Fantasy Fridays: Real-life locations that inspired Disney movies

Many Disney films, of course, draw directly from existing places: London makes a grand appearance in both Peter Pan and “101 Dalmatians,” the North American wilderness is a star all its own in “Pocahantas,” “The Lion King” takes its cues from the African savannahs of Kenya, and who could forget that spectacular aerial shot over Paris in the opening scene for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame?” Other, more ambiguous settings—such as those depicted in “The Little Mermaid” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” — may not spring to mind so easily, based on storybook worlds unrestrained by country borders.

But all ideas come from somewhere, and even Disney’s most obscure settings take inspiration from locations, sometimes even specific buildings, that can be found—through a bit of research—on the world map. Read on for 12 real-life places that stood in for some of the most iconic settings in Disney films. READ MORE

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