Walt Disney World (WDW) is planning a special event on Friday, Sept. 13. It’s designed to appeal especially to Disney guests who like their characters on the dark side and also fits in with WDW’s extended Halloween season.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will host the “Unleash the Villains” event, part of this year’s Limited Time Magic promotion from Disney Parks. The park will remain open to 1 a.m., the “13th hour,” which will allow guest to enjoy the atmosphere and activities that arise (almost as if from the grave) when the Disney villains take over.
At the dead center of the room – strike that, that’s Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion... at the dead of the park will be Hades’ Hangout, which Disney bills as the “hottest club north of the Underworld.” This is the hub of the evening's activities, a dance party hosted by none other than “Lord of the Dead” Hades. With the help of henchmen, a DJ, house band, and dancers, Hades will keep the location hot and happening.
Don’t tell Hades, but he isn’t the sole highlight of his hangout. Instead, 13 Disney baddies will be available for Villain Encounters for those poor unfortunate souls who want to meet with them. Among the Villains expected to claim their rightful place in the spotlight: Maleficent, Snow White’s Evil Queen, Dr. Facilier, the Queen of Hearts, Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook, Judge Frollo, even Lotso.
Naturally, the Disney Villains aren’t content to rule over Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the ground. They also rule over the sky, with the fireworks spectacular “Villainy in the Sky” at midnight.
“Unleash the Villains” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will take place from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. ET. While Disneyland Park will also hold the event on the same day and for the same time period (local time), also part of Limited Time Magic, Disney Parks notes this celebration of Disney villainy is a one-time-only event.