From Snow White to Star Wars: Disney reveals 30 locations that have inspired its movies
To mark The Walt Disney Company's 100th anniversary, the company has revealed 30 locations that have inspired some of its most famous stories over the years.
Disney has revealed 30 locations that have inspired some of its most famous stories over the years.
To mark The Walt Disney Company's 100th anniversary, the company has also recreated famous scenes with exclusive photos, including St Paul's Cathedral, which features several times in Mary Poppins, the Calanais Standing Stones which inspired Brave, and Great Fosters, whose topiary maze is said to have inspired a particularly memorable scene from Alice In Wonderland.
The list of landmarks incorporates 13 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Rebecca Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives, said: “Towards the end of his life, Walt Disney was honoured as the 'Showman of the World'.
"It was a very apt honour, as he was fascinated and inspired by everything he experienced and saw, no matter where it was.
"As he once said himself, 'Always, as you travel, assimilate the sounds and sights of the world.'
"And we have all benefited from his love of cultures the world over.”
Research found that almost half of Brits would love to use a Disney location for a once-in-a-lifetime moment, with 41 per cent of 16- to 44-year-olds surveyed admitted they would select their dream wedding destination based on castles and locations that inspired Disney’s stories.
Two in five Brits were unaware many Disney films and park attractions were based on real locations, with 75 per cent admitting they didn't know the Sleeping Beauty Castle at California's Disneyland was based on Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, and less than 10 per cent realising Thor's home in Avengers: Endgame was St Abbs Village in Berwickshire, Scotland.
Encouraging fans to join in its celebration, Disney is offering one lucky winner a once-in-a-lifetime photoshoot with photographer, Linda Blacker, who will transform them to look like one of their favourite Disney characters.
Fans gain a chance to win by recreating their own favourite Disney scene or moment in the most creative way possible and uploading the photo with the hashtag #Disney100TheLandmarks to Instagram, or through Disney UK’s Facebook page.
DISNEY 100: THE LANDMARKS
In the UK and Ireland
1. Cruella (2021) / Liberty, London, England
2. One Hundred And One Dalmatians (1961)/ Regent’s Park, London, England
3. Peter Pan (1953) / Big Ben, London, England
4. Mary Poppins (1964) / St Paul's Cathedral, London, England
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) / Skellig Michael, Ireland
6. Avengers: Endgame (2019) / St. Abbs Village, Berwickshire, Scotland
7. Winnie The Pooh (2011) / Ashdown Forest (Hundred Acre Wood), East Sussex, England
8. Brave (2012) / Calanais Standing Stones, Stornoway, Scotland
9. Alice In Wonderland (1951)/ Great Fosters, UK
10. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996) / Notre Dame Cathedral
11. Ratatouille (2007) / Le Train Bleu
12.Tangled (2010) / Mont Saint Michel
13. Beauty And The Beast (1991) / Chateau de Chambord
14. Sleeping Beauty (1959) / Chateau de Saumur
15. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937) / Alcazar de Segovia
16. The Little Mermaid (1989) / Dubrovnik
17. Black Panther (2018) / Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, South Africa
18. The Lion King (1994) / Masai Mara, Kenya
19. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937) / The Black Forest
20. Captain America: Civil War (2016) / Leipzig/ Halle Airport
21. Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, California / Neuschwanstein Castle
22. Pinocchio (1940) / Rothenburg ob der Tauber
23. Black Widow (2021) / Budapest
24. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) / Reynisbara Black Sand Beach
25. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) / Forte di Bard
26. Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny (2023) / Ear of Dionysius, Sicily
27. Luca (2021) / Cinque Terre
28. Hercules (1997) / Mount Olympus
29. Frozen (2013) /Akershus Fortress, Oslo
30. Aladdin (2019) / Wadi Rum