10 locations you can visit that inspired Disney films
If you’ve ever watched a Disney film and wondered if the place they’re set are real locations, or if particular places featured in them have real-life inspirations, then this is everything you need to know.
Travel experts Snaptrip have collated 10 locations and landmarks in Europe which were the inspiration behind some of Disney’s most iconic films.
Located in the city of Segovia, the Alcázar of Segovia is a World Heritage site, a medieval alcázar and the inspiration for the Evil Queen’s castle in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
The 18th century Antony House is located in the town of Torpoint, Cornwall, and was specifically chosen by the film’s director, Tim Burton. He took inspiration from the mansion’s interiors and landscaped gardens.
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The setting of The Little Mermaid is based on the magical Chateau de Chillon, an island castle located on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The exterior of the castle was the
inspiration for Prince Eric’s home.
The Tour d’Argent (also known as The Silver Tower), is a luxury 425 year old restaurant that inspired Gusteau’s own restaurant in the film. The Parisian landmark offers diners the chance to enjoy views of the city while eating French delicacies.
Disney film Tangled is set on the island of Mont Saint-Michel, a well-known French island and monastery located in Normandy, surrounded by both water and forestry.
Built in 1869, the Neuschwanstein castle is one of Germany’s most iconic attractions. Located in the village of Hohenschwangau, the towers and turrets served as inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s home. It’s also the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s Disneyland castle.
The film’s famous song I won’t say I’m in Love is set among the iconic columns of Porch of the Caryatids.
The story takes place in London, and was the first Disney animated film to be set in a specific place. Regent’s Park appears numerous times throughout the film. It’s first seen as the place where Pongo and Roger meet Perdita and Anita.
Animators of Frozen drew inspiration from various parts of Norway and Canada, but one main location is that of St. Olaf’s Church, the chapel where Queen Elsa was coronated. It’s also the inspiration behind the name of the film’s snowman Olaf.
The film is set in the quaint village of Riquewihr in northern France, which features cobblestoned streets. There are numerous towns in Alsace, a historic region of France, which look like something straight out of a fairy tale.