Villains After Hours: Fiendish Family Fun

I was able to attend the first Villains After Hours event for 2020 at Magic Kingdom® Theme Park on February 7. I had previously attended Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but this was my first non-holiday after hours event. It was a wonderful night! Here’s what I loved about the event:

The Size of the Crowd

Going in, I wondered what the crowds would be like, especially since I am used to the special party crowds, which can be pretty large. I asked a cast member about the attendance for our evening, and his estimate was around 6,000. The average non-holiday crowd size is around 20,000, so this smaller crowd size meant that we could ride a lot of the popular rides with little to no wait. How awesome is that? In the space of about 3 hours (we stopped around 11:00 p.m. to position ourselves for the Villians Unite the Night show), we rode every ride that we wanted to without any waits. As an example, this was the queue for Space Mountain, which featured some new effects to make it a Villainous Adventure!

Space Mountain® had a10 minute wait.
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The Specialty Food Items

Decisions, decisions! In addition to complimentary beverages, popcorn, and ice cream novelties, there were several villains-themed food and beverage items (3 desserts and 3 non-alcoholic drinks) available for purchase. Each was tempting, but we opted for two desserts: Body Language and Painting the Roses Red. Body Language combined cookies and cream mousse, chocolate cake, glacage, and meringue tentacles, garnished with a chocolate shell. Um, yes, please!

Body Language
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Painting the Roses Red was cheesecake mousse, raspberry gelee, red cocoa butter, and buttercream leaves. It was less sweet than Body Language, and the raspberry center was wonderful.

Painting the Roses Red
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Both desserts were really delicious, but the Ursula-themed Body Language was my favorite!

A Caravan of Villains

Anytime Disney characters take to the streets, I’m there. Villains After Hours featured the Villians’ Cursed Caravan, more of a procession than a parade but a great opportunity to see some characters who are not normally featured in the less villainous displays. The well-known steam punk dragon from Sleeping Beauty also was featured, and that’s okay because it’s a pretty awesome example of Disney Imagineering.

Gaston leads the way in the Cursed Caravan.
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Lady Tremaine from Cinderella soaks in the cheers (or jeers).
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Ursula enjoys the spotlight.
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The steam punk dragon makes a rare night appearance.
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The Villains Take Center Stage

Walt Disney World® makes great use of its Castle Forecourt stage for exciting and original shows, and Villains Unite The Night brings together some of Disney’s® most notorious villains in a high-energy show filled with dancing, pyrotechnics, and fearsome castle projections. With Meg by his side, Hades awaits the alignment of the planets, following a prophecy that states “when the five come together,” he will be able to rule the universe. The problem is that several other notorious villains (Jafar, The Queen, Dr. Facilier, and Maleficent) have heard the prophecy and each believes it’s referring to them. One at a time, each arrives with an entourage to display their particular style of villainous skill, and one thing is for sure–these villains are not lacking in confidence. Each one holds nothing back in showing their awesome powers.

Meg and Hades from Hercules share the stage.
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The Queen demonstrates her power.
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Each villain is accompanied by high-stepping henchmen.
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Hades and Dr. Facilier face off.
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Maleficent just exudes power.
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Hades takes a bow.
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The Dark Side of Cinderella Castle

Last, but not least, Disney® Villains After Hours provides a great opportunity for fans of Cinderella Castle to see the castle in a different light. For much of the night, the castle has an ominous overlay that reminds you this is not a typical night at the Magic Kingdom®. During Villain Unites the Night, the competing powers of darkness work their magic, changing the castle facade into representations of their powers. The results are pretty stunning.

The Castle as it appears during the evening when it’s not showtime.
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Hades transforms the castle into a chilly facade.
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Jafar’s signature snake makes an appearance.
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The Queen adds her Magic Mirror to the castle.
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Maleficent makes her statement.
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How to experience Villains After Hours

Villains After Hours is being offered on select dates between February and July 2020. For more information, send me an email at abaumann@themouseexperts.com.