Real-life magic! Disney Channel’s Descendants franchise premiered in 2015, and viewers were introduced to Evie (Sofia Carson), Mal (Dove Cameron), Jay (Booboo Stewart) and Carlos (Cameron Boyce), along with the rest of the Villain Kids.
Throughout the trilogy, various stunning locations were revealed to viewers, sparking many questions about where the musical movies were filmed.
Keep reading for all the details on where the Descendants series was really filmed.
Where Where the ‘Descendants’ Movies Filmed?
Most of the Descendants movies were filmed on set in Vancouver, Canada. In fact, during the shoot for the second movie, the cast even had to deal with temperamental weather while filming.
“We were shooting this musical number, ‘Chillin’ Like a Villain,’ a wonderful sequence that happens in the middle of the movie. We actually shot that during a typhoon in Vancouver on location,” director Kenny Ortega told The Hollywood Reporter in July 2017. “We couldn’t stop because it was the last day we could work in that location. Half of the set blew away, and we were nearly flooded out. But the kids didn’t mind being drenched. We shot the entire musical number during a typhoon.”
Despite the weather issue, Dove recalled having fun on set alongside the Riverdale cast, who were shooting in Vancouver at the same time.
“I know the [Riverdale] cast,” she told Shine On Media in July 2017. “They were shooting that actually as we were shooting Descendants 2… They were in the same hotel, so we would always, like, see them at the gym.”
Where Was Auradon Prep Filmed?
Fans of the movies can actually visit the Auradon Prep set! Most of those scenes were filmed at the Hatley Castle and the British Columbia Parliament Buildings in Victoria, Canada.
The Hatley Castle has actually been used in other TV shows as well. In fact, it was used in The CW’s Arrow and as Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Children in the X-Men movies.
Where Was the Isle of the Lost Located?
Similarly, the Isle of the Lost is actually a real-life location — of course, with a different name. The crew chose a a 100-year-old copper mine and an old sugar factory to film those scenes.
“Everything is a practical location or on soundstages,” Kenny explained.
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