9 ways to experience Disney in real life

21:59, Aug 03 2014
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Elsa's ice palace in Frozen was inspired by the Hotel de Glace.
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The Hotel de Glace, which is constructed out of ice every winter in Quebec City, Canada, was used as visual inspiration for Elsa's ice palace in Frozen. The hotel is open for business January through March every year. During the 2014 season, the hotel even offered a special Frozen-themed suite where patrons could experience a day in the life of Arendelle royalty.
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The Sultan's palace in Aladdin was inspired by the Taj Mahal.
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Aladdin was set in the fictional town of Agrabah located near the Arabian Peninsula, but the Sultan's palace was a loose interpretation of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
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Prince Eric's castle in The Little Mermaid was inspired by was inspired by the island community of Mont Saint-Michel.
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Mont Saint-Michel is an island in Normandy, France that features a strong aquatic element, with an abbey, monastery, and surrounding village. You can visit the island sites year-round.
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The Queen's castle from Snow White was inspired by Segovia Castle.
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Segovia Castle is in Segovia, Spain. You can visit year round.
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The royal castle in Sleeping Beauty was inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle.
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You can visit Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria, Germany all year round.
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Glen Keane, the supervising animator and executive producer of Tangled has said in a junket that Mont-Saint Michel was "so very fairytale like," so it's no wonder the structure has been such a long-running source of inspiration for the homes of Disney princesses.
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The castle in Tangled was also inspired by the island community of Mont Saint-Michel.
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The city of Atlantis was inspired by Angkor Wat.
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For Atlantis, Disney took architectural inspiration from a combination of areas, including loosely the temple complex of Angkor Wat in Angkor, Cambodia. "If it was truly a Tower-of-Babel, advanced civilization, that meant its architecture, language and culture must have inspired all the other great cultures of the world. That was our beginning of taking Mayan, Cambodian and Indian architecture, and devolving them, almost, into what Atlantis was like," producer Don Hahn has said on the combination of architectural inspiration.
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Pacha's village in The Emperor's New Groove was inspired by Machu Picchu.
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Pacha's hillside village was inspired by the ruins of Machu Picchu in Cusco, Peru. Not to mention that Emperor Kuzco was named after the city of Cusco.
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DunBroch Castle in Brave was inspired by Dunnottar Castle.
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Dunnottar Castle is Stonehaven, Scotland.

Going to Disneyland is fun, but an amusement park has nothing on the real-life castle that inspired the one in Sleeping Beauty.

Yes, even Disney needs a little magical motivation, sometimes.

Animators often look to real architectural structures as sources of inspiration for the dreamy castles, palaces and cities featured in the films that captivated your childhood.

Many of these places are now popular destinations that are open for visiting and touring, not to mention photo opportunities.

You can visit these enchanting locations year-round, so start planning your Disney pilgrimage now.

This article originally appeared on Mashable.

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