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Land Without Magic Location
General Information
Status: Existing
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Show Information
First appearance: "Pilot"
Latest appearance: "Heart of Gold"
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It's like a fairy tale.

Regina Mills to an adoption agent src

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.

History

During First Curse

In the Enchanted Forest, the Evil Queen cast a Dark Curse, which sends all of the inhabitants to a newly created town in a Land Without Magic called Storybrooke. The curse, prophesied by Rumplestiltskin, can be broken in twenty-eight years by Snow White and Prince Charming's daughter Emma. To protect their infant daughter, a magic wardrobe is constructed that brings her to another land just before all of the Enchanted Forest is engulfed in the curse. In a secret deal with the Blue Fairy, Geppetto guarantees his own son, Pinocchio, is one of the two to be saved. Both children end up in the Land Without Magic and are placed in the same foster home, but Pinocchio later abandons Emma. ("Pilot")

In the days after the curse is enacted, the Evil Queen lives as the mayor of Storybrooke, Regina, and while at first pleased with the other residents' miseries, she grows bored with her new life. One flaw in creating Storybrooke is it becomes visible to outsiders, and when two strangers, Kurt and Owen, arrive in town, Regina attempts to usher their leaving. Eventually, she takes a liking to Owen and wishes for him to stay, although Kurt refuses. Through her manipulation, Sheriff Graham arrests Kurt, who flees Storybrooke with his son, however, they are caught at the town border. While Kurt surrenders himself, Owen escapes town, with Regina's permission. Later, she kills Kurt and buries him in the woods. ("Welcome to Storybrooke")

Eighteen years later, Regina adopts a baby boy, who she names Henry. When he shows signs of possible illness, she sleuths for information on his birth parents, eventually learning his birth mother is Emma Swan, the prophesied savior. After deciding to keep Henry as her son, Regina drinks a memory potion to forget his birth mother's identity. ("Save Henry")

Henry, at ten years old, gains a fairytale book from his teacher as a means to inspire hope in his life. Within its pages, he finds a photo of Snow White and Prince Charming's infant daughter and mysteriously realizes her name is Emma. Coming to believe Storybrooke is under the Evil Queen's curse, Henry brings Emma to Storybrooke, and she later stays in town out of concern for his happiness. With her arrival, the curse gradually weakens and time begins to move forward again. After a few days, Emma becomes a sheriff's deputy, and after the sheriff's death, she gains her predecessor's job. As sheriff, she is unknowingly reuniting people who would otherwise be separated due to the curse's effects. ("Going Home", "Pilot", "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")

The town becomes rocked by a scandal when Mary Margaret's affair with David is made public. Kathryn, David's wife, opts to allow them to be together as she decides to leave for Boston. Regina, unwilling to let the lovers be happy, sets up Mary Margaret for Kathryn's death, leading to her arrest when evidence is found. With help from August, Emma figures out Regina's plot, just before Kathryn is found alive after being secretly freed by Mr. Gold. To make Emma accept her role as curse savior, August attempts to make her believe in magic, but she refuses. Believing Regina is dangerous, Emma then tries leaving town with Henry, but the boy persuades her out of it. Regina, on the other hand, extracts a poisoned apple from the past Enchanted Forest, in a bid to get rid of Emma. However, Henry ends up eating it, falling into a coma, and later dying. In a final farewell, Emma kisses his forehead, accidentally emitting true love's kiss, which breaks his curse as well as the Dark Curse. As everyone regains memories of their past lives, Mr. Gold combines a bottle of true love, Mr. Gold combines it with well water to bring magic into Storybrooke. ("What Happened to Frederick", "Red-Handed", "The Stable Boy", "The Stranger", "An Apple Red as Blood")

After First Curse
During Second Curse

After a year, Snow White recasts the Dark Curse, bringing everyone back to Storybrooke, but due to the Wicked Witch's machinations, they forget the past year in the Enchanted Forest. The only clue, as proof a year has gone by, is Mary Margaret's pregnancy. The Wicked Witch, brought along by the curse, blends into town as a midwife named Zelena. In her farm cellar, she keeps a revived Mr. Gold as her prisoner. Through some means, she also causes some of the townspeople to vanish and turns them into her pet monkeys. Regaining her lost memories with Hook's aid, Emma returns to town, where she teams up with Regina to sleuth out the curse caster, who manages to escape before they apprehend her. After David and Hook witness someone turning into a flying monkey, it is believed the Wicked Witch cast the new curse. ("New York City Serenade", "Witch Hunt")

Zelena, desiring to change her past with a time spell, requires several ingredients; Mary Margaret's child, David's courage, Regina's heart and Mr. Gold's brain. After Zelena collects David's courage, Mr. Gold escapes and reverts to Neal. Following recovery at the hospital, Neal helps Emma look for Mr. Gold, not knowing he and his father are in the same body. Upon realizing the truth, he begs Emma to separate him from Mr. Gold's body, although it'll kill him, so his father can reveal the Wicked Witch's true name. After being exposed, Zelena escapes and reappears at the diner during a funeral wake for Neal, where she reveals herself as Regina's half-sister and challenges her to a duel. There, she fails to steal Regina's heart, which has already been removed and placed under Robin Hood's care. Threatened by Emma's light magic, Zelena curses Hook's lips so he can take away her powers, and not if, the savior's family will die. Desperate to break the curse, Emma attempts to make Henry believe in magic by giving him the storybook. From touching it, he regains his lost memories, but it is Regina's true love for him, which breaks the curse. ("The Tower", "Quiet Minds", "It's Not Easy Being Green", "The Jolly Roger")

After Second Curse

Inhabitants

Note:
^: Former inhabitants
†: Deceased inhabitants
º: This inhabitant comes to Storybrooke after the curse is cast
2: This inhabitant comes to Storybrooke only due to the second curse
*: This inhabitant's status and/or current whereabouts is unknown

Visitors

Trapped in Storybrooke

When someone attempts to leave Storybrooke, something always prevents the person from actually leaving:

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 by dumping some of the potion on his hat. Then, he pushed William 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.[1]("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 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 (surreptitiously) communicate with Belle using an e-mail alias from New York. ("Darkness on the Edge of Town")

Locations

For detailed location information, please see the list of Storybrooke locations.

Notable Businesses


Notes:
^: 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"

Trivia

On-screen Notes

  • 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[45]) 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,[46] Storybrooke appears to be in the location of Thomaston, Maine, a small seaport town west of Rockland. ("Dark Hollow")
    • Additionally, according to Emma, Boston is four hours away from Storybrooke. This may be an accurate time frame for a drive from Boston to Thomaston, taking delays and speed fluctuations into account. ("The Price of Gold")
  • Storybrooke's coat of arms is an apple tree.[47] ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree")
  • Storybrooke's zip code is 04815.[48] ("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[49][50] and a flower-printed couch with matching armchairs in the lounge.[51] There are two forest paintings in the room where Greg Mendell stays.[52]
  • The diner has forest-themed wallpaper.[53] The adjoining hallway has pink floral wallpaper.[54]
  • The mayor's office[55] and the town hall[56] have birch-tree wallpaper. There are matching birch tree logs by the mayor's fireplace.[55] A leaf-shaped bowl is sitting on a table in the mayor's office.[55]
  • Archie has green stripes on his office walls tapestry.[57] 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;[58] fitting for a former cricket. Fittingly enough, at eye level, there are mushroom ornaments on Archie's bookshelves.[59]
  • Tree[60] and flower motifs[61][62] are decorating the walls next to Mary Margaret's bed in her loft.
  • In the pawnshop, actual birch trunks are scattered around as dividers.[63] The wall behind the main counter has crenelated "windows" which are full of paintings of trees and woods.[64][65] Similar paintings can be seen in other parts of the shop. A leaf-print curtain[66] separates the front room from the back of the shop.
  • The Nolan House has flower printed wallpaper.[67][68]
  • One of the classrooms at the Storybrooke Elementary School has tree silhouettes and falling leaves on the windows.[69]
  • The Storybrooke Pet Shelter has silvery forest wallpaper on the counter and behind the counter,[70] and tree silhouettes on the window panes.[70][71] Above the fish tank, there is a framed picture of a winter woods scene, with birch trees.[70] Real birch tree trunks are used as decorations.[72]
  • Real branches[73] and birch trees[74] are used as decorations at the town bar.
  • Jefferson has birch tree trunks in his living room.[75][76] A room in his mansion has forest-themed wallpaper[77] and floral curtains.[78] There's a silver tree-like rack inside the hat room.[79]
  • In the Storybrooke Free Public Library, there is a tree shaped mirror on the wall that hides the elevator doors.[80]
  • The wallpaper in the room where Cora appears as a ghost in Regina's house, shows branches in a forest.[81]
  • There is a tree-like decoration with green leaves in an alcove in the restaurant where Hook and Emma have their first date.[34]

Storybrooke is also filled with references to the maritime part of the Enchanted Forest:

  • There are two model ships in Archie's office,[82][83] and a ship painting in the hallway.[84] When Emma first visits him, there is a big sea shell on his desk.[85]
  • There are ship paintings in the bedrooms[49][86][87] and the lounge[88] at the inn. There is also a ship in a bottle and a miniature rudder on the mantelpiece in the lounge.[89]
  • There are many model ships in the pawnshop,[90][91][92][93][94] and a canoe hanging from the ceiling.[95] Two ships in a bottle are sitting on a shelf.[96][97] Other maritime objects include a miniature ship's rudder,[98] a couple of ship paintings,[99][100] and a real ship's rudder.[90]
  • A large painting of a ship is hanging on the wall outside the mayor's main office,[101] and there are several paintings of ships[102] and boats[103] inside the town hall.
  • Giant sea shells are seen in one of Mary Margaret's school classrooms.[104]
  • There is a hand carved wooden model ship in Marco's shop.[105]
  • Duperré & Hughes, a business located next to Granny's Diner, has a model ship on display in the window.[9] As Regina walks through town in 1983, there are two model ships in the window.[106]
  • There is an engraving of a ship's rudder on a cupboard in Regina's living room.[107]
  • There is a nautical guide book,[108] and a children's book with pop-up sailing ships, in the Storybrooke library.[109]
  • There are two model ship in the Lakeside Mansion.[109]
  • There is a model ship on the mantel in Mr. Gold's cabin.[110]
  • 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.[2] This is a real location called Pacific Twine and Net.[111]
    • There is a business called the Marine Garage,[20] a real location in Steveston.[112]
    • An old, weathered row boat filled with plants is used as a decoration in the yard next to Granny's Diner.[113] In real life, the boat is sitting next to the Cannery Cafe, which doubles as Granny's Diner for the show.[114]
    • Storybrooke Country Bread has a ship's steering wheel on display in the window.[21] It is an actual part of a real location known as Romania Country Bread.[115]

Production Notes

  • 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.[116][117]

Other Notes

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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