Disney Unveils Croatian City as the Inspiration Behind ‘Little Mermaid’ Film

To celebrate its 100th birthday, Disney has decided to share a list of 30 places around the world that gave them ideas for their famous movies.

Locations in 13 different countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including one in Croatia, acted as inspiration for famous Disney films. 

A famous Croatian city was the inspiration for the 1989 film “The Little Mermaid”.  

“The Little Mermaid” was a big hit at the movies this year. But for those who remember the old cartoon version with Ariel, the red-haired daughter of Triton, here’s an interesting fact: The beautiful shores where Ariel washes up in the 1989 film were actually inspired by Dubrovnik in Croatia, Disney revealed as Metro writes.

The top fantasy film destinations in Croatia, according to experts


30 locations which inspired Disney films

Aladdin (2018): Wadi Rum, Jordan

Alice in Wonderland (1951): Great Fosters, UK

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Forte Di Bard, Italy

Avengers: Endgame (2019): St. Abbs Village, Berwickshire, Scotland

Beauty and The Beast (1991): Chateau De Chambord, Franc

Black Panther (2018): Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, South Africa

Black Widow (2021): Budapest, Hungary

Brave (2012): Calanais Standing Stones, Scotland 

Captain America: Civil War (2016): Leipzig/Halle Airport, Germany 

Cruella (2021): Liberty, London, UK

Frozen (2013): Akershus Fortress, Norway

Hercules (1997): Mount Olympus, Greece

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023): Ear of Dionysius, Sicily, Italy

Luca (2021): Cinque Terre, Italy

Mary Poppins (1964): St Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961): Regent’s Park, London, UK

Peter Pan (1953): Big Ben, London, UK

Pinocchio (1940): Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany

Ratatouille (2007): Le Train Bleu, France

Rogue One: Star Wars Story (2016): Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland: Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Sleeping Beauty (1959): Chateau De Saumur, France

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1937): Alcazar de Segovia, Spain

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (1937): The Black Forest, Germany 

Star Wars: Force Awakens (2015): Skellig Michael, Ireland 

Tangled (2010): Mont Saint-Michel, France

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996): Notre-Dame De Paris Cathedral, France

The Lion King (1994): Masai Mara, Kenya

The Little Mermaid (1989): Dubrovnik, Croatia

Winnie the Pooh (2011): Ashdown Forest (Hundred Acre Wood), UK

Click here to see the image of the Dubrovnik-inspired location. 


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