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Okay, so Descendants takes place in a fantasy-modern world, where magic exists side-by-side with wifi. Assuming that their technological advancement is similar to our world, the events of Descendants happening in 2015 means that the events of the "main" fairytales like Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty took place in the late 1990s. (The next generation is in their teens, so... approx 16+ years ago.)
Conclusion! We can roughly reverse-engineer the events of the famous Disney fairytales taking place in the 1990s. Examples:
- Prince Charming tries to find the mysterious glass slipper girl through Yahoo! search and mailing lists.
- Ariel collects CDs, grunge jeans and Nintendo consoles in her grotto.
- Aladdin in his Prince Ali disguise holds a ROCKIN' CONCERT in the hopes of impressing Princess Jasmine.
- Rapunzel only knows about the outside world through the VHS tapes Mother Gothel selectively brings for her. Sadly, said VHS tapes are mostly of 1980s Hallmark films, which warps Rapunzel's expectations of the outside world a little.
And so on so forth.