17 real-world locations that inspired Disney movies


The magical worlds inhabited by Disney characters—Agrabah, anyone?—have inspired children for generations, but did you know that the creative teams behind these visions were often themselves inspired by authentic villages, castles, and vistas? We took a journey through the Disney film archives, matching up enchanting fairy tales and legends with their real-world locations. This gallery was originally published in 2015. It has been updated.