Where was Willow filmed? Disney+ Series Locations Explored
It’s been 34 years since Warwick Davis first graced our screens as the heroic sorceress Willow Ufgood, and now Disney+ is reuniting fans with the beloved character in a highly anticipated sequel series.
Like the original 1988 film, the new Willow series takes place in a fantasyland full of magic, mythical creatures and adventure around every corner.
But exactly where was Willow filmed and which filming locations were used to bring the magical series to life?
Willow release date and plot preview
The Willow TV series will land on Disney+ on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, a full 34 years since the original movie hit theaters.
In Willow’s world, 20 years have passed since the events of the first film which saw Warwick Davis’ character defeat the evil queen Bavmorda.
Now the Nelwyn wizard is back for a new and dangerous adventure with a band of misfits.
The unlikely group of six heroes must venture to places far beyond their homes where they must face their inner demons and come together if they are to save their magical world.
Where was Willow filmed?
Willow was filmed in the country of Wales, which is located in the United Kingdom.
The filming location for the new series mirrors the original Willow which was also filmed in Wales back in the 1980s.
Filming on the sequel series began in June 2021 and ran for eight months before wrapping up in early 2022.
The central location used for the series was Dragon Studios near Bridgend which is located in South Wales between the cities of Cardiff and Swansea and boasts five sound stages.
On top of that, many locations across Wales have reportedly hosted Willow’s production crew, including Pendine Sands at Carmarthen Bay, Morlais Castle in Ponstarn, the village and reservoir at Pontsticill as well as the village of Saundersfoot and the town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire.
Numerous outdoor scenes were also filmed in a number of quarries across Wales, including Morlais Quarry, Dinorwic Quarry near Llanberis and Dinorwig as well as Mynydd Llangynidr Quarry in the Brecon Beacons.
Other projects filmed in Wales
Over the years, Wales has proven to be a hugely popular location for film and TV crews with IMDb stating that more than 30,000 titles have been filmed in the country.
Some of the most notable productions to have been based in Wales at some point include The Crown, The Last Kingdom, Sex Education, Sherlock, His Dark Materials, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Merlin and the 2019 Netflix film The King.
Following the 2005 revival, Doctor Who has also been largely based in Cardiff, with the crew venturing out to several nearby towns and quarries to film exterior scenes.
Willow is coming to Disney+ on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
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