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.
Whether you love insects or just fun fashion accessories, you need to check out the amazing and imaginative scarves and capes of Etsy seller El Costurero Real.
Their delicate scarves and capes are a brilliant way to help you metamorphosize into the beautiful butterfly or moth you always knew you could be -and how many other fashion accessories give you the chance to do that?
Of course, since the page has been “discovered,” their butterfly and moth item selection has been dropping rapidly, so if you want one, you’d probably better act now.
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Assassins Creed is one of the hottest action adventure games out there, allowing gamers to experience high-tech graphics and the character’s innovative fighting and parkour movements that practically every gamer can enjoy. It’s not surprising knowing the popularity of the game, that many fans have their eyes set on copying the character’s great apparel. Each installment of the series featured different characters that appear in different clothing styles and some of the best ones are discussed below and along with information on how you can dress just like them. Well, at least, reasonably close to them.
Connor Kenway is the main character from Assassins Creed 3. In the game, you may have noticed his outfit is white, but here you can wear a different version, perhaps in black and red, which will give a unique effect like you’ve never seen before. In fact, you can wear this at a convention, showing off your alternate take on Connor Kenway’s outfit.
Jacob Fryer, the Master Assassin of the British Brotherhood of Assassins, is an essential character in the Assassins Creed Syndicate. When it comes to his costume, it has great British style that you can easily adapt to your own fashion sense, which makes this outfit cooler than the rest.
You may want to include this hat too.
When you really look at it, the outfit of Jacob Fryer slightly resembles Arno Dorian’s apparel from Assassins Creed Unity (seen above). The only major difference is the coat which is navy blue, but it’s better you go for a slightly different look that will be even better than Arno Dorian’s apparel. Use the same items from Jacob Fryer’s guide, minus the coat and the weapons and use these instead.
Saving the best for last, this is almost everyone’s favorite assassin:
Will you just look at that? This is an even more evil version of the classic Assassin’s look, which is black, adorned in fur and features many exciting details -especially the shoulder pad with intricate stitching just like in the game.
Adventure Time‘s BMO is a simply delightful character. Completely asexual, adorably cheerful and both a friend and source of entertainment in the post-apocalypse, BMO is the electronic friend we only wish we could have. While BMO may not be real (at least not yet), we can at least celebrate him/her through the power of cosplay and here are some of the most delightful BMO cosplays out there.
Cosplay by: ShotgunBambi
Cosplay by: LillithSrevenGe93
Cosplay by: yugihogxx
Cosplay by: Mrhamball
Finn cosplay by: AmhranNaFarriage
Finn cosplay by: Davide Princess
Bubblegum cosplay by: Federica
Cosplay by: problematiiques
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It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but experts are already arguing over what will be the hottest toys of the holiday season. Many have their money on the remote-controlled BB-8 that can be controlled with a smartphone. All experts agree that anything Star Wars is a pretty safe bet when it comes to the most popular toys of the season. That being said, if I was a kid, I’d be all about this amazing Star Wars sled for sale on Bonanza.com. It not only looks cool, but it can also be controlled with handlebars, making it a lot easier to operate than classic sleds. The fact that it’s only $100 also makes it a much more practical toy than many of the other options out there.
Heck, I only wish it had a higher carrying capacity than 150 pounds so I could use it even now as an adult. If I could just lose a few dozen pounds I’d be good to go.
(This post has been sponsored by Bonanza.com, though I really do endorse this awesome product)
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.
Ever wish you could go to school with Charlie, Lucy and Peppermint Patty? Well, you may not be able to actually enter the world of a boy named Chuck and his pup Snoopy, but you can at least pretend with this delightful tool available on Peanutizeme.com.
The one above is me and it might just be the closest I will get to hanging out with Snoopy -which makes me happy with the results.
If you’re a fan of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you know why this is so brilliant. Unfortunately, the seller couldn’t list it for $42, so you’ll have to go for the non-answer price of $65.
You don’t need to love games to be a geek, but there sure are a lot of nerds out there that just can’t get enough gaming time. Personally, I tend to feel awkward around people (even friends) unless we’re playing a game and then I feel entirely too comfortable. Gaming is also a great way to pass the time when you’re alone (or trying to pass time at work), but you can’t always sit down to play World of Warcraft, Minecraft or some other immersive, system-hogging game. For those times, I suggest trying one of these fun online games.
Adult Swim -It’s kind of amazing (and almost sickening) how many great games you can play for free on Adult Swim’s website. It’s almost like they don’t want you to do anything else with your life but waste time on their site -actually, I have the feeling that’s exactly what they want. I recommend starting with a game from one of your favorite shows like Rick and Morty, but don’t be surprised if you get stuck on a maddeningly simple game that just goes on forever (like Rainbow Unicorn Attack).
HearthStone – Made by Blizzard, the same company responsible for World of Warcraft, this easy-to-learn card game is entirely addicting. Best of all, it’s totally free to download and play -though you do have to download it, so you might try playing HearthStone on your phone if you want to play at work (unless you work somewhere that they just don’t care if you download stuff). If you get into it, be sure to add me, my account name is whysteria#1254.
Mansion Casino – Looking to play games with slightly higher stakes? Then check out this online casino where you can play all your favorite casino games, including great geeky ones like Marvel and DC slots and scratchers. You can play for free just for fun or bet and win real money.
Have any favorite online games of your own? Share them in the comments! I know I could always use a few extra distractions (even if my sense of time management disagrees with me on this point).
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