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Most of us have seen at least one Disney movie, but not many people know that some places pictured in those amazing fairy tales are actually real! In fact, Disney was often inspired by real destinations around the globe and captured those places beauty in amazing cartoons.
If you need more proof, get acquainted with the five places here which indeed inspired Disney movies, rounded up thanks to the Travel Ticker team. Enjoy it!
Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland
Sitting just nearby the beautiful lake of Geneva in Switzerland, you can find a castle which indeed looks like it was taken straight from a fairy tale. Chateau de Chillon dates back to when Roman Empire existed, and is a beautiful example of medieval architecture. Tourists love visiting this castle not only to admire its beauty but also to enjoy its beautiful surroundings as well. However, this is not why we are talking about it. In fact, this castle was the one which inspired Disney animators to create a Prince Eric’s seaside castle in The Little Mermaid. Some believe that even the rooms of the drawn castle represent the real ones is Switzerland. Visit one day and decide about this myth for yourself!
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
We are going to talk a lot about castles today, and you know it! And this one, located in Scotland was the one that inspired Pixar to create a castle where the heroes from the film Brave live. This breathtaking castle sits on an island in the middle where three grand sea lochs meet, surrounded by mountain scenery and making it look just exactly how we would imagine from our childhood fairy tales. The good thing is that the castle is pretty well preserved and open for tourists, so you can indeed enjoy walking around there and grasp the amazing atmosphere of beautiful Scotland.
Festival of Lights, Thailand
Ok, we just have to mention this festival here, because it is one of the most beautiful scenes (at least in my personal opinion) in any Disney movie and one of the most beautiful festivals in the world as well. The Festival of Lights is also called ‘Yi Peng’ and during the celebration, people light over a thousand lanterns and send them into the night’s sky all while making a wish. Sounds familiar? Yes, the exact “festival” was pictured in the most expensive Disney movie ever made, which you know by the name Tangled, and you can definitely experience the same beauty pictured in the cartoon in real life. Do we need to say more to entice you?
The Forbidden City, China
One of the mysterious cities in the history, the Forbidden City in Beijing, has inspired hundreds of movie makers all around the globe. Nowadays this amazing palace is open to the public, so you can definitely walk through the halls and enjoy its luxurious and amazing interior, which was pictured in the Disney movie Mulan. However, the timeline of the movie is set during the Han Dynasty, from 200 B.C. to 200 A.D.; while the Forbidden City was built about 1,200 years later. While there are a few incorrect facts in the film, that doesn’t stop us from enjoying this amazing building and wonderful movie!
New Orleans, Louisiana
Let’s end with the beautiful city of New Orleans, which was the main setting for the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog. Indeed, this city is well-known; with its famous Mardi gras celebration, the fact that it is the birthplace of many music genres like jazz or blues, and its rich culture, New Orleans is very inspiring. There is nothing surprising about this entry, it is impressive how precisely animators captured the spirit of this marvelous city in yet another one of their amazingly beautiful stories.
True Fallout fanatics have almost certainly already got their hands on the latest incarnation of their favorite series, but just because they already have Fallout 4 doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to give them this holiday season. In fact, Etsy has tons of amazing, one-of-a-kind creations dedicated to the post-apocalyptic game series. Here are a handful of items that would make excellent gifts for any die-hard Fallout fans.
Every Fallout player knows just how critical a Pip Boy is to your survival in the wasteland.
Just because the world has ended doesn’t mean we can’t look good and every gal will look great in this Vault-approved dress.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show someone you care even after the apocalypse.
Sugar Bombs, Nuka Cola, Fixer and more, you’re sure to brighten any Wasteland wanderer’s day with this care package.
Finally a chance to make cookies just like the Vault cafeteria did back home.
If you have to ask why, you’re never going to understand.
Etsy is always a great place to find unique items that satisfy just about any strange interest. During the holidays, their gift guide is particularly handy for finding gifts for all those hard-to-shop-for people, so even if you don’t need a Fallout-related gift, you’re sure to find the perfect item for everyone on your list.
WonderCon 2014 just rolled around and here are some of the hottest, cleverest and most fun costumes from the convention. If this isn’t enough to satisfy your cosplay craving though, we also have pictures from the last year’s convention, as well as tons of cosplay photos from Comic Con.
Here’s Black Widow looking fabulous as ever.
Black Canary and her friend had some amazing legs. Anyone recognize the other gal?
Here’s a recreation of the famous Superman Crisis cover.
And here’s the winner of the DC comics prize at the masquerade.
These costumes are all fun, but I simply love the Loki dress. I hunted her and Thor down through the whole convention to get this pic.
I’ve seen a lot of Wonder Women costumes in my time, but this one by Callie Cosplay is by far the coolest.
Oddly, while there were a lot of Winter Soldiers there, this was the only one I managed to get a picture of.
You can’t go wrong with a little crossplay and this Lady Riddler and Joker were simply fantastic.
I’m kind of hoping the next Arkham City game gives these two this type of bruiser look.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a more traditional look like this Batman and Robin have.
Since the convention was right next door to Disneyland, it only made sense for Tony Stark to stop by and ride a few rides and grab an Iron Man Mickey hat before hitting the con floor.
This would be quite the father/son crime fighting team.
Here’s a great take on the Comedian as a female.
Lady Death’s skin was so white she almost seemed to glow in the dark.
This is a great take on Valeera Sanguinar from WOW’s Hearthstone.
And while I’ve seen a lot of Skyrim cosplay, I’ve never seen a Khajiit before.
Mileena from Mortal Kombat was looking good.
And the whole team of Castle Crashers looked fantastic.
Per the norm, Steve looked quite boxy.
I wouldn’t want to mess with these two assassins for sure.
By far one of the most popular costumes of the entire convention was this Powdered Toast Man one. Just tell me you don’t want to grab his butt cheeks and go on a ride.
This steampunk Ariel was quite fetching.
But this battle-ready Ariel was a picture of badass.
That being said, there’s nothing wrong with the classics and the sight of an Ursula in human form was a cool one indeed.
There was a whole series of Playboy bunny Disney Princesses, but I only saw these two and a Jasmine later on.
With the new movie coming out, Maleficent was an all-too-popular costume this year, and this masquerade version was one of the best I’ve seen.
These two evil queens were quite a pair though.
I’ve never seen an Ursula quite this wonderful before either.
His name is Olaf and he likes warm hugs -except when they come from strangers who seem to attack him from nowhere, which seemed to happen to him quite a few times.
I didn’t know what Hexadecimal was, but I was really impressed with the costume’s accuracy when I looked it up online -especially since her costume is made from duct tape.
Of course, everyone loves a good Bumblebee costume.
Melisande here looked absolutely fantastic.
And Circe looked downright royal.
I’ve seen plenty of Amy Pond’s before, but I’ve never seen one that looked this dead on.
And this young Doctor was absolutely adorable -especially with a Dalek and TARDIS in tow.
Don’t miss our roundups of cosplay from Comic Con from 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008, as well as our collections of hot girls from the convention in 2o13, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008, and hot guys from 2012 and 2011.
What’s sexier than Burt Reynolds? How about a nude Burt Reynolds on a delicious eclair? It’s like a hairy and sweet dream. This tasty treat is a creation of Lou Lou P’s Delights in Leeds and features not just any iconic image of Burt Reynolds, but his famous Cosmopolitan centerfold from the 70s.
By the way, that centerfold pretty much made Burt into a household name and launched Cosmo into a whole new realm of women’s publishing. You can learn more about the infamous photo in this great BBC article, but personally, I’d rather just eat Lou Lou P’s eclair.
Posted in association with Mermaids Millions
The term cosplay was coined in 1984 by Nobuyuki from Studio Hard at the World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles. While the idea was nothing new, the term has taken off and the amount of cosplay enthusiasts has grown dramatically since the early nineties, even leaking into mainstream culture. Every year Japan runs a cosplay convention called Comiket, drawing in hundreds of thousands of people who love to dress up as their favorite anime, J-pop and video game heroes. The potential is limitless; anything goes, whether it’s Abraham Lincoln or GlaDOS.
This year an estimated 130,000 attended San Diego Comic Con, their maximum capacity. Although it is primarily comic-focused, Comic Con like many current day conventions encompasses all elements of geek culture, and then some. While many will dress as Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman, there is so much room for creativity that just as standard, you will almost definitely see steampunk and gender reversal versions of well-known characters. As an unspoken rule, anything goes; conventions tend to attract a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, drawn together through the fandom.
For some cosplayers, it can be an expensive and time-consuming hobby. People spend thousands of dollars making their costumes with fairly serious attention, including fantasy weapon replicas and full costumes. It’s common practice to pose for photos, with some even making their hobby into a full-time job; professional mermaids for instance work at children’s parties and swim on camera with functioning tales made from monofins wrapped in wet-suit materials. If you’re not a professional or haven’t been lucky enough to win at mermaid millions while indulging your mermillion obsession and need to go with something a little cheaper, costumes can be made at home out of cardboard and duct tape: money isn’t important at a con and while expensively made costumes will draw attention, it’s more about creativity and dedication than flash.
Most people just wear the costumes, but some players aim to take on the persona of their character. Heroes have provided role-models for many young people and for a weekend it can be great fun to forget their normal lives and try something more exciting. Not everyone has the time or creative skill to create a costume, but any hints at geek culture are generally appreciated at conventions; wearing a subtle fan t-shirt, or adapting logos and themes from costumes into jewelry and other accessories may not get you as much notice as a full costume but will earn you a few knowing nods.
Whether you’re taking on the Empire or just fighting against America’s idiotic anti-pot laws, this X Wing fighter pipe can help you take on all that is unjust while making you feel really good at the same time.