While the fairytale settings of the Disney and Pixar movies are generated by the amazing creative minds of the animators, many of them are inspired by real places around the world. Let's investigate shall we?
They looked to the charming villages of France's smallest region for inspiration for Little Town in Beauty and The Beast.
Winnie the Pooh creator, A.A. Milne based his Hundred Acre Wood on Ashdown Forest near his home, so it was a natural progression for the movie
And the "Pooh Sticks" bridge actually exists too.
Ratatouille may have been set in Paris but the inspiration for the restaurant came from as far away from the French capital as you can imagine. It was based on the highly respected restaurant of master chef Thomas Keller, which is in the Napa Valley, CA
Do the mountains of Pacha's village in the Emperor's New Groove look familiar to you? They should; they're based on one of the most famous sights in the world.
There's simply no denying that The Princess and The Frog is set in The Big Easy.
In Cars, Ramone's House of Body Art in the fictional town of Radiator Springs is based on the U-Drop Inn, an Art Deco rest stop in Shamrock, Texas.
Merida’s DunBroch Castle was drawn from the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle on Scotland's west coast.
Recognize Anna and Elsa's castle home in Frozen? That was just the outside ...
The interior of the castle was based on rooms inside Stiftsgården, in Trondheim. And ...
... was the inspiration for the town of Arendelle. And lastly for Frozen ...
The inspiration for Elsa's frozen palace.
Paradise Falls in Up! were modeled on The world's tallest waterfall, Angel Falls.
Obvious yes? It's Rapunzel's parents' castle in Tangled.
Art Director for Atlantis has stated that the lost city of Atlantic is based loosely on the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Beast's castle in Beauty and the Beast.
The side on silhouettes of the Cadillacs are echoed in Cars as the Cadillac Range of mountains.
Prince Eric’s castle in The Little Mermaid
The Queen's castle in Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.
Walt Disney visited this castle and it inspired both Sleeping Beauty's and Cinderella's castles with influences drawn from other castles too, including Schloss Hochenschwagenau.
The obvious and natural setting for The Lion King.
Although the movie is based in the Middle East, in Aladdin, the Sultan's palace is based in look on the famous Taj Mahal.
Finding Nemo starts in the waters of the reef
And Nemo ends in Sydney's world famous harbor
The stunning setting for Lilo and Stitch.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - the title kinda gives it away ^_^
The location of the Darling family home in Peter Pan
The Grand Fusel Lodge, Piston Peak National Park in Planes: Fire and Rescue
Proscineum in Hercules
Are you now going to rewatch the movies to match the real locations to the fairytale locations?
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