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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


"The Thing You Love Most"

"The Price of Gold"

"That Still Small Voice"

"The Shepherd"

"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"

  • The Evil Queen and Regina both collect human hearts of their enemies. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
  • The Evil Queen sends the Huntsman out to kill Snow White and bring her heart as proof of death, but he cannot bring himself to kill her. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
  • There are giant sea shells[2] in Mary Margaret's classroom, which is a reference to The Little Mermaid.[3] (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"

"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"

  • The Genie lives inside a lamp, that once rubbed, allows the user to be granted three wishes. The Genie is also not free, and is bound to the lamp. When he is set free, his bracelets disappear. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • King Leopold, trying trying to clean the lamp, releases the Genie by rubbing it. In the Disney animated film Aladdin, he also met the Genie in the same situation. (Aladdin, 1992)

"Skin Deep"

  • Belle's clothes are similar to the ones she wears in the film, and so are Gaston's. (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. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • There is a kind of fur with horns which resembles Disney's Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • Gaston is named after the same character from the film. In both versions, Belle does not want to marry him. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • Belle's father is called Maurice as in the film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • There is a candlestick and clock in Rumplestiltskin's castle resembling Lumiere and Cogsworth. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • The chipped tea cup is a reference to Chip. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • The teapot is a reference to Chip's mother, Mrs. Potts. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • In the castle, there is a hat which resembles that of Master Yen Sid, 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 eludes to Kevin Flynn by quoting his advice to Henry while he is playing the game, "It's all in the wrists." (Tron, 1982)
  • Henry has a Tron lunchbox. (Tron, 1982)


  • 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."
  • Belle wears a similar looking blue dress from the film, except this one is short sleeved. ([Beauty and the Beast (Film)
  • 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)
  • After Stealthy dies, there are seven dwarves remaining. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)


  • The fact that Peter is a hunter pursuing a wolf in the middle of winter refers to the segment "Peter and The Wolf" (Make Mine Music, 1946)
  • When Peter first visits Red Riding Hood at her cabin at the beginning of the episode, he claims that if she does not come out to talk to him, he will, "...huff and puff..." and blow the house down. (Three Little Pigs, 1933)

"Heart of Darkness"

"The Stable Boy"

"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; a reference to the White Rabbit. (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
  • When approached by Regina and the Mad Hatter, who are visiting Wonderland, the Caterpillar blows his hookah pipe and asks very slowly, "Who are you?" as in the Disney film. (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
  • Regina picks a piece of a mushroom from Wonderland for her father to eat so he can return to normal size after having been shrunken. (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
  • The Queen of Hearts is ruler of Wonderland, and orders her soldiers to cut off the Mad Hatter's head with the phrase, "Off with his head." In the Disney film, the Queen is constantly shouting, "Off with her head!" (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
  • Mary Margaret hits Jefferson over the head with a croquet mallet. (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)

"The Return"

"The Stranger"

"An Apple Red as Blood"

"A Land Without Magic"

  • Maleficent transforms into a fire breathing dragon. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
  • Emma throws the sword, directly hitting the dragon in the heart, just as Prince Phillip did in the Disney film. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)


  • Aurora mistakes Mulan to be a man after she sees her dressed in heavy armor. However, when Mulan takes off her helmet, Aurora is surprised to see a woman. (Mulan, 1998)
  • Prince Phillip cut down thorns to get to the sleeping Aurora. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
  • The prince is named Prince Phillip like in the Disney film. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)
  • Aurora shares the same name as the character in the Disney film. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)

"We Are Both"

"Lady of the Lake"

"The Crocodile"

  • A Mickey Mouse figurine can be seen in the pawnshop in Belle's dream. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
  • 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)
  • Mr. Gold attempts to make Belle eat something after their fight. Similarly, in the Disney film, when the Beast makes Belle eat dinner with him, she refuses, claiming to be not hungry. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • William Smee's hat is red as it is in the Disney film. (Peter Pan, 1953)
  • As Rumplestiltskin prepares to kill Captain Hook in their first duel, he says, "Tick-tock dearie, Tick-tock!" This is an allusion to the crocodile that takes Hook's hand in the Disney film. Furthermore, Hook's nickname for Rumplestiltskin is "Crocodile." (Peter Pan, 1953)
  • Neverland is alluded to by Captain Hook as a place "where people never grow old." (Peter Pan, 1953)

"The Doctor "

"Child of the Moon"

"Into the Deep"

"Queen of Hearts"

"The Outsider"

"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)


"Welcome to Storybrooke"

"Selfless, Brave and True"

  • There is a honey neon sign for a pub called "Winnie's". (Winnie the Pooh, 2011)


"Second Star to the Right"

  • John was carrying an umbrella and a top hat and Michael carries a teddy bear. (Peter Pan, 1953)
  • 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"

"The Heart of the Truest Believer"

"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. (Peter Pan, 1953)

"Nasty Habits"

  • The Sheriff of Hamelin is exactly dressed like the Mayor of Hamelin in the Silly Symphony. (The Pied Piper, 1933)

"Good Form"

  • The second star to the right is mentioned. (Peter Pan, 1953)
  • Pegasus is mentioned by Captain Liam as a legendary horse whose feathers were used to create a magic veil in allowing their ship to fly into the sky. (Hercules, 1997)


  • The Under the Sea dance is a reference to the song of the same name. (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)
  • Regina says,"You can be part of Eric's world", alluding to the Disney film song "Part of Your World". (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Regina takes away Ariel's voice and calls her a little mermaid. (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. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Ariel likes to collect random human objects. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • Eric states one of the places he will be travelling to is Agrabah. (Aladdin, 1992)
  • 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. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)

"Dark Hollow"

"Save Henry"

"Going Home"

  • Henry has a Tron lunchbox in the 2011 flashback.[11] (Tron, 1982)

"New York City Serenade"

"Witch Hunt"

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

"Quiet Minds"

"It's Not Easy Being Green"

"The Jolly Roger"

"A Curious Thing"

"Snow Drifts"

"There's No Place Like Home"

"A Tale of Two Sisters"

  • Season 4A is a continuation of the movie Frozen. This episode introduces the characters Elsa, Anna, their parents, Grand Pabbie, Kristoff and Sven, as well as their homeland Arendelle. (Frozen, 2013)
  • When Elsa stops Leroy's car by magically freezing it, she is in the exact same pose as in the movie when The Duke Of Weselton's guards attacked her. (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)
  • Regina says to Sidney, "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who do I want to kill most of all"; a spin on the classical line from the Disney film: "Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all". (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
  • Elsa summons the ice monster known as Marshmallow to protect herself. (Frozen, 2013)
  • Elsa asks Anna, "Have you forgot your last dalliance? Hans...", a reference to their disastrous relationship from the movie. (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 from Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • The object transformed by Mr. Gold is Master Yen Sid's hat from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" scene from Disney's Fantasia. (Fantasia, 1940)

"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)
  • When Storybrooke looses its power, an advertisement for computers with the Encom logo from the movie Tron can be seen on the street. (Tron, 1982)
  • 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"

  • This episode introduces Hans, the villain from Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • The Arendelle soldier refers to Kristoff as the official ice master and deliverer; a reference to his character in the film. (Frozen, 2013)
  • 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?". (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)

"The Apprentice"

  • The Sorcerer's Hat is from the from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" scene from Disney's Fantasia. However, the Apprentice being turned into a mouse is a reference to Mickey Mouse, who portrayed the Apprentice in the Disney version. (Fantasia, 1940)
  • The man and woman eating spaghetti at the restaurant is a reference to the famous scene from Lady and the Tramp. (Lady and the Tramp, 1955)

"Down the Rabbit Hole"

"Trust Me"

"Forget Me Not"

"The Serpent"

"And They Lived..."

  • Jafar was defeated when the guard of the Well of Wonders, Nyx, cursed him to be a genie when he took the water from Amara before she could return it. It is very similar as to when Aladdin tricked Jafar into wishing to be a genie. (Aladdin, 1992)


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