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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


  • Snow White is placed in glass coffin mourned by the seven dwarfs, and is awakened by a kiss from Prince Charming. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
  • Regina is notably known as the Evil Queen in the Enchanted Forest. (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 Tinker Bell spins in the wind.[1] (Peter Pan, 1953)
  • Archie shares his name with Hopper, an actual hopper. (A Bug's Life, 1998)
  • "The Blue Fairy" was a name given to the character in the Disney film version of Pinocchio, as her name in The Adventures of Pinocchio was simply "The Fairy with Turquoise Hair". (Pinocchio, 1940)
  • 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.[2] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
  • The fairy with the turquoise hair is called The Blue Fairy like in the film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
  • Pinocchio plays with a wooden whale; a nod to Monstro the Whale. (Pinocchio, 1940)
  • Leroy whistles, "Whistle While You Work" when he sees Emma in jail. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)
  • The Seven Dwarves are all named after their Disney counterparts. In the original fairytale, they dwarves were unnamed. (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)

"The Thing You Love Most"

"The Price of Gold"

"That Still Small Voice"

  • Archie's dog is called Pongo, the main character from this film. (One Hundred and One Dalmatians]], 1961)
  • Martin and Myrna have costumes resembling the characters Honest John and Gideon respectively from the film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
  • The talking cricket is named after Jiminy Cricket from the film. (Pinocchio, 1940)
  • A Genie Lamp is seen in the pawnshop.[4] (Aladdin, 1992)

"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[7] in Mary Margaret's classroom, which is a reference to The Little Mermaid.[8] (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"

"True North"

"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, the title character met the Genie in the same situation. (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. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • Belle's clothes are similar to the ones she wears in the film, and so are Gaston's. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • When Rumple gives Belle the rose he says Gaston was an old woman selling flowers, which is a reference to the enchantress from the film in which the enchantress disguised as an ugly old hag woman offers a single rose to a prince in exchange for shelter from the harsh weather, and when he refuses due to her wretched form she transforms into a beautiful enchantress and places a curse on him and the castle.
  • In the opening scene, Belle is holding a book with a blue cover,[13] just like the one her counterpart is reading in the opening scene of the Disney film. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • Rumplestiltskin mentions Belle's "little town", a reference to the song Belle from 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. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • There is a kind of fur with horns which resembles Disney's Beast. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
  • Belle does not want to marry Gaston, just like in the movie. (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.[14] (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 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 eludes to Kevin Flynn by quoting his advice to Henry while he is playing the game, "It's all in the wrists." (Tron, 1982)



  • 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"

"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 Stable Boy"

"The Return"

"The Stranger"

"An Apple Red as Blood"

"A Land Without Magic"


  • 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 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. This is exactly the same as Captain Jack Sparrow's introduction in Pirates of the Caribbean. (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 2003)

"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)
  • 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)


"Welcome to Storybrooke"

"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".[29] (Winnie the Pooh, 2011)


"Second Star to the Right"

  • John is carrying an umbrella and Michael carries a teddy bear.[30] (Peter Pan, 1953)
  • The time on Big Ben is 8:15,[31] 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)

"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 motion pictures.
  • Tinkerbell wears a similar costume to the animated version in the Disney animated movie. (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)


  • Ariel saves Snow White from drowning, the same way she rescues Prince Eric in the movie. (The Little Mermaid, 1989)
  • 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)
  • 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 traveling 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.[32] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)

"Dark Hollow"

"Save Henry"

"Going Home"

"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"

  • 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)
  • 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"

"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 exactly the 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 a Marshmallow-like snow monster 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)
  • 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 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.[41] (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)
  • Maid 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.[42] (Tron, 1982)

"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. Also the broomstick that the Apprentice and Mr. Gold uses looks very similar to the one Mickey Moused enchanted and used. (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".[43] (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)
  • The man and woman eating spaghetti at the restaurant is a reference to the famous scene from Lady and the Tramp. The waiters are dressed like Tony, the kelner from the movie, and according to the menu, the restaurant itself is called Tony's.[44] The candles in a bottle and the table cloths[45] 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.[46] (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

  • This episode introduces the character Oaken from Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • 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)
  • While Belle is researching, she wears a dress with embroidered roses.[47] (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

  • This episode introduces the Duke of Weselton from Frozen. (Frozen, 2013)
  • When Ingrid enters the clock tower, the clock (seen from inside) is set at 10:15,[48] a reference to the scene from Frozen where Anna and Hans are singing "Love Is an Open Door" in front of a clock tower.[49] (Frozen, 2013)
  • One of the babies, during the 'Mommy and Me' class, is wearing a Mickey Mouse outfit.[50] (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
  • When Emma uses magic to handcuff the Snow Queen, the clock (seen from inside) is set at at 12:25,[51] a reference to the time on the White Rabbit's pocket watch in Alice in Wonderland.[49] (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)
  • The instruments and the position of the musicians playing at the royal ball,[52] are the same as in the movie. (Frozen, 2013)
  • The Duke dances similar to the way he does in the movie. (Frozen, 2013)
  • 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)

"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.[53] (Tron, 1982)


  • 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.[54] (Tron, 1982)

"Shattered Sight"

"Heroes and Villains"

  • The fact that 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 that in this 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"

  • This episode features Chernabog and the Bald Mountain from Fantasia. (Fantasia, 1940)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)


"Enter the Dragon"

"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, Triton, does. (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)
  • Ariel finds Hook unconscious in the sea and pulls him to safety, just like she did with Eric in the movie. (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.

"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)


"Operation Mongoose Part 1"

"Operation Mongoose Part 2"

"The Dark Swan"

"The Price"

"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)


  • 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.[68] (Tron, 1982)

"The Bear and the Bow"

  • The title of this episode was the original title of Brave.[69] (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 red spell book Merida is holding, while inside the Witch's Cottage, contains a gold engraving of what appears to be a silhouette of Mickey Mouse's face. (Steamboat Willie, 1928)
  • 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 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)


  • 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. (Fantasia, 1940)

"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)
  • 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 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,[71] just like she does in the movie Brave. (Brave, 2012)

"Souls of the Departed"

  • Hades' hair turns to blue flames, just like in the Disney film. (Hercules, 1997)

"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 River of Lost Souls is a reference to the Pit of Death from the Disney movie Hercules. (Hercules, 1997)
  • 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 in Hercules. (Hercules, 1997)
  • Cruella's purse[72] is the same as in the Disney movie. (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)
  • Cruella mentions Bambi's mother from the film, when talking about her fur coat. (Bambi, 1942)

"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.[73]

"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.[74] (Tron, 1982)

"The Savior"

"The Other Shoe"

  • Cinderella plans to wear her mother's dress to the royal ball, but it is destroyed in the fireplace by Lady Tremaine and her stepsisters. This alludes to the live-action film where she 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" is similar to the live-action film. (Cinderella, 2015)
  • This episode features Gus from the animated Disney film Cinderella. (Cinderella, 1950)
  • Lady Tremaine mentions her cat, a reference to Lucifer from the animated Disney film. (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".
  • Clorinda falls in love with Prince Thomas's footman against her mother's wishes. This could possibly be a reference to Anastasia falling in love with the village baker. (Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, 2002)

"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". (Aladdin, 1992)

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

"Down the Rabbit Hole"

"Trust Me"

"Forget Me Not"

  • The Caterpillar has a personality and a leadership similar to Jabba the Hutt. His mushroom is a repair for criminals like the Cantina and Jabba's Palace. (Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, 1983)
  • One of the mentioned creatures by the Red Queen is the Sarlacc, like the creature of the same name from the movie. (Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, 1983)
  • Maleficent's castle sits on top of the Forbidden Mountain, which is also the name of Maleficent's domain in Disney's Sleeping Beauty. (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)

"The Serpent"

  • Derived from Amara, Jafar tells Alice quote "While it's true I might not be able to kill either of you, I think you'll find, Alice, there are worse things than death" just like in Disney's The Return of Jafar. (The Return of Jafar, 1994)

"Heart of Stone"

  • The Red Queen has many aspects in common with Cinderella's stepsister from the Disney film, such as her name, Anastasia, and the fact that a prince chose her stepsister instead of herself. (Cinderella, 1950)

"Bad Blood"

  • Mirza wears similar prince attire to Aladdin of the Disney film. (Aladdin, 1992)

"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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