9 Real Life Locations That Inspired Disney Films

    "I can show you the actual world." — Aladdin (kind of)

    1. The royal castle in Sleeping Beauty.

    Based on Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria, Germany.

    2. The sultan's palace from Aladdin.

    Based on the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

    3. Paradise Falls in Disney Pixar's Up.

    Based on Angel Falls in Canaima National Park, Venezuela.

    4. Pride Rock in The Lion King.

    Based on a similar rock in the Serengeti of Kenya? False.

    5. Pacha's village in The Emperor's New Groove.

    Based on Machu Picchu in Cusco, Peru.

    6. The royal palace in Tangled.

    Based off Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France.

    7. Atlantic from Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

    Based very loosely off Angkor Wat in Siem Riep, Cambodia.

    8. Belle's local village from Beauty and the Beast.

    Based on small villages in the Alsace region of France.

    9. And of course, Notre Dame cathedral in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    Based on the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France.