Frozen’s Arendelle Is Getting Crowded
One of the best things about Frozen is its incorporation of Norwegian myth and culture.
And, given that Disney’s animators used real life locations as inspiration, well that’s a tourism boon waiting to happen.
That’s exactly what occurred in Hallstatt in the European country of… Austria?
As anyone who’s ever waited in line to meet Anna and Elsa or ride Frozen: Ever After at Walt Disney World can attest, the pull of Frozen is incredibly strong. Fans of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen and the recently released Frozen II simply can’t get enough of the property, doing everything they can to immerse themselves in Anna and Elsa’s world. That passion is so extreme that Frozen II’s real-life Arendelle has been inundated with tourists.
The Kingdom of Arendelle is not a real place, but it was inspired by some very real places people can visit, and it seems that many are doing just that. One of those places is the village of Hallstatt in the European country of Austria. Hallstatt is a picturesque alpine village that sits next to a beautiful lake in the shadow of the Dachstein Massif Mountain.
Basically, Hallstatt, Austria looks like something out of a fairy tale, and it bears a striking resemblance to Arendelle from Frozen II. The fictional kingdom also sits on a lake in the shadow of a mountain, and the buildings look a lot like what you’ll find in Hallstatt. Although it doesn’t seem that Hallstatt has ever been confirmed as the inspiration for Arendelle, that hasn’t stopped countless Frozen fans from making a pilgrimage to the Austrian village.
So, apparently, 10,000 visitors a day now visit a village of 778. AND, they charge €1 to go to the bathroom!
Nobody tell Disney.