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Villains Unleashed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Schedule and characters

Disney's Hollywood Studios hosts Villains Unleashed! The hard-ticket event, held Aug. 23, will feature 50 Disney Villains in an after-hour party that includes stage shows, meet-and-greets, dance parties and a special fireworks spectacular.
Ken Phillips. Photo courtesy of Disney, used with permission.

Walt Disney World’s one-night only special event, Villains Unleashed! event, is quickly approaching. The hard-ticket event, featuring 50 Disney Villains, will take place Aug. 23 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Villains Unleashed! promises 50 Disney Villains in meet-and-greets, dance parties and shows, a special fireworks spectacular, and event merchandise and food. Some of the park’s most popular attractions will be open for this after-hours event, which runs from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Guests with tickets may enter the park starting at 5 p.m. Disney’s Hollywood Studios closes to day guests at 7 p.m.

Tickets are still available for Villains Unleashed! Prices are $67 plus tax for adults, $62 plus tax for children 3-9.

The scheduled for Villains Unleashed! follows. As with any Walt Disney World event, the schedule is tentative and subject to change; check with the Times Guide for any changes.

The list of Disney Villains may not yet be complete, as Walt Disney World continues to release character updates. Also worth noting: According to unofficial Disney character site Kenny the Pirate, Disney Villains will not sign autographs, but will give out cards with their “signatures.”

Villains Unleashed! Schedule for entertainment and stages

  • Villains Unleashed! Welcome: Sorcerer Hat Stage: 8 p.m
  • Hades Hangout: Live music from Bernie Briquette and Brimston, plus DJ Igg Nite and the Underworld Dancers, at Sorcerer Hat Stage: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Oogie Boogie's Freaky Funhouse Show: an all-new show Theater of the Stars, Sunset Boulevard: 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
  • "Guardians of the Galaxy" Awesome Mix Tape Dance Party Animation Courtyard, Stage 5: 8 p.m to 12:45 a.m.)
  • Fantasmic! with special pre-show: 9:35 p.m. pre-show, show begins at 10 p.m.
  • Villainy in the Sky Fireworks: 12:45 a.m.

Villains Unleashed! Meet-and-greet locations & roaming characters

Some Disney Villains will have assigned meet-and-greet locations, while other will roam within an assigned area. Roaming Disney Villains appear from 8:30 to 1 a.m., although not necessarily during that entire period.

“Villainous Encounters” – Animation Courtyard


  • Maleficent (until 11:30 p.m.): Animation Courtyard


  • Hector Barbossa (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) (until 11:30 p.m.): The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow

“Hades Hangout” – Sorcerer Stage area

Hades, Megara, Pain and Panic (stage hosts)


  • Big Bad Wolf
  • Captain Hook
  • Governor Ratcliffe
  • Mr. Smee
  • Queen of Hearts

Echo Lake – Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Theater area


  • Shenzi, Banzai and Ed
  • Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear

“The Dark Side” – Star Tours area


  • Boba Fett : Near Backlot Express
  • Darth Maul: Star Tours area
  • Darth Vader: Star Tours event stage area
  • Stormtroopers: Star Tours area
  • Emperor Palpatine and Royal Guards: Outside Sci-Fi Dine-In


  • Asajj Ventress
  • Aurra Sing
  • Gamorrean Guard
  • Greedo
  • Jango Fett
  • Jawas
  • Stormtroopers
  • Tusken Raiders
  • Zam Wesell

“Villains Dominion” – Streets of America


  • Bowler Hat Guy (“Meet the Robinsons”)
  • Captain Gantu (“Lilo & Stitch”)
  • Constantine (Kermit the Frog’s evil doppelganger): Outside Stage One Company Store, Muppet*Vision 3D area
  • Cruella de Vil
  • Dr. Facilier (“The Princess and the Frog”)
  • Dr. Hämsterviel (“Lilo & Stitch”)
  • The Evil Queen from “Snow White”
  • Jafar
  • Shan Yu


  • Gaston
  • Gideon
  • Judge Claude Frollo
  • J. Worthington Foulfellow (“Honest John”)
  • Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella
  • Prince John and Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Stromboli

Sunset Boulevard


  • The Witch from “Snow White”

DHS open attractions

  • The Great Movie Ride (until 11:15 p.m.)
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Star Tours
  • Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania (until 11:30 p.m.)
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Special Villains Unleashed! food – including cupcakes, hot dogs, specialty drinks and a small-plate menu – may be purchased at Club Evil, more often referred to as the Hollywood Brown Derby. Event-specific merchandise – t-shirts, pins, water bottles – may be found at the Studio Prop Shop, located across from the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Playground; other park locations will also sell merchandise.

Villains Unleashed! will also offer other activities, such as the Villains “ExScream” Makeover – complimentary face painting stations around Echo Lake. Such activities may be a good fit for costumes, which are welcomed at the event. (Note: Walt Disney World’s guidelines for Villains Unleashed! notes that choose should note be obstructive, offensive or violent and that guests’ eyes must be visible at all times.)

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