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Published July 21st 2015
We love Disney, here's real life that Disney loved
We all have gone wow at some of the landscapes and buildings we see in Disney's famous animated movies, but did you know that many of them have actually been inspired by real life places? From the Scottish Highlands, to the desert of Texas to the Swiss Alps, here's 10 more real life places that have inspired Disney's breathtaking landscapes and buildings.
1. The Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
Photo by Richard Ling
I bet you know which movie this is from... Finding Nemo starts and finishes in the Great Barrier Reef, off the North West Coast of Australia. The reef is so big it can be seen from outer space, and it's also the worlds biggest single structure made by living organisms.
2. Akershus Fortress (Norway)
Photo by Tomasz Sienicki
This medieval castle and fortress was originally built to protect Oslo, the capital of Norway, and provided the inspiration for Anna and Elsa's home from Frozen. The fortress is still mostly a military area, but is open to the public daily and offers the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum and Norway's Resistance Museum for public to visit.
3. Alcazar de Segovia (Spain)
Photo by Javicoves
Also known as Segovia Castle, is a very famous Spanish castle, it's also the real life version of the Queen's castle from Snow White. It was originally built as a fortress, but it has also served as a Royal Palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy. It is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain, purely for its shape - like the bow of a ship.
4. The Taj Mahal (India)
Photo by Dhirad
Originally commissioned in 1632 to house a tomb, this famous Indian landmark was the inspiration behind the Sultan's Palace in Aladdin. The Taj Mahal is regarded as the best example of Mughal architecture and is widely recognised as 'The Jewel of Muslim Art In India'.
5. Mont Saint-Michel (France)
Photo by Diliff
This island commune in Normandy is the inspiration behind Rapunzel's parents home in Tangled. The island is located just 600 metres off France's north-west coast and is only 100 hectares in size.
6. New Orleans (United States)
Montage by Gonk
The Princess and The Frog didn't just take its inspiration from New Orleans, it's actually set in the American city, which straddles the famous Mississippi River.
7. Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim
This, the tallest mountain in Africa, featured several cameo appearances in The Lion King. Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain with three volcanic cones.
8. Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany)
Photo by Thomas Wolf
This castle may have a slightly familiar look to it, and it should, it's the castle you see at the beginning of every Disney movie. Neuschwanstein Castle, which is New Swanstone Castle in English, is on the top of a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in south-west Bavaria.
9. Angel Falls (Venezuela)
Photo by Paulo Capiotti
Now there are water falls in many movies, but these falls along the Gauja River were the inspiration behind the Paradise Falls in the movie Up.
10. Notre Dame (France)
Photo by Zuffe
You don't really need to think to hard about this one, since the name of the place is in the title of the movie. This cathedral in Paris is the setting of the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame, they even included the gargoyles.