Like Storybrooke, Hyperion Heights is home to fairy-tale characters sent to the Land Without Magic under a new Dark Curse. It is currently unknown how many Enchanted Forest characters inhabit the town, but Regina Mills, Killian Jones, and Rumplestiltskin are known to live there, albeit with new identities.
Hyperion Heights is different from Storybrooke in that Storybrooke was an independent town, whereas Hyperion Heights is a neighborhood of Seattle.
After Henry is captured by the Coven of the Eight (a group of witches that includes Mother Gothel and Drizella Tremaine), his family and some of his allies come to his rescue. Drizella reveals to Regina that Henry has been poisoned, and the only way to save him is for Regina to cast the Dark Curse, or he will die. Left with no choice, Regina offers her blood to the curse's ingredients and the curse is released. The new curse creates Hyperion Heights and sends various fairy tale characters to the Land Without Magic with altered memories and new identities. Drizella places a failsafe into the curse that would cause Regina's loved ones to be harmed if the Curse breaks.
During the Fifth Curse
Due to the effects of the curse, Drizella (known as Ivy Belfry in Hyperion Heights) works as a secretary for her mother, Victoria Belfry, an urban developer. Her step-sister Jacinda, is fighting with her mother over custody of Jacinda's daughter, Lucy. Henry believes his wife and child to be dead, and his life in Storybrooke to be a fairy-tale that he wrote.
New Character Identities
Some former Storybrooke residents live (or have lived) in the town and are cursed with new identities.
- Regina Mills - The former mayor of Storybrooke and queen of the Enchanted Forest, is now a bar owner by the name of Roni.
- Killian Jones - The Wish Realm counterpart of the pirate from Neverland is now a police officer named Rogers.
- Rumplestiltskin - The Dark One is a police detective by the name Weaver. His partner is Rogers.
- Zelena - The former Wicked Witch of Oz is a spin class instructor named Kelly. She lives in San Francisco instead of In Hyperion Heights.
- It is likely she originally lived in Hyperion Heights after the curse, but then later moved to San Francisco for unknown reasons.
- The name "Hyperion" refers to several areas of Disney property and history.
- 2719 Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles, California was the location of the first Disney animation studio.
- Hyperion Books is the publishing branch of The Walt Disney Company.
- Hyperion Theater is a theater located in Disney California Adventure, in Disneyland.
- Cafe Hyperion is a restaurant in Disneyland Paris.
- Hyperion Airship is a fictional French airship featured in the 1974 Disney film The Island at the Top of the World.
- Hyperion is a superhuman being seen on the Marvel television program, Avengers Assemble.
- Hyperion Heights and Storybrooke can possibly be allusions to the American Disney Parks, as there is one on the West Coast (Disneyland in Anaheim, California) and one on the East Coast (Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida). In this case, Hyperion Heights is on the West Coast in Washington State, and Storybrooke is located on the East Coast, in Maine.