The 1989 film “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” supposedly takes place in San Dimas, Califorina. However, due to tax incentives at the time, most of the production mostly took place near Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding towns.
Bill and Ted, played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves respectively, practice as their band “Wyld Stallyns” in Bill’s garage. Bill’s house was actually a composite of two locations. The first house, which was used for interiors and the back yard, can be found in Phoenix. The second house, used for garage shots of both the interior and exterior, was located in Pacific Palisades, California (1460 Amalfi Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272), but has since been torn down with a new home built in it’s place. Here is the Phoenix home used for the interiors.
LOCATION: 112 W Kaler Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85021
Exterior shots of Bill and Ted’s high school were filmed at Coronado High School in Scottsdale. The school, also seen in the film “Just One of the Guys,” has been heavily remodeled since filming took place. The interiors were filmed at the former East High School in Phoenix (515 N 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008), which had already closed at the time of filming and has since been demolished.
LOCATION: 7501 E Virginia Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
One location that does still look similar to how it appeared in the film is Ted’s house, located in Phoenix.
LOCATION: 1841 E Berridge Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Here is another angle of the home.
The Circle K, where Bill and Ted first meet Rufus, played by George Carlin, can be found in Tempe. After seeing the time traveling phone booth, Ted delivers the iconic line, “Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.” The store is a popular location for fans of the film, regularly attracting visitors who quote and reenact scenes.
LOCATION: 1010 W Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282
Napoleon eats ice cream at the fictional Zyggies. At the time, the restaurant was known as Showbiz Pizza Place, but it has since become a Chuck E Cheese.
LOCATION: 8039 N 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051
The bowling alley Napoleon gets thrown out of after being unable to pay can be found in Tempe.
LOCATION: 4407 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282
Bill and Ted take their crew of historical figures out to the San Dimas Mall. This was actually filmed at the Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix. The mall, which was only seen from interior views in the film, has since closed down.
LOCATION: 9617 N Metro Pkwy W, Phoenix, AZ 85051
Waterloo, where Napoleon becomes enamored with the water slides, was filmed at Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa.
LOCATION: 155 W Hampton Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210
This castle building is seen in some shots during the scene.
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