8 Examples of how Disney animators were inspired by real world locations

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Leave it to a travel magazine to leave one dreaming about destinations other that a Disney theme park. This Conde Nast Traveler slide show features 8 real-world locations that inspired Disney movies.

Here are a few of my favorites from the list:

Mont Saint-Michel on the Normandy Coast of France is practically a fairy-tale kingdom of its own. During high-tide it becomes an island. That is probably why Disney drew inspiration for the Island castle from Tangled from this gorgeous spot

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Animators drew on the Scottish highlands castle of Eilean Donan to create the castle for clan DonBroch in Pixar’s Brave. While this location was used mostly for interior design, I can just picture Merida riding her horse across the bridge into the country side.

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You may recognize a few from the rest of the list, but who knows, you may learn something too.