12 Destinations That Inspired Disney’s Greatest Movies

EWXXDN Sunset over the massive, 440 room, Chateau de Chambord, Loire-et-Cher, France
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Discover the real-life locations that influenced Disney’s fantasy worlds.

Beauty and the Beast in France

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With character names like Belle, Lumière, and Gaston, it’s no surprise that Beauty and the Beast took place in the heart of France. Belle’s home village takes after regions of the northeast, particularly Alsace and its charming “little towns” with their cobbled streets, tiled shingles, and rows of colorful buildings along the Rhine. Beast’s castle was modeled after the Château de Chambord, a 16th-century royal hunting lodge in Loir-et-Cher, exemplary of the French Renaissance style. Just like in the film, it’d be easy to lose oneself on the grounds: inside, there are 426 rooms, 282 chimneys, and 77 staircases (though the jury’s out on whether one leads to a mysterious West Wing).

EWXXDN Sunset over the massive, 440 room, Chateau de Chambord, Loire-et-Cher, France

12 Destinations That Inspired Disney’s Greatest Movies

Beauty and the Beast in France

With character names like Belle, Lumière, and Gaston, it’s no surprise that Beauty and the Beast took place in the heart of France. Belle’s home village takes after regions of the northeast, particularly Alsace and its charming “little towns” with their cobbled streets, tiled shingles, and rows of colorful buildings along the Rhine. Beast’s castle was modeled after the Château de Chambord, a 16th-century royal hunting lodge in Loir-et-Cher, exemplary of the French Renaissance style. Just like in the film, it’d be easy to lose oneself on the grounds: inside, there are 426 rooms, 282 chimneys, and 77 staircases (though the jury’s out on whether one leads to a mysterious West Wing).

Brian Jannsen / Alamy Stock Photo
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