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Arendelle is a Fairy Tale Land realm featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the first episode of the fourth season.

Arendelle is based on a location of the same name from the Disney movie, Frozen.


Before First Curse

Arendelle is ruled by a monarchy that goes back many generations. During one generation, Princess Ingrid manifests ice powers, and she fears becoming an outcast because magic is unheard of in Arendelle. Her sisters, Helga and Gerda, make a pact with ribbons to keep her powers a secret. Years later, they sacrifice the ribbons so Ingrid can obtain magic neutralizing gloves and a urn to control her powers. During an altercation with the Duke of Weselton, Ingrid accidentally kills Helga, horrifying Gerda so much that she traps her in the urn. Grand Pabbie, on Gerda's request, erases everyone's memories of Ingrid and Helga. ("The Snow Queen")

Becoming Queen, Gerda marries and has two daughters, Elsa and Anna. Elsa inherits ice magic, like Ingrid, which troubles her parents. When the two sisters are older, Gerda and her husband go to Misthaven for a magical remedy to Ingrid's powers, but on the return trip, the ship is caught in a terrible storm. Before the vessel capsizes, Gerda reveals the truth, in a note to her daughters, her regrets about trapping Ingrid, before putting the confession in a bottle at sea. Five years later, Elsa is now Queen and helping Anna plan her wedding to Kristoff. From Grand Pabbie, the sisters learn their parents' trip to Misthaven, which Anna decides to investigate by going there alone. ("A Tale of Two Sisters")

Elsa, discovering Prince Hans wants to entrap her in an urn and seize Arendelle for himself, investigates the mysterious object with Kristoff. Under duress, Hans forces her to hand over the urn, which he uncaps and unintentionally frees Ingrid, who freezes him for his insolence. On return to the castle, the Snow Queen, Ingrid, reveals herself as Elsa's aunt. ("Rocky Road")

During her stay in Mist Haven, Anna finds out her parents sought Rumplestiltskin to get rid of Elsa's powers with a magic hat. Worried that Elsa will be hurt by this, she hides the truth from her. Suspicious of Ingrid's motives, Anna goes to Grand Pabbie, and she brings along a companion, Belle, who also needs his help. Once Grand Pabbie confesses Ingrid's relation to Gerda and Helga, Anna attempts to rush home to warn Elsa. However, Ingrid incapacitates Anna after making her fall from a cliff, stealing the hat, and then imprisoning her niece in the castle dungeon. With plans of being a family with Elsa, Ingrid declares that Anna, who does not possess any magic, must be replaced with someone else. ("Family Business")

Using the hat as a bargaining chip, Ingrid travels to the Enchanted Forest, asking the Sorcerer's Apprentice to find her a third magical sister to complete her family. Returning to Arendelle, she attempts to persuade Elsa that Anna wanted to take away her powers with the hat. Elsa is doubtful, but Ingrid insists non-magical people will never understand them. Instead of turning against Anna, Elsa teams up with her to retrap Ingrid in the urn. This backfires when Anna, under the influence of Ingrid's spell, seals Elsa in the urn instead. In a rage, Ingrid freezes all of Arendelle and then blanks Elsa's memories of recent events. Rumplestiltskin, desiring the hat, snatches the urn, with the promise of returning it if Ingrid gives him what he wants. Before she can, however, the Apprentice locates a third sister in another world, causing Ingrid to forfeit the hat to him for passage to this realm. ("Smash the Mirror")

After Second Curse

Thirty years later, as a result of using enormous power to cast a spell in another world, Ingrid's freezing curse on Arendelle comes to an end. Unfrozen, Anna discovers evidence that Rumplestiltskin took Elsa, but before she can make plans to rescue her, she and Kristoff are accused of "treason" by Prince Hans. They flee, deciding to locate a wishing star, as a means of finding Elsa. Instead, Black Beard tricks them into getting caught by Hans before they are locked in a coffer, which is then thrown into the sea, but they are saved when Elsa's use of the wishing star transports them to Storybrooke. ("Fall")

After disposing of Anna and Kristoff, Hans seizes the throne of Arendelle, but once the royal sisters return, he is forced out. As punishment for helping Hans conspire to hurt her family, Elsa shrinks Black Beard and his ship into a bottle. The sisters then restore everyone's memories of Ingrid and Helga to the kingdom, and Anna prepares for her long awaited wedding to Kristoff. ("Heroes and Villains", "Poor Unfortunate Soul")

After Third Curse
Years later, during their travel around all realms, Belle and Mr. Gold visit the Wandering Oaken's Trading Post.[1] ("Beauty")


For detailed location information, please see the Arendelle Locations category and the list of minor Arendelle locations.



On-Screen Notes

Set Dressing

Filming Locations


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

See also


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  3. TwitterLogo @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter. "Arendelle is near the Enchanted Forest -- no need for a portal, just a boat." (screenshot)
  4. Mitovich, Matt Webb (September 13, 2015). Once Upon a Time Season 5 Preview: Emma/Hook in Danger, Regina's Great Challenge, 'Hannibal' Zelena and More. TVLine. “TVLINE | To be clear, Camelot’s timeline is parallel to ours? HOROWITZ | It works just like The Enchanted Forest or Arendelle. They’re all just a few days ride away from each other.”
  5. File:408ArendelleCastle.png
  6. Anyone recognize these? About 8 feet tall... from a movie/tv set currently filming up in North Van (LSCR). Ironman Gooch on Google+ (July 15, 2014).
  7. TwitterLogo @markklotz (Mark Klotz) on Twitter. "#ouat setting up for a scene involving a kite in a tree. #onceuponatime on Burnaby Mountain Park." (screenshot)
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