* BTeamSequel: Penelope Spheeris, who directed the first film, was approached by Paramount to direct the sequel. Spheeris immediately declined the offer due to the fact that Creator/MikeMyers had been so difficult to work with during the making of the first film. Instead Stephen Surjik was chosen to direct ''Wayne's World 2''. Spheeris would not make peace with Mike Myers until after the release of the first ''Franchise/AustinPowers'' film.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Both films are set in Illinois, but mountains and palm trees seen in some scenes reveal that it was shot in California.
* TheCastShowoff:
** Creator/DanaCarvey really did play Garth's incredible drum solo.
** Creator/TiaCarrere really does her own singing in the first film.
** Music/AliceCooper really is a BadassBookworm in real life.
** Mike Myers speaks fluent Cantonese. Wayne's dialogue in the language is 100% authentic, if ''profoundly'' accented.
* CreatorBacklash: Mike Myers was furious when he saw that Paramount has recut Music/{{Queen}}'s [[SacredCow legendary, groundbreaking]] music video for "Bohemian Rhapsody" with clips from the film as promotion, describing it as "pissing on a [=DaVinci=]." Queen, on the other hand, were thrilled that their song was included.
* Main/{{Defictionalization}}: As of the film's 25th anniversary, you can visit Noah's Arcade in the real life town of Aurora, Illinois, [[http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/opinion/ct-abn-crosby-waynes-world-st-0206-20170206-column.html inside local restaurant Luigi's Pizza and Fun Center.]]
** Back when Paramount owned a chain of regional theme parks, they added ''Wayne's World'' themed rollercoasters called "the Hurler" to some of the park and this included actual Stan Mikita's Donuts restaurants; when CBS (successor to the old Viacom) sold the parks to Cedar Fair, the Paramount theming was removed and the Stan Mikita's became other restaurants.
* EnforcedMethodActing:
** Dana Carvey had never heard "Bohemian Rhapsody" before, so he's just pretending to know the words.
** Dana Carvey ad libbed the question about WesternAnimation/BugsBunny; Myers' reaction is real.
*** The laugh is actually composited from a different joke, and was partially the result of Myers being delirious from an exhaustive day of shooting.
* FakeNationality: Cassandra, who comes from UsefulNotes/HongKong, is played by Tia Carrere, an American actress (born and raised in UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}) of Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish descent.[[note]]Humorously enough, this proved Casandra's conversation with Wayne in Cantonese difficult, as she was not fluent in the language, as the Canadian-born Mike Myers was.[[/note]] ''Wayne's World 2'' also has American actress Creator/DrewBarrymore playing Bjergen Kjergen, the Swedish receptionist at [=WPIG=] Radio.
* FollowTheLeader: The first movie's success inspired the productions of all succeeding ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' movies.
* GeniusBonus:
** Cassandra's horrible jungle themed music video in the first movie is a possible reference to Music/PearlJam, who reportedly went through the same thing for their song Even Flow. They were so unhappy with the finished result they prevented its release and swore to not make a music video for their next three albums (with Yield breaking the streak).
* LifeImitatesArt: Many guitar stores really do have signs telling patrons not to play "Stairway to Heaven," since it's massively overplayed by guitarists who [[DreadfulMusician frankly aren't all that good at guitar]].
* PropRecycling: The Mirthmobile was reused in another Paramount film, ''Film/GoodBurger'' as the Burgermobile (with the flames removed and fast food themed attachments added).
* TheRedStapler: ''Wayne's World'' gave the AMC Pacer the kitsch appeal that makes it a collectible today.
* RevivalByCommercialization:
** Music/{{Queen}}'s "Bohemian Rhapsody" disappeared from the charts for almost two decades; after the first movie, it was back in the Top 10.
** Music/JoanJett's "I Love Rock and Roll" also received a boost in popularity after it was featured in ''Wayne's World 2''.
* SleeperHit: Nobody expected the first ''Wayne's World'' film to be as successful as it was. Although it was made on a modest $20 million budget, it remained the number 1 film at the box office for five weeks after its release and ended up grossing $121,697,323 in the United States alone. The film also became a pop culture phenomenon, with words like "schwing" and "that's what she said" entering the popular lexicon and the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" becoming a hit with a new generation of young people who had never heard it before. It didn't take Paramount very long to greenlight the sequel.
* StarMakingRole: The first ''Wayne's World'' film was such a hit that it launched Mike Myers's film career. It was also Tia Carrere's first starring role (though she had done minor film and television roles earlier), and vaulted her to stardom.
* TeasingCreator: In 2008 Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reprized their roles as Wayne and Garth for the MTV Movie awards. In 2011 they once again reprized the roles of Wayne and Garth for a [=SNL=] skit during an episode hosted by Dana Carvey. Both times this caused fans of the films to excitedly speculate that a third ''Wayne's World'' film is in the works, and both times Mike Myers has had to go on record as saying that it's not happening.
** And once again the buzz was revived with the guys playing Wayne and Garth on the 40th Anniversary special.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: ''Wayne's World'' being a cable access show and their main sponsor being an arcade both date the first film. Most do-it-yourself media is made for the internet, and arcades were made largely obsolete by home consoles. Another that happened more rapidly was Cassandra's amazement over the CD player Wayne had in the Mirthmobile. A CD player cheap enough for even someone stuck driving a Pacer would become pretty easy to find within a couple years of the film's release.
* ThrowItIn
** The scene with Wayne and Garth talking on the hood of their car was the last scene filmed. Since everyone was tired and just wanted the movie done, they ad-libbed it. Mike Myers' hysterical response to Dana Carvey's question (about whether he found Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played Girl Bunny) was genuine.
** The reason Wayne and Garth rarely turn their heads to look at one another, instead turning their entire torsos in one anther's direction, was the result of everyone's neck getting sore from doing so many takes of the headbanging scene.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** The state of rock music is set firmly in the early nineties, in the last moments before grunge started to dominate the American rock scene.
** The film's premise is based on cable access shows that have been completely supplanted by YouTube and other online media.
** The ProductPlacement scene parodies ad campaigns of its time. The Nuprin brand of ibuprofen stopped being sold in America shortly after the film released. Wayne also quotes Pepsi's then-current slogan, "The choice of a new generation," which had already been replaced by the time the film released.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/MikeMyers wanted Creator/FedericoFellini to direct the sequel. Paramount, thinking Myers was joking, quickly squashed that idea.
** Apparently, the brief scene with Garth and Benjamin where Garth is working on some sort of robotic arm then smashes it with a hammer, is a remnant of an aborted subplot where Garth would've tried to kill Benjamin.
** The studio wanted to use a Music/GunsNRoses track instead of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", but Mike Myers fought for the inclusion of the Queen song. Myers even threatened to quit the production if he didn't get what he wanted, and eventually the studio gave in to his demand.
** Mike Myers' original idea for ''Waynes World 2'' was as a remake of the 1949 British comedy ''Film/PassportToPimlico''. He went ahead and wrote the script without checking whether Paramount Studios had obtained the rights first. By the time it went into pre-production it was too late. Buying the rights at that late stage would have delayed the release and cost the studio millions of dollars. Paramount exec Sherry Lansing brought Myers to her office and angrily yelled at him, threatening to sue him and take away his house unless he rewrote the screenplay. A chastened Myers agreed and wrote a new story for ''Waynes World 2''.
* WishFulfillment: Mike Myers had said that he wanted to do public access when he first became a performer, but didn't want to go through the sea of paper work to make it happen. The Wayne character was his way of getting the experience without the burden of bureaucracy.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Mike Myers, like Wayne, had a an obsessive ex girlfriend who bought him a gun rack (albeit as a joke) in the hopes that it would convince him to get back with her. She was reportedly furious when she saw the finished film.
* YouLookFamiliar: Creator/ChrisFarley has a cameo in the first film as a security guard ([[ChekhovsGun who provides a lot of seemingly useless information]]); in the second film, he plays a member of Wayne's crew named Milton.
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