Magic Kingdom’s Villains After Hours Brings Disney’s Devils Out at Dark

Last night, June 6, saw the debut of the Magic Kingdom’s limited-time series of events known as Villains After Hours. This hard-ticket special event is a villain-themed version of the popular Disney After Hours, during which guests can spend an extra three hours in the parks after closing to take advantage of shorter wait times and low crowds.

Villains After Hours Guide Map

More than 20 popular attractions remain open during the event — including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Splash Mountain, and Haunted Mansion. Guests can also nosh on snacks, such as Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars, popcorn, and bottled drinks, which are included with your admission.

Is this villainous evening worth the extra money? Take a look at what we experienced and judge for yourself!

Check-in

The evening starts officially at 10 p.m., but as with many other hard-ticket, after-hours events, you can actually enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 7 p.m. WITHOUT using a day of your regular park admission!

Villains After Hours wristband

Once you check in and get your special event wristband, be sure to pick up an event guidemap, which will tell you which attractions and eateries are open.

Villains After Hours Guide Map (click image to enlarge)

The park is decked out in menacing signage and lighting, giving off a spooky, almost-Halloween vibe.

Welcome to Villains After Hours!

 

Villains After Hours decor

Villainous Attractions

As you can see from the map above, most attractions are running during the event, and some even have special villain-themed additions, like Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.

Space Mountain during Villains After Hours
Space Mountain during Villains After Hours

Space Mountain is run in pitch-black darkness with very cool “villainized” music, peppered with maniacal laughter that makes you want to laugh along — while looking over your shoulder!

Haunted Mansion during Villains After Hours

Over in Liberty Square, the Haunted Mansion had the menacing wait-time of 13 minutes! (It was basically a walk-on.)

Pirates of the Caribbean really got into the spirit, bringing out scurvy buccaneers who entertained you along the queue.

Live pirates along the queue at Pirates of the Caribbean during Villains After Hours

There’s even the treacherous Barbossa standing on a bridge overhead during the ride, shouting down at your boat as you pass beneath him.

Barbossa at Pirates of the Caribbean during Villains After Hours

Wait times throughout the night were very reasonable to quite short — many rides, like Peter Pan’s Flight, were actually walk-ons! The longest line we saw was for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train — the sign posted a 15-minute wait, but jumped to 20, then 45 as we were standing in the queue.

Villainous Treats

As mentioned at the outset, a selection of snacks and beverages is included in the price of your ticket. You can pick up popcorn or ice cream treats, as well as bottled water and Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite — as much as you’d like!

Treats included with admission to Villains After Hours

 

So. Many. Mickey Bars!

But what would a special Disney event be without specially themed treats that you can purchase? The guide map indicates where you can find a whole host of “dreadfully delightful” offerings.

Villains After Hours Guide Map

We thought Yzma’s Llama Potion (strawberry Fanta) at Cool Ship Cooling Station was a lot of fun, even though its dry-ice effects of bubbling and frothing didn’t photograph very well.

Yzma’s Llama Potion at Cool Ship

Also at Cool Ship were these very colorful Emperor Zurg’s Noodles, a chilled noodle salad with snap peas, red onion, and red pepper, topped with a sesame soy sauce.

Evil Emperor Zurg’s Noodles at Cool Ship

Over at Casey’s Corner, you could pick up a tribute to everyone’s favorite evil dog-napper, Cruella de Vil. The De Vil’s Treat brownie, with its white and black frosting, conjured up images of the villainess’s spiky hairdo.

de Vil’s Treat

We really enjoyed the Headless Horseman “Browkie”, a half-brownie, half-cookie treat topped with a white chocolate piece. You can get that over at the Liberty Square popcorn cart.

Headless Horseman “Browkie” is half-cookie, half-brownie

Other treats scattered around the park included a few at Sleepy Hollow themed to the “Princess and the Frog” baddie, Dr. Facilier.

A Drink from the Other Side
Dr. Facilier’s Tarot Card Tart

Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland offered Hades Temptation (non-alcoholic purple Cosmo), complete with a gummy worm.

Hades Temptation at Tortuga Tavern

One of the most Instagram-ready goodies was the Dragon’s Breath Float over at Storybook Treats. Lemon soft-serve with cherry syrup in Sprite and two ominous green cherries for eyes, plus a beautiful piece of spun sugar to represent the dragon’s fiery breath. It was pretty, but honestly, we’d rather have another Mickey bar!

Dragon’s Breath Float

Villainous Merchandise

Hades is the star of much of the merchandise at the Villains After Hours event, with his mane of blue hair and the event’s logo. Look closely, though, and you’ll find other villains and maybe even Cinderella Castle “hidden” in the flames of Hades’ hair.

Hades features on a special Tervis tumbler
Special villains Tervis Tumbler

Click here to read more about the Disney Villains After Hours Event-Exclusive Merchandise.

Hades also features on Villains After Hours apparel
Hades also features on Villains After Hours apparel

You’ll also want to be sure to check out where the Disney PhotoPass photographers are stationed in the park — that’s shown on the guide maps, too. In addition to taking regular photos, the PhotoPass photogs are offering a few unusual villains-themed Magic Shots, those little enhancements that make your photos super-special.

Villains After Hours Magic Shot by Disney PhotoPass

Villainous Entertainment

If you love villains, you’ll definitely want to make time for the special villains-themed entertainment throughout the night.

Disney unveiled an all-new show, Villains Unite the Night, which ran on the Castle Forecourt Stage three times — at 11 p.m., midnight and 1 a.m.

Villains After Hours Guide Map

The show runs a little longer than 20 minutes and trots out an assortment of Disney bad guys and gals… and other beings.

The Castle transforms for Villains Unite the Night

The storyline has Hades awaiting the fulfilment of a prophecy that he believes will allow him along with five other villains to rule the universe.

Villains Unite the Night – Hades and Megara

Of course, things don’t go as he planned and other Disney evil-doers, being the villainous characters that they are, think they should rule instead. A show of strength and evil powers follows.

Villains Unite the Night – Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Megara, Hades, Dr. Facilier… and is that Frollo?

During each segment of the show as a villain appears, the castle projections change to reflect the character —  very cool. The villain then shows off his or her evil prowess in some way — by throwing fire, or fighting.

Villains Unite the Night – Note the Magic Mirror! And Ursula!

At 20-plus minutes, we felt the show ran a little long, especially given that this is just a three-hour event. We also felt that music and performances weren’t quite as “villainous” as they could have been. Our pro-tip: If you really love the villains, you’ll want to see this show, otherwise, skip it and take advantage of the short lines! Or, if you can stay up that late, see the last show, once the ride lines have closed.

REMEMBER: The villains will be on stage ONLY; they will not be doing any meet and greets during the event.

The other very cool entertainment that you can’t see anywhere else is the roaming steampunk Maleficent dragon, which normally is part of the daytime Festival of Fantasy parade.

 

Maleficent dragon during Villains After Hours

 

During Villains After Hours, the dragon was set loose, and took to the streets by itself several times during the evening, breathing fire and just generally menacing passers-by.

Maleficent dragon roaming through Magic Kingdom during Villains After Hours

The evening closed with a final stage show at 1 a.m., followed by Maleficent parading from Frontierland and then down Main Street U.S.A. to show guests the way out starting at 1:20 a.m.

And as we exited, an assortment of Villains like Gaston, Cruella de Vil and Captain Hook, gathered on the train station overhead and shouted down typically nasty and villain-like remarks!

Gaston, Lady Tremaine, Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook say good-night in their own villainous way

Final Thoughts

If you love the Disney Villains, you’ll probably enjoy this special evening. Our biggest tip is to not worry so much about riding the rides. Instead, focus on doing all the special villains stuff, because that will actually take up a lot of time: the show (20+ minutes, plus however long you wait beforehand to grab your “spot”), waiting in line for the special merch, waiting for the food, even the Magic Shot photos.

If you’re going primarily to take advantage of the low crowds/short attraction waits, then concentrate on riding the rides! You should be able to knock out almost every big Magic Kingdom attraction in the three hours, if that’s your agenda. Even 45 minutes for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is good, considering wait times during day often exceed 90 minutes.

If you’re thinking about going, the remaining dates for Villains After Hours are:

 

  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tickets for the Villains After Hours event is $139 plus tax if purchased in advance, or $144 plus tax day-of. Annual Passholders and DVC members are eligable for a $30 discount if booked in advance, making their cost $109 plus tax.

 

Click here to read more about other Disney After Hours events.

Does this villains-themed event sound like a must-do for you? Let us know in the comments if you attended, or if you plan to attend, Villains After Hours!

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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6 Replies to “Magic Kingdom’s Villains After Hours Brings Disney’s Devils Out at Dark”

      1. They could start with meet and greets. I just don’t understand what exactly makes this a “villains” event. I wonder what their reasoning is for not allowing the characters to roam? Being that they are all about money these days, they would probably double or triple their sales with that alone. I don’t care to stand in line for the characters, and I’m a fan of the days when characters walked around and you simply ran up and hugged them at random and your parents snapped a shot. When did that formula stop working and why? Probably the ME era. MY child didn’t get as much time as that child. MY child wants to do 3 different poses because this is her favorite character etc….

        1. I believe the roaming characters was expanded during the Eisner years. They were everywhere. It stopped as soon as they realized there was tons of money to be made with PhotoPass and meet and greets were the best way to do it with characters. Also, I think the roaming characters were probably doomed anyway with the increase in crowds. Just too much chaos.

  1. That villain show was absolutely horrible. The projections on the castle were good but the show was really really bad. I bet they go back and retool that mess.