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Aladdin: Are we done searching yet?
Jasmine: You can ask the same question a hundred times and you will get the same answer. We search until we find Agrabah.

"A Wondrous Place" is the fifteenth episode of Season Six of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Jane Espenson & Jerome Schwartz, and directed by Steve Pearlman. It is the one hundred and twenty-sixth episode of the series overall, and premiered on April 2, 2017.


When Hook finds himself trapped in another realm along with the Nautilus and her crew, he races to return to Emma before Gideon can execute the rest of his plan. In Storybrooke, Regina and Snow take Emma out to get her mind off Hook’s disappearance. And in a flashback to Agrabah, Jasmine befriends Ariel, and together they set out to locate Prince Eric as the threat from Jafar intensifies.[2]




Guest Starring





Production Notes

  • The establishing shot of Storybrooke early in the episode,[5] where the leaves are blown across Main Street, is the exact same shot that was used to show the empty streets of Storybrooke the morning after Hook's death in the Season Five episode "Swan Song".[6] The shot was recycled once again for the opening shot of the Season Seven episode "Beauty".[7]
  • For the exterior scenes in Agrabah, a couple of dump trucks worth of sand were dumped into a green screen space right before the Season Six Christmas break, enough to cover the whole surface by about 1–2 feet. Unfortunately, thanks to Vancouver's rainy climate, the sand was wet, and they couldn't shoot a desert scene on wet sand. To solve the problem, the crew brought in industrial fans that ran 24 hours a day over the Christmas break so that the sand would be dry by the time they got back from the holidays to shoot the scenes in January.[8]
  • Director Steve Pearlman came up with the name for the bar that Emma, Mary Margaret and Regina visit, Æsop's Tables.[9]
  • Llamas were used in this episode instead of camels, because it would have cost 20,000 dollars to import them.[10] The production team originally wanted to have camels appear on-screen in Agrabah, but there are no camels to be found in Vancouver, where Once Upon a Time was filmed, and they would have had to ship them from Los Angeles.[8]
  • During filming of this episode, greensperson Sarah McCulloch nicknamed Deniz Akdeniz, Ali Baba.[11]

Event Chronology

Episode Connections


Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

  • The genie pants Deniz Akdeniz wore for this episode had to be fitted with an electric heating device due to the cold weather they experienced during filming. Colin O'Donoghue asked if they could do the same with his costume, but his jeans were too tight-fitting to fit a heating device underneath and the actor got quite cold.[52]
    • The boots Aladdin is wearing during his time as a genie[53] are modified jewelled boots from the Canadian retailer Aldo.[54]
  • Regina is wearing[55] a Lanvin Leopard Jacquard Sleeveless Sheath Dress[56] (no longer available).
  • Mary Margaret is wearing[55] a Joie Bellange Blouse[57] (no longer available).
  • The chain on Ariel's necklace is reminiscent of seaweed, while the pendant is blue like the ocean;[58] a reference to Ariel being a mermaid.

Filming Locations

International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (April 4, 2017). ‘Little Big Shots’ adjusts up: Sunday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 2.80”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Sunday, April 02, 2017. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#615) "A Wondrous Place".”
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  4. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (December 12, 2016). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya in March!" (screenshot)
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  8. 8.0 8.1 Tumblr I want a pirate mascot — Van Con 2017 set tour report: with spoilers on Tumblr  (March 27, 2017). "Steve told us that they shot a desert scene on the green screen in early January, and I found the anecdote that went along with this really interesting. They trucked in a couple of dump trucks worth of sand into the green screen space right before the Christmas break. He said it was enough sand to cover the whole surface by about 1-2 feet. The problem was that the sand was WET because, don’t know if you've heard, it rains a lot in Vancouver. Anyway, this is a problem because they couldn’t very well shoot a desert scene on wet sand. So, they brought in industrial fans that ran 24 hours a day over the break so that the sand would be dry by the time they got back from the holidays to shoot the scene. If I remember correctly, this scene will be in the upcoming episode. He also said there would be llamas in this scene. They originally wanted camels, but there are no camels in Vancouver, and they would have had to ship camels in from LA…which apparently shipping animals across international borders is an issue! So, llamas." (screenshot)
  9. TwitterLogo @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (April 2, 2017). "I wish it were! It came from the episode's director, Steve Pearlman. But I love it as if it were my own." (screenshot)
  10. Tumblr The Enchanted Forest News Service — Bridge Studios set tour: Llama Mystery Solved! on Tumblr  (March 25, 2017) (screenshot)
  11. TwitterLogo @leafladygreens (SaraMcCulloch) on Twitter (January 8, 2017). "@KarenDavid & Ali Babba [sic], I hope he had long-johns under those "fancy pants"! Ha! It was bloody cold, & so beautiful!" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @leafladygreens (SaraMcCulloch) on Twitter (January 7, 2017). "Ok, so I HAD 2 take a pic of "Fancy Pants" shoes, ya Ali Babba [sic], wait, Denis...... He's a sweetie! Magical gold feet?" (screenshot)
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  16. InstagramIcon ambercrombachmua (Amber Crombach). April 9, 2017.  "When #Jafar drops his magical red powder as we start to roll! @odedfehr losing his edge for a moment! Luckily for @karendavidofficial 😂😂😂" (archive copy)
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  35. “Emma Swan” (2) prop boot knives from Once Upon a Time Season 1, Episode 3 and Season 2, Episode 3.. iCollector (May 2019). Archived from the original on December 16, 2018.
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  47. Young, Michelle. Fireplace Fan Screen Fireplace Screen Vintage Brass Fan Peacock Shell Fan Fireplace Screen. Trendesire. Retrieved on November 25, 2018.
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  52. Once Upon A Time Season 6 Episode 15 Review w/ Karen David | AfterBuzz TV. YouTube (April 2, 2017).
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  54. "Aladdin" Once Upon a Time Season 6.. iCollector. Retrieved on November 30, 2018.
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  56. LANVIN leopard pattern knit dress. Farfetch. Retrieved on February 8, 2019.
  57. Bellange Lace Trim Blouse JOIE. Nordstrom. Retrieved on February 8, 2019.
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  59. InstagramIcon vfxsup (Craig Clarke). April 5, 2017.  "Row, row, row your boat.... well not between takes at least." (archive copy)
  60. InstagramIcon vfxsup (Craig Clarke). September 14, 2018.  "Happy Friday!!! Cheers to the weekend !!" (archive copy)
    InstagramIcon vfxsup (Craig Clarke). November 2, 2018.  "Going into the weekend like.... 😂😂" (archive copy)
  61. TwitterLogo @WhatsFilming (What's Filming) on Twitter (Jnauary 6, 2017). "#OnceUponATime is filming in the forest and on the beach at Belcarra Park until after midnight tonight." (screenshot)
  62. TwitterLogo @WhatsFilming (What's Filming) on Twitter (January 12, 2017). "#OnceUponATime used this cabin set for their filming at Belcarra Park last Friday. Thank you @belcarradeb for taking this pic!" (screenshot)
  63. InstagramIcon vfxsup (Craig Clarke). October 1, 2018.  "some behind the scenes pics from the magic carpet ride 😉" (archive copy)
  64. InstagramIcon vfxsup (Craig Clarke). April 3, 2017.  "That time we filled the green screen stage with sand and opened a petting zoo for @jogarciaswisher and @karendavidofficial #behindthescenes #onceabcofficial" (archive copy)
  65. InstagramIcon vfxsup (Craig Clarke). October 1, 2018.  "Ha, realized I posted the last pic before so I dove back into the folder and found this one of Colin making a call on a sea shell 😂" (archive copy)

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