Instead of waiting for new rides to pop up at Disneyland; here’s a list of places where you can head to that’s inspired by forthcoming Disney movies.
1. Moana (November 2016)
Visit: Maui, Hawaii, USA
This animated movie tells the story of tribe princess Moana, Disney’s first Polynesian princess, who teams up with fabled demigod Maui in search for a mysterious island. The Hawaiian island of Maui in the Central Pacific is a perfect real-life representation of the film’s backdrop!
2. Beauty and the Beast (March 2017)
Visit: Colmar, France for Belle’s village, Château de Chambord, Chambord, France for the Beast’s castle
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We’re all stoked to see the gorgeous Emma Watson play Belle in this upcoming live-action remake of a classic favourite, but we’re even more excited to see Belle’s quaint French village and the Beast’s castle come to life! Though the remake was filmed at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England, graphic inspiration came from Colmar and the Château de Chambord in central France.
3. Cars 3 (August 2017)
Visit: Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA
Not much of the movie is known, but USAToday.com reports that the story will involve historical race sites throughout the USA. Why not embark on a road trip from the East to West Coast (or vice versa)? An interesting place to detour through is Tucumcari, New Mexico, home to the Tucumcari Mountain, which inspired the radiator cap-shaped mountain seen in the first Cars movie. Also, the small desert town embodies a similar spirit to Disney Pixar’s ‘Radiator Springs’.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 2017)
Visit: Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
Though this action flick is set within the Bermuda Triangle, we don’t recommend taking a trip there- it’s said that several ships and aircrafts have mysteriously gone missing within that area. Instead, filming took place at the much more pleasant Port Douglas. Don’t expect any swashbuckling antics, as the town is much more known for its culinary offerings and five-star resorts, but if you’re looking for adventure, the Great Barrier Reef is a stone’s throw away.
5. Coco (November 2017)
via GIPHY. No images or trailers of the movie have been released yet, so enjoy this GIF instead!
Visit: San Andrés Mixquic, Mexico City, Mexico
Coco will tell the story of Miguel, a Mexican boy who meets his ancestors, and is inspired by the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). To experience an authentic Dia de los Muertos celebration, visit San Andrés Mixquic in Mexico City! The community is known to throw one of the world’s best festivals dedicated to the holiday, which is celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd.