Real Life Animation Destinations Around the World

Immerse yourself in the fairy tale and stay at one of these real life animation destinations and experience the magic that has delighted us for decades.


It’s been 13 years since a little clown fish named Nemo and his forgetful sidekick Dory went on an epic underwater adventure. Of course, recently, audiences can go under the sea once again on a quest to help Dory reunite with her family in the much-anticipated sequel.

To celebrate the film, a global leader in connecting travellers with the best places to stay, has chosen their favourite places around the world that will transport families into the enchanted landscapes depicted in some of the most memorable animated masterpieces of our lifetime.


Finding Dory: Morro Bay (California)


Dive straight into the adventure as Dory reunites with Nemo and Marlin on a search for her parents. Unlike its predecessor, this heartwarming film takes place on the other side of the world in Morro Bay, California. This scenic seaside village offers visitors endless experiences, from gorgeous beaches to water activities like snorkelling and paddle boarding. After days spent underwater, rest up on land nearby at the newly restored Pleasant Inn. Conveniently located just one block from the waterfront and in the heart of Morro Bay, this classic coastal cottage offers the perfect getaway for families looking to enjoy the outdoors.


Frozen: The Ice Church (Sweden)


The snowy world and ice palace depicted in the now-iconic scene where Elsa belts out smash hit ‘Let It Go’ are strikingly similar to the Ice Church in Kiruna, Sweden. The church is completely built from ice, even the furniture and walls which are built from ice extracted from the nearest river and located just below the Arctic Circle. After a long day in the frozen world, rest up nearby at the Máttaráhkká Northern Light Lodge, which is a great spot for viewing the beautiful aurora lights. The Máttaráhkká Northern Light Lodge also provides snowmobile tours and dog sledding safaris, so you can get your full frozen experience – you’ll want to wrap up warm for these adventures!

Sleeping Beauty: Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany)


Located in the south of Bavaria, Germany, Neuschwanstein Castle is a work of art created by King Ludwig II, often called the Swan King or the Fairy Tale King. 1950s classic beauty Princess Aurora was born in a white castle with similar features; not to mention the castle logo of potentially the world’s most famous animated feature film house which also originated from this striking creation. Visitors can stay in Villa Jägerhaus, a lovely country-style hotel with beautiful views of the surrounding castles and countryside. This idyllic hotel is also walking distance from Hohenschwangau Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle for those who wish to explore the area on foot.


Tangled (Rapunzel): Mont-Saint-Michel (France)


We all know the tale of Rapunzel – the Princess of Corona who was kidnapped as a baby because of her magical hair and locked up to spend her entire life in a tower. The city of Corona depicted in the story’s accompanying movie was inspired by one of France’s most stunning sights, Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. Located on a mountain on an isolated island, it is now a Unesco World Heritage Site. Ferme Saint Joseph – Gites provides self-catering holiday homes and boasts beautiful views of Mont Saint-Michel. This working farm even allows you to bring pets along for the stay. Facilities include a relaxing indoor pool and bike rental, which is the perfect way to discover this area.


Brave: Eilean Donan (Scotland)


Located in the deserted western Highlands of Scotland, Eilean Donan is one of the most recognizable castles in Scotland, situated on its own little island overlooking the Isle of Skye – at the point where three great sea-lochs meet. In a beloved 2012 computer-animated fantasy film set in 10th century Scotland, red-haired princess Merida lived in a castle inspired by Eilean Donan. Built in the 13th century as a stronghold to defend against Vikings, it is now a truly breathtaking sight. If you’re visiting, spend a night at Glencoe House – the private dining room of this country house hotel offers you spectacular mountain views, breakfast, and a warm fireplace.


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