Villains Unleashed Take Over Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being amidst 50 of Disney’s most evil of Villains during the Villains Unleashed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
You may recall Disney hosted a similar event last year called Unleash the Villains Friday the 13th. With last years event being free and crowd levels to the extreme, Disney chose to make this a special ticket event this year, closing the park at 7pm and hosting a 5 hour event.
Excited about this event, I arrived at DHS at 4:15pm and made my way into the park using my annual pass. Guest with an event ticket only, were allowed into the parks starting at 5pm. Once inside, Cast Members advised that I would be able to pickup my party credentials (a Villians Unleashed Lanyard provided by Disney PhotoPass) just outside of Indiana Jones.
After seeing the Sheriff, I then ran into Stromboli from the 1955 classic Pinocchio. He asked if he could tie some strings to me and I’d be his puppet and we’d make lots of money. You can see in this picture his frustration with me in saying no thank you!
The Oogie Boogie show released and midnight, so I made my way back over to Hades Hangout to catch Bernie Briquette and the Brimstones. The music seclection that Bernie and the band played was excellent. I especially loved the Beatles tribute. While the band played I enjoyed the dance party with a few of my closest villain friends. And let me say, some of these Disney Villains have some serious dance moves. Yes Queen of Hearts, I’m talking to you! (WINK)
She commanded the audience as she cast her spell and summoned all that is dark to appear. Maleficent presented to us, her gift, Villains In the Sky!
I’m excited to share a unique view of these fireworks with you from Orlando Attractions Magazine in full. Take a look…it is a very cool perspective!
After the magnificent display in the sky, I made my way to my car around 1:30am. To my surprise, Disney was handing out Swag Bags to guests as they exited. Being one to share the magic, I’ve decided to give my swag away in 3 giveaways. Giveaway #1 closed on 8/25/14, however Giveway #2 is currently underway right here and will end at 11:59pm August 27th, 2014. Be sure an ENTER!
I know that social media was all a buzz Saturday night and Sunday with several guests that were disappointed in the event. I can honestly say that my experience was not a disappointment. I had a great time and I encountered many other guests that had a great time also. Was it crowded? Yes. Was there lines? Yes. Did I get to do EVERYTHING? No and I attended with the expectation that I would not take part in all activities and see all the villains. Could this event be done better? I’m sure it can be and I’m sure Disney will make improvements as they did this year making it a special ticketed event.
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