreamed of visiting Neverland or Pride Rock or any other of Disney's many magical worlds!

Well, what if we were to tell you that you can totally see your favourite Disney places IN REAL LIFE! Check out our list of places that inspired these animated classics!

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Sleeping Beauty - Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

The 19th century Bavarian castles was built for the eccentric King Ludwig II, with the help of a stage designer rather than an architect. Cue drama!

Not only is this the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty, but also the Disneyland Paris castle! You'll also notice hints of this in the non-Disney film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

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Moana - Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Moana's home of Motunui, or "Big Island", can't be found on any map, but its real life counterparts are certainly worth visiting. The filmmakers travelled to a number of South Pacific islands to find the perfect setting! Sounds terrible to us...

You'll be able to notice that Bora Bora's majestic Mount Otemanu is emulated in the final design of the fictional Motunui.

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Beauty and the Beast - Riquewihr, France

The provincial town of Riquewihr is considered as one of the most beautiful villages in France. It's cobblestoned streets and colourful half timbered houses were the perfect inspiration for the animators of 1991's Beauty and the Beast.

Just watch out for where you're walking, as you might just bump into Belle with her nose buried in a book!

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Tangled - Mont Saint-Michel, France

The distinguished profile of Mont Saint-Michel is one of France's most recognisable landmarks. It has a history dating back to the 400s, since the ever changing tides provided buildings and monastery with a perfect defence against enemies.

Most recently, the island commune's silhouette inspired Rapunzel's home of Corona in the film Tangled. This is certainly one of the best places in Normandy to let your hair down...

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The Little Mermaind - Chillon Castle, Switzerland

Framed by the snowcapped peaks of the Alps, it is a far cry from the sun kissed shores of Prince Eric's kingdom in The Little Mermaid, but the resemblance is unmistakeable!

Luckily, you don't have to be a mermaid to swim in Lake Geneva; just don't expect to encounter any singing lobsters.

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Up - Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls is the tallest uninterrupted waterfall in the world, soaring over 3,200 feet! Falling from the top of Auyán-tepui, the source of the cascade is actually just rainwater.

Fans of Pixar's 2009 film Up, will recognise the spot as "Paradise Falls". The location is a little hard to get to without flying, but is 100% worth the effort!

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Aladdin - Taj Mahal, India

The world is filled with some pretty grand tombs, but few are as magnificent as the Taj Mahal. Completed in the mid-1600s, it was commissioned by an emperor after his favourite wife died in childbirth.

You'll be able to notice a resemblance to the Sultan's palace in Agrabah. Aladdin may have been set in the Middle-East, but much of the design was inspired by Mughal architecture, which can be seen in many buildings from India to Persia.

If you want to see them all, we recommend travelling by magic carpet.

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Brave - Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

The ancient castle in the Scottish Highlands sits on a tiny island at the meeting of three lakes, and is a popular filming location; appearing in James Bond and Highlander.

It's moody atmosphere and dramatic location made it the perfection inspiration for Castle DunBroch, home to the fierce and fiery Merida in Brave. Now there's a princess we wouldn't mind having on our Pirate crew!

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 Real Life Places That Inspired Disney Movies

Real Life Places That Inspired Disney Movies