Everyone loves a good Disney movie, but how do they come up with their locations or inspirations for movies? We found the real-life versions of the movie sets to go with the flicks, compiled them into a simple list of 10, and discovered that lots of Disney movies drew their characteristics from actual locations. Including timeless pictures like “Lady and the Tramp” made in 1955, which was actually inspired by Walt Disney’s boyhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri. Walt was spot on bringing fairy-tales to life, and our childhoods thank him for that. The locations hand-picked by the movie production teams go from dramatic castles, to enchanted forests to natural formations, and we love it. Disney movies always seem to bring our inner child out. The contrast between real and imagination is a delight for all ages. It seems everyone has a favorite Walt Disney movie. Is yours on our list?
10. Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai, Hawaii is a prime vacation destination. It is one of the least commercialized islands in all of Hawaii. With over 60 beaches scattered around the island there are plenty of activities to indulge in. It’s common to see waterfalls in most areas of Kauai. The canopy of Kauai includes sharp peaked mountains, tropical rainforests and emerald valleys. Some parts of the island are only accessible by air and still untouched by civilization. Kauai is majestic and breathtaking, and it is the inspiration for the Disney movie “Lilo and Stitch”. The town is a little place on the beautiful island of Kauai called Hanapepe. Off the beaten path, it looks like a place time forgot. Reminiscent of the old American west, tin roof homes and wooden sidewalks with the occasional sleeping dog pretty much describe the place. In the film, Kauai is jumbled geography with Stitch’s space craft landing on the north shore and the little town on the south shore. The film’s production manager was looking for a homey inspiration and found it in Hanapepe’s rusty old bridges and homemade mailboxes. For a different kind of an adventure, this little town may spiral you right into a Disney movie, and welcome you to stay awhile.