Villains After Hours: 5 Can’t Miss Frightfully Fun Experiences

by Kayla Peloquin

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Thank you to Disney Parks for providing us with media passes to enjoy the Disney Villains After Hours event. All magically opinions are my own.

I was so excited to receive an invitation to experience Villains After Hours at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. My daughter loves villains and we all had so much frightful fun at this event. Villains After Hours happens on select nights now through August 8, 2019, a separately ticketed, this special nighttime event showcases some of Disney’s favorite villain characters.

Tips for Attending Villains After Hours

Villains After Hours lets a limited number of guests into Disney’s Magic Kingdom for an additional 3 hours after it closes, with low wait times at more than 20 classic attractions, including Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain and more. The event also allows guests to access themed food and drinks, special photos, merchandise and shows. Check out my tips for attending below.

Villains After Hours

Buy Your Ticket in Advance

You can save money by purchasing your event ticket online before the event. Passholders and DVC members also receive a discount. This is also a limited event, so if you want until the night of, it may already be sold out. Be sure to plan ahead and buy your ticket in advance. dress code and costume guidelines.

Don’t forget rain gear too! It didn’t rain on us but Florida is unpredictable so having a poncho or umbrella handy is always a necessity. Villains Disneybound for DIsney Villains After Hours

Now that I’ve shared my tips for attending, here are my 5 Can’t Miss Experiences at Disney Villains After Hours!

Villains Unite the Night Castle Show

Villains Unite the Night is an all-new, 20-plus minute stage show starring Hades, Meg, The Queen, Maleficent, Jafar and other hilarious hoodlums Cinderella Castle. The show is SPECTACULAR and includes lots of special effects and daring performances. The show takes place at 11pm, 12am and 1am. I highly recommend seeing the middle show as it seemed to be the least crowded. In between shows, there is a high energy dance party with a live DJ. It’s sure to get everyone dancing and into the villain spirit.

Frightfully Fun Food Options

I loved the many themed food options. Ice Cream, Popcorn and Bottled Beverages are included with the ticket price and are regularly accessible throughout the event. They bring out additional food carts to ensure lines are kept to a minimum for these items. There are lots of villain themed foods as well. I tried the Hades Cosmo and Hades Nachos from Tortuga Tavern and loved both. Be sure to check your event guide for a full list of all good and drink options. Here is a list of all the delicious food options available.

Maleficent Dragon at Villains After Hours

The Maleficent dragon who appears in the Festival or Fantasy parade by day, roams free during Villains After Hours. They play heavy metal rock music while the dragon roams which really gives it an added ominous feel. The dragon takes flight three times each night so be sure to grab a good viewing spot along the route marked in the event guide.

Villains After Hours Maleficent Dragon

Villain Themed PhotoPass & Magic Shots

While there are no villain meet and greet opportunities, there are lots of Magic Shot options. The Maleficent dragon is available in Fantasyland against the castle barrier wall (near the restaurant). The Boogie Man from Nightmare Before Christmas is on the rocks of Tomorrowland, near the Stitch attraction. Scar is available near the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. Lastly, there is a Hades shot and video available near the Mickey statue in front of the castle.

I loved that they had two photographers at each location, this made the line move really quickly. There were lots of other lightning effects and photos ops throughout the park. Be sure to check out the selfie walls in between Dumbo and the Ariel meet and greet. They had special lightning and a Cast Member who was willing to take pictures on your device. Before the sun goes down, grab a few photos on the Purple Wall in Tomorrowland too. That’s our favorite photo spot for great lighting and a pretty background.

A Frightful Farewell

One of my favorite parts of the Villains After Hours Event was the villain characters atop the train station heckling guests as you leave. They rotate characters every few minutes, but you’ll see lots of villains, even a few rare ones! During the 10-15 minutes we stood there, we saw the Queen of Hearts, Bowler Hat Guy, Big Bad Wolf, Captain Hook, Gaston, Cruella, the Ugly Stepsisters and Lady Tremaine. Certain characters have mics, so the interaction is customized for the surrounding audience. It was really fun to have this interaction with the villains and such a great way to leave a fantastic event.

Disney Villains Characters at Villains After Hours Event

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