One of the first thoughts I had while watching all of the illuminating visuals in Pixar’s Coco was I cannot wait for Disney to reimagine these locations inside a Disneyland theme park. But I quickly realized that those locations are actually real. The film is inspired by Mexico and our customs, after all. While the design for the world of the afterlife inside the film was brilliantly created by Pixar’s team, production designer Harley Jessup explains they still needed to be accurate to Mexico and its culture.
“We felt a huge responsibility to the people of Mexico to get it right,” Jessup told Variety. “We wanted them to recognize details that the rest of the world might not even notice.”
For anyone wanting to escape to a place where Mexican culture thrives and Day of the Dead exists year round, Mexico City has that unique spark always. Here’s a guide on how to take in Mexico City through the eyes of Miguel and Coco.
Does that ceiling look familiar? Sure looks like the Grand Central Station where Miguel gets whisked away into the Land of the Dead. But before you step inside this place looking to buy a train ticket, this is actually a hotel! Located on the famous Zócalo Plaza, Gran Hotel Ciudad de México is the ideal location for travelers looking to explore the rich cultural and historical center of Mexico City. With stunning architecture, beautifully appointed rooms and luxury services and amenities, travelers can enjoy all that Mexico City has to offer at Gran Hotel Ciudad de México. Hotel rooms start at about $130 a night.