‘Once Upon a Time’: Which Disney Characters Are Not Included in This Drama Series?

This live-action drama series follows Emma Swan on her adventures to Storybrooke. There, she meets several fairytale characters, some even appeared in award-winning Disney animated movies. 

Here are some of the few characters who didn’t appear in Once Upon a Time, now available on Disney+.

Colin O'Donoghue and Jennifer Morrison of 'Once Upon a Time'
‘Once Upon a Time’ Episode Titled ‘The Final Battle Part 1 and 2’ | Jack Rowand/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

There are plenty of Disney characters in the live-action series, ‘Once Upon a Time’

All magic comes at a prince, even in the real world. ABC’s series, Once Upon a Time, follows characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, including Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, and one of the dwarfs, Grumpy. 

There’s also Emma Swan, who journeys to Storybrooke as “the Chosen One,” who lifts the curse placed on the townspeople. Along her journey, Emma Swan meets several other fairytale characters, including a few Disney princesses in live-action versions. That includes Aurora, Mulan, and Belle. 

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Which Disney princesses are not included in ‘Once Upon a Time?’

The princesses included in Disney’s official lineup include Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, and Moana. (Anna and Elsa from Frozen are not listed with the other characters, primarily due to their popularity.)

Of each of these beloved Disney characters, the only two that don’t make an appearance in Once Upon a Time are Pocahontas and Moana. With their movie premiering in 2013, Anna and Elsa do make a cameo in this series, even though they’re not main characters.

One part of Moana’s story is included in ABC’s drama series, though. That’s Maui’s Fish Hook, a magical and mythical item included in Polynesian mythology. This item debuted during season 7 and lands in the hands, or rather one hand, of Captain Hook. 

Other Disney characters missing from this show include The Headless Horseman, Milo James Thatch from Atlantis, and Frollo and Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Additionally, viewers never got the live-action version of characters from recently released flicks, like the title character of Raya and the Last Dragon.

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‘Once Upon a Time’ is available on Disney’s streaming platform

After releasing several seasons, Once Upon a Time premiered its final episode on Disney’s television network in 2018. All episodes of this drama series, though at first available for binge-watching on Netflix, made the switch to Disney’s streaming platform. 

“Seven years ago, we set out to create a show about hope, where even in the darkest of times, a happy ending would always be possible,” Once Upon a Time creators, Kitsis and Horowitz, said in a joint statement.

“But we never imagined the happy ending that was actually in store for all of us — years and years of adventure, romance, magic, and hope,” they continued. “We hope [viewers] join us for these last few hours as we journey to the Enchanted Forrest for one more adventure.”