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,Â get acquainted with the five places here which indeed inspired Disney movies, rounded upÂ thanks to theÂ Travel Ticker team. Enjoy it!
Chateau de Chillon, SwitzerlandÂ
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 Ericâ€™s seaside castle in The Little Mermaid.Â Some believe that even the rooms of the drawn castle represent the real ones is Switzerland. Visit one day and decide about this myth forÂ 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 thatÂ inspired PixarÂ to create a castle where the heroes from the filmÂ 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 fromÂ 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 personalÂ opinion) in any Disney movie and one of the most beautiful festivals in the world as well. The Festival of Lights is also called â€˜Yi Pengâ€™ and during the celebration, people light over a thousand lanterns and send them into the nightâ€™s sky all while making a wish. Sounds familiar? Yes, the exact â€œfestivalâ€ was pictured inÂ the most expensive Disney movieÂ 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 hallsÂ and enjoy its luxurious and amazing interior, which was pictured in theÂ Disney movie Mulan.Â However, the timeline of the movie is set during the Han Dynasty, Â from 200 B.C. to 200 A.D.; while the Forbidden City was built about 1,200 years later. WhileÂ there are a few incorrect facts in the film,Â that doesnâ€™t stop us from enjoying this amazing building and wonderful Â movie!
New Orleans, Louisiana
Letâ€™s end with the beautiful city of New Orleans, which was the main setting for theÂ Disney movie The Princess and the Frog.Â Indeed, this city is well-known; with its famousÂ 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.