The scene originally shown in trailers in which Princess Mia says, "Grandma said shut up, shut up!" was cut from the actual film.
Anne Hathaway's mother, Kate McCauley Hathaway, appears in the movie as the choir director.
Julie Andrews loves fresh flowers, and convinced Garry Marshall to use only real flowers in the arrangements inside Rinaldi Castle. During the filming, she was constantly adjusting the arrangements, removing dying blossoms, etc. The centerpiece of the kitchen table (in the scene where Nicholas tops his chocolate mousse) got switched from a large piece (as seen in the background) to the cluster of small flowers seen in the final cut - the original arrangement got in the way of the filming.
At the Royal Garden Party, Princess Mia asks a guest how her three grandchildren, Lily, Charlotte, and Sam are doing. Those are the names of director, Garry Marshall's three grandchildren. The guest was Garry Marshall's wife, Barbara Marshall.
Lord Crawley and his identical twin brother (who don't get along) tersely acknowledge each other by their first names, Jerry and Dean. This is a reference to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, who were the most successful comedy team of the 1950's, yet were known to have had several heated arguments late in their joint career. They finally split up amidst a great deal of bitterness in 1956 and didn't speak to each other for twenty years.
At one point, Joe warns Mabrey to leave Mia alone, noting that he has "diplomatic immunity in 46 countries, including Puerto Rico." Hector Elizondo was born in New York, but his parents emigrated from Puerto Rico.
Reportedly, when Raven-Symoné was told she would sing a song with Julie Andrews for the movie, she was so moved, she started crying.
Julie Andrews does her own stunt in the mattress-surfing scene.
Garry Marshall: middle drummer in the coronation scene.
Julie Andrews's line, "I've done a lot of flying in my time," is a very obvious reference to her most iconic role with Disney, Mary Poppins (1964).
In the beginning scenes when Princess Mia is explaining what has gone on since the first movie she says that she and Michael have broken up and he is now touring with his band. Robert Schwartzman declined to do the sequel in order to focus on his band, Rooney, which was touring the country at the time the movie was being made.
Hannah Schneider, who played "Dancing Princess Hannah" in the slumber party sequence, is Julie Andrews's granddaughter.
Sofia Loren is in birthday party scene when Raven Simone taps Anne Hathaway on the back while the latter is sampling the cake frosting. Seen right between and behind the two, wearing glasses and gold dress.
In the parade sequence with the orphans, in the top right corner, the marquee of the Genovian National Theatre indicates a production of "Wrong Turn at Lungfish" is being staged. This play was co-written by Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz. This was also the play in which Kathleen Marshall made her off-Broadway debut in NYC.
The jewelry used by Mia and the queen is all real. A guard was on set the whole time. The most expensive piece is the necklace the queen is wearing at the wedding.
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