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This page lists Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland's references to various Disney works.


Once Upon a Time

Show in General

Introduced in "Pilot"

• The seven dwarves are all named after their Disney counterparts. In the original fairytale, the dwarves were unnamed. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Most of the dwarves have traits similar to their Disney counterpart: Doc is kind and fatherly, Dopey never speaks, Grumpy has a sour deposition, Happy is bubbly and bright, Sleepy is drowsy and struggles to stay awake, and Sneezy frequently sneezes. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Snow White's evil stepmother is known as the Evil Queen, just like in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Archie shares his name with Hopper, an actual hopper. (A Bug's Life, 1998)
Jiminy Cricket and his Storybrooke counterpart both carry an umbrella, just like the Disney version of the character. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• The talking cricket is named after Jiminy Cricket from the film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• The fairy with the turquoise hair is called the Blue Fairy like in the film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• Archie working as a psychiatrist is a reference to Disney's Pinocchio, where his counterpart Jiminy Cricket serves as a conscience who leads Pinocchio down the right path; similar to the way a psychiatrist sits down with their clients and tries to help them find the right path.[1] (In the novel, the cricket is a ghost and does not speak much.) (Pinocchio, 1940)


Introduced in "The Thing You Love Most"

• The Forbidden Fortress resembles the one in Sleeping Beauty, where Maleficent's domain is called the Forbidden Mountain. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
Maleficent's staff is based on the item of the same name from Disney's Sleeping Beauty. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)


Introduced in "The Shepherd"

• A Mickey Mouse telephone is sitting in a case in Mr. Gold's pawnshop in "The Shepherd",[2] "Desperate Souls",[3] "The Return",[4] "The Stranger",[5] "An Apple Red as Blood",[6] "We Are Both"[7] and "The Crocodile".[8] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)


Introduced in "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"

Mary Margaret has a sugar bowl with a blue bird on top, a reference to the blue birds in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.[9] (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


Introduced in "Skin Deep"

• The blue and white dress Belle wears when she's Rumplestiltskin's maid (also seen on the Shadow when he's masquerading as Belle in Neverland), is similar to Belle's outfit in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle's beloved book, Her Handsome Hero, has a blue binding, just like the one her counterpart is reading in her introduction scene in the Disney film.
• A red rose is pictured on the Game of Thorns logo, a reference to the enchanted rose from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.[10] (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The chipped tea cup is a reference to Chip from the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• In Rumplestiltskin's castle, there is a kind of fur with horns which resembles Disney's Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• There is a candlestick and clock in Rumplestiltskin's castle resembling Lumiere and Cogsworth. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• A hammer resembling Thor's Mjølnir is sitting on a pedestal in the Dark One's castle. It is later (in "The Heart of the Truest Believer" and "Quite a Common Fairy") hidden inside a cupboard. (Thor, 2011)
Once Upon a Time starring cast member Josh Dallas plays the Asgardian warrior Fandral in this movie.


Introduced in "The Stranger"

Henry has a Tron: Legacy lunchbox in "The Stranger",[11] "Going Home", "Greenbacks",[12] "Wake Up Call"[13] and "Is This Henry Mills?".[14] Show creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis wrote the screenplay for this movie. (Tron: Legacy, 2010)


Introduced in "A Land Without Magic"

Maleficent transforms into a fire breathing dragon. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)


Introduced in "The Crocodile"

Smee's hat is red as it is in Disney's Peter Pan. (Peter Pan, 1953)


Introduced in "Quite a Common Fairy"

• Tinker Bell wears a similar costume to the animated version in the Disney animated movie. (Peter Pan, 1953)


Introduced in "The Jolly Roger"

Black Beard's clothing and appearance is reminiscent of Disney's Captain Hook. (Peter Pan, 1953)


Season One

"Pilot"

Snow White is awakened by a kiss from Prince Charming (in the original fairytale, there is no kiss; instead, the apple dislodges from Snow White's throat when the glass coffin is carried by the prince's servants). This scene is re-used in "A Land Without Magic" and "Lost Girl". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Emma wishes on a candle shaped like a blue star, an allusion to the scene in Pinocchio, in which Geppetto wishes on a blue star and his wish is granted by the Blue Fairy. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• As Emma's car passes into town, a lawn pinwheel of Disney's Tinker Bell spins in the wind. (Peter Pan, 1953)
• Archie is heard whistling the song "Give a Little Whistle" as he walks away from Emma and Henry. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• Snow White attracts a blue bird that flies onto her hand. Mary Margaret sets free a blue bird from her hands into its nest house. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• There is a plush of Minnie Mouse in Emma's baby room at the castle.[15] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
Pinocchio plays with a wooden whale; a nod to Monstro the Whale. (Pinocchio, 1940)
Leroy whistles, "Heigh-Ho" when he sees Emma in jail. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"The Thing You Love Most"

• The Gnome, who is turned into stone by the Evil Queen, has a similar characteristic and behavior to Creeper, the Horned King's lackey. (The Black Cauldron, 1985)


"Snow Falls"

Mary Margaret has a ceramic blue bird figurine on her nightstand. This is a reference to the blue birds in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.[16] (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"The Price of Gold"

• One of Cinderella's stepsisters wears a pink dress for the ball, while the other one wears a yellow dress, just like Anastasia and Drizella in the Disney film. Cinderella's stepmother wears a blue dress for the ball, just like Lady Tremaine in the film. (Cinderella, 1950)
• Cinderella's ball gown is similar to the one she wears in the Disney film. (Cinderella, 1950)
• When Cinderella and Prince Thomas kiss, it's similar to the scene where the titular character and the prince spend private time together outside and are about to kiss, but then the clock begins to strike midnight. (Cinderella, 1950)
• A Minnie Mouse figurine is seen in the pawnshop when Ashley breaks in. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
Prince Charming says that Snow White sends messages via bluebirds, a reference to the blue birds that the character interacts with in the Disney movie. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"That Still Small Voice"

Martin and Myrna physically resemble (through costumes, and Myrna's hairstyle) the characters Honest John and Gideon respectively from the film. They are also con artists, just like in the film. (Pinocchio, 1940)


"The Shepherd"

• A tea set with with a rose design, with cups, teapot, creamer and sugar bowl, is seen in Mr. Gold's pawnshop. This is a reference to the magical rose from Beauty and the Beast, and the scene where the living teacup and teapot (Chip and Mrs. Potts) bring Belle some tea, accompanied by a living sugar bowl and a living creamer. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"

• The Evil Queen sends the Huntsman out to kill Snow White and bring her heart as proof of death but he gives her the heart of a stag instead (in the fairytale, she orders him to bring back her lungs and liver and the huntsman presents the queen with the lungs and liver of a wild boar to fake Snow White's death). This is a reference to the Disney movie, where the queen demands that the huntsman returns with Snow White's heart in a jeweled box as proof of the deed, and the huntsman brings back a pig's heart instead. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• There are giant sea shells in Mary Margaret's classroom,[17] which is a reference to The Little Mermaid.[9] (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• *Regina's heart caskets are similar to the one the Evil Queen has in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"Desperate Souls"

• According to a piece of paper in the box of belongings, Sheriff Graham's full name is Graham Humbert.[18] In the Disney film, the Huntsman's name is Humbert as well. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"True North"

• *A Minnie Mouse figurine can be glimpsed in the pawnshop as Mr. Gold explains to Emma about his extensive records.[19] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)


"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"

The Genie allows the owner of the lamp to be granted three wishes (in the fairytale, the genie is merely bound to do the bidding of the person holding the lamp). (Aladdin, 1992)
• When the Genie is set free, his bracelets disappear, just like in Disney's Aladdin (the same thing happens to Aladdin himself in "A Wondrous Place"). (Aladdin, 1992)
• The Genie states, "You cannot wish for life, nor death. You cannot wish for love." This is a reference to Disney's Aladdin, where the Genie states that a wish cannot be used to kill anybody, make someone fall in love, or bring people back from the dead. (Aladdin, 1992)


"Skin Deep"

• This episode features Gaston from the movie Beauty and the Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Belle is named after the same character from the film. Belle's father is called Maurice as in the film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• In Maurice's castle, Belle is standing in the background, holding a blue book close to her chest, mirroring a segment in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle's yellow dress is similar to the one she wears in the Disney film (she wears it again in "Lacey"). (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Rumplestiltskin mentions Belle's "little town", a reference to the song Belle from the Disney film, which opens with "Little town, it's a quiet village / Every day like the one before / Little town, full of little people / Waking up to say". (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The outfit worn by Gaston when he confronts Rumplestiltskin is similar to the one he wears in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Rumplestiltskin turns Gaston into a rose, giving it to Belle, saying that he had bought it from an old woman selling roses, a reference to the enchantress and the magical rose from the movie. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle does not want to marry Gaston, just like in the movie. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The segment where Belle serves Rumplestiltskin tea is a reference to the scene where Chip and Mrs. Potts bring Belle some tea in the movie. The tea set with the cups, teapot, creamer and sugar bowl[20] mirror the scene in the movie, where Chip and Mrs. Potts are accompanied by a living sugar bowl and a living creamer. (This can also be seen in "Heroes and Villains" and "The Savior".) (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Similarly, when the Evil Queen visits Rumplestiltskin, he has a tea set with cups, teapot, creamer and sugar bowl laid out on the table.[21] (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The teapot on the tray is a reference to Mrs. Potts. (This can also be seen in "Heroes and Villains" and "The Savior".) (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• When Belle goes to town to fetch straw for Rumplestiltskin, she is carrying a basket, just like the character does when she is introduced in the Disney film.
• In the castle, there is a hat which resembles the Sorcerer's hat in Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" scene in Fantasia. (Fantasia, 1940)


"What Happened to Frederick"

Regina gives Henry a game called Space Paranoids, which was created by Kevin Flynn, the protagonist of the Tron film. (Tron, 1982)
Emma alludes to Kevin Flynn by quoting his advice to Henry while he is playing the game, "It's all in the wrists." (Tron, 1982)


"Dreamy"

Grumpy and Leroy both whistle the song, "Heigh-Ho". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Sister Astrid says to Leroy, "Someone once told me, you can do anything as long as you can dream it", a paraphrase of a quote by Walt Disney, "If you can dream it, you can do it."
• Astrid gives Leroy a pie to thank him for selling candles to help the convent. Snow White bakes Grumpy a pie in the film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"Heart of Darkness"

Snow White hums "With a Smile and a Song". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Snow White wears a similar looking red bow hairband as her Disney character adaptation. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• A blue bird lands on Snow White's hand, just like in the movie. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• There are two small Bambi statues in Mary Margaret's loft. (Bambi, 1942)


"Hat Trick"

• The Evil Queen disguises herself as a hag to lure in Jefferson's daughter, Grace; much like how the Evil Queen dressed as a hag selling apples to Snow White in the film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The doll in the marketplace that Grace wants is a white rabbit wearing a petticoat;[22] a reference to the White Rabbit. (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)


"The Stable Boy"

• Young Snow White wears several bow hairbands; among them a blue bow as in Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Young Snow White says to Regina "You really are the fairest of them all", directly quoting the Evil Queen's classic line from the Disney film: "Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?" (In the fairytale, the line goes "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all?") (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"The Stranger"

Geppetto has a cuckoo clock in his workshop, just like in Disney's Pinocchio. (Pinocchio, 1940)


• There is a Bambi plush toy in Emma's nursery room.[23] (Bambi, 1942)


• A Minnie Mouse is sitting on a shelf in Emma's nursery room.[24] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)


"An Apple Red as Blood"

• The White Rabbit pictured on the card that Jefferson puts on Paige's bike is wearing a red petticoat and a yellow shirt,[25] just like his Disney counterpart. (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
• *Snow White falls to the ground in the same fashion in Disney's 1937 film after taking a bite of the poisoned apple. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"A Land Without Magic"

Emma throws the sword, directly hitting the dragon in the heart, just as Prince Phillip did in the Disney film. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)


Season Two

"Broken"

Prince Phillip cuts down thorns to get to the sleeping Aurora (in the fairytale, the thorns separate themselves and make a path for the prince). (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• Prince Phillip awakens Aurora from the sleeping curse with true love's kiss, just like in the Disney film. (In the Brothers Grimm version of the fairytale, the prince stoops down and kisses the princess just as the curse breaks. This was modified for the Disney film, where the prince actually awakens the princess with a kiss, which breaks the spell and wakes everyone in the palace.) (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• The prince is named Prince Phillip like in the Disney film. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• Aurora shares her name with the character in the Disney film. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
• When Emma and her parents pay Mr. Gold a visit, he is brewing tea for himself and Belle, a reference to the scene where Chip and Mrs. Potts bring Belle some tea in the Disney film. The tea set with the cups, teapot, creamer and sugar bowl mirror the scene in the movie, where Chip and Mrs. Potts are accompanied by a living sugar bowl and a living creamer. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• When Belle leaves the pawnshop, a candelabra similar to Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast[26] is sitting on a shelf by the door. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"We Are Both"

Leroy says, "It's off to work we go", from the song "Heigh-Ho". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Regina uses the line, "Fairest of them all", quoting the Evil Queen's classic line from the Disney film: "Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?" (In the fairytale, the line goes "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all?") (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• In Mr. Gold's shop, there is an African mask, which is an allusion to the Disney film.[27] (The Lion King, 1994)
Cora tells Regina, "You're stuck with me forever, darling, because I'm your mother, and I know best." The line is a reference to the song "Mother Knows Best". (Tangled, 2010)


"Lady of the Lake"

Mulan tells Emma and Mary Margaret, "You might survive", which is a line from the song "I'll Make a Man Out of You". It goes "Time is racing toward us, till the Huns arrive / Heed my every order, and you might survive". (Mulan, 1998)


"The Crocodile"

• The teapot sitting in the corner of Mr. Gold's kitchen counter is a reference to Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast.[10] (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Mr. Gold offers Belle some breakfast, but she declines. After their fight, Gold knocks at Belle's door, telling her to at least come and eat something. Similarly, in the Disney film, when the Beast makes Belle eat dinner with him, she refuses, claiming to be not hungry; prompting him to storm over to Belle's room and bang on the door, ordering her to come out to have dinner with him. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Belle enjoys drinking iced tea at Granny's Diner and says that she's never had it iced before, a reference to the scene where the living teaset bring Belle some tea in the movie. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Mr. Gold gives Belle a library to try to regain her affections, similar to what the Beast does in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"The Doctor "

Rumplestiltskin's witch-in-training replacement, Trish, bears a resemblance to Esmeralda. (Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996)


"Child of the Moon"

Billy's Enchanted Forest counterpart is Cinderella's household mouse, Gus. (Cinderella, 1950)


"Into the Deep"

Belle has a glass of iced tea in front of her at Granny's Diner,[28] a modern reference to the scene where the living teaset bring Belle some tea in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"Queen of Hearts"

• *The Queen of Hearts tells Hook to call her "your majesty", a reference to the scene where the Queen of Heart says to Alice, "Open your mouth a little wider, and always say “yes, your majesty”!" (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
• The mask Cora holds[29] resembles the baton the Queen of Hearts carries in the Disney film. (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)


"The Cricket Game"

• In the opening scene, Hook is shown from behind, standing on a yard while holding on to it with his left appendage, and looking at the town while the camera zooms in on him. The camera then zooms in on his face as his hair is blowing in the wind. Hook then grabs a rope that was next to the mast, hangs on to it and jumps to the deck below, followed by a close-up of his feet as he steps onto the dock. This is exactly the same as Captain Jack Sparrow's introduction in Pirates of the Caribbean (note that in the Disney film; there is a whole segment between the shot where Jack jumps and the shot where he steps onto the dock; on Once Upon a Time, it cuts directly to the dock). (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 2003)



"The Outsider"

Archie's tombstone reads "Archibald Hopper – Friend and conscience", a reference to Disney's Pinocchio, where Archie's counterpart Jiminy Cricket serves as a friend and conscience to Pinocchio. Similarly, Mary Margaret describes Archie as someone who would remind them be their best selves, do the right thing and always fight for what they believe in; another reference to the Disney character. (Pinocchio, 1940)
Mulan tells Belle to only fight for what's worth fighting for, which is a reference to the the Disney song "A Girl Worth Fighting For". (Mulan, 1998)


"In the Name of the Brother"

• The Star Wars theme is heard as a ringtone in an episode broadcast shortly after Disney purchased the franchise. (Star Wars franchise)
Leroy mentions the movie Splash as an example of how magical beings discovered in the real world are likely to be "studied to death". (Splash, 1984)


"Tiny"

Leroy and the other dwarves whistle the melody of "Heigh-Ho". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


"The Queen Is Dead"

• A small Bambi statue is in Mary Margaret's loft.[30] (Bambi, 1942)


"The Miller's Daughter"

• The segment where Cora holds out her newborn daughter Regina in front of the court is a reference to scene where Simba is presented to the kingdom as the future king in The Lion King.[31] (The Lion King, 1994)


"Welcome to Storybrooke"

Kurt and Owen's last name is Flynn, a reference to Kevin and Sam Flynn[32] from the science fiction films Tron and its 2010 sequel Tron Legacy, respectively. Show creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis wrote the screenplay for the sequel. (Tron, 1982, Tron: Legacy, 2010)
• *Owen has a Return of the Jedi sleeping bag,[32] and mentions Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from the Star Wars movies. He also makes a reference to lightsabers. (Star Wars franchise)
• A bench outside the Marine Garage features an advertisement for computers with the ENCOM logo.[32] (Tron, 1982)
• When Regina visits the pawnshop, Gold is polishing a teakettle, a reference to Mrs. Potts.[32] (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Emma mentions how magic laws are not capable of bringing back the dead or making someone love another, a reference to the wish rules from Disney's Aladdin. (Aladdin, 1992)


"Selfless, Brave and True"

• As August lies on the ground in agony, there is a honey neon sign for a bar called "Winnie's Pub". (Winnie the Pooh, 2011)


"Lacey"

• In the Enchanted Forest, Belle wears a similar dress to the one in the ballroom scene in the Disney film. (This can also be seen in "Skin Deep".) (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Mr. Gold orders ice tea for himself and Lacey at Granny's Diner, a modern reference to the scene where the living teaset bring Belle some tea in the movie. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
Rumplestiltskin shows Belle the library in his home, similar to what the Beast did in the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"Second Star to the Right"

John wears spectacles and is carrying an umbrella. (Peter Pan, 1953)
Michael carries a teddy bear, just like in the Disney film.
• The time on Big Ben is 8:15, the same time that is shown in the Disney film. (Peter Pan, 1953)


"And Straight On 'Til Morning"

Hook references the song "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" from Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean. (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)
Leroy and the other dwarves whistle the melody of "Heigh-Ho". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


Season Three

"The Heart of the Truest Believer"

Neal references Mulan to a Disney film of the same name. (Mulan, 1998)
David saves Emma from drowning by tying a rope around himself, which is attached to the rigging; jumping into the water, grabbing Emma, and being hoisted on board by three other crew members. This mirrors the scene where John Smith saves Thomas from drowning in Disney's Pocahontas. (Pocahontas, 1995)

(Note that the order of the shots from Pocahontas is slightly different in the actual movie.)


"Lost Girl"

Emma notes Captain Hook's appearance in the animated film as sporting a "waxed mustache and a perm". (Peter Pan, 1953)
Pan's map of Neverland is highly reminiscent of the map from the animated film. (This can also be seen in "Quite a Common Fairy".) (Peter Pan, 1953)
• The close-up where Hook touches the map with his grapple hook mirrors a segment from the animated movie. (Peter Pan, 1953)


"Quite a Common Fairy"

• *The title card features Tinker Bell lighting up the title with her magic, a reference to what the Disney animated version of the character does for the company's logo at the beginning of several of its home video releases.


"Nasty Habits"

• The Sheriff of Hamelin is dressed similar to the Mayor of Hamelin in Silly Symphonies. (The Pied Piper, 1933)


"Ariel"

• The names of Ariel, Prince Eric and Ursula all come from the Disney animated version of the story, since in the original fairytale, the characters are unnamed. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• In the title card, Ariel is sitting on a rock, similar to how Disney's Ariel sits on a rock in the movie during a musical number. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• The Under the Sea Celebration is a reference to the song "Under the Sea" from the movie. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• While masquerading as Ursula, Regina says to Ariel, "My dear sweet child", which are the spoken words at the start of the song "Poor Unfortunate Souls" sung by Ursula in the Disney film. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Ariel likes to collect random human objects. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Ariel keeps the human objects she collects in a bag. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Ariel learns what a fork is. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Both Ariel and Eric mention a ship wreck where they first met (in the fairytale, the prince is completely unconscious when the little mermaid rescues him and unlike Eric, he does not remember the incident afterward). (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Eric states one of the places he will be traveling to is Agrabah. (Aladdin, 1992)
• the Evil Queen says,"You can be part of Eric's world", alluding to the Disney film song "Part of Your World". (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
Regina mentions the evil munchkins' dirt road. (Oz the Great and Powerful, 2013)
Snow White's ball dress has small Mickey Mouse faces on it.[33] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)


"Dark Hollow"

Leroy says, "No time for whistling, boys", alluding to the Disney song "Whistle While You Work". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Keychain is dressed in pink and has a teddy bear on his rear view mirror,[34] alluding to Disney version of Michael Darling. (Peter Pan, 1953)
• While in the Mr. Gold's shop, Ariel says, "Look at this stuff", which are the first words to the Disney song "Part of Your World". It opens with "Look at this stuff / Isn't it neat? / Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?" (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• Ariel is fascinated by a corkscrew she finds in Mr. Gold's pawnshop. In the animated movie, the character has a box full of corkscrews. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
• There is a hidden Mickey Mouse head on the side of Pandora's Box. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)


"Save Henry"

Regina mentions the game Space Paranoids from Tron. (Tron, 1982)


"Going Home"

• A Bambi plush toy is sitting on the floor in Emma's nursery.[35] (Bambi, 1942)


"New York City Serenade"

Aurora's food features a hidden Mickey Mouse head.(Steamboat Willie, 1928)
• As Emma leaves the Ostria restaurant, you can see that the house number on the establishment is 1138.[36] References to this number are scattered throughout the Star Wars films (and other Lucasfilm productions). (Star Wars franchise)
• Note that the house number was not added for the show; 1138 is the actual house number of Brix & Mortar, the real-life restaurant which doubles as the Ostria,[37] which is located on 1138 Homer Street in Vancouver.[38]


"Witch Hunt"

Henry plays a hand-held video game and mentions "derezzing" an opponent. (Tron, 1982)


"The Tower"

• When Rapunzel's doppelganger enters the tower, the doppelganger ties up Prince Charming with Rapunzel's hair, just like Disney's Rapunzel does with Flynn Rider in the movie Tangled. (Tangled, 2010)
• The "witch" falls from the tower exactly like Mother Gothel did in the movie Tangled. (Tangled, 2010)


"Quiet Minds"

Lumiere is based on the character of the same name from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"It's Not Easy Being Green"

• The Wizard's figure looks like James Franco's from Oz the Great and Powerful (this can also be seen in "Kansas"). (Oz the Great and Powerful, 2013)
• The title of the episode comes from a song by Kermit the Frog made famous on Sesame Street in the early 1970s. (Sesame Street, 1969


"The Jolly Roger"

Hook opens his eyes and sees the face of Ariel, which is reminiscent of the scene in The Little Mermaid, where Eric opens his eyes and sees Ariel's blurred face after she rescues him from drowning. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)


• The shadows against the sail during Hook's duel with Black Beard is reminiscent of the scene where Peter Pan engages Hook in single combat in Disney's Peter Pan. (Peter Pan, 1953)


• When Emma sees Ariel and Eric through the mirror, they reenact the beach scene from the Disney film. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)


"A Curious Thing"

Henry mentions the movie Peter Pan, and how he's seen it "a million times". (Peter Pan, 1953)


"Snow Drifts"

• The foster child carries a Mickey Mouse doll. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
Emma mention the movie The Lion King as an example of a royal baby coronation. (The Lion King, 1994)
• The clasps on Emma's cloak are in the shape of Mickey Mouse. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
Emma's alias in the Enchanted Forest is Princess Leia, from the Star Wars trilogy. (This also occurs in "There's No Place Like Home".) (Star Wars franchise)


"There's No Place Like Home"

• When marrying Mr. Gold, Belle says that sometimes the best tea cup is chipped, a reference to Chip, the living tea cup from Beauty and the Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The faceless woman who comes out of the urn is Elsa from Frozen, played by a double wearing a dress with a different design than the one the character wears when she is properly introduced in Season Four. (Frozen, 2013)


Season Four

Season Four in General

• Season 4A is a continuation of the movie Frozen, featuring the land of Arendelle and a string of characters, locations and items from the movie:


CHARACTERS FEATURED

Original character Adapted as Episodes
DFrozenRoyals

King and Queen of Arendelle

401RoyalCoupleAboutToDie

Gerda and King Arendelle

Three (including archive footage)
DFrozenElsa

Elsa

401ElsaFocusing

Elsa

Multiple
DFrozenAnna

Anna

404KneelingDown

Anna

Multiple
DFrozenGrandPabbie

Grand Pabbie

401SecondThoughts

Grand Pabbie

Three
DFrozenRockTrolls

Rock trolls

401LetsGo

Rock trolls

Three
DFrozenKristoff

Kristoff

401Uh

Kristoff

Multiple
DFrozenSven

Sven

401SvenHearsElsa2

Sven

Four
DFrozenHans

Hans

403AboutToOpenUrn

Hans

Three
Hans' twelve brothers
409NewKingOfArendelle

Hans' brothers

Two
DFrozenOaken

Oaken

406OnTheSauna

Oaken

"Family Business"
DFrozenDuke

Duke of Weselton

407DiplomaticMission

Duke of Weselton

"The Snow Queen"
DFrozenMarshmallow

Marshmallow

401WRAAA

A snowman (replica)[39]

"A Tale of Two Sisters"


LOCATIONS FEATURED

Original location Adapted as Episodes
DFrozenSea

Sea where the royal ship went down

401RoyalCoupleDeath

Poseidon's Boneyard

"A Tale of Two Sisters", "Fall"
DFrozenArendelle

Arendelle

408ArendelleCastle

Arendelle

Multiple
DFrozenGravestones

Royal gravestones

401HoldingHands

Royal gravestones

"A Tale of Two Sisters"
DFrozenCastle

Arendelle castle

408ArendelleCastle2

Arendelle castle

Multiple
DFrozenRockTrolls

Rock trolls

401LetsGo

Rock trolls

Three
DFrozenDocks

Arendelle docks

401ShipLeaving

Arendelle docks

"A Tale of Two Sisters",
"Fall" (mentioned)
DFrozenValley

Valley of the Living Rock

406HelpYouWithDear

Rock trolls valley

"A Tale of Two Sisters"
Southern Isles Southern Isles (mentioned) "Rocky Road", "Heroes and Villains"
Ice palace Ice palace (mentioned) "Rocky Road"
DFrozenOakens

Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna

406WanderingOakens

Wandering Oaken's Trading Post

"Family Business"
Weselton Weselton (mentioned) "The Snow Queen"


Items featured

Original item Adapted as Episodes
DFrozenGloves

Elsa's gloves

407YourFace

Concealing gloves

Multiple
DFrozenDocks

Royal ship

401BottleThrown

Royal ship

"A Tale of Two Sisters", "Fall"
• The magical hat is based on Yen Sid's hat from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" scene from Disney's Fantasia.(Fantasia, 1940)


"A Tale of Two Sisters"

• When Elsa stops Leroy's car by magically freezing it, she is in a similar pose as when the Duke of Weselton's guards attack her in the movie. (Frozen, 2013)
Belle and Mr. Gold dress in similar clothes as their counterparts in dance scene from Beauty and the Beast. They also dance to an instrumental version of the title song on the gramophone. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• Elsa asks Anna, "Have you forgot your last dalliance? Hans...", a reference to their disastrous relationship from the movie. (Frozen, 2013)
• Kristoff reminds Elsa of what happened the last time she left her kingdom behind. (Frozen, 2013)
• The scene with Emma and Regina on opposite sides of a door is a reference to the "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" sequence. (Frozen, 2013)


"White Out"

Anna goes by the name of Joan. This is a reference to Anna's line, "Hang in there, Joan", during the song "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?". (Frozen, 2013)
• Anna asks to sleep in the barn. Just as Kristoff sleeps in the barn in Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
• In the ice cave, Elsa says comments on the cold and says that "It's never bothered me", a reference to the famous song "Let It Go". (Frozen, 2013)
• Elsa asks Emma if she was born or cursed with her powers. This is what Grand Pabbie asked the King about Elsa in the movie. (Frozen, 2013)
David says to Elsa that Anna wouldn't her to live alone in an ice cave, which harkens back to the movie. (Frozen, 2013)
• When Anna is leaving the farm, Ruth packs Anna sandwiches for the journey. Anna gratefully accepts, and says, "I love sandwiches". This is a reference to Anna and Hans' line, "We finish each other's- sandwiches!" during the song "Love Is An Open Door". (Frozen, 2013)
• Anna says to David that she nearly froze to death when helping her sister. (Frozen, 2013)


"Rocky Road"

  • The Arendelle soldier refers to Kristoff as the official ice master and deliverer; a reference to his character in the film. (Frozen, 2013)
  • Mary Margaret adds her own personal touch to the mayor's office in the form of a painting of two bluebirds sitting on a branch,[40] a reference to the bluebirds that Snow White interacts with in the Disney film. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
  • "Marian" gains a streak of white hair in the same fashion Anna did in the film. (Frozen, 2013)
  • Hans states he did not kill Anna, but left her to die. (Frozen, 2013)
  • Elsa asks her aunt if she has ever built a snowman; a reference to Olaf and the Frozen song "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?". She also talks about the ice palace she built. (Frozen 2013)
  • Dr. Hopper advises Mary Margaret that it's okay to let go of her child. This is a reference to the song "Let It Go". (Frozen, 2013)
  • Kristoff says that he's seen Anna fight wolves and snow monsters and "that idiot from the South Isles"; a reference to events from Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • When Emma leaves the diner, an advertisement for computers with the ENCOM logo from the movie Tron can be seen on the street.[41] (Tron, 1982)

"The Apprentice"

• The Apprentice being turned into a mouse is a reference to Mickey Mouse, who portrayed the Apprentice in the Disney of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". (Fantasia, 1940)
• The broomstick that the Apprentice and Mr. Gold use (also seen in action in "Heroes and Villains") looks very similar to the one Mickey Moused enchants and uses in Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". (Fantasia, 1940)
• The part where Emma says to Hook, "You look...", and Hook answers, "I know", is a reference to the scene in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back where Princess Leia tells Han Solo that she loves him, and he answers, "I know".[42] (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)
• The man and woman eating spaghetti at the restaurant is a reference to the iconic scene from Lady and the Tramp. (Lady and the Tramp, 1955)
• The waiters at the restaurant are dressed like Tony, the kelner from Lady and the Tramp, and according to the menu, the restaurant itself is called Tony's. (Lady and the Tramp, 1955)
• The candles in a bottle and the table cloths in the restaurant, and the basket of breadsticks sitting on Emma and Hook's table, are similar to the ones seen in the famous movie scene. (Lady and the Tramp, 1955)
Anna says, "Wait, what?", one of her favorite phrases from Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)


"Breaking Glass"

  • Elsa builds an ice staircase of the one she made in the movie Frozen during the song "Let It Go". (Frozen, 2013)
  • Snow Queen tells Elsa that she going to "build a snowman", just like in the song "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?". (Frozen, 2013)
  • Elsa says "I'm not afraid", which is a reference to the line Anna says right before the reprise of the song "For the First Time in Forever" from the movie Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • David tells Mary Margaret that Belle will be able to reach them even if they fall through a portal to Asgard; a reference to the fictional realm Asgard from the movie Thor, in which Josh Dallas originally portrayed the Asgardian Fandral.[43] (Thor, 2011)
  • Elsa said that she sent a giant ice monster to chase her sister away, a reference to Marshmallow from Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)

"Family Business

  • Belle favorite book has a blue cover, just like her favorite book from the opening scene of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • Oaken say's "Hoo-hoo" and maces his hand like in the movie. (Frozen, 2013)
  • Kristoff says that Anna fell in love with Hans only ten minutes after meeting him. (Frozen, 2013)

"The Snow Queen

Rumpelstiltskin gives Ingrid a pair of gloves to conceal her magic, which are almost identical to the ones Elsa wore in the movie. (Frozen, 2013)
  • The Duke asks, "Did I say that out loud?", just like he did in Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • Helga pronounces his name "Weaseltown" instead of Weselton, and intends to stop the trading business between their kingdoms. (Frozen, 2013)
  • Ingrid freezes Helga similar to the way Elsa freezes Anna in Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • Emma runs away after her powers become out of control the same way Elsa does in Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • A set of Mickey Mouse ears cast in steel are lying in a box on the counter of Mr. Gold's pawnshop.[50] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)

"Smash the Mirror"

  • Elsa expresses Anna's love of chocolate in Frozen with a table full of chocolate desserts for her return. (Frozen, 2013)
  • When Anna says, "Go away Anna, go away Anna", she recites dialogue from the "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" sequence in Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • Kristoff uses his pickaxe from Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • When Ingrid first arrives in the Land Without Magic in 1982, there is a Tron advertisement in the city streets.[51] (Tron, 1982)

"Fall"

  • Anna says to Hans that she sang with him, referring to their duet "Love Is an Open Door" from Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • Elsa and Anna embrace, just like they do in the movie. (Frozen, 2013)
  • As the shards from Ingrid's spell fall from the sky, an advertisement for computers with the Encom logo from the movie Tron can be seen on the street.[52] (Tron, 1982)

"Shattered Sight"

Mary Margaret says that she talks to birds, which is what Snow White does in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• Mary Margaret snidely remarks, "Still wanna hold hands, sing "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"?" (Song of the South, 1946)
• About Arendelle, David says, "The whole place is frozen!" (Frozen, 2013)
Kristoff complains about how his sister-in-law "sets off eternal winters", a reference to the events of the movie. (Frozen, 2013)


"Heroes and Villains"

  • In the dark castle, there is a close-up of Rumplestiltskin's teacup,[53] a reference to Chip, the living teacup from the Disney film. The tea set on the table[54] is a reference to the scene where Chip, Mrs. Potts and the rest of the living tea set bring Belle some tea in the movie. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • The way Maleficent sends her message through a raven and later shapeshifts from a flock of ravens is a reference to the Disney film, where Maleficent owns a pet raven named Diablo. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
  • Maleficent's costume and headgear is similar to what she wears in the classic Disney film. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
  • Cruella De Vil's hairstyle and clothes are similar to her Disney animated counterpart. (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)
  • Cruella refers to Ursula as 'darling'. 'Darling' is a word that her Disney counterpart always uses in the movie. (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)
  • Ursula wears a shell necklace similar to the one in the movie. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Anna says, "Wait, what?", one of her favorite phrases from the movie. (Frozen, 2013)
  • Right before the wedding, Elsa says "What is that amazing smell?" and then she and Anna say "Chocolate" in unison, just like they do in the film Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • When Anna says "Did you see these bruises?" and Elsa says "Have you seen Hans's eye?" is a reference to the part of the Frozen film where Anna punches Hans in the face. (Frozen, 2013)
  • Before Anna gets married, Elsa asks, "You ready?", just like in the film; once with young Elsa and again at the end of the film. (Frozen, 2013)

"Darkness on the Edge of Town"

  • When Cruella uses persuasion magic on her dogs, the magic comes out of her mouth in the form of green smoke, which is designed to reflect the green cigarette smoke that Cruella puffs in the movie. (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)
  • A little bird sits on Mary Margaret hand, just like in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
  • According to a note on the board in the Storybrooke library, the owner of the Apprentice's house is Yen Sid,[55] a reference to the powerful sorcerer from Disney's Fantasia. (Fantasia, 1940)
  • In our world, Ursula wears a black jacket with purple, scale-like textures, and a purple scarf; a reference to Ursula's design in The Little Mermaid, where the character is lavender-skinned with six black tentacles with violet suckers. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Cruella De Vil's jerky way of driving is a reference to the eponymous' character's driving in the film One Hundred and One Dalmatians. (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)
  • Cruella calls people 'darling', the famous label she uses to address people in the movie. (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)
  • This episode features Chernabog and the Bald Mountain from Fantasia. (Fantasia, 1940)

"Enter the Dragon"

Aurora is humming "Once Upon a Dream" from Disney's Sleeping Beauty. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)


"Poor Unfortunate Soul"

  • The episode is named after a song from the Disney film The Little Mermaid. The song is sung by Ursula to Ariel. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Ursula sings "Part of Your World" and "Fathoms Below" during the episode. Both songs are from the Disney film The Little Mermaid. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Poseidon possesses a trident similar to the one that Ariel's father, King Triton, does. Ursula takes the trident from her father and and uses it to perform magic, just like Disney's Ursula takes Triton's trident and uses for the same purpose in The Little Mermaid. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Poseidon sees humans as dangerous, just like Triton does in the movie. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Ursula's mother was killed by pirates, just like Ariel's mother was in the 2008 prequel. (The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, 2008)
  • Ursula loves singing/music due to her mother's influence, and because she loves singing, she goes against her father's orders, just like Ariel does in the prequel. (The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, 2008)
  • Ursula is seeking passage to Glowerhaven, a reference to Prince Eric's line from The Little Mermaid, "You're not still sore because I didn't fall for the princess of Glowerhaven?" (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Hook points out that if they spill any squid ink, "Storybrooke will have a giant squid in its harbor", a reference to the scene in the animated film, where Ursula grows into a giant. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Hook steals Ursula's singing voice by trapping it inside a sea shell, just like Ursula did when she took Ariel's voice in the Disney film. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Hook opens his eyes and sees the face of Ariel, which is reminiscent of the scene in The Little Mermaid, where Eric opens his eyes and sees Ariel's face after she rescues him from drowning. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
Mary Margaret knocks out Cruella with a frying pan, just like Rapunzel does to Flynn Rider in the movie Tangled. (Tangled, 2010)
  • Ursula's father has a problem with singing/music because it reminds him of his wife's death, just like Ariel's father does in the prequel. Like Ariel's father, he realizes he was wrong and decides to accept singing/music in their lives. (The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, 2008)
  • The aria sung by Ursula when she gets her singing voice back, is the same tune that Ariel sings in the Disney film, when Ursula takes her voice. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Gold says regarding August "Let's see if we can pull this puppet's strings." This references the song, "I've Got No Strings". (Pinocchio, 1940)

"Best Laid Plans"

August Booth stated that the position of the Author "goes back eons", naming one man who held the position as Walt. This is a direct reference to Walt Disney, the famed American cartoonist, animator, film producer, and the co-founder of The Walt Disney Company.
• The way Mr. Gold shows Maleficent her newborn child through the orb of the baby rattle is a reference to the scene where Maleficent appears at Aurora's christening and shows, through the orb of her staff, the girl pricking her finger on a spinning wheel and dying. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)


"Heart of Gold"

  • As the purse snatcher races across the road on his bicycle, there is a view from the inside of a car, where you can see a Mickey Mouse keychain on the rear view mirror.[56] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
  • In The Wizard of Oak furniture shop, there is a set of Mickey Mouse ears cast in steel, inside a drawer.[57] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
  • While Robin Hood is waiting for Mr. Gold outside the hospital, an advertisement for the Broadway production of Aladdin can be seen in the background.[58]

"Sympathy for the De Vil"

  • The song that Cruella hears on the radio is a jazz instrumental version of the song "Cruella De Vil", from One Hundred and One Dalmatians. (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)
  • Madeline's car is similar in design and color to Cruella's car from One Hundred and One Dalmatians.[59] (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)
  • The dalmatians growl at young Cruella, which is a similar attitude shown in the Disney movie. (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)
  • Cruella stitches a fur coat for herself made out of the skin of her mother's dalmatians. Her love for wearing fur coats out of dogskin (especially dalmatians) is shown in the movie. (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)
  • Cruella calls Isaac a fool, which is an insult her Disney animated counterpart also uses. (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)

"Lily"

• During her conversation with the Apprentice, Lily remarks, "Okay, Yoda. Enough riddles."; a reference to the ancient wise little green alien famous from Star Wars. (Star Wars franchise)
• Coincidentally, John Lithgow, who voices the White Rabbit on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, voiced Yoda in the official Star Wars radio drama.


"Operation Mongoose Part 1"

"Operation Mongoose Part 2"

Season Five

Season Five in General

• In "The Dark Swan", Mother Superior gives Belle a rose in a jar, an iconic object from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The red dress Regina wears in Camelot, first seen in "The Dark Swan", resembles Mother Gothel from the movie Tangled. (Tangled, 2010)
• The River of Lost Souls, first seen in "Souls of the Departed", is a reference to the Pit of Death. (Hercules, 1997)
Hades' hair, first seen in "Souls of the Departed", turns to blue flames. (Hercules, 1997)


"The Dark Swan"

"The Price"

• As the Knights of the Round Table gallop through town, a lawn pinwheel of Disney's Tinker Bell spins in the wind. (Peter Pan, 1953)
• The part where Hook says to Emma, "Swan, you look...", and Emma answers, "I know", is a reference to the scene in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back where Princess Leia tells Han Solo that she loves him, and he answers, "I know".[42] (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)
• The petals of the rose in a jar fall and float around in the same manner as the iconic object from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
• The segment where Regina, Mary Margaret, David, King Arthur and Leroy hold hands, making a human chain against the Fury, mirrors one of the final scenes of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Faced with a formidable foe, one person willingly sacrifices themselves and lets the lethal energy pour into them; another person comes to their aid by taking their hand, causing them to share the lethal energy; the rest of the group grab onto them as well, causing all of them to share it; and with their combined powers, they are able to make the energy explode back on itself, defeating the enemy. The Fury's magic rays and the blast from the explosion are purple, just like the lethal energy from the Infinity Stone in the Marvel film. (Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014)
• Co-incidentally, Wyatt Oleff, who plays young Rumplestiltskin, plays young Peter Quill / Star-Lord in this movie.


"Siege Perilous"

"The Broken Kingdom"

Emma orders Merida to make Mr. Gold "brave", a not so subtle reference to the movie of the same name. (Brave, 2012)


"Dreamcatcher"

  • Just before Merida is about to look through Henry's storybook, an advertisement for computers with the Encom logo from Tron can be seen on the street.[67] (Tron, 1982)

"The Bear and the Bow"

  • The title of this episode was the original title of Brave.[68] (Brave, 2012)
  • The kingdom of DunBroch from Brave appears for the first time. (Brave, 2012)
  • This episode introduces young Macintosh, young Macguffin, Wee Dingwall and Merida's brothers, as well as their homeland DunBroch, from Brave. (Brave, 2012)
  • Merida and Belle visit the witch's cottage from Brave. (Brave, 2012)
  • The potion, which transforms people into bears, is named "Spell of Mor'du", a reference to the main antagonist of Brave. (Brave, 2012)
  • Merida fires an arrow straight another arrow, splitting it down the middle, just like she does in the movie. (Brave, 2012)
  • The clan symbols seen on the banners[69] are near identical to the ones from the mo]vie. (Brave, 2012)
  • The witch's magic ingredients are used to transform Merida into a bear, just like what happened to her mother in the movie. (Brave, 2012)
  • The moment where Merida, in bear form, looms over Mr. Gold with her teeth bared, mirrors the scene where Merida is attacked by Mor'du in the movie. (Brave, 2012)
  • An automated message from Merlin appears from out of a cauldron, just like the witch's automated message in Brave. (Brave, 2012)

"Nimue"

  • The young Apprentice is wearing red robes similar to the ones worn by Mickey Mouse, who is the Sorcerer's Apprentice in Disney's Fantasia. (Fantasia, 1940)
  • His clothes also resemble the robes worn by young Arthur in The Sword in the Stone. (The Sword in the Stone, 1963)
  • Merlin says, "not all wizards have long, white beards", referencing the Disney film version of Merlin who has a long, white beard. (The Sword in the Stone, 1963)

"The Bear King"

  • The "Bear King" is King Fergus' nickname in the movie Brave. "The Bear King and His Daughter" was one of the proposed titles for the movie.[70] (Brave, 2012)
  • This episode introduces King Fergus, Queen Elinor and the Witch from Brave. (Brave, 2012)
  • The kingdom of DunBroch and its castle appears. (Brave, 2012)
  • Two bear carvings are sitting on a shelf in the witch's cottage,[71] a reference to the events of the movie, where the Witch made a living selling bear carvings. (Brave, 2012)
  • King Fergus says that the Witch gave his daughter magic, and turned his wife and boys into bears, a reference to the events of the movie. (Brave, 2012)
  • The carvings on the castle thrones[72] are similar to DunBroch symbol on Merida's pendant from the movie. (Brave, 2012)
  • King Fergus' clan symbol (a sword against a circular pattern)[73] is near identical to the one from the movie. (Brave, 2012)
  • The Witch warns Merida that if the Enchanted Helm is not returned by sundown tomorrow, she'll turn everyone into bears. (Brave, 2012)
  • Merida is seen riding a Shire horse, a reference to Angus from the movie. (Brave, 2012)

"Broken Heart"

  • In Camelot, Merida can be seen riding a black horse,[74] just like she does in the movie Brave. (Brave, 2012)

"Labor of Love"

Hercules and Megara's nicknames are "Herc" and "Meg" just like in the Disney film. Megara also says, "My friends call me Meg", just like she does in the movie. (Hercules, 1997)
• When Mary Margaret is at Hercules' grave, the melody of "Go the Distance" can be heard in the background. (Hercules, 1997)
Regina calls Hercules "Wonder Boy", which is what Megara calls him in the movie. (Hercules, 1997)


"Devil's Due"

• The eyeball used by Mr. Gold to see the present, is similar to the one the Fates used to see the past, present and future. (Hercules, 1997)

"The Brothers Jones"

"Her Handsome Hero"

  • Gaston mentions a man called LeFou, who likes to spread tall tales to embarrass him. This is a reference to Gaston's sidekick from the movie Beauty and the Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • Maurice states that Gaston is the son of Lord LeGume. According to the story reel included in the Platinum and Diamond Editions of the DVD and Blu-ray release of Beauty and the Beast, Legume was originally intended to be Gaston's surname.[78]
  • When Belle asks and Mr. Gold research spell books in the Underbrooke pawnshop, Belle says that there must be something in the books that can help, to which Mr. Gold remarks that it would if they were just trying to boil a pot of tea; a reference to the scene where Chip and Mrs. Potts bring Belle some tea in the movie. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)

"Ruby Slippers"

Dorothy mentions that she was committed to an asylum after telling her family about Oz. (Return to Oz, 1985)


"An Untold Story"

  • In the opening shot of the scene everyone returns to Storybrooke, an advertisement for computers with the ENCOM logo from Tron can be seen on the street.[79] (Tron, 1982)

Season Six

"The Savior"

  • In Belle's dream, she prepares tea for Rumplestiltskin, a reference to the scene where Chip and Mrs. Potts bring Belle some tea in the Disney movie. The tea set includes cups, a teapot, a creamer and a sugar bowl,[80] which mirrors the scene in the movie, where Chip and Mrs. Potts are accompanied by a living sugar bowl and a living creamer. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • In Belle's dream, she drops a teacup, but Rumplestiltskin catches it and says that it's not even chipped; a reference to Chip from the Disney film. The segment where Belle is holding the cup and the teapot[81] are a reference to Chip and his mother Mrs. Potts. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • In Belle's dream, she and Rumplestiltskin dance to an instrumental version of the title song from Beauty and the Beast. Belle's yellow dress is similar to the one her Disney counterpart wears in the dance scene from the movie. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • The red bird is an allusion to Iago from the Aladdin trilogy. (Aladdin, 1992)

"The Other Shoe"

  • The evil stepmother is named Lady Tremaine, just like in the Disney film. (Cinderella, 1950)
  • Clorinda wears a greenish dress before the ball, and also pulls her hair back with a yellow bow, just like Drizella does in the animated Disney film. Tisbe also wears a yellowish dress like Drizella does, though has her hair styled similarly to Anastasia. (Cinderella, 1950)
  • When Cinderella presents the dress she intends to wear for the ball, Clorinda destroys it by throwing it into the fireplace. This is similar to the scene in the animated film, where the titular character presents her new dress and the stepsisters tear it apart. (Cinderella, 1950)
  • Cinderella plans to wear her mother's dress to the royal ball, but it is destroyed when Tremaine gives the dress to Clorinda, who puts the gown into the furnace, as Tisbe holds back Ella. This alludes to the live-action film where Cinderella plans on wearing her mother's dress until her stepmother and stepsisters intentionally tear the dress apart. (Cinderella, 2015)
  • Cinderella's mother's dress is pink, but the gown the she wears to the ball is blue. This is a reference to the live-action film, where the Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella's tattered pink dress into a blue dress. (Cinderella, 2015)
  • The way Lady Tremaine and her daughters name Ella "Cinderella" ("Cinders on Ella. Cinderella.") is similar to the live-action film ("Dirty Ella. Cinder-ella!"). (Cinderella, 2015)
  • This episode features Gus from the animated Disney film Cinderella. (Cinderella, 1950)
  • Like Disney's Anastasia, Tisbe wears a pink dress during the ball and has her hair styled similarly.[82] (Cinderella, 1950)
  • Cinderella asks if Prince Thomas is charming, which causes Snow White to mention that the name "Charming" is already taken by somebody else. Prince Charming is the name of the prince in the animated Cinderella film. (Cinderella, 1950)
    • It is also a common misconception that the prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is named "Prince Charming", when officially he is only known as "The Prince".
  • Just like Disney's Anastasia, Clorinda falls in love with a low-class man, but her mother disapproves of their relationship. Eventually, she is helped by Cinderella, before standing up to her mother and being reunited with her lover. (Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, 2002)
  • Lady Tremaine mentions her cat, a reference to Lucifer from the animated Disney film. (Cinderella, 1950)
  • When David visits Belle aboard the Jolly Roger, a teapot and a tea cup are sitting on the table,[83] a reference to Chip and Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)

"Strange Case"

Belle serves Dr. Jekyll tea, a reference to the scene where the living china bring Belle some tea in the Disney movie. The teapot and the tea cup sitting on the tray[84] are a reference to Chip and Mrs. Potts. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"Street Rats"

  • The Cave of Wonders from Aladdin appears. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • Emma tells Jasmine how she watched the Aladdin movie. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • The term "street rat" is used to describe Aladdin, Emma, and a group of thieves that Jafar encounters on the streets. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • One of Jasmine's possession is the Golden Scarab of Agrabah, a reference to the Golden Scarab Beetle from the movie. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • There is a treasure called the Diamond in the Rough, which turns Aladdin into a savior. Aladdin is referred to as "the Diamond in the Rough" throughout the movie. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • Aladdin steals apples, and eats them with Jasmine. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • The monkey figurine that Aladdin finds in the cave, is a reference to Abu from the movie. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • Jafar has a bird with an uncanny resemblance to Iago. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • When trying to convince Aladdin to give up the role as savior, Jafar asks him if "Prince Aladdin" doesn't sound more appealing. This is a reference to the events of the movie, where Aladdin pretends to be a prince. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • Jafar imprisons Jasmine within a giant hourglass, just like in the Disney film. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • The Sultan is seen playing with toy miniatures. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • Jafar has the Sultan under his control with a spell, which Aladdin breaks hold of by damaging his serpent staff. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • Aladdin tells Jasmine "I could show you the world", referencing the song "A Whole New World", which opens with the lyrics "I can show you the world, shining, shimmering, splendid". (Aladdin, 1992)

"Dark Waters"

  • The design of the Nautilus is heavily similar to its design from the Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1954)
  • The uniforms of Captain Nemo's crew are very similar to the ones in the Disney film. (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1954)

"Heartless"

Prince Charming's dog Wilby is a reference to Wilby Daniels, the main character of The Shaggy Dog. (The Shaggy Dog, 1959)


"I'll Be Your Mirror"

  • When Aladdin steals from Mr. Gold, a cymbal-banging monkey toy is sitting on the pawnshop counter.[85] This is a reference to Abu, Aladdin's monkey in the movie, who was turned into a cymbal-banging monkey toy by Jafar. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • Henry tells the Evil Queen that she "can't Darth Vader him" and adds, "I'll never join you". This is a reference to the famous scene from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, where Darth Vader asks his son Luke Skywalker to join him, and Luke answers, "I'll never join you!" (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)
    • The queen answers that they "watched those movies enough to know that Darth Vader wasn't so black and white"; a reference to Anakin Skywalker's story from the Star Wars saga. (Star Wars franchise)
  • Aladdin says that the genie was freed from the lamp, a reference to the events of the movie. (Aladdin, 1992)

"Changelings"

Granny brings Belle some chamomile tea, a reference to the scene where the living teaset bring Belle some tea in the movie. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


"Wish You Were Here"

• Emma wishes on a candle shaped like a blue star, an allusion to the scene in Pinocchio, in which Geppetto wishes on a blue star and his wish is granted by the Blue Fairy. (Pinocchio, 1940)


"Tougher Than the Rest"

• The story that August is typing contains a reference to Pleasure Island (known as Toyland in the novel). (Pinocchio, 1940)


"Murder Most Foul"

• *Pleasure Island is named after the amusement park in Disney's Pinocchio (in the novel, the location is simply known as Toyland). (Pinocchio, 1940)
• Pleasure Island's design is based on the amusement park from the Disney film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
• The entrance to one of the rides at Pleasure Island is shaped like the face of an evil cat, whose eyes and fur pattern bear a striking similarity to Geppetto's cat Figaro from the Disney film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
Prince James' attire is near identical in design and colors of the Prince's outfit in Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Hook tells Robert, "Dead men tell no tales", a phrase famously quoted in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (more specifically, in The Curse of the Black Pearl and At World's End) and the title of the fifth installment of the series. (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)


"The Black Fairy"

Hook mentions Henry's "Wookiee prisoner gag" from "Operation Mongoose Part 2"; a reference to the scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, where Han Solo and Luke Skywalker pretend Chewbacca is their prisoner in order to enter the Death Star's detention area. (Star Wars franchise)


"A Wondrous Place"

  • This episode is named after a lyric from the song "A Whole New World" from the Disney film Aladdin, which ends with "A thrilling chase / A wondrous place / For you and me". The song is sung by Aladdin and Jasmine. Jasmine's last words to Aladdin in this episode are, "Let me show you my world," which is a reference to the opening lyric "I can show you the world / Shining, shimmering, splendid". (Aladdin, 1992)
  • This episode is a rendition of Aladdin, with Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar, the Sultan, the flying carpet, and two allusions to the Genie. The episode also introduces new characters from the film: Prince Achmed and the Street Vendor, who is based on Farouk. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • Ariel has a collection of forks, a reference her dinglehopper (a.k.a. fork) from The Little Mermaid. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Jafar has been turned into a genie by the time of this episode, a reference to the events of the movie, where Jafar is transformed into a Genie. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • A plush resembling Rajah from Disney's Aladdin can be seen when Hook takes the staff from Ariel.[86] (Aladdin, 1992)

"The Song in Your Heart"

"The Final Battle Part 1"

Aladdin wears similar prince attire to his counterpart from the Disney film. This can also be seen in "The Final Battle Part 2". (Aladdin, 1992)


"The Final Battle Part 2"

Margaret holds a blue bird while she teaches at school; a reference to the blue birds in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
• The scene of Belle and Mr. Gold dancing features the melody of "Beauty and the Beast" from the Disney film of the same name. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)


Season Seven

Season Seven in General

• The fiery portals created by Henry (and others) in Season Seven are near-identical to the inter-dimensional portals seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Doctor Strange, 2016, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 2017).
Victoria's short brown hair is similar to her counterpart Rapunzel's hairstyle at the end of Tangled. (Tangled, 2010)
• As first seen in "The Garden of Forking Paths", Gothel and her Seattle counterpart Eloise Gardener both wear red a red dress, just like Disney's Mother Gothel. (Tangled, 2010)
• As first seen in "Eloise Gardener, Gothel's tower bears a striking resemblance to Rapunzel's tower from Tangled. (Tangled, 2010)


"Hyperion Heights"

"A Pirate's Life"

Jacinda mentions "Someday My Prince Will Come" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Henry Mills. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
Sabine says, "I got to hop", a reference to the events of The Princess and the Frog, where Tiana was turned into a frog. (The Princess and the Frog, 2009)
Wish Hook used to play chess with his daughter, who is later revealed to have grown up in Rapunzel's tower. In the movie Tangled, Rapunzel played chess to pass the time. (Tangled, 2010)


"The Garden of Forking Paths"

"Beauty"