Stunning Real Locations That Inspired Superb Animation Movies

The beautiful world of the Disney movies are definitely the work of some brilliant minds who are experts in designing and imagining some alluring things that keeps you floored down. The most iconic locations of the Disney movies create magic at the big screen and when you watch them at the 3D theatres, it comes alive.

Are you always in awe with the location that is shown in animation movies? If you have a love for wanderlust and if you wish to take a walk in the scenic and mesmerizing places shown in the animated films, then don’t just watch animated movies, visit the places that have inspired them. Yes, the credit and the imaginative power of the creative minds behind building the movie cannot be ignored, but what if you get to see the real-life counterparts of the picturesque area?


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Allured by the idea? Then here is a list of some of the real-life sources that inspired the fairy tales and the animation movies and have set exemplary and iconic scenes that you can never ever forget.

Angel Falls, Venezuela (UP)


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Can you see the similarity between both the pictures? Now can you relate both of them? Hurray… So you have found one of the most spectacular landscapes shown in the popular movie “UP”.

This beautiful area is the Angel Falls of Venezuela. Being the highest waterfall of the world at 1,002m, it is located on the border of Venezuela and Brazil. Its remote location, invokes a sense of mystery and adventure and is pretty dramatic a landscape that is rare to be found and seen through naked eyes. One of the top tourist attractions, it is a knotty affair to reach at the trip of the falls. Appreciated by the world, this fall is just a perfect destination for you to pay a visit to if you are into adventure.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)


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The city represented in the movie, “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” reflects the real architecture of the city Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

This city is also known as the “City of Temples” and is an important religious center in Southeast Asia. The classy architecture and the overgrown vines around the area, gives it an ancient and antique appeal. With its serene environment, the astonishing city offers wonderful peace of mind and relaxation to its visitors. Hiding ancient memories and so many hidden facts within it, the structure was built in the early 12th century by the king of the Khmer Empire.

Colmar, France (Beauty And The Beast)


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Inspiring the backdrop of the city in the movie, “Beauty And The Beast”, Colmar offers a wonderful country town atmosphere. Known as one of the most enchanting towns of France, this is an evocative town that charms the visitors with its quaint and ancient landscape.

It is also a home to the wonderful Animated Museum of Toys and Modeled Trains, which is just a wonderful prefecture for the animation lovers. It’s the architectural landmarks and the amazing museums which have till date maintained and preserved the old town look and feel of the region.

This spectacular cityscape is an ideal and affluent destination for every animation lover. So, you know where to go and what to look for if you are in search of a beautiful place for enjoying your holiday!

Dark Hedges, Ireland (Game of Thrones)


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Wohooo… Almost there. Isn’t it? Can you really find any drastic change between both the pictures? I bet you cannot. The first one is the picture of the Dark Hedges of Ireland, whereas the second one is just a replica of “Game Of Thrones”.

This real-life fantasy world is a passage of beech trees that was planted in the 18th century by the Stuart family. These trees were planted to impress the visitors who turn up to their home. The road passing by this area is said to be haunted by the Grey Lady, which adds another adventurous factor for which you will dare to make a visit to the region before anything else.

Glowworm Caves, New Zealand (The Cave Of Two Lovers)


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This Waitomo Caves in New Zealand is also known as Glowworm Grotto which means a place where glowworms ignite on the walls and ceilings. Thousands of glowworms of the size of mosquito reside inside this cave, giving it a starry and exclusive interior.

The movie “The Cave Of Two Lovers” amazingly reflected the cave, which today is world famous attraction for tourists.

Sit idly in a boat and enjoy looking at the walls of the caves or get ready for some adventure and try out rafting in the water of the cave. The decision is purely yours. But, just don’t miss out the chance to get captivated with the charming beauty of the cave. Go, grab the hand of your loved one and turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland (Harry Porter)


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Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you followed all the Harry Porter films? Then this train, this track and this location need no introduction for you. The famous Hogwarts Express of the movie carried the wizards and witches to Hogwarts via this location.

The Glenfinnan Viaduct carries the railway to the Glenfinnan station across 1,000 ft span above 100ft above the ground. This 21-arch single-track viaduct was built in 1898 and is a major tourist attraction that gives you a superb and spectacular view to enjoy.

Pack your bags and get you friends to have a wonderful time in one of the most distinguished location of the world.

H Long Bay, Vietnam (Avatar)


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Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Log is a significant tourist destination ad a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also known as the “Descending Dragon Bay,” this natural wonder consists of about 1600 islands and isles of various size and shape.

It’s biological interest and untouched by the humans, has made it a pristine ad spectacular seascape, which you should definitely pay a visit to. If you were floored down with the floating limestone outcropping in the movie “Avatar” then get to know that it was inspired by Ha Log.

This majestic scenery is an ideal picturesque destination of limestone pillars that give you the feeling of stepping in the fantasy world.

Mont Saint-Michel, France (Tangled)


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Can you see the similarity between the location used in the movie “Tangled” and its real-life counterpart? Yes. Now that’s exactly what is called a replica. Isn’t i?

The Mont Saint-Michel of France inspired the animators of “Tangled” and helped them to create something alluring and jaw-dropping. Known as the “Wonder of the West” and attracts approximately 3 million tourists per year.

Plan your visit to this part of the world and experience the charm of magical scenic landscape.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany (Sleeping Beauty)


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Being the foremost tourist attraction of the world, Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany is an ideal destination to explore royalty. This palace was designed to be the hideaway of the reclusive king, King Ludwig II and is also a palace that evokes Medieval myths and fantasies.

Known for its amazing architecture and wonderful interior, this palace was the real-life inspiration for the location of the movie “Sleeping Beauty”.

Segovia Castle, Spain (Snow White)


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Its distinctive architecture and alluring location, has made the Segovia Castle one of the most famous castles of Spain. It is equipped with beautiful rooms, fascinating artifacts and gorgeous landscape that make it a must-see place for everyone.

You can search your CD or DVD for the famous animated movie, “Snow White” and you will get to know the truth about the second picture. Did you understand? Yes! Right! Exactly, You Got It!

The castle shown in the movie is being designed on the architecture and appearance of Segovia Castle. Now, you know why this place is in our list.

Taj Mahal, India (Aladin)


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The castle designed and shown in one of the most famous animation work, “Aladin” is inspired by one of the most alluring architectures of the world, Taj Mahal.

Believed to be built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz, Taj Mahal, located in India is a beautiful monument and a picturesque location which emanates exquisite charisma to all. Considered to be the epitome of love and romance, this palace with white marble receives thousands and lakhs of visitors every year.

Plan to explore the mesmerizing and phenomenal beauty of the palace which definitely promises to enliven your heart. Stand in front of the monument and imagine how Aladin landed in one of the balconies of the castle through his flying carpet. Aahhhaa!!! Tempted by the idea? Try it now…

Chateau De Chillon, Lake Geneva, Switzerland (The Little Mermaid)


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This medieval fortress is an architectural jewel which is located on the shores of Lake Geneva, in the most beautiful and artistic setting you can ever imagine.

The movie “The Little Mermaid” just perfectly reflected this idyllic location to mesmerize the audience and to completely woo them. The Chateau De Chillon sits on the rocky islets of Lake Geneva. The underground, the courtyards, the chambers and the halls of the fortress is the most stunning destination to unveil the history of the medieval era.

So, if you wish to satisfy your wanderlust for fantasy world, then make sure that once in your lifetime you visit these above mentioned places. Schedule your holiday today and feel the ecstasy of living in the animation world. Pack your bag and be ready to get allured with stunning landscapes.

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