DEXTER Filming Locations - hundreds of actual places where the TV show Dexter was filmed.

The location: "Disney World"

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Walt Disney World.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. In Orlando, Florida.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 1, of Season 5, "My Bad".

    This is a very brief scene, taking place after Rita has been murdered, but before her children (and their paternal grandparents) realize she is dead.

    Dexter is sleeping, in Deb's apartment, when he gets a surprise phone call from Astor & Cody's grandmother, Maura, who has taken the kids to Disney World.

    It's just a standard "We're having fun" call from the park, but Dexter can't bring himself to tell them that Rita is dead.

    He tells Debra that he just wants them to have one more good day.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A studio set.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. You can't.

    But for a while, it existed on the back lot of the Sunset-Gower Studios, at 1438 N Gower Street, in Hollywood.

That's the studio where they film most of Dexter's interior scenes.

They go out on location for most of the exteriors, but it's likely that Disneyland wouldn't want to play host to a show about a serial killer...

So, they built the set near the outside of the Stage Cafe, which is the studio's restaurant.


This is how the studio's cafe area normally looks:

(The camera is looking southwest)

    And here is how it looked after the set decoration:

    (Turns out they didn't use the dragon in the final shots.)

Here is an aerial photo of the studio. And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  I had always assumed that this was a set built at the studio.  (I've been to Disneyland too many times not to notice the differences.)  So, that's all I had mentioned on my By-Episode menu.

However, in 2015, a fan, Gutyerrez Erdmann, sent me a tip including the link to these set-production photos. So, I decided to do a page about it, after all.  (Thanks, Gutyerrez!)

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