Where do Disney movies play
It's hard to believe how similar these places are to the Disney movies we all know and love.
Sleeping Beauty Castle is a symbol of Walt Disney. Before each film, its silhouette appears and it is in the center of Disneyland, California. Its gleaming white facade and deep blue turrets are inspired by various European styles, but the closest thing is the Bavarian Neuschwanstein Castle. This also served as a source of inspiration for the castle of Cinderella.
Since Beauty and the Beast is of French origin and also takes place there, it is not surprising that the Castle of the Beast was inspired by one of the Loire castles, Chambord Castle. The beautiful Renaissance castle from the 16th century has 426 rooms, 282 chimneys and 77 staircases and is open to visitors all year round.
The hometown of the author of Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi, served as the inspiration for the film adaptation of his work by Disney. It is in Tuscany. Its attractions include the Parc Pinocchio and the Garzoni Garden, two of the most beautiful gardens in Europe.
At the foot of the Alps, on the shores of Lake Geneva, lies Chillon Castle. Prince Erik's castle has a long history, but unfortunately no mermaids have been spotted so far.
Merida is undoubtedly nestled in the untamed landscape of Scotland. The boisterous princess's castle was inspired by three famous fortresses in the area: Urquhar, Dunnottar and Eilean Donan. A trip to these three castles also includes the best of Scotland's countryside, from Loch Ness to the Highlands.
The island castle of Mont St. Michel in northern France is said to have inspired the city of Corona in Rapunzel. This was the first place Disney producers went to before they began designing the castle for the film. In doing so, they copied the tallest towers of the real castle for the film castle. They also found suitable templates for their project at other French palaces and fortresses.
Loyal to Scandinavia's cultural heritage, Arendelle Castle, the castle of Anna and Elsa in Frozen, is based on Akershus Fortress in Norway's capital, Oslo. Other parts of the film are more oriented towards Bryggen, the old trading district of Bergen, whose colorful shipyard is full of lively shops and restaurants.
Although the action takes place in Paris, Gusteau's kitchen in Ratatouille is a copy of the famous restaurant "The French Laundry" in Yountville, California. The studio even consulted the chef and owner of the three-star restaurant, Thomas Keller.
Kiss the Frog is set in New Orleans and is shaped by the colorful colonial architecture of the city, especially the Mardi Gras district.
The Forbidden City in Beijing is the template for the Imperial Palace in Mulan. Hardly anyone knows that the film is actually based on a Chinese poem from the 6th century, which tells of a warlike woman named Hua Mulan who took her father's place in the war for over twelve years. She does not reveal her secret to her comrades until the war is over and she returns home.
You can find the same floor-to-ceiling curved windows, barrel vaults, and crowds of people in Grand Central Station in New York.
The place where Carl Frederikson leaves his house in Above is actually the Salto Ángel waterfall in the Guiana highlands. This is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world, and unless you also have thousands of balloons to fly around your house, you will need to fly to Canaima for a sightseeing, and from there take a four-hour boat tour and a 90-minute hike.
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