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Disney World makes its Villains party an upcharge event

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Published: June 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Walt Disney World Resort is bringing back its Villains party, which drew an overflow crowd to Disney's Hollywood Studios last year. However, this time, Disney's taking a step toward containing the crowd level by making the party a hard-ticket event.

Unleash the Villains
Some of the Disney villains at last year's Friday the 13th event at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Photo courtesy Disney

This year's "Villains Unleashed" party will run one night, August 23. Tickets will go on sale to the public June 9 via disneyworld.com and will cost $67 plus tax for adults, $62 for kids ages 3-9. WDW annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members can book now and should gave received that information via email. (If you didn't, the numbers to call are 407-939-1933 for AP'ers and 800-800-9800 for DVC members.)

According to Disney publicity, the event will feature "up close encounters with some of the most popular Disney villains, “Hades Hangout & Dance Party,” “Oogie Boogie’s Variety Show,” a Star Wars villain zone, a new “Villainy In The Skies” fireworks spectacular, a villain-inspired pre-show to “Fantasmic!”, face painting, specialty food & beverage, event merchandise and more."

One can expect that Disney's trying this as a bit of a trial, and that if the tickets sell quickly, the party might turn as a multi-night event in future years, as Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Very Merry Christmas Party have grown to additional nights over the years.

So, who's going?

Readers' Opinions

From Bob Rumpke on June 5, 2014 at 5:01 PM
Not for that kind of money. Paying $67.00 to watch a bunch of people dressed as villains singing and dancing is not my cup of tea. I'd rather spend the time and money in Diagon Alley!!
From Eric Orlando on June 5, 2014 at 7:26 PM
I was there last year and it was a madhouse. Resort buses were taking 3 hours to get to the park. My wife and I parked at POP and walked over. Apparently we got there right before it hit capacity. It was fun and pretty unique but I'm not sure I'd pay that price for it. $40-50 would be a good spot for me.
From James Rao on June 5, 2014 at 8:01 PM
If this party is anything like the Halloween party it will be a lot of fun. And hey, if you want cheap go to the local fair, stay away from Orlando!
From Phil B. on June 5, 2014 at 9:48 PM
So rather than make major news and give fans something truly fantastic by finally announcing a fully realized villains land after the huge success after last years Friday the 13th party, they just go ahead and create yet another upcharge event...meh

At least give us some more Orange Harvest teases to assure us things are still moving forward, jeez

From 64.12.116.206 on June 7, 2014 at 12:07 AM
The Halloween event at the MK is good value for the money, partially because the wait times for the rides are so short all night. Another reason is that the Boo To You Parade is exceptionally creative and entertaining.

I'm not sold on other hard ticket events, however.

From 174.108.4.39 on June 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM
This would be awesome, but I think Disney should close half of Tommorowland (Speedway and unpopular parts of Tommorowland) and replace it with Villain Land with Halloween being villain takeovers of the MK, with Fantasyland invaded by classic villains, Frontierland by ratcliffe, Liberty Square by Facilier, Tommorowland by Aliens, with Jafar and Yzma slithering into Adventureland and Cruella DeVil turning Main Street into a villain hangout, with a villain takeover of Hollywood Studios. Might be competition for the Wizarding World expansion (shame Universal got rid of Jaws.)
From Anthony Murphy on June 9, 2014 at 6:42 PM
I think this is fine with a hard ticketed event. Lets be honest, Disney has not really had a dud with the hard ticket event. Not to mention, Star Wars Weekend this year seems to be a raging success.

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