The writers also came out and said that you will see Storybrooke next season. That they have bell, the blue fairy, the dwarves, the giant.
It just won't be in every episode.
That's why I hedged with 'not very much'. I didn't realize that de Ravin was a series regular at all, though, so fair point both of you. Still, as soon as every really important character all loaded up on the same boat, I did give a little chuckle. It seemed to so transparently serve the function stj mentions.