Monday, April 27, 2015

Disney Castle Inspiration

Ok so if you haven't known this about me, I should probably tell you quick. I LOVE Disney. Don't know why, but I'm obsessed. And of course on my bucket list are a lot of Disney inspired check points. One is to see a bunch of the sites that inspired iconic scenes from Disney movies. I know there has to be other Disney nerds out there who want to visit all of them too. So I complied a list and decided I wanted to share it with you all. While most of the scenes are purely inspirational (which proves how creative and imaginative Disney is), I have done a LOT of research and figured out where the physical locations are! I don't have them all listed here, but I do have a lot. I tried to get most of the Disney Princesses in there at least:

Sleeping Beauty Castle
Cinderella Castle
Same castle as above! I can knock two birds with one stone!

Beauty and the Beast (Beast's Castle)
Beast's Castle is based off of Chateau de Chambord in Chambord, Loir-et-cher, France. It is recognizable for its very distinctive French Renaissance Architecture.

Snow White
The little dwarf house in Snow White is based on a suburb in L.A. Everyone thinks its the other way around!

The Princess and the Frog
The La Bouff Mansion is based off of the many gorgeous mansions in the Garden District of New Orleans. Thankfully, I'm from the South so I've covered this one!

The kingdom in Tangled is based off of Mont Saint-Michel Normandy, France.

The inspiration for Elsa's Ice Palace actually came from the Ice Hotel (Hotel de Glace) in Canada.

The Sultan's Palace is based off of the Taj Mahal, India. Gorgeous right?

The kingdom Merida and her family rule over is based off of Dunnottar Castle, located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Technically not castles, but are still worth mentioning:

The movie Mulan has so many historical sites. However, I choose the Great Wall of China, which (according to the movie) is why the Mongols attach China! They also used the Imperial City as inspiration for the Imperial City in the movie as well!

Sweet Giselle finds herself tossed down a well and ends up in New York City Times Square. Checked this of the list!

Atlantis: The Lost Empire
This hidden city is loosely based off of Angkor Wat in Siem Rep, Cambodia.

The Emperor's New Groove
Cusco's kingdom and territories are based off of Machu Picchu in Cusco, Peru.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Source: One of my own personal pictures!
Known as Disney's darkest movie (and if you watch it, you will see why). It is based off the book which uses this real site! (Check!)

There is a scene in the movie where you see a Greek Theatre. This was based on the Ruins of Ancient Greek Proscenium.

The amazing falls Carl and Ellie plan to go to their entire lives are based on Angels Falls in Venezuela.

The Lion King
Mara Conservancy
The Lion King isn't based off a rock they saw on the savannah. It is actually based on many locations in Africe including the Mara Conservancy in Kenya.

Do you have anything to add to the list? If I discover some more, I'll make sure to update it!

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