Here’s 9 Reasons You Don’t Want To Miss Disney Villains After Hours Event in Orlando. See if this event is right for you!
Ever wondered what happens after Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom closes for the night? The Villains come out to play! And what a deliciously wicked celebration it is. Let me tell you all about Disney Villains After Hours!
I was an invited media guest to preview the special nighttime ticketed event. And, here’s what I discovered: lots of treats, dazzling shows and very little wait time on all our favorite rides.
But this event is not for everyone. When you ask “is it it’s worth it?” My answer is: “it depends.”
Read on and you’ll see if its right for you. You’ll learn about the “Must Eat” treats available only during this event. Plus the “Must See” and “Must Do” activities to let your inner-villain out, have fun with your bad self and work off all those calories!
What is Disney Villains After Hours?
Disney Villains After Hours is a separate ticketed, special nighttime event showcasing some of Disney’s best-loved baddies. Tickets are limited so there’s fewer guests to experience the Magic Kingdom for an additional 3 hours after it closes. The event is being held February 7 thru July 10, 2020 on select nights.
If you’re a fan of Disney’s most wicked villains like Ursula, The Evil Queen, Maleficent, Hades and others, then this is the event for you. Enjoy frightfully fun entertainment, photo ops, special culinary treats, and park entry as early as 9:00 PM.
Ticket availability is limited so don’t miss your chance. Dip a toe into the dark side and indulge your inner villain at this sinister soiree.
Deliciously Wicked Treats:
1. Ice Cream, Popcorn & Select Beverages Included!
Event admission includes ice cream novelties, popcorn and select bottled beverages, available at carts stationed throughout the park. Yes! That’s right. ALL YOU CAN EAT ICE CREAM AND POPCORN!
As Ursula says “Life’s full of tough choices, isn’t it?” But when deciding between Mickey Ice Cream bars or popcorn… you can actually have both!
I had my share of popcorn too!
Can you guess how many ice cream novelties I had?
2. Special Villain Inspired Creations
Disney chefs created wickedly delicious villain-inspired bites exclusively for this event. Available for purchase at designated locations throughout the park. But you can’t get them at any other time. So if you’re a fan of pretty treats, that’s one more reason to visit.
Some are returning favorites from last year’s event. The new treats offered in 2020 include Painting The Roses Red, a cheesecake mousse in the shape of a gorgeous rose that’s almost too pretty to eat. Body Language, a cookies and cream mousse inspired by Ursula complete with meringue tentacles. And, lastly a disgusting sounding but utterly rich Five Dozen Eggs Slush made of frozen custard that Gaston would love to hate.
Photos of specialty dishes were taken during the media preview event. Presentations will not be quite as fancy.
Appropriately you’ll want to head to Fantasyland first to sample the most villain inspired treats at Cheshire Cafe, Storybook Treats and Gaston’s Tavern.
At the fairytale style cottage Cheshire Cafe, you’ll find Alice in Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts inspired treats.
Painting the Roses Red made with Cheesecake mousse with raspberry gelee, red cocoa butter, and buttercream leaves. The prettiest treat that won’t have you saying “off with her head.”
Royal Majesty is a strawberry-flavored cake pop dipped in red chocolate and coated with sprinkles. This is one delicious little scepter!
Hearts on Fire is made of fruit punch, Coke, and strawberry popping candy garnished with a strawberry. If you like sweet drinks, this one will have your heart aflutter.
At Storybook Treats, also in Fantasyland, Ursula from The Little Mermaid gets to be the reigning baddie.
Poor Unfortunate Soul with Black raspberry soft-serve over Cherry Coke garnished with a sugar crown is the most interesting float I’ve ever seen. I hear that if you want you can also get it with vanilla soft serve. But that just sounds way too boring for Ursula.
Body Language made of cookies and cream mousse with chocolate cake, glacage, meringue tentacles, and a chocolate shell. This is probably my favorite, because who can resist meringue tentacles.
Gaston’s Tavern is serving the most appropriately disgusting sounding concoction, perfect for Gaston:
Five Dozen Eggs Slush of frozen custard with brown sugar topped with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick. It’s actually more rich and creamy than I want to give him credit for.
Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square is where Dr. Facilier of The Princess and The Frog gets to seduce you with his sugary magic.
Just Take Three serves up three beignets dusted with powdered sugar and served with vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream and chocolate ganache. I’d rather have three beignets than three cards. You can’t go wrong with donuts and ice cream, can you?
Voodoo Magic made of Lemonade, Green Apple Syrup garnished with a Rock Candy Straw. This was quite easy to drink. If you don’t like to have your drink too sweet, remove the rock candy straw before it completely dissolves.
Main Street Bakery
If you want a savory treat, stop by Main Street Bakery for Locked Away Maiden loaded grilled cheese sandwich with pepper jack cheese, provolone cheese, bacon jam, and tomatoes.
At Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland is where you’ll find Aladdin inspired The Diamond in the Rough. A mango slush with nutmeg and cinnamon topped with whipped cream and garnished with a sugar diamond.
Go to Casey’s Corner, and you’ll find that the fast talking god of the underworld, Hades from Hercules, is not only popular on stage, he gets two wacky looking concoctions that are as crazy as his hair.
The Hades Hot Dog is an All-beef hot dog topped with buffalo chicken, diced celery, fiery cheese dust, and spicy ranch drizzle.
The Hades Temptation, a purple frozen mocktail “Cosmo” with lemonade, violet syrup, and a gummy worm.
3. Dazzling Entertainment Featuring Disney Villains
Don’t miss the “Villains Unite the Night” stage show at Cinderella’s Castle. Hades, Meg, The Queen, Maleficent, Jafar and other hilarious characters perform twice nightly. However, the most spectacular to see is the castle as it transforms from fairytale to nightmare.
4. The Cursed Caravan Parade
New this year, the Villains’ Cursed Caravan will join Maleficent—the fire-breathing dragon—as she slinks her way through the park twice nightly. Be on the lookout for Ursula, Gaston, Oogie Boogie, Cruella DeVil, Captain Hook and more as part of this wicked procession. If you love the parades, this is a fun one. It’s short but full of evil!
Gaston led the parade, making his usual pompous remarks. Lady Tremaine was as ugly as I remember her. The Queen of Hearts and her soldiers were rather hilarious. Cruella was as fashionable as always. But my favorite was Maleficent.
Want to know the Best Places To Watch The Parade?
Unlike the daytime parades, with the absence of crowds, it’s quite easy to find a good spot to see the Cursed Caravan parade during Villains After Hours. There’s no need to sit and wait for hours.
We watched the parade as it came thru the first time in Adventureland. It was dark and spooky. The second time, we watched on Main Street by the “Sharing The Magic” statue. It was a picturesque spot, perfect for photos. Keep in mind the second parade is right before closing time as you plan your night.
This is Ursula’s first appearance at Magic Kingdom.
The steampunk style Maleficent Dragon was my favorite. It’s a rather spooky and cleverly designed figure you have to see up close.
Cruella de Vil is always stylish. She cruises the parade with her henchmen.
5. The Dance Party
A dance party with a DJ spinning monstrous music in front of Cinderella Castle kicks off the festivities. Malevolent music and frightful lighting, which set the tone for a gruesomely good time. This was the perfect way to work off those ice cream calories!
6. No Lines! No Wait For The Rides!
You get three hours of access to over 20 popular Magic Kingdom attractions and experiences with low wait times. If rides are your thing, this special ticket is worth it.
You’ll also find some thrilling villain-inspired surprises at Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain. But I won’t spoil the surprise. “Dead men tell no tales.”
7. Themed Photos
Themed photo opportunities are available throughout the park. The event does not include character greetings. However, you’ll find plenty of places to get a themed photo. We had a fun time with Lion King’s Scar in Adventureland.
Disney Photo Pass Photographers took this photo. And guess who was there again!
We only waited 1 minute to get this photo in Main Street! This is so rare during normal hours.
This one is my favorite:
Photo opp in front of the castle is a must!
8. Go Disney-bounding and Dress Up!
If you love to dress up, this event is for you! Disney fans know all about “Disney-bounding” and this event is perfect for it. Pay homage to your favorite baddie with villain inspired attire. You can be as subtle or all out as you want.
Park goers tend to go all out as The Queen of Hearts, Hades, Maleficent and others. Most surprising sighting of the night was the very pretty girl in a 50’s yellow polka dot dress. I scratched my head at her “villain” inspiration. I realized much later she was the creepy doll Gabby Gabby from Toy Story 4. And, her beau was the ventriloquist dummy. People get very creative. But be sure to review the park’s costume guidelines. Simply because you’re a villain, it doesn’t mean you can break the rules.
If you really want to go all out, book an appointment with Character Couture Disney Stilling available at various Disney salons. Express your individual style with professional, one-of-a-kind beauty looks inspired by iconic Disney characters. To book an appointment, call (407) WDW-GLAM or (407) 939-4526.
And, if you don’t want to dress up, that’s perfectly fine too. Just dress in all black and go have some fun. That’s what I did!
9. Collectible Merchandise
If you love collecting Disney merchandise, you’ll find plenty. From special Mickey ears to mugs, jewelry, tees to bomber jackets. Event-themed, limited merchandise plus a curated collection of Villains must-haves is available for purchase.
When is Villains After Hours Held?
The Disney Villains After Hours event takes place at Disney’s Magic Kingdom on select nights.
From 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM on the following dates:
- Friday, February 7, 21, and March 6, 2020
From 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM on the following dates:
- Friday, February 14, 28, March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 14, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 2020
- Wednesday, March 11, 18, 2020
- Monday, June 29, July 6, 2020
How Do You Get Tickets To Villains After Hours?
Buy your tickets in advance as quantities are limited. Same-day tickets can be purchased on a limited basis and are subject to availability.
Tickets Purchased in Advance are $145 per person, plus tax. Same-Day Tickets are $155 per person, plus tax. Annual Passholder or Disney Vacation Club Member Tickets are $115 per person, plus tax. Click here to learn more and purchase.
I hope you’re inspired to go have a devilish good time at Disney Villains After Hours. Follow the hashtag #VillainsAfterHours to see all the fun. Go #MakeSomedayHappen one delicious bite, sip and trip a time.
Disclosure: I was a hosted media guest for this event for promotional purposes. I am under no obligation to share this post. As always, all opinions are my own. I only share with you products and experiences I love to inspire you to safely get together with family and friends, celebrate life, and go #MakeSomedayHappen one delicious bite, sip, and trip at a time! You can read more about my guidelines in my disclosure policy. Cheers!