The town of Spectre from 'Big Fish' awaits you...
Magic isn’t something you come across every day. In fact, most of our lives are pretty average on the day-to-day! But there’s something really, really special that lies in Millbrook, AL you may not have heard about. In 2002 and 2003, Central Alabama played host to the filming of Big Fish, a movie directed by famous filmmaker Tim Burton – if you’re not familiar, then maybe you’re familiar with a little movie called The Nightmare Before Christmas. Once filming wrapped, the entire Big Fish movie set was left behind. And get this: you can still visit it today!
The set depicts the fictional town of “Spectre,” used in some of the film’s most important moments. And when you consider that some of Hollywood’s finest – Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham Carter, Danny DeVito, Steve Buscemi, Miley Cyrus – were a part of the film, then it adds a level of intrigue that’s hard to ignore.
I mean… who doesn’t want to walk where Obi-Wan Kenobi’s been?
The set is located on Jackson Lake Island, and while it’s open to the public, it’s not completely closed-off. The land is privately owned, and you’re asked to pay a $3.00 fee to help keep the grounds taken care of. The set is a small but important part of a larger outdoor campground that’s used by many as a sort of outdoor getaway.
However, if you’re cool that $3.00 fee, then head on out. There’s even a herd of friendly goats that roam the campgrounds and set who will be happy to make your acquaintance.
You can get to Spectre and Jackson Lake Island by heading to this address: Cypress Ln, Millbrook, AL 36054. It’s a simple, dirt road that you’ll follow to a gate. Pay up your entry fee and drive on to see the movie set!