Adjust your horns, we’re about to dive into ALL of the Villains After Hours event in Disney’s Magic Kingdom! There’s a lot to cover, beginning with the basics: this is a classic After Hours event, which means it is a separate ticket event, and for that you get a few extra hours (3 to be exact) of fun in Magic Kingdom with much lower crowds than normal. While not every ride or show will be running, over 20 of the most popular attractions will be, and in our experience, you are basically able to walk on to nearly all of them.
In addition to that, your ticket includes – brace yourself – unlimited complimentary soda, popcorn, and ice cream. Hello, Mickey Bars!
Of course, this ISN’T just a basic After Hours event, it’s a Villains After Hours event (translation: it’s better). There is always a huge demand for more villains in the parks. It’s just so good to be bad! Disney listens, so along with low crowds and snacks, we get a Villains stage show, as well as the new Cursed Caravan, which is a mini parade showcasing all of your favorite bad guys. Hear me now: Gaston on a horse! That’s right, leading the Caravan is the hunky bad guy himself.
The stage show, Villains Unite the Night, should satisfy your villain cravings, but if not, you can enjoy several photo spot opportunities throughout the park, both via villainous backdrops, as well as magic shots. Both Unite the Night and Cursed Caravan run twice per event, so if you miss the first show because you’re busy riding Peter Pan’s Flight for the third time in a row (because you have to take advantage of the walk on line, amiright??) you’ll have another opportunity.
Okay, okay, okay, but you all know I actually came for the food, so let’s bite right into it. While there are no poison apples for purchase (Disney doesn’t get that authentic), there are a plethora of exclusive treats, sips, and more!
We tried as much as we could in one night with two stomachs. Now, be forewarned, there are only a few counter service restaurants open, which is likely due to the fact that this is a late night event, and most people have already eaten their meals for the day, as well as the fact that the event is only 3 hours long, so most people will be taking advantage of attractions. That being said, who doesn’t have 10 minutes to grab a sweet treat, or a Hades Hotdog?
However, my very favorite bite of the night was the Painting the Roses Red cheesecake. Light and fluffy, tart and sweet, this was one I didn’t want to share.
Plenty of exclusive drinks were available, as well, and all are family friendly (which means non-alcoholic). Our favorite, the Five Dozen Egg Slush, can be found at Gaston’s Tavern. Creamy and super thick, it’s definitely more of a milkshake than a slush.
If you’re in search of some exclusive event merch, a full line is available, from the new Oogie Boogie sipper, to tanks and tees, light up wings, and even a jewelry line, there’s a little something for everyone.
What you can expect from this event are:
- Much lower crowds and very short lines on almost all rides
- Complimentary sodas, bottled water, popcorn, and ice cream bars
- Early entrance into the park before the event (2 hours early)
- Wickedly fun villain shows and photo opportunities
- Access to exclusive food, drinks, and merchandise
- To be up late! The event runs until midnight or 1am, so consider this if you have small children
What you should not expect:
- To be able to do it all – even with short lines, there is too much to do in a few hours time – choose your top attractions and focus on those first
- Character meet and greets – sadly, there are none
- Table service restaurant availability
Remember, this wickedly good time runs most Fridays between now and July 10, and be sure to purchase your tickets early, as you will save $10 per ticket versus purchasing the day of. Annual Passholders get an additional discount.
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