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8 Real-Life Locations Used In Disney Movies | Entertainment

8 Real-Life Locations Used In Disney Movies 》


It’s
not a secret Disney likes to use real life references when creating
characters for its most famous animated movies. But did you ever stop
and think that our beloved Disney locations like the amazing city of
Agrabah were also inspired by existing places? Yep, that’s right!
Disney’s creative team was inspired by actual castles, villages,
and natural wonders, transferring them onto the silver screen in a
beautiful animated form. Here are 8 real-life locations used in
Disney movies.

Mulan
– the Forbidden City, Beijing

Mulan’s
Imperial City that became the setting to her final battle with the
Hun’s leader was heavily inspired by the actual Forbidden City
located in Beijing. Chinese emperors have been living on this
UNESCO-protected site for several hundreds of years starting from
1420. The resemblance is striking!

Moana
– Samoa

The
gorgeous natural landscapes of Moana
are the spitting image of South Pacific vistas. Jon Musker and Ron
Clements, the directors of the movie, wanted to create an authentic
feel that was based on existing cultures of the Pacific. The
fictional Polynesian island of Motunui that served as home for Moana
and her fellow islanders is a result of research conducted mainly in
Samoa and Tonga. Directors travelled to these places themselves!

Tangled
– Mount Saint-Michel, Normandy

Laurent
Ben-Mimoun, a French artist responsible for the concept art of
Tangled,
did an incredible amount of work, exploring the Renaissance castles
to create the one Rapunzel lives in, and using Mount Saint-Michel in
Normandy as a reference to create the fairytale-like city she ended
up travelling to. It’s a beautiful mix of ancient and modern
architecture!

Brave
– Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish Highlands

Scotland
is a truly breathtaking country, so no wonder the creative team
behind Brave
went on a research tour to gather up some references for the
future-to-be castle of rebellious Merida. The exterior of DubBroch
castle was taken from the real life Urquhart Castle that’s located
on the banks of the mysterious Loch Ness. The interior, though, was
drawn from the picturesque 13th
century Eilean Donan Castle.

The
Little Mermaid – Château de Chillon, Lake Geneva, Switzerland

Chateau
de Chillon in Switzerland is a popular historic destination and has
been in use for hundreds of years starting from the Bronze Age. It’s
been used as an arsenal, prison, count’s residence, fortress, and
even became an inspiration for Lord Byron’s poetry at one point in
time. No wonder Disney’s team also wanted to use its beautiful
imagery and turned the famous castle into Prince Eric’s home.

The
Hunchback of Notre Dame – Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

This
doesn’t really come as a surprise, given the movie’s name and
main setting, that the cathedral in the Hunchback
of Notre Dame

is the very same Cathédrale Notre Dame located in Paris – at
least, what it looked like before the horrendous fire that crippled
its architecture. The artists behind Hunchback
masterfully
transferred the actual building into an animated form with all its
stained glasses, gargoyles, and buttresses.

Sleeping
Beauty – Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

If
you’ve ever visited the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, you know
how similar it looks to the one located in the very heart of
Disneyland in Anaheim. Yep, Mr. Walt Disney himself was inspired by
the sprawling beauty of the Romanesque Revival structure while
travelling around Europe. The
Sleeping Beauty’s

castle is also an homage to the breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle.

Aladdin – Taj Mahal, Agra, India

While the city of Agrabah, the main setting of Aladdin, isn’t located in India, the main palace is heavily inspired by none other than Taj Mahal in Agra (you can also spot the not-so-slight reference in the name of the Agrabah city itself). While Taj Mahal isn’t really a palace, but rather a tomb sultan built for his wife that has passed away, it still makes sense as the Aladdin’s sultan is also a widower and Jasmine kind of hates the place, regarding it as her prison.




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