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Must-Watch Disney Films About Different Places Around The World

October 29, 2020
It's safe to say that there's no other movie studio who has tugged on people's heartstrings quite like Disney. From the 1930s to today, they continue to release beautiful animated movies that simply warms the heart and puts a smile on your face. A lot of them have even become classics, as famous as any other live-action Hollywood film. For many, the part about Disney movies is that they transport you to another world, or perhaps even, another part of this world. Arguably only Disney can make a country or a city even dreamier than reality, as proven by these wonderful films.

Must-Watch Disney Films About Different Places Around The World

 

Peter Pan (London, United Kingdom)

Written by Scottish writer Sir James Matthew Barrie, the story of Peter Pan is one of the most famous fairytales to ever come out of the UK. So it's no surprise Disney adapted it into an animated feature film back in 1953. What resulted was a beautiful trip to Neverland, but not before flying around London! Who could ever forget the charming sequence of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, and Tinkerbell fluttering about the British capital? Even landing in the hands of the famous Big Ben! No doubt they caught many people's attention, no matter which London neighborhood they were in at the time. 

Must-Watch Disney Films About Different Places Around The World

Source: IMDb/ Walt Disney Pictures

 

Ratatouille (Paris, France)

Who would have thought that a movie about a rat wanting to cook in Paris would be so adorable? Make no mistake, the actual rodents in the French capital aren't as adorable as Remy and his family, but it was nice to see them in a different light through the 2007 film, "Ratatouille." In the film, you could get a good sense of just how important Paris really is in the culinary world. So much that even a rat would want to take part in it! Well, it is home to many first-class restaurants and charming cafés, after all! 

Must-Watch Disney Films About Different Places Around The World

Source: IMDb/ Disney/ Pixar

 

Hercules (Thebes, Greece)

Thebes may not be one of Greece's most famous destinations, but it does hold a heavy significance to Greek Mythology. So much so that Disney even set their 1997 film, "Hercules" in this city. This is where the titular protagonist proved his worth as a hero, exceeding their initial low expectations of him. And as you can see from the movie, the place truly was beautiful then, albeit the animation may have exaggerated it a bit. Either way, if you want to travel here, you'll see it's just as stunning. Though you may need to get a local Greek SIM card for your phone here. It's a pretty rural area in the country. 

Must-Watch Disney Films About Different Places Around The World

Source: IMDb/ Walt Disney Pictures

 

Coco (Santa Cecilia, Mexico)

No other film has captured the colorful culture of Mexico quite like the 2017 Academy award-winning film, "Coco." Set in Santa Cecilia, the movie tells the story of Miguel, an aspiring musician whose family is completely against any sort of music. Because of his desperation to fulfill his dream, he unknowingly escapes to the Land of the Dead—during the Day of the Dead, no less—and seeks his Ernesto de la Cruz, a famous musician. With the help of a deadbeat (literally!) named Hector, the movie presents a vivacious picture of Mexico, both in the real world and the "Land of the Dead." Makes you want to visit the country, doesn't it? 

Must-Watch Disney Films About Different Places Around The World

Source: IMDb/ Disney/ Pixar

 

Finding Nemo (Sydney, Australia)

"P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney" probably got stuck in your head when you first watched the Disney/Pixar film, "Finding Nemo," back in 2003. It was, after all, the only thing Dory could remember. And if she was able to memorize it, so should you! Unfortunately, however, such an address doesn't exist Though this shouldn't stop you from visiting Sydney, Australia at all! Though the film barely featured the city, Sydney remains one of the country's finest destinations. There are all sorts of wonderful attractions, from the iconic Sydney Opera House to Bondi Beach! Just watch out for fish in plastic bags rolling around on the street! 

Must-Watch Disney Films About Different Places Around The World

Source: IMDb/ Disney/ Pixar

 

The Lady and The Tramp (Marceline, Missouri, USA)

While it wasn't exactly revealed in the film itself, it's said that the Midwestern city where Disney's 1955 animated movie, "Lady and The Tramp" was based on Marceline, Missouri in the USA. It's Walt Disney's own hometown, after all. It's no wonder he got inspired by its beauty back then, enough for him to include it in one of his feature films. And you know what? Marceline, Missouri, today, remains as charming today as it did at the turn of the century. You'll get hit with a lot of nostalgia when you visit the place! 

Must-Watch Disney Films About Different Places Around The World

Source: IMDb/ Walt Disney Pictures

 

Lilo & Stitch (Hawaii, USA)

The tropical beach, with its roaring waves and clear sands, and the quaint neighborhood with its gentle communal feel. From the start, you already know that Disney's 2002 animated feature film, "Lilo & Stitch," was set in Hawaii. Heck, they even incorporated some of the island's unique culture into the story, the most famous of which is "Ohana," the Hawaiian term for family. Lilo never fails to remind those around her that it also means "no one gets left behind." You probably wished you wouldn't be left behind yourself from enjoying the best things Hawaii can offer, as seen in this film! 

Must-Watch Disney Films About Different Places Around The World

Source: IMDb/ Walt Disney Pictures

 

The Princess and the Frog (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

You can already tell from its opening song, "Down in New Orleans," where the 2010 animated feature film, "The Princess and The Frog" was set. What's even better is that they set it in the jazzy age of the 1920s, where the music and the fun were pretty lively. Unfortunately, however, as proven by Tiana's struggles, that time wasn't particularly good for both women and African-Americans. But that didn't stop here, especially when she was turned into a frog. She faced her challenge head-on—amidst the beautiful Souther city and its stunning surrounding bayou—to become human again and fulfill her dreams of putting up her own restaurant. 

Must-Watch Disney Films About Different Places Around The World

Source: IMDb/ Walt Disney Pictures

 

Mulan (Beijing, China)

Disney's 1998 animated film, "Mulan,"—as well as its 2020 live-action remake—was set in many places in China during the Sui dynasty (15th century). But the most recognizable was definitely the capital city of Beijing. The home of the many Chinese emperors, the grand temples and even the Great Wall of China that appeared in the movie are still in the actual city to this day. You're not allowed to run around and fight Huns on them like Mulan did, but you can still see these man-made marvels in person. 

Must-Watch Disney Films About Different Places Around The World

Source: IMDb/ Walt Disney Pictures

 

Aladdin (The Middle East)

Though the Kingdom of Agrabah, from the 1992 film, "Aladdin," never really existed, the filmmakers did take many influences from the Middle East. From Cairo in Egypt to Baghdad in Iraq, you'll see that modern-day Agrabah is alive and well in many of these cities. Particularly the lively marketplace where the titular hero runs around, avoiding the Sultan's guards and helping a disguised Princess Jasmine see the kingdom in a new light. Many such marketplaces or 'souks' still exist in this region. And they're just as colorful and exotic as in the movie. 

Must-Watch Disney Films About Different Places Around The World

Source: IMDb/ Walt Disney Pictures

 

You can always travel the world even when you're just sitting around. One of the best tickets—for you and your entire family—is a good Disney film! A lot of them, both current and classic, take you to different parts of the world. And they do it in such a magical and heartwarming way too! 


Whenever you do decide to travel the world just like how Aladdin did on his magic carpet, make sure you stay in the best places in the cities. The likes of London, Paris, Athens, and more have a lot of luxurious ones to offer!

 




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