|Land Without Magic Location|
|Latest appearance:||"Operation Mongoose Part 2"|
It's like a fairy tale.
Storybrooke, Maine is a Land Without Magic location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It first appears in the first episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time.
Trapped in Storybrooke
When someone attempts to leave Storybrooke, something always prevents the person from actually leaving:
- Ruby desires to leave for Boston, but her grandmother suffers a heart attack and that keeps her in town. ("Pilot")
- Ashley attempts to escape out of town to Boston so she can keep her baby, but goes into labor before exiting the border. ("The Price of Gold")
- Kathryn applied to a law school in Boston and decides to move there alone, but is kidnapped by Mr. Gold before she makes it out. ("What Happened to Frederick")
- Emma is forced to take orphan siblings Ava and Nicholas Zimmer to Boston and place them into the foster care system, but her car breaks down on the drive out of Storybrooke. ("True North")
When someone crosses the Storybrooke town line, he or she forgets everything about his or her life in the Enchanted Forest due to Mr. Gold bringing magic:
- Mr. Clark is pushed out by Leroy in an experiment to see what will happen if someone crosses the town line, and he suffers memory loss. ("We Are Both")
- Belle falls over the border when she is shot by Hook and she loses her memories. ("The Outsider")
As a counter effect to retaining one's memories:
- Mr. Gold created a spell to allow himself to cross the border with his Enchanted Forest memories still intact. He pours a memory potion on an object of great sentimental value, and it becomes a talisman allowing the person to cross the line and keep their memories. He first tested this out on William Smee by dumping some of the potion on his hat. Then, he pushed Smee across the border with the hat. The potion works, and thus, Mr. Gold later uses it on his son's shawl and wears it as he crosses out of town. ("The Outsider")
As a solution to regaining one's memories of his or her prior life in the Enchanted Forest:
- Mother Superior created a memory potion, with one of the ingredients being a strand of Pinocchio's hair, in order to enable the user who drinks it to have his or her memory restored. She made two doses of the potion and gave them to Leroy. In order for the potion to work, the potion must be poured into an object of sentimental value to the one who drinks it. The dwarves find Mr. Clark's old drinking stein at the pawnshop and later use it so he can regain his memories. As for the other potion dose, Leroy hands it to Mr. Gold, which he decides to have Lacey drink it so she can become Belle again. ("And Straight On 'Til Morning")
When someone tries to leave Storybrooke, he or she gets carried away by a Flying Monkey and they are turned into a Flying Monkey. ("Witch Hunt")
- Little John accidentally goes past the town line and is turned into a Flying Monkey. ("Witch Hunt")
Elsa creates a giant ice wall around Storybrooke so nobody can leave until she finds her sister, Anna. However, she is later unable to remove it due to Ingrid's magical influence of the wall. ("White Out")
- Hook tries to break through the ice wall with his hook, but the ice magic is strong and makes the wall unbreakable.
- The ice wall appears on the sea when escaping by boat starts to be considered an option.("Fall")
After Ingrid's death, Elsa manages to destroy the ice wall, but Ingrid's powers are still present, which results in everyone who crosses the town line (supposedly) never be able to come back. ("Heroes and Villains")
- Robin Hood, Roland and Maid Marian cross the town line with money and a map given to them by Regina in order to save Marian from the freezing curse set on her by Ingrid. ("Heroes and Villains") Despite his leaving Storybrooke, both Regina and Emma are of the impression that it is still possible for Robin to contact Regina from outside Storybrooke. ("Darkness on the Edge of Town")
- Mr. Gold crosses the town line when Belle commands him to using his dagger. He then heads to New York City. ("Heroes and Villains") He is, however, later able to return to Storybrooke (and regain his powers) with the help of Ursula and Cruella De Vil; he is also able to communicate with Belle using an e-mail alias from New York. ("Darkness on the Edge of Town")
For detailed location information, please see the list of Storybrooke locations.
^: The Storybrooke Pet Shelter is replaced on the set by Any Given Sundae from "White Out"
^^: La Tandoor is replaced by Duperré & Hughes in "Broken". In "White Out", Chop Shop has also become part of the same building.
^^^: Worthington's Haberdashery is replaced by the Storybrooke Pet Shelter in "Red-Handed"
- The town's name is a pun on "story book".
- Storybrooke can be accessed by other worlds in the following ways: Via the Land Without Magic at the Storybrooke town border, via the magic wardrobe, using the ashes of the wardrobe combined with the waters of Lake Nostos, using a magic bean to create a portal, via a rabbit hole (the latter only works after magic is brought to Storybrooke) or by using a Wishing Star. ("Pilot", "Queen of Hearts", "Down the Rabbit Hole", "Fall")
- Boston seems to be the nearest city to the town because many characters who tried to leave were heading there. ("Pilot", "The Price of Gold", "What Happened To Frederick", "A Land Without Magic")
- According to the marked route on the Darling brothers' map, Storybrooke appears to be in the location of Thomaston, Maine, a small seaport town west of Rockland. ("Dark Hollow")
- Storybrooke's coat of arms is an apple tree. ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree")
- Storybrooke's zip code is 04815. ("Dreamy")
- Despite Storybrooke being supposedly hidden from the rest of the world by various curses, it is not completely cut off, as the first season reveals that Internet is available, as is both modern cell phone and smart phone/Blackberry service (both despite the fact the town is supposed to be otherwise trapped in the 1980s). Regina is known to use a Blackberry.("Enter the Dragon")
- A rail line passes through or near the town, though it is not clear whether Storybrooke itself is visible to anyone aboard the train (though as the train sounds its whistle as it bears down on Cruella De Vil's vehicle, its inhabitants can be seen). ("Enter the Dragon")
References to the Enchanted Forest
Storybrooke is filled with nods to where the inhabitants come from; the Enchanted Forest:
- The inn has pink floral wallpaper upstairs and a flower-printed couch with matching armchairs in the lounge. There are two forest paintings in the room where Greg Mendell stays.
- The diner has forest-themed wallpaper. The adjoining hallway has pink floral wallpaper.
- The mayor's office and the town hall have birch-tree wallpaper. There are matching birch tree logs by the mayor's fireplace. A leaf-shaped bowl is sitting on a table in the mayor's office.
- Archie has green stripes on his office walls tapestry. This is a subtle a reference to his former life as a cricket; crickets live among the grass. Above the green, there is wallpaper which depicts a forest at sundown. The trees are well above eye-level; fitting for a former cricket. Fittingly enough, at eye level, there are mushroom ornaments on Archie's bookshelves.
- Tree and flower motifs are decorating the walls next to Mary Margaret's bed in her loft.
- In the pawnshop, actual birch trunks are scattered around as dividers. The wall behind the main counter has crenelated "windows" which are full of paintings of trees and woods. Similar paintings can be seen in other parts of the shop. A leaf-print curtain separates the front room from the back of the shop.
- The Nolan House has flower printed wallpaper.
- One of the classrooms at the Storybrooke Elementary School has tree silhouettes and falling leaves on the windows.
- The Storybrooke Pet Shelter has silvery forest wallpaper on the counter and behind the counter, and tree silhouettes on the window panes. Above the fish tank, there is a framed picture of a winter woods scene, with birch trees. Real birch tree trunks are used as decorations.
- Real branches and birch trees are used as decorations at the town bar.
- Jefferson has birch tree trunks in his living room. A room in his mansion has forest-themed wallpaper and floral curtains. There's a silver tree-like rack inside the hat room.
- In the Storybrooke Free Public Library, there is a tree shaped mirror on the wall that hides the elevator doors.
- The wallpaper in the room where Cora appears as a ghost in Regina's house, shows branches in a forest.
- There is a tree-like decoration with green leaves in an alcove in the restaurant where Hook and Emma have their first date.
Storybrooke is also filled with references to the maritime part of the Enchanted Forest:
- There are two model ships in Archie's office, and a ship painting in the hallway. When Emma first visits him, there is a big sea shell on his desk.
- There are ship paintings in the bedrooms and the lounge at the inn. There is also a ship in a bottle and a miniature rudder on the mantelpiece in the lounge.
- There are many model ships in the pawnshop, and a canoe hanging from the ceiling. Two ships in a bottle are sitting on a shelf. Other maritime objects include a miniature ship's rudder, a couple of ship paintings, and a real ship's rudder.
- A large painting of a ship is hanging on the wall outside the mayor's main office, and there are several paintings of ships and boats inside the town hall.
- Giant sea shells are seen in one of Mary Margaret's school classrooms.
- There is a hand carved wooden model ship in Marco's shop.
- Duperré & Hughes, a business located next to Granny's Diner, has a model ship on display in the window. As Regina walks through town in 1983, there are two model ships in the window.
- There is an engraving of a ship's rudder on a cupboard in Regina's living room.
- There is a nautical guide book, and a children's book with pop-up sailing ships, in the Storybrooke library.
- There are two model ship in the Lakeside Mansion.
- There is a model ship on the mantel in Mr. Gold's cabin.
- Some references were not added for the show, but are an actual part of Steveston Village, which doubles as the town of Storybrooke:
- The business next to the diner is called Atlantic Twine and Net. This is a real location called Pacific Twine and Net.
- There is a business called the Marine Garage, a real location in Steveston.
- An old, weathered row boat filled with plants is used as a decoration in the yard next to Granny's Diner. In real life, the boat is sitting next to the Cannery Cafe, which doubles as Granny's Diner for the show.
- Storybrooke Country Bread has a ship's steering wheel on display in the window. It is an actual part of a real location known as Romania Country Bread.
- Filming of Storybrooke scenes takes place in Steveston Village, British Columbia, Canada.
- Sara's Ice Cream is a real-life Steveston Village business that features Once Upon a Time inspired ice cream names and flavors such as Once Upon a Thyme, Cinderella’s Carriage, Entirely Emma, Mr. Gold and Grumpy's Road.
- In in "Pilot" (through a window), "The Thing You Love Most", "Snow Falls", "The Price of Gold", "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", "7:15 A.M.", "What Happened to Frederick", as well as the flashbacks from 1983 in "Welcome to Storybrooke" and the 2001 flashbacks in "Save Henry", the blue storefront next to Granny's Diner is called Worthington's Haberdashery. It is located in the former site of Artisans Galleria on Moncton Street in Steveston Village, where Once Upon a Time films. By the time of the "Red-Handed", however, this storefront has become the Storybrooke Pet Shelter (more noticeable in "The Stable Boy") thanks to a false facade. The Pet Shelter is replaced by Any Given Sundae for Season Four. However, stock footage appears to have be used briefly in an exterior shot of the diner in "Heroes and Villains", where part of the old Pet Shelter sign can be glimpsed, and in "Lily", where the original Worthington Haberdashery is back.
- The storefront next to the pet shelter changes as well, beginning as the actual La Tandoor restaurant (which is now closed) in "Pilot", "The Thing You Love Most", "Snow Falls", "The Price of Gold", "The Shepherd", "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", "True North", "7:15 A.M.", "Skin Deep", "What Happened to Frederick" and the 2001 flashbacks from "Save Henry", before becoming the Duperré & Hughes law firm in "Broken". In "White Out", Chop Shop has also moved into the same building. The original La Tandoor sign can also be seen in an exterior shot in "Lily".
- When Graham offers Emma a new job, the sign on the building behind Emma says Storybrooke Coffee Co. However, when Graham gets out on the police car, you can clearly see a circular sign on the side of the building, which says "Steveston Coffee Co". ("The Price of Gold")
- In "The Price of Gold", as Emma and Henry cross the street after leaving the loft, in the background, you can see a real-life business called Steveston WineMakers.
|Once Upon a Time: Season One|
Is a Lonely
|"Fruit of the|
|Once Upon a Time: Season Two|
|Once Upon a Time: Season Three|
|"The Heart of the Truest Believer":||"Lost Girl":||"Quite a Common Fairy":||"Nasty Habits":||"Good Form":||"Ariel":||"Dark Hollow":||"Think Lovely Thoughts":||"Save Henry":||"The New Neverland":||"Going Home":|
|"New York City Serenade":||"Witch Hunt":||"The Tower":||"Quiet Minds":||"It's Not Easy Being Green":||"The Jolly Roger":||"Bleeding Through":||"A Curious Thing":||"Kansas":||"Snow Drifts":||"There's No Place Like Home":|
|Once Upon a Time: Season Four|
on the Edge
|"Unforgiven":||"Enter the Dragon":||"Poor|
|"Best Laid Plans":||"Heart of Gold":||"Sympathy|
|Once Upon a Time in Wonderland|
|Once Upon a Time: Specials|
|"Magic is Coming":||"The Price of Magic":||"Journey to Neverland":||"Wicked is Coming":||"Storybrooke Has Frozen Over":||"Secrets of Storybrooke":|
Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.
- Storybrooke is featured in Once Upon a Time's Season One novelization, Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale.
- ↑ File:409NoFleeingByBoat.png
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 File:102DinerOpens.png
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 File:104BecauseIKnow.png
- ↑ File:217TheBuck&Ear.png
- ↑ "White Out", Once Upon a Time, ABC
- ↑ File:414StorybrookeMap2.png
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 File:104ThankingYou.png
- ↑ File:311Buildings.png
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 File:201Duperre.PNG
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 http://yvrshoots.com/2015/02/shoot-once-upon-a-time-turns-fort-langley-into-storybrooke.html#.VOyRNfmG8uf
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 File:218WoodenManDown.png
- ↑ File:220I'veMissedYou.png
- ↑ File:215IntoTheShop.jpg
- ↑ File:204WalkWalkWalk.png
- ↑ File:402JolenesArts&Crafts.png
- ↑ File:202ChasingTheHat.png
- ↑ File:104BusLeaves.png
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 File:107LaTandoor.png
- ↑ File:120MarcosShop.png
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 File:102ArchiePongo.png
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 File:102DarnCar.png
- ↑ File:102HowAboutThat.jpg
- ↑ File:217Nu-TechSystems.png
- ↑ File:202Cobbling.PNG
- ↑ File:312Driving2.png
- ↑ File:217Driving.png
- ↑ File:217Driving2.png
- ↑ File:217BenchSmashed.png
- ↑ File:109ComeOn.png
- ↑ File:217BeautifulDay.png
- ↑ https://twitter.com/yvrshoots/status/557612417392582657
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 File:104ArrestingMeAgain.png
- ↑ File:120CustodyBattle.png
- ↑ 34.0 34.1 "The Apprentice", Once Upon a Time, ABC
- ↑ File:312Town.png
- ↑ File:217StorybrookeLiquor.png
- ↑ https://twitter.com/stevestonLife/status/539594978511441921
- ↑ 38.0 38.1 File:118ConfusingAndHorrible.png
- ↑ File:104AssaultedMr.Gold.jpg
- ↑ File:211BelleAtTheDocks.PNG
- ↑ File:110CantFightThisFeeling.jpg
- ↑ File:220VeryHappy.png
- ↑ File:213AwayFromHere.jpg
- ↑ 44.0 44.1 File:107NotRunningAway.png
- ↑ https://twitter.com/AdamHorowitzLA/status/452592073359646720
- ↑ File:307Map.png
- ↑ File:111ReginaTurnsAround.jpg
- ↑ File:114PhoneRecords2.png
- ↑ 49.0 49.1 File:102LookingAtFiles.jpg
- ↑ File:102SurprisedEmma.png
- ↑ File:313AnotherOne.png
- ↑ File:218Lovers.png
- ↑ File:115ActingLike.jpg
- ↑ File:219Corridor.png
- ↑ 55.0 55.1 55.2 File:102YourMove2.png
- ↑ File:201GettingReady.PNG
- ↑ File:102Dr.Hopper2.jpg
- ↑ File:210Archie3.JPG
- ↑ File:102Devastating.png
- ↑ File:116InACourt.png
- ↑ File:109RememberThat.png
- ↑ File:116BackView.png
- ↑ File:108TheCommonGood.png
- ↑ File:106DavidSeesWindmill.png
- ↑ File:119AllKindsOfQuestions.png
- ↑ File:202Gold1.PNG
- ↑ File:106Really.jpg
- ↑ File:106Tonight.jpg
- ↑ File:106SeeYou.png
- ↑ 70.0 70.1 70.2 File:110DavidPetShelter.png
- ↑ File:119AugustMotorcycle.png
- ↑ File:115BeOkay.png
- ↑ File:112CheckOutThoseGuys.png
- ↑ File:112HeIsAlwaysWorking.png
- ↑ File:112Leaving.png
- ↑ File:117Awake.png
- ↑ File:117Piano.png
- ↑ File:117EmmaShocked.png
- ↑ File:117WatchingMe.png
- ↑ File:117InThisHouse.png
- ↑ File:122Mirror.png
- ↑ File:318ThisCantBe.png
- ↑ File:105I'mJiminyCricket.jpg
- ↑ File:105WhyDoYouThinkThat.png
- ↑ File:119GoldEntersOffice.png
- ↑ File:102Emma3.jpg
- ↑ File:104IllSeeYouAgain.png
- ↑ File:104SocksUnderTheBed.png
- ↑ File:319MakesItPossible.png
- ↑ File:313TakeUsAll.png
- ↑ 91.0 91.1 File:120Gold.png
- ↑ File:202ReginaEntersShop.png
- ↑ File:216BattleTime.jpg
- ↑ File:217ImNotHappy.png
- ↑ File:217BeHappyHere.png
- ↑ File:106OutOfTheDoor.png
- ↑ File:109LovelyToSeeYou.png
- ↑ File:109Flattered.png
- ↑ File:106LampOnCounter.jpg
- ↑ File:108AFascination.png
- ↑ File:121WellWell.png
- ↑ File:108HesNotFine.png
- ↑ File:202CrossbowGranny.PNG
- ↑ File:202Burning.png
- ↑ File:107OtherLives.png
- ↑ File:120TaughtYouWell.png
- ↑ File:217ReginaBored.png
- ↑ File:202Cupboard.png
- ↑ File:211ANauticalGuide.PNG
- ↑ 110.0 110.1 "Smash the Mirror", Once Upon a Time, ABC
- ↑ "Enter the Dragon", Once Upon a Time, ABC
- ↑ http://insteveston.com/pacificnettwine
- ↑ http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM8PAG_Marine_Garage_Steveston_Richmond_British_Columbia
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- ↑ File:101StandardClocks.png
- ↑ 120.0 120.1 File:102Storybrooke.png
- ↑ 121.0 121.1 File:104BackToGrannys.jpg
- ↑ File:217WalkWalkWalk.png
- ↑ 123.0 123.1 File:309Storybrooke.png
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- ↑ File:101LongNight.PNG
- ↑ File:106DavidWalks.png
- ↑ File:109ActuallyItIs.png
- ↑ File:110Walking.png
- ↑ File:112MarineGarage.png
- ↑ File:104GetYourAttention.png
- ↑ https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-123.182453,3a,88.9y,359.15h,74.87t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sdZGX91WCGoscQJ9ClzwXcw!2e0!5s20110801T000000!6m1!1e1
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