Gdynia, Poland, is the only place on the Baltic coast where hills of any size come right down to the sea, making it the best fit, landscape-wise, for a real-world Kingdom of Corona. The map of Gdynia shows the hills rising behind the harbor.
Nothing along the Baltic Coast comes close to the hills of a real-world Corona. Wiezyca is the best the region has to offer. It’s in Polish Pomerelia, and while it’s nowhere near as dramatic as the hills of Corona, it does offer some interesting nooks as well as the Kashubian Lake District, which could use a dam or two (maybe). The map shows the relation of Wiezcya to the lakes.
Gdynia, Poland, is one of the more intriguing potential locations for a real-world Corona. The bottom map shows (underlined in red) the city of Gdynia and the 1,000-foot Wiezcya hills next to the Kashubian Lake District. The photos show the fachwerk architecture common in Corona (left), Wiezcya (center), and Kaszuby lake (right), with corresponding maps beneath them.
Mont St. Michel in Normandy, France, inspired our castle in “Tangled.” It sits out in the bay surrounded by water and feels so very fairy tale-like. When I visited it I knew this has to be the kingdom that Rapunzel will someday be Queen of.-GLEN KEANE
You base whatever you’ve got in reality. We were thinking of Central Europe - what trees grow there? We researched what the major types of forests were in Eastern Germany, Poland, and Hungary. We kept to oak, hornbeam, and beech because of the shapes. We wanted soft lines. -DOUG ROGERS, DESIGNER
The photos are of a beech forest I recently visited on Rügen, a German island in the Baltic Sea.
The photos are from Stralsund, Germany, a Baltic Sea port on an island that gives a sense of what a real-world island-village of Corona might have looked like. The art is concept art from the excellent companion book, “The Art of Tangled.”
This photo shows some of the similarities between Corona and Lübeck, a Baltic Sea port in Germany. Germany’s Baltic Sea coast is a leading candidate for where a real-world Kingdom of Corona might have been located. (Read more here.)
This is Ralswiek Castle on the German island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea. As you know, I think “Tangled” probably takes place on the Baltic Sea coast, and I thought this castle had some of the same feel of the Corona castle, particularly from the roof down. It’s French Renaissance style, and I see the Corona castle as a French Renaissance-style castle topped with Eastern European-style onion domes. I also got a kick out the sunburst sundial on the side and the forested grounds – very Corona-esque.
This is a companion map to my story, “The House of Korona.” It shows all the locations mentioned in the story, including the Kingdom. The full map shows the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania. The inset shows a more detailed view of Gdansk Bay and the Kingdom. The date of the map is 1739.
These maps show the tendency of Hanseatic cities on the Baltic Sea in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to build on islands. The fact that the Corona village is on an island (and that the flag of Corona has a ship on it) adds further credence to the idea that a real-world island-village might have been a small Hanseatic port.