When Wayne and Garth are on the hood of the car watching airplanes fly over, Garth asks Wayne if he ever thought Bugs Bunny was attractive in women's clothing. The comment was an ad-lib by Dana Carvey made while waiting for an incoming plane to finally come in to scene. Mike Myers laugh was genuine, and ultimately decided to keep the dialogue in the film.
Alice Cooper came to the set under the impression that he would be performing musically for the film, with one line. Upon arrival, he was surprised to be handed an entire monologue to memorize and shoot with a small amount of time to do so. However, Cooper is known to be a history buff outside of his music career.
The scene where Wayne's ex-girlfriend Stacy (Lara Flynn Boyle) tries to patch up their relationship by buying him a gun rack, is based on some truth. Mike Myers once dated a girl who apparently broke up with him due to his preoccupation with his comedy. A week later, after some thought, she tried to reconcile by buying Mike a gun-rack. To her, this was an absurd joke that she had hoped Mike would appreciate. He didn't, and the two remained apart. When the movie was released, and Mike's ex viewed the movie with her new steady boyfriend, she was mortified not only to learn that the gun-rack anecdote had been written into the film, but also she was shocked to see that the main characters referred to the Stacy character as a 'psycho hose-beast'. Some time later, Myers telephoned his former girl, attempting to apologize for including a very detracting version of her in the movie.
Mike Myers originally didn't want to share the limelight with Dana Carvey. Myers had originally developed the Wayne character as a solo character while performing with Second City. The character of Garth was added for Saturday Night Live (1975). At the time, Carvey was arguably the bigger star.
Dana Carvey did not learn the lyrics to "Bohemian Rhapsody" prior to filming the scene where everyone is singing along to it, and was reportedly displeased with the take of that scene used in the film because he was obviously not singing, just moving his mouth in vague relation to the lyrics.
The "Stairway to Heaven" guitar riff was changed for the international, cable, and videotape releases to a generic riff because of disputes in obtaining rights to the first five notes of the song, which appear only in the U.S. theatrical release.
In the early '70s, some British music shops banned or fined patrons for playing Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" because it was played so often. Hence the sign: "No 'Stairway to Heaven'" when Wayne plays the guitar in the store.
While filming the "Bohemian Rhapsody" sequence, both Mike Myers and Dana Carvey developed severe pain in their necks from all the head banging. There are scenes later in the movie where it becomes apparent they are trying to move their necks as little as possible.
According to Penelope Spheeris, Mike Myers was difficult to work with. He arrived on set one day to discover that the snack table only had butter and not margarine for his bagel. Myers reportedly became enraged, flipped the table over, stormed off the set, and did not come out of his trailer for hours. She assigned her daughter to be his assistant. She told Entertainment Weekly: "He (Myers) was emotionally needy and got more difficult as the shoot went along. 'You should have heard him bitching when I was trying to do that 'Bohemian Rhapsody' scene: 'I can't move my neck like that! Why do we have to do this so many times? No one is going to laugh at that!' To this day, I have this image of my daughter sitting on this little cooler, looking at me, like, 'Mom, I f-ing hate you,"
The film is credited with reviving the popularity of the British rock band Queen in the United States through its use of their 1975 song "Bohemian Rhapsody". They had dropped in popularity throughout the 1980s in the U.S., and hadn't even bothered to include the country in their final two world tours with lead singer (and the song's writer) Freddie Mercury (for their 1984 album "The Works" and their 1986 album "A Kind of Magic"). Wayne's World caused the song to become a bigger hit in the U.S. chart than it had been first time around. By a remarkable coincidence, Mercury didn't live to see the song's renaissance as he had become rock's most famous AIDS casualty just a few months before the film's release. However, according to guitarist Brian May, Mercury did give permission for the song to be used and saw the clips while he was close to death because Mike Myers had sent a tape and wanted him to see it.
Dana Carvey stated in interviews to promote this film during its theatrical run that he developed severe pain in his jaw due to Garth's overbite, and that he spent his nights after filming had wrapped for the day with bags of ice held to the sides of his face.
During the Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) parody scene that has Robert Patrick reprising his role as the T-1000, the song "Time Machine" can be heard in the background. This song comes from the 1992 Black Sabbath album "Dehumanizer", which featured a painted image of a Terminator Endoskeleton disguised in a grim reaper costume.
Rob Lowe has said he discovered his "hitherto untapped gift for comedy" after meeting Mike Myers, who would later cast him in the Austin Powers sequels. The film is credited with reviving his career following the sex-tape scandal.
Wayne Campbell's uniquely American slang proved a challenge for translators into foreign languages (Wayne's line "And monkeys might fly out of my butt!" was translated into Spanish for Latin American audiences as "When Judgment Day comes" [Cuándo llegue el día del juicio.])
Two "No Stairway to Heaven" signs were made for the film. The one used in the movie spells out the whole phrase, while a second one, not used in the film, simply read "Stairway to Heaven" and had a "no cross" through it (similar to "no parking" signs). The one not used in the movie was featured on Pawn Stars, being sold by someone who had worked in the guitar shop used in the movie, along with some other Wayne's World memorabilia.
The studio wanted to use a Guns N' Roses track instead of "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.
"Stan Mikita's Donuts", a fictional donut shop, is named after the famous Chicago Blackhawks hockey player. The scenes at Stan Mikita's were shot at a Tim Horton's, which is in fact a real donut shop chain. Horton himself was a famous Canadian hockey player. The police officer in the shop is Officer Koharski. This could be a reference to retired National Hockey League referee Don Koharski who was told by New Jersey Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld to "have another donut, you fat pig" after a playoff game.
Mike Myers wanted the film to be about a local cable access show because hosting one was a lifelong dream of his. In 1992, he explained that he never had one in real life because he "couldn't get around to filling out the forms and stuff."
Although Wayne and Garth live in Aurora, Illinois, a western suburb approximately 35 miles west of Chicago, not a single frame of the movie was shot there. Mike Myers said that he had never been to Aurora, but "liked the sound of the word." After some research, he also thought Aurora's demographics were similar to his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario.
Mike Myers originally wanted Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out" in the film, but Cooper's manager Shep Gordon convinced him to use "Feed My Frankenstein" instead. It was Myers' first meeting with Gordon and it made such a positive impression on him that they formed a friendship. Myers directed a documentary about Gordon, titled Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013).
Following the Alice Cooper scene, when Wayne and Garth are on the Wayne's World set, a Ouija board can be seen in the background on the set in one frame. Cooper was once rumored to have gotten his stage name from a Ouija board.
When Wayne is lying in bed with Cassandra, he asks her if she'll still love him during his "hanging with Ravi Shankar" phase, and his "bloated, purple, dead on a toilet" phase. The "Ravi Shankar" phase refers to George Harrison, who met the famed Indian sitar player in the mid-1960s and became good friends with the artist, eventually bringing an Indian influence into the Beatles albums "Rubber Soul", "Revolver", and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". The "dead on a toilet phase" refers to Elvis Presley, who died of a heart attack from too many pills while sitting on the toilet.
The theme tune of Mission: Impossible (1966), also created by Paramount, can be heard in two scenes: The scene in which Garth gets his stun gun outside the Gasworks heavy metal nightclub; and when Garth, Terry, Neil, and Phil break into the satellite television station to steal equipment, at which they are caught by Russell and they convince him to aid them.
Cassandra's horrible jungle themed music video is a possible reference to Pearl Jam, 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 off music videos forever.
Paramount Pictures was initially on the fence about backing the film. The sketch did well on Saturday Night Live (1975) and the film grossed over 18 million dollars on opening weekend, but Mike Myers has said the first reaction was a note from the studio saying they didn't fully understand the concept.
There are subtitles when Wayne speaks Cantonese. However, at one point he stops talking, and the subtitles keep coming (This is a play on foreign films where long streams of speech are accompanied by ridiculously minute, concise subtitles.)
One of the songs that Cassandra's band performs at the end of the movie is "Ballroom Blitz". This was originally recorded and was a hit for the British glam rock band Sweet. The song was re-recorded in the 1980s by the Swiss rock band Krokus.
Stan Mikita's Donuts doesn't actually exist. Mikita, a former Chicago Blackhawks hockey player, told Blackhawks Magazine in 2009 that when Lorne Michaels realized Aurora was right outside of Chicago, they thought it was the perfect opportunity to give their local fictional hangout a more relatable theme.
Wayne's World was green-lit by Paramount in June 1991, with a forty-day filming schedule that began August 2, 1991 in Los Angeles, California. Principal photography was described as "hectic", partly due to the lead actors' need to return to their roles on Saturday Night Live by the end of September 1991. The film was director Penelope Spheeris's first major studio project. She admitted to being nervous during production, but stated that she was happy with the finished product.