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Rumplestiltskin: But where he went to... You don't want to follow.
Robert: Why? Where is he?
Rumplestiltskin: In a land built from temptation.
Rumplestiltskin and Robert src

Pleasure Island is an Enchanted Forest location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It appears in the twelfth episode of the sixth season.

Pleasure Island is based on Toyland and the Circus from the story The Adventures of Pinocchio, and on the location of the same name from Disney's Pinocchio.

History

Before First Curse

Pleasure Island is an island in the Enchanted Forest that has dealings with Neverland that can only be accessed by those who have a ticket. One day, Prince James, who is tired of his father's constant attempts to turn him into a knight, runs away from home and goes here. After learning of this, Robert, James's biological father, goes to Rumplestiltskin for help tracking him down, who gives him a ticket. The island is also visited by Pinocchio, who later expresses regret over the things he did while on the island. When he sees Robert, he attempts to take the coin around his neck, asking if it's worth anything. Robert denies this and explains that it belonged to his son, and further explains that his other son ran away and asks if Pinocchio knows where he went. Pinocchio states that he hasn't spoken to him, but Robert realizes this is a lie when the puppet's nose starts to grow. With Pinocchio's help, he finds James and offers to bring him to his farm, where he can be raised with his brother. Seeing the employees of the Pleasure Island starting to come after Robert and James, Pinocchio ushers the pair to run. Robert and James make it to the island dock, but before they leave, King George is there to stop them, ordering Robert to return James, and taunts him for giving up his own flesh and blood. Robert refuses, so George commands his men kill him and make it look like an accident. He then takes James and leaves Pleasure Island to continue to train his son as a knight. ("Murder Most Foul")

Trivia

On-Screen Notes

Production Notes

  • Originally, donkeys wearing hats were set to appear on Pleasure Island, a reference to The Adventures of Pinocchio, in which all boys sent to Toyland are turned into donkeys. The donkeys were brought in for the episode "Murder Most Foul",[3] dressed up in headgear and everything, but this ended up being cut from the episode.

Disney

  • August's description for Phuket, which is "It's a beautiful, amazing island, full of pleasures. The perfect place to lose oneself...", is an allusion to the Pleasure Island in Disney's Pinocchio. ("The Stranger")

Popular Culture

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