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There's a reason it's called Neverland. Because once you set foot on its soil, the Shadow never lets you leave.

Wendy to Baelfire src

Neverland is a world featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the twenty-first episode of the second season.

Neverland is based on the location of the same name from the story, Peter Pan, and Neverland from the Disney film, Peter Pan.


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Before First Curse

Arriving from the Enchanted Forest, Malcolm and his son Rumplestiltskin come to Neverland to start a new life together. Having visited this world in his childhood dreams, Malcolm excitedly attempts to magically fly as he did then, but he finds it's no longer possible without pixie dust. While procuring the dust from the flowers it grows from, he is warned by Neverland's only inhabitant, the Shadow, that adults cannot stay. Desperate to reclaim his youth by rejecting the responsibilities of adulthood, Malcolm allows the Shadow to return Rumplestiltkin to the Enchanted Forest so he can stay young forever. Reverting to a boy, Malcolm dubs himself Peter Pan. After learning his immortality will eventually run its course, he vows to find a way around it. ("Think Lovely Thoughts")

Years later, Liam and his brother Killian travel to Neverland, on orders from their king to procure the healing plant Dreamshade. On arrival, they are told by Pan that the plant is actually poisonous. As Killian begins having doubts, Liam cuts himself with Dreamshade to prove it's harmless, but instead, he passes out from the toxin. Hearing Killian's cry for help, Pan allows him access to Neverland's healing spring, but he warns him never to let Liam leave the island after this unless either are willing to pay the price. Killian, believing Pan is referencing a money payment, doesn't understand what he truly means. After Liam is well again, the brothers sail away, intending to reveal the king's treachery about the plant. Once they are out of island's waters, however, Liam dies from Dreamshade poisoning, as the cure only works if he stayed in Neverland forever. Devastated by his death, Killian rallies the ship crewmen to give up their loyalties to the king and live as pirates instead. ("Good Form")

When Rumplestiltskin, now an adult, hears villagers gossiping about a pied piper who lures children with a magic pan flute, he is certain that his son Baelfire is one of these missing boys. While Rumplestiltskin forces his son to go home with him, Pan takes the rest to Neverland and they form his entourage of Lost Boys. ("Nasty Habits")

Since harnessing the powers of the Dark one, Rumplestiltskin tracks down Killian, who stole his wife Milah years ago. Finding out Milah actually went willingly with Killian, he then gets into a heated dispute with his ex-wife. In a fit of rage, Rumplestiltskin tears out and crushes her heart, before cutting off Killian's hand to obtain a magic bean clutched in his fist. While the Dark One teleports away believing he has the bean, Killian actually switched it to his other hand. Using it, he opens a portal to Neverland. ("The Crocodile")

Taken to Neverland by the Shadow, Wendy soon finds out the realm is far more sinister, as the other children are forced to stay. Since the Shadow wants another boy, namely one of her brothers, she is sent home. Unwilling to let her family be split up, Baelfire goes instead. Carried over into Neverland's waters, he forces the Shadow to drop him into the ocean, where he falls unconscious before being pulled aboard Hook's ship. ("Second Star to the Right")

At some point before this, Pan comes to possess a parchment drawing of a boy, whose heart he needs to remain immortal. When the Shadow fails to bring Baelfire to the island, the Lost Boys search Hook's ship for him, but they do not find him. Hook, having hid Baelfire in an air vent, befriends him after discovering he is Rumplestiltskin's son as a means of finding out the Dark One's greatest weakness. Despite this, the pair bond over their shared experiences of being abandoned by their fathers, as Baelfire reveals Rumplestiltskin cares more about his dagger than him. This friendship ends when Baelfire discovers a drawing of his mother in Hook's quarters, to which the pirate admits getting close to him for information about Rumplestiltskin, who he hates for killing Milah. Hook pleads genuine affection for him, believing they can be a family like Milah wanted, but Baelfire leaves for Neverland, where he becomes a Lost Boy. ("And Straight On 'Til Morning", "The Heart of the Truest Believer")

Wendy, feeling guilty about Baelfire's sacrifice for her family, decides to rescue him from Neverland. Instead, she is held captive by Pan, who forces her brothers John and Michael to do his bidding to keep her safe. ("Dark Hollow")

More determined than ever to kill Rumplestiltskin, Hook reaches Neverland, looking for magic to return to the Enchanted Forest. An ex-fairy, Tinker Bell, catches him unaware and interrogates him about why he came. When her guard is down, Hook offers her some rum, which she accepts. After he tells her about his vengeance against Rumplestiltskin, she points out he might die trying to fulfill his revenge. Having already lost love in his life, he asserts that risking his life for revenge is worth it. ("Going Home")

John and Michael age into adulthood while Wendy remains young in Neverland. At a certain point, Pan stops the brothers' aging process as they continue working for him. ("Dark Hollow")

In a deal with Pan, Hook bargains his way out of Neverland. He takes some Dreamshade with him, planning on using it to poison Rumplestiltskin, and successfully returns to the Enchanted Forest. ("Lost Girl", "Nasty Habits")

Some time before the Evil Queen enacts the curse, Pan locates the heart he needs to stay immortal in a boy from another realm. While the curse is in effect, John and Michael are sent to retrieve him, but the plan falls through when the boy's adoptive mother decides to keep him. ("Save Henry")

After First Curse

Twenty-nine years later, after the curse is broken, Greg and Tamara take Henry, who possesses the heart Pan needs, to Neverland. With their usefulness expired, they are killed by the Lost Boys, before Henry is forced to run. Disguised as a Lost Boy, Pan gains Henry's trust in a bid to test his power of belief. Emma and parents, along with Regina, Mr. Gold and Hook, sail for Neverland to rescue Henry. Mr. Gold splits from them, believing Emma doesn't have what it takes, before the rest of the group are embroiled in a vicious storm conjured by their animosity for each other. By Emma's efforts, they learn to work together and reach the island. ("And Straight On 'Til Morning", "The Heart of the Truest Believer")

After detaching his own shadow and asking it to hide the dagger, Mr. Gold makes preparations to sacrifice himself to save Henry. During her first night on the island, Emma meets Pan, who gives her a map of Henry's location, which will only be revealed when she stops denying her true self. Try as she might, Emma cannot crack the map, causing an impatient Regina to use a locator spell so the map will take them to Henry. This leads them into a trap, where they are forced into battle against Lost Boys. During the fight, David is hit by a Dreamshade arrow. Emma, after fending off a Lost Boy, is shocked when she recognizes his lifeless demeanor as something from her own past. In the aftermath, Emma admits to Mary Margaret that the boy reminded her of what she's always been since growing up in foster homes without an actual family; an orphan. With that confession, the map finally unveils its contents. Although he previously brushed off Mary Margaret's concerns about the arrow wound, David discovers that the poison from the injury is spreading. ("Lost Girl")

When the map continually changes the location of Pan's camp, Hook suggests consulting Tinker Bell for help. Hiding a bad history with the fairy, Regina insists it's a bad idea, though she is forced to go along once everyone sides against her. While the Lost Boys celebrate Henry's arrival, Pan attempts to persuade him into believing he is the savior of Neverland. Out of exhaustion, Regina stays behind as the rest of her group move on, resulting in Tinker Bell kidnapping her. Having lost everything because she once tried to help Regina, Tinker Bell wants revenge, but the latter convinces her not to go down the same path as she did. In exchange for Tinker Bell finding a way into Pan's camp, Regina and her allies agree to bring her to Storybrooke. Neal, hitching a ride to Neverland on the Shadow, is captured by Felix. ("Quite a Common Fairy")

Escaping from Felix's grasp, Neal runs into his father, who he teams up with to find squid ink for paralyzing Pan. Despite forming a plan to infiltrate Pan's camp, Tinker Bell backs out when she learns her new allies do not have an escape route. Recalling that Neal once fled Neverland as a boy, Hook takes them to an old Lost Boy cave to find clues while David continues to hide his injury from his family. At the cave, Emma discovers two halves of a coconut, with a candle inside, that depict a star map. However, upon discovering only Neal can read it, Emma breaks down emotionally over his death. Putting the Lost Boys to sleep, Mr. Gold distracts Pan as Neal immobilizes him with a squid ink tipped arrow. They prepare to leave with a sleeping Henry when Pan tells Neal about the prophecy Mr. Gold wanted to prevent by killing the boy. Once Neal gets the full story from his father, he loses trust in Mr. Gold, believing he will revert to his old ways. After paralyzing Mr. Gold, he leaves with Henry, before the Lost Boys take him hostage and regain the boy. ("Nasty Habits")

Drawing from a memento Neal left behind in the cave, the group realize Pan wants Henry to lose hope that they are coming to rescue him. With a plan in mind, Mary Margaret goes to show them her idea of making a net to capture a Lost Boy so they can send Henry a message. As Emma turns to follow, Hook sympathizes with her over losing hope, but she brushes him off. While everyone else is making the net, David gets into a fight with Hook, in which he collapses from the Dreamshade poison. Knowing of a cure on Dead Man's Peak, Hook lies about a star map sextant at the location in order to motivate David into going there with him. The women capture Devin, who refuses to cooperate until Regina manipulates him with his heart. Given a compact mirror half, Devin hands it to Henry, who uses it to briefly communicate with his family. Pan offers Hook a chance to work for him again if he kills David, but the pirate hesitates in answering just as his companion climbs up. Having overheard everything, David turns the tables on Hook at the peak, but after losing consciousness, he accepts the cure at the cost of his own freedom. Reuniting with their allies, the men make up a story about Pan getting the sextant first. Hook has a flirtatious kiss with Emma, but he reaches a dilemma when Pan reveals to him that Neal is alive. ("Good Form")

Hook tells David and Mary Margaret about Neal, and though the trio agree to look for him in secret, they are forced to admit the truth to a suspicious Emma. Regina, adamant this is another trick from Pan, leaves the group. Joining Mr. Gold, Regina gains help from Ariel, who fetches a box from Storybrooke so they can trap Pan. On a mission to rescue Neal, the group venture into the Echo Caves, where each of them must reveal a secret about themselves. Hook confesses he loves Emma, Mary Margaret admits she longs for another child, and David reveals he can never leave the island since taking the Dreamshade cure. With each truth, a portion of a bridge forms, allowing Emma to reach Neal, but he cannot be freed until she says her secret. Emma tells him that she had hoped he wasn't alive since this forces her to confront all the pain and turmoil of their relationship. ("Ariel")

As a way off the island, Neal plans to capture Pan's shadow into the star map. He learns about Hook's kiss with Emma, which ignites jealousy and competition. The trio travel to Dark Hollow, where Neal and Hook are assaulted by other shadows, before Emma uses magic to seal Pan's shadow into the coconut halves. Still angry with David over his lie, Mary Margaret treats him coldly until he admits lying because he didn't want to force her to stay with him. She, however, attests she'd stay with him even if they can never leave Neverland. When Emma, Hook and Neal meet up with them, Tinker Bell rejoins their team after they gain Pan's Shadow. ("Dark Hollow")

Convincing Henry that only he can stop Neverland from losing all its magic, Pan takes him to Skull Rock, intending to trick him into giving up his heart. Mr. Gold and Regina find the others again, but a distrustful Neal forces his father to hand over Pandora's Box. Emma searches for a way to help David leave Neverland, to which Mr. Gold agrees to make a Dreamshade cure once they return to Storybrooke. He almost asks for something in return, but Neal pressures him into helping for the right reasons rather than for self-interest. The group storm the Lost Boy camp, but Henry and Pan are not found. Neal frees Wendy and she reveals the truth about why Pan needs Henry's heart. At Skull Rock, only Mr. Gold is able to pass through a barrier that Pan enacted, as he no longer has his shadow. Pan, using the power of belief, gains the real Pandora's Box and traps him inside. After Henry takes out his own heart, his family attempt to warn him about Pan's true nature. Instead, Henry chooses to believe Pan, who insists they are lying to keep him from fulfilling his duty. The boy then plunges the heart into Pan's chest, and as he dies, the latter acquires immortality once more. ("Think Lovely Thoughts")

After Fourth Curse
After the Black Fairy's curse is broken, and all of the lands are restored, Tinker Bell is flying around near Skull Rock. ("The Final Battle Part 2")


^: Former inhabitants
†: Deceased inhabitants
º: This inhabitant comes to Neverland after the Curse is cast
*: This inhabitant's status and/or current whereabouts is unknown


For detailed location information, please see the Neverland Locations category, or the list of minor Neverland locations.

Ways to Access Neverland

Neverland can be reached:


On-Screen Notes

Production Notes


Filming Locations


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

See also


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  3. 3.0 3.1 Minaty Bay. Mapcarta. Retrieved on September 29, 2019. “Minaty Bay is a locality in British Columbia situated nearby to Lions Bay-Britannia Beach and north of Furry Creek.”
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  5. Peter Pan's Funfair & Amusements. TripAdvisor. Retrieved on August 24, 2018.
  6. Abrams, Natalie (April 13, 2017). The Hot Seat: Once Upon a Time bosses answer burning Qs. Entertainment Weekly. “Will we get an explanation of how Neverland still exists if the magic that created it was dying? KITSIS: I would say that the magic that created it was dying, which only affected Peter Pan, who wanted to live forever. It is now a refuge for lost people to come and have bonfires and their own Coachella-like parties. HOROWITZ: They're not being sustained by magic or given immortality anymore. It's now a feral, scary island.”
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  15. 15.0 15.1 Keck, William (October 28, 2013). Keck's Exclusives: Inside Once Upon a Time's Neverland Set. TV Guide. “Nearly every scene is shot on one versatile set inside a Vancouver soundstage that is re-dressed to represent up to 12 different tropical locales, including the camps of Peter Pan, Mr. Gold and the gang from Storybrooke. "The plants and props are constantly moved around so you feel like you're in a whole different forest," says Colin O'Donoghue (Hook) of the expensive set that took a month to construct and was inspired by both Disney's animated Peter Pan movie and the Ewok village from Return of the Jedi. "The production team has done an incredible job bringing the outside in," says Jennifer Morrison (Emma). Almost 70 percent of the plants are real, which means the show's foliage wrangler, Sarah McCulloch, has been working her green thumb to the bone. "It took us five days to assemble all the plants," McCulloch says. "We have 200 real plants that have to be watered and pruned every day and heated at night, 30 actual tree stumps and 450 fake branches" to which silk leaves were added, she says.”
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  18. Minaty Bay: Britannia Beach, Canada (CA). Virtual Globetrotting.
  19. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). October 10, 2015. "Britannia Beach" (archive copy)
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    Note that in the Season Three Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "Think Lovely Thoughts", David H. Goodman, Robert Hull and Robert Carlyle confirm that the beach scenes in "Ariel" and "Think Lovely Thoughts" were filmed in the same location, but refer to the filming location as Minaty Bay, which is where Britannia Beach is located
  21. Movies Filmed at Minaty Bay. MovieMaps. Retrieved on April 2, 2020. “Arrow: Purgatory. Jim Corrigan has Oliver relive all of his previous battles to prepare him for his final fight against the Anti-Monitor in episode 8x08 "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four". Jim Corrigan sits across from Oliver and tells him why he showed him all of his past battles.Oliver asks why he was forced to relive all of his past trauma.Jim Corrigan talks to Oliver about what must be done as they walk along the shore. Lian Yu: From episode 8x06 "Reset". From episode 8x07 "Purgatory".” (Screenshot from Arrow: "Reset")
  22. Movies Filmed at Minaty Bay. MovieMaps. Retrieved on April 2, 2020. “Ryn, Maddie, and Ben all independently converge to save several beached whales and later they track Ryn to the beach after the sonic disruption and find several of her kin washed ashore in episode 2x01 "The Arrival".” (Screenshot from Siren: "Arrival")
  23. Chan, Kenneth (February 6, 2018). 16 locations in Vancouver where Netflix's Altered Carbon was filmed (PHOTOS). Daily Hive. “Minaty Bay at Britannia Beach as an escape during Kovacs' past with Quellcrist Falconer.”
    Screenshot from Altered Carbon: "Nora Inu" #1"
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    Takeshi Kovacs and Quellcrist Falconer return to the exact same beach in "Bury Me Dead"
  24. Sundriyal, Diksha (February 27, 2020). Here Are All the Places Where ‘Altered Carbon’ Was Filmed. TheCinemaholic. “Another important place in the series is Harlan’s World. This is where Tak and Rei grow up. The beautiful scene of them as kids, playing by the lake, was filmed at Minaty Bay.”
  25. Gittins, Susan (March 31, 2013). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME's Neverland at Steveston's Garry Point Park for Season Finale 2×22 – Updated. Hollywood North Buzz. “Then in late afternoon, production moved to a beach in the 75-acre waterfront Garry Point Park, west of the historic fishing village. (...) And then Once Upon a Time filmed a flashback of a night in Neverland, featuring the Lost Boys and young Baelfire (Dylan Schmid) in a row boat coming to shore.”
  26. Once Upon a Time: Video from the Neverland set. Vancity Filming (July 27, 2013). Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. “I took a quick video of the Neverland set from Once Upon a Time’s filming at Robert Burnaby Park in Burnaby, British Columbia yesterday. There were no actors on the set, but chairs for Lana, Jennifer and Colin were all there.”
  27. Once Upon a Time: Visit to the Lost Boys hideout. Vancity Filming (July 27, 2013). Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. “I paid a visit to the set of Once Upon a Time yesterday as they were filming close by. Actually, there were two sets there, one was an Enchanted Forest flashback scene with Robert Carlyle and Ginnifer Goodwin and the other was the Lost Boys’ hideout. (...) Tagged with (...) Robert Burnaby Park”
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Gittins, Susan (September 22, 2013). YOUR SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME in Vancouver as Neverland. Hollywood North Buzz. “Larry and other fans did find a couple of temporary sets in public parks around Vancouver but filming happened after dark. For example, Once Upon a Time filmed for two nights on this Lost Boys set in Robert Burnaby Park. And weeks later, in this quarry in North Vancouver's Greenwood Park, where one of the '"gang" is held captive. The logs are lightweight props. And then in Belcarra Park in Port Moody after nightfall.”
  29. Gittins, Susan (August 25, 2013). WEEK: August 19-25, 2013. Hollywood North Buzz. “Friday, August 23rd – Once Upon a Time films Neverland scenes overnight in the quarry at North Vancouver’s Greenwood Park.”
  30. Gittins, Susan (September 8, 2013). WEEK: September 2-8, 2013. Hollywood North Buzz. “Friday, September 6th – Once Upon a Time films overnight on a closed set in Belcarra Park in Port Moody.”
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  32. TwitterLogo.svg @WhatsFilming (What's Filming) on Twitter (January 17, 2017). "#OnceUponATime is filming at Spanish Banks, then #UBC's Cecil Green Park House for rest of today & tomorrow." (screenshot)
    Tumblr.png Katmtan — I'm out of the country but I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on filming when I can… Spanish Banks filming apparently were: Colin and lost boys. No idea on 2nd location. on Tumblr  (January 17, 2017) (screenshot)
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