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Wonderbolts Academy is the seventh Season 3 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

This episode last aired on Discovery Family on December 26, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., during the final marathon.


It's a dream come true when Rainbow Dash is invited to attend the Wonderbolt Academy. But when she is paired up with a Pegasus named Lightning Dust who seems to be getting ahead by being reckless, Rainbow Dash starts to question whether or not she's Wonderbolt material.


Meghan McCarthy wrote the first premise for this episode on July 19, 2011, along with Mayor, Maybe Not and Dreamweaver, the latter originally being Rarity's only Season 3 episode. The old version of Wonderbolts Academy and Dreamweaver were both rejected on July 27, resulting in no Rarity episodes for Season 3, thus moving up "Mayor, Maybe Not" to #306.

On August 19, 2011, the same day when Mayor, Maybe Not was also rejected, the Wonderbolts episode was reinstated with a new premise.

Merriwether Williams wrote a full outline from September 1–22, 2011, when the episode was now listed as #308 in the episode order, then the first full script from September 27 through October 20. She revised the script from October 21 through November 2. Afterwards, Wonderbolts Academy moved up to #307 in the episode order. Voice recording began on November 24.

The full animatic was submitted for review on March 22, 2012.

A rough cut of the animated episode was submitted for review on July 10, 2012.

Production was officially complete on September 4, 2012.


This episode features the following characters:

Main characters
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Rainbow Dash
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Pinkie Pie
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Twilight Sparkle
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Other characters
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Home media

DVDs with this episode:

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A Pony for Every Season
(November 19, 2013)
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Season Three
(February 4, 2014)




My Little Pony Friendship is Magic "Wonderbolt Academy" (Clip) - The Hub

January 7, 2013