Haven’t we all watched Disney cartoons growing up? Aladdin, Cinderella; we have all gotten lost in those folktales. Growing up, Disney characters have always been our favorites. Even though all the Disney cartoons and movies are works of fiction, the interesting thing is that they are actually created based on real life locations. Today, we will look at some of those locations that inspired Disney movies. The following locations are both seen at Disney pictures and theme parks.

These creative fragments are truly captivating. The artisans behind these pieces may not have taken the whole concept but it’s clear that they took inspiration from these places. Moreover, a few Disney movies are actually based on traditional folk tales. Hence, it’s quite normal to have similarities with these locations.

Neuschwanstein Castle – Bavaria, Germany

This is not only one of the locations that inspired Disney movies, the castle has a lot of history behind it, too.
This is not only one of the locations that inspired Disney movies, the castle has a lot of history behind it, too.

Inspiration for:  Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland

Walt Disney once traveled to Bavaria with his wife, Lilian. Upon coming across the castle, he was inspired. Later on in his life, he used this inspiration to create the castle at the Disney theme park. The original fort was built in 1892, by the ruler of the nineteenth century Ludwig II. Ludwig was a big fan of the music composer Richard Wagner. He built the castle in order to pay homage to the music composer and this eventually became the inspiration behind the creation of the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the theme park.

The Taj Mahal, India

It's amazing how one of the most historical structure was an inpirations behind a Disney movie
It’s amazing how one of the most historical structure was an inpirations behind a Disney movie

Inspiration: The Sultan’s Palace in Aladdin 

No matter how much you try, you will never find a little girl who wasn’t a fan of Aladdin and didn’t dream of living like princess Jasmine; and why wouldn’t they? The castle shown in the movie was inspired by the Taj Mahal. The palace, all in White marble, is a dream of many. No wonder it’s one of the world’s seven wonders! In 1632, the Mughal king Shahjahan built a memorial for his beloved wife Mamtaz (the tomb of Mamtaz is inside the Taj Mahal premises).

Alcázar of Segovia, Spain

Alcazar of Segovia is one of the spots that inspired Disney movies
Alcazar of Segovia is one of the spots that inspired Disney movies

Inspiration: Cinderella’s Castle

The Alcázar of Segovia is an inspiration for the Queen’s castle shown in the movie Cinderella. It was used by several Spanish rulers over the span of a few hundred years. However, in 1862, it was severely damaged due to a deadly fire. The castle stands on a junction of two rivers which makes it appear as if it has taken the shape of a ship’s prow. The castle was the inspiration behind both the Magic Kingdom of the US and Tokyo’s Disneyland.

The Ice Hotel, Quebec, Canada

Interior of the ice hotel
This frozen wonderland is a sight you need to see with your own eyes to truly comprehend its beauty

Inspiration: Frozen, Elsa’s Ice Palace

This is one of the most unique spots that inspired Disney movies. Frozen is among one of Disney’s most popular movies. Elsa’s Ice Palace in the movie has a lot of similarities with the Ice Hotel in Quebec since this renowned structure is the inspiration behind it. The Ice Hotel or Hotel De Glace in French can be seen every year around Wintertime. The unique structure gained popularity because it is entirely made of ice!

Forbidden City, China

Tourists can now visit Forbidden City, one of the locations that inspired Disney movies
Tourists can now visit Forbidden City, one of the locations that inspired Disney movies

Inspiration: Palace, Mulan

The Emperor’s home in Mulan which is another of Disney’s most popular movies took inspiration from the Forbidden City in China. Just as the Mughal emperors had the Harem, the Forbidden City was home to the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. During olden times, only the royals were allowed to step inside the Kingdom. This is how the name had been derived. Now, the Forbidden City is a famous tourist spot and open to all. 

Almost all of us are huge fans of Disney movies and the creators of those found inspiration in these wondrous locations, though many have notorious pasts. You may not be able to visit these magical locations but you can surely visit different places in Bangladesh or maybe go on trips on the weekends. Therefore, if you ever get a chance, visit these places and witness the fairy tales come to life. Disney has a few other places in their ‘list of inspirations’. If you want to know more about them, maybe we will have a continuation of this article. Till then, goodbye!

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