They are not just in the cartoons and theme parks! These beautiful Disney castles do exist in reality! Where do you think Disney got an inspiration from?! Let us have a look at some of the amazing properties that provide an inspiration for those castles and palaces featured in both Disney’s movies and theme parks.
1. Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
According to the castle’s website, this palace was opened to the public in 1886, which was 7 weeks after the death of Kind Ludwig II, and now receives as many tourists as 1.4 million per year. This castle has featured in a few movies and was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. After a trip to Europe, Walt Disney was totally inspired to build this Disney theme park castle.
2. The Taj Mahal in India
Getting a little bit closer to the Philippines, it is the Taj Mahal in India. This is where a 10 year old girl would love to live like Princess Jasmine! It is a place where your little girl will feel closer to being a princess. Other than that, your kids will get closure to a rich history of the castle and India, which will truly amaze them! The Taj Mahal – mostly white in color, which resembling the white marble of the real life mausoleum in India. This real castle is an inspiration for the Sultan’s Palace in Aladdin.
3. Alcázar of Segovia in Spain
This place is a UNESCO world heritage site! It is shaped like the bow of ship. Most importantly, this palace is an inspiration for the Cinderella Castle, every girls’ favorite princess story. It is also a centerpiece of 2 Disney theme parks, the Magic Kingdom in the US and Tokyo Disneyland. Don’t you want your girls to feel like a Cinderella once in their life? It can happen here.
4. Ice Hotel in Quebec
The interior of this Ice Hotel or Hotel de Glace in French inspired the ice palace in Frozen. Frozen is one of Disney’s most memorable movies in recent times. Not that this hotel is just an inspiration but it is also only one of a kind in North America!
5. Transylvanian Castle in Romania
This Romanian castle has inspired the classic novel Dracula, the Transylvanian vampire. Surely you do not want to scare the young kids but maybe for the grown kids, this castle will be interesting to explore and learn where the Dracula once lived!
There are many more real castles that inspired Disney movies and novels, for instance Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle inspired the fortress described in Stoker’s novel. Therefore, if you are planning your next family holiday trip, keep those mentioned castles in mind. We guarantee your kids will be very happy and surprised to see them!