Episode 1: The blue candle that Emma places on her birthday cupcake to make a wish, not to be alone, is in homage to Pinocchio‘s Geppetto wishing on the blue star not to be alone.
Episode 2: The mushroom ornaments on the bookshelves of Archie Hopper’s office are a reference to Alice in Wonderland.
Episode 3: Mary Margaret has a ceramic blue figurine next to her bed, not unlike the bluebirds her alter ego, Snow White, is friends with in the fairy-tale world.
Episode 4: Did you see the Minnie Mouse figurine on display in Mr. Gold’s Pawn Shop?
Episode 5: We meet Archie Hopper’s dog, Pongo. Hello, One Hundred and One Dalmatians!
Episode 6: The white ceramic rabbit in Mary Margaret’s kitchen is a reference to the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland.
Episode 7: Emma and Graham stroll past a store called Worthington’s Haberdashery. It was J. Worthington Foulfellow who led Pinocchio astray.
Episode 8: Mr. Gold must be a serious Disney collector. Here we see a Mickey Mouse figurine in a case (along with Minnie).
Episode 9: This week, Mr. Gold’s pawnshop features Aladdin’s lamp.
Episode 10: Mary Margaret is reading Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island, which appeared in Flynn’s safe house in TRON: Legacy.
Episode 11: The Genie reveals he’s from Agrabah—the land where he probably just helped out Aladdin.
Episode 12: When Belle drops her teacup, it chips—just like Chip in Beauty and the Beast.
Episode 13: One of the objects in the shrine is a pomegranate, a reference to Persephone, a Greek myth much like Hercules. (Okay, this is a bit of a stretch, but it’s the best we have for this one!)
Episode 14: The stars that adorn the classroom for miner’s day are references to the many fairies from the fairy-tale world, including the Blue Fairy, represented by a blue star.
Episode 15: Red’s boyfriend is Peter (as in “and the Wolf”—an unfortunate bit of irony for the character).
Episode 16: In the scene where Prince Charming confronts Rumplestiltskin, there’s an arrangement of roses on the table, which references Rumplestiltskin’s role as the beast in Belle’s episode.
Episode 17: Little Grace adores a stuffed white rabbit—in an episode dedicated to Alice in Wonderland.
Episode 18: “I’m not a liar,” says a defensive August, whom we learn a few episodes later is actually Pinocchio.
Episode 19: This week, Mr. Gold has a vintage Mickey Mouse telephone in his case!
Episode 20: The whale that Pinocchio carves is a reference to Monstro (who we also see in this episode). And Henry is given his lunch in a Tron lunchbox.
Episode 21: There’s a Mickey Mouse magnet on Mary Margaret’s refrigerator.
Episode 22: Jefferson—the Mad Hatter—has his own party, giving the psychiatric ward nurse some potent tea (laced with a drug to make her fall asleep). And when Regina and Emma retrieve Prince Charming’s sword from Mr. Gold, there’s an unlit candelabra on his counter that looks like Lumiere.
Bonus—Number 23! August’s motorcycle license plate is “23.” The creators say it’s a reference to the number from Lost. We’d prefer to think it’s a reference to D23.
By D23′s Jeffrey Epstein
Season two of Once Upon A Time begins September 30 on ABC. Season one of Once Upon A Time will be available on DVD August 28.