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"When You Wish Upon a Well" is the thirty-second episode of the Disney Junior animated series, Sofia the First. It premiered on July 11, 2014, and is the eighth episode of the second season.


James and Sofia are having a race, but Sofia is not fast enough. Roland offers to help her with the Royal Obstacle Course, and she accepts. Then, Miranda arrives holding a cat, who makes Roland sneeze because he is allergic to cats. Amber wants to play Blazing Badminton with Roland, but he is busy helping Sofia. Amber feels jealous of Sofia, and tells James that Roland has been spending all his time with her, but James states that is not true because Roland spends a lot of time with him too. In order to get her father to spend more time with her, Amber arranges a tea party for just herself and Roland, but the cat Miranda found is there, which makes Roland start sneezing again and run off. Amber decides to have the Royal Chef make a blackberry pie for her father.

In the garden, while looking for blackberries, Amber stumbles upon an old Wishing Well, which grants each user three wishes. Amber uses her first wish to have a new tiara, which appears on her head. Then she makes a bad choice for her next wish; she wishes Roland was allergic to Sofia, so he would stay away from her and spend time with Amber. However, this wish backfires: Roland is still training Sofia when Amber's second wish comes true...and Sofia turns into a purple cat. At first, she does not realize it, even as Roland sneezes and does not see her. Then, Sofia looks at her reflection in water, realizes why Roland is sneezing, and runs to Clover.

They head over to Cedric, and try to explain what happened. Unfortunately, Cedric cannot understand animal, and does not recognize Sofia. Wormwood, however, does, and tries to take her Amulet. Sofia and Clover are thrown out of Cedric's quarters, and go looking for Miranda with Wormwood in pursuit.

Miranda asks Amber and Roland, who are playing Blazing Badminton, if they have seen the white cat, and Roland states he has seen them both. Miranda is surprised to hear that there are two cats. Roland starts sneezing because Sofia is right behind him. Miranda does not recognize Sofia, and remarks that she is the most darling shade of purple, much to her confusion. Roland tells Miranda and Amber that "It was like Sofia vanished when that cat showed up." Amber realizes that when she wished Roland was allergic to Sofia, she turned her into a purple cat. She gets her sister away from their father, and takes her to the well to change her little sister back. But she ends up turning Sofia pink with her last wish. Because Amber does not have any wishes left, she cannot fix the mess she made, and the Wishing Well would not make any exceptions. Just when the sisters think it cannot get any worse, Sofia gets chased around the race course by Rex and Wormwood. While James tries to catch Rex, Amber tries to save her sister, but fails. Knowing she cannot wish Sofia back to normal, Amber goes to Roland for help. Amber admits that she turned Sofia into a cat by wishing upon the wishing well that she would make Roland sneeze, much to Roland's horror. Meanwhile, Rex and Wormwood chase Sofia around the race course until James catches Rex, and Roland catches Sofia. Roland and the two princesses go back to the wishing well. Roland strictly wishes for Sofia to be her normal beautiful human self again. When Sofia goes back to normal, the wishing well reveals that Roland now has one wish remaining. That means he already made a wish before, and that first wish did not go too well. Roland does not tell his daughters what happened, and wants to be happy Sofia is back in her human form. Amber apologizes to Sofia for turning her into a cat, and Roland apologizes to Amber for making her feel left out.

Once Sofia wins the race with her new-found talents of maneuvering, Roland starts sneezing again, much to Amber's horror. It turns out that it is the white cat making him sneeze. Sofia, James, and Miranda go off to the village to find a new owner for the cat, and Amber and Roland go off together to play. But then Clover finds the well and wishes for a lifetime supply of radishes.




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  • This is the third time Sofia undergoes a magical transformation. In "Cedric's Apprentice", she became a lizard, and in Sofia the First: The Floating Palace, she became a mermaid.
  • Interestingly, all of Sofia's alternate forms have a purple theme, since purple is her identifying color. Sofia's cat form is the first to have an extra theme from her human form-the white clover motif on the outer hem of her gown appearing on her tail.
  • The episode's title is a reference to the song "When You Wish Upon a Star".
  • This is the second time Amber has something magical happen to one of her siblings that she regrets. The first was when she had James turn into a baby in "Two Princesses and a Baby".
  • This is the second time Sofia turns into an animal.
  • This is the third time Amber becomes jealous of Sofia. The first time was in Once Upon a Princess, and the second time in "Princess Butterfly".
  • This is the third time Wormwood speaks.
  • In this episode, it is revealed that Roland is allergic to cats.
  • This is the third time Amber wears a different tiara.
  • This is the second time a magical object is used to grant wishes. The first was the mirror in "The Baker King".
  • This is the third time Roland has used a magical object to have his wishes granted.
  • When Amber tries to make a fourth wish, the well, in a monotonous manner, says, "I'm sorry, Princess; I'm afraid I can't do that." This is a reference to the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, where HAL 9000, a malfunctioning computer AI, tells Dave the same thing, in a similar monotonous manner, when HAL 9000 is asked to open the pod bay doors.
  • This is the third time Sofia wears her sport outfit, and the second time she wears it the whole episode instead of her signature dress.
    • This is also the fourth episode where Sofia does not wear her signature dress throughout the whole episode.
  • This is the third time there is a brief hostility between Sofia and Wormwood. The first was in Once Upon a Princess, and the second time being in "Princess Butterfly".
  • It is also the second time Wormwood tries to steal the Amulet in place of Cedric.
  • Clover and Wormwood have their second face-off since the premiere.
  • This is the second time an Erlenmeyer flask has been mistakenly called a beaker and used comically, in this case creating a pun with it being on Wormwood's beak. The first time was in "Tea For Too Many".
  • Chef Andre is mentioned in this episode by Amber before "Gizmo Gwen".
  • This is the first time trouble happens to Sofia because of a magical accident.
  • This is the third time the plot focuses more on Amber than on Sofia. The first time was "Princess Butterfly", and the second time was "Two Princesses and a Baby".
  • This is the second time Sofia does not wear her tiara.
  • Moral: Make your wishes well.

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Shows: Sofia the First | Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess | Elena and the Secret of Avalor | Videography
Music: Songs and Story | Sofia the First (Soundtrack) | Sofia the First: Songs From Enchancia | Disney Junior DJ Shuffle | Disney Junior DJ Shuffle 2
Books: Disney Junior Storybook Collection | Disney Junior Little Golden Book Library | Sofia the First | The Floating Palace | Holiday in Enchancia | Princesses to the Rescue! | The Curse of Princess Ivy | The Secret Library | Elena and the Secret of Avalor | The Perfect Tea Party | Bunny Magic! | Sofia the Second | The Royal Slumber Party | The Halloween Ball | The Amulet and the Anthem | The Royal Games | Sofia's Magic Lesson | The Enchanted Science Fair | A Magical Match | Me and Our Mom | Mystic Isles


Princess Sofia | Queen Miranda | King Roland II | Prince James | Princess Amber | Princess Hildegard | Cedric the Sorcerer | Wormwood | Baileywick | Robin | Mia | Clover | Whatnaught | Goodwyn the Great | Winifred the Wise | Jade | Ruby Hanshaw | Princess Clio | Princess Maya | Princess Lakshmi | Prince Zandar | Princess Jun | Prince Hugo | Minimus | Princess Vivian | Crackle | Queen Cecily | Gnarlie | Trolls | Teeny | Ginger | Mrs. Higgins | King Magnus | Nigel | Lucinda | Princess Leena | Prince Jin | Magic Carpet | Jasper | Constable Myles | Prince Khalid | Meg and Peg | Boswell | Madam Ubetcha | Prince Desmond | Miss Nettle | Sir Gillium | Professor Popov | Helen Hanshaw | Oona | Queen Emmaline | Cora | Plank | Aunt Tilly | Wilbur the Wombeast | Admiral Hornpipe | Sven | Farley | Lulu | Emperor Quon | Empress Lin-Lin | Rex | Rosey | Prince Axel | King Garrick | Electra | Vaughan and Vance | Ogre | Marla | Sir Bartleby | Sir Maxwell | Sir Finnegan | Queen Anya | Gwen | Chef Andre | Sofia the Worst | Lady Joy | Lord Gilbert | Wu-Chang | Jade Jaguar | Sir Dax | Boo | Princess Lani | Mamanu | Kamea and Halia | Praline | Freedo | Princess Zooey | Queen Avery | Princess Astrid | Slickwell | Greylock the Grand | Princess Ivy | Dragons of Enchancia | Winter | Whiskers | Glacia the Ice Witch | Hexie | Director Dove | Elliot, Amy and Kurt | Tizzy | Master Erwin | Bryce Twigley | Button, Benngee and Brody | Mossy | Carol of the Arrow | Jane | Princess Kari | Miss Elodie | Fluke | Slim | Shelly | Flip | Mantacorn | Onyx and Opal | Wendell Fidget | Mrs. Fidget | Saffron | Muck, Gunk and Grime | Spruce | Ballerina | Mazzimo | Prince Roderick | Gavin | Kazeem | Sergeant Fizz | King Habib and Queen Farnaz | Chief Gnuckles | Flinch | Grotta | Queen Tessa | King Oberlyn | King Marcus | Herb the Hedgehog | Duncan and Herb | Elfonso | Elfred | Milo the Snake | Prince Derek | Sir Henley | King Henrik | Cordelia the Conjuror | Calista | Morgana | Crispy | Barley | Sassofras | Professor Zacharias Fleeber | Grand Mum | Gemina and Argus | Count Barnstorm | Raja Vijay | Sir Oliver | Sir Jaxon | Willawing | King of Brazendell | Kai | Princess Charlotte | Morris | Zinessa | King Philip and Queen Everly | Lily | Indigo | Marty and Maple | Mandy | Grimtrix | Wriggley, Pumpkin and Chester | Skye
Elena of Avalor: Princess Elena | Princess Isabel | Francisco | Luisa | Shuriki | Alacazar | Zuzo | Mateo | Migs, Luna and Skylar | Rafa | Chancellor Esteban | Naomi Turner | Armando | King Raul and Queen Lucia
Guest Characters: Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | Cinderella | Jasmine | Magic Carpet | Belle | Ariel | Aurora | Snow White | Mulan | Rapunzel | Tiana | Merida | Olaf | Merlin


Season One: "Just One of the Princes" | "The Big Sleepover" | "Let the Good Times Troll" | "Cedric's Apprentice" | "A Royal Mess" | "The Shy Princess" | "Blue Ribbon Bunny" | "The Princess Test" | "Baileywick's Day Off" | "Tri-Kingdom Picnic" | "The Little Witch" | "Two to Tangu" | "Finding Clover" | "The Amulet of Avalor" | "The Buttercups" | "Make Way for Miss Nettle" | "The Amulet and the Anthem " | "Tea for Too Many" | "Princess Butterfly" | "Great Aunt-Venture" | "The Baker King" | "The Floating Palace" | "Holiday in Enchancia" | "Four's a Crowd"
Season Two: "Two Princesses and a Baby" | "The Enchanted Feast" | "The Flying Crown" | "Mom's the Word" | "The Silent Knight" | "Enchanted Science Fair" | "King for a Day" | "When You Wish Upon a Well" | "Gizmo Gwen" | "Sofia the Second" | "Mystic Meadows" | "Princesses to the Rescue!" | "Ghostly Gala" | "The Emerald Key" | "Scrambled Pets" | "The Princess Stays in the Picture" | "Baileywhoops" | "The Curse of Princess Ivy" | "Winter's Gift" | "The Leafsong Festival" | "Substitute Cedric" | "Clover Time" | "In a Tizzy" | "A Tale of Two Teams" | "The Littlest Princess" | "Buttercup Amber" | "Carol of the Arrow" | "Sidekick Clio"
Season Three: "Cool Hand Fluke" | "Minimus is Missing" | "Cedric Be Good" | "Princess Adventure Club" | "Minding the Manor" | "The Secret Library" | "New Genie on the Block" | "The Fliegel Has Landed" | "The Princess Ballet" | "All the Sprite Moves" | "Sofia in Elvenmoor" | "Stormy Lani" | "Lord of the Rink" | "The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle" | "Gone with the Wand" | "Bad Little Dragon" | "Bunny Swap" | "Her Royal Spyness" | "Best in Air Show" | "Dads and Daughters Day" | "The Tale of the Noble Knight" | "The Bamboo Kite" | "Beauty is the Beast" | "Cauldronation Day" | "Camp Wilderwood" | "Royal Vacation" | "Hexley Hall" | "The Princess Prodigy" | "One for the Books"
Season Four: "The Mystic Isles"


Theme Song | I'm Not Ready to Be a Princess | Royal Prep | A Little Bit of Food | True Sisters | Rise and Shine | Princess Things | Anything | Perfect Slumber Party | Make Some Noise | Cedric the Great | Goldenwing Circus | All You Need | Blue Ribbon Bunny | I Belong | (You Can Always) Count On Baileywick | Picnic of the Year | Good Little Witch | The Ride of Your Lives | Bring My Best Friend Back | I'll Get My/That Amulet | The Buttercups | Make Way for Miss Nettle | Enchancia Anthem | Make It Right | Bigger Is Better | Who's That? | A Recipe for Adventure | The Simple Life | Merroway Cove | The Love We Share | Wassailia | Peace and Joy | Royal Fun | Sisters and Brothers | Two by Two | All You Desire | Huzzah! Huzzah! | Me and My Mom | Tilly, Oh Tilly | Friendship Is The Formula | Be Your Own King | Make Your Wishes Well | Believe in Your Dream | Keeping Promises No Matter What | Mystic Meadows | Stronger Than You Know | The Ghostly Gala | A Princess True | In Your Paws | Know It All | Helping Hand | A Kingdom of My Own | Smoke, Wings and Fire | Dare to Risk it All | From the Heart | I Feel So Free | Never Forget The Sorcerer's Secret | Hoppin' Out With You | Make Our Dreams Come True | Play With Us | It's a Small New World | Improvise | Any Deed For Those In Need | My First Flight | Wings of a Dream | Moment to Shine | Wendell's Way | A Better Me | When It Comes To Making Friends | It's Up To You | Do I Dare | Genie Rules | This Fliegel Has Landed | Gotta Reach a Higher Height | I Like You So Much | Elvenmoor | Happy Thoughts | Take A Leap | My Finest Flower | Magic Like Merlin | You're the Cutest Thing | Living It Up | Be an Expert Expert | I'm A New Horse Now | Dads and Daughters Song | A Knight Such As I | This Panda Just Wants to Dance | More to Adore | The Broomstick Dance | The Summer Camp Blues | What A Vacation | The Great Unknown | The Spirit of Avalor | My Time | Our Wizards Are the Best


Enchancia | Trolls' Grotto | Royal Preparatory Academy | Tangu | Merroway Cove | Wei-Ling | Mystic Meadows | Wildwing Valley | The Secret Library | Elvenmoor | Hakalo | Freezenburg | Enchanted Animal Park‎‎ | Avalor | Dragon Hold | Maru | Hexley Hall


Amulet of Avalor | Aunt Tilly's Carpet Bag | Enchanted Mirror | Floating Palace | Trident | Mermaid Comb of Merroway Cove | Enchanted Swing Set | Wishing Well | Emerald Key | Pin of Klutzenheimer | Flying Crown | Family Wand | Ice Lilies | Dazzleball | Snowdrops | Dragonclaw Wand | Kazeem's Lamp | Behind the Walls | Shuriki's Wand

See Also

Elena of Avalor | Buttercups | Spells and Magic | Jaquins

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