Readers' Opinions

From James Rao on August 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM
It is because of events like Villains Unleashed that I would love to be a lot closer to the action. Being 18 hours away from WDW I have to live vicariously through others, so please do as Robert requests and send your updates and photos to @themepark if you are lucky enough to attend.

And that Spoonful of Sugar sounds wonderful. When will you head to Disneyland and force yourself to try this new delectable dessert for your loyal TPI Family, Mr. Niles?

From Iris Hernandez on August 23, 2014 at 2:23 PM
Sea World is also celebrating pass holders in September with bring a friend for free for 1 day. Got the email about it a few days ago. So, more locals will be unleashed....enjoy :)
From 107.77.68.95 on August 23, 2014 at 11:07 PM
I just finished the event. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. Way too crowded (seriously 2 hour wait to meet many villains), and food/drink waits were 45 minutes to an hour. When an event is only 5 hours, 70 bucks without having a cap on capacity is too much. We met Constantine (way worth it) a villain from lilo and stitch, darth maul, and saw the oogie boogie show (good). 4 things for 140 for my gf and me. And I couldn't even get a snack. Terrible and I will never go again unless they severely limit the number of guests.
From Melissa Donahue on August 24, 2014 at 11:17 AM
I always thought that a Disney park (or at least a land) devoted strictly to the Villains would be an intriguing concept. Has Disney ever discussed this possibility?
From Robert Niles on August 24, 2014 at 1:22 PM
The answer to the "has Disney ever discussed" question is almost always "yes."

People at Disney talk about just about every concept, IP, contingency or idea imaginable. It's a huge company. The real question is, has anyone who's talked about an idea been able to get the company to commit any resources toward making it happen?

To that, Disney's done some work looking at the possibility of a fifth park in Florida, and villains have been talked about as a potential theme for that. But the work's never gotten enough traction to move beyond a preliminary, "blue sky" phase.

From Felicia Singleton on August 24, 2014 at 1:44 PM
I agree what was previously said about the Villains Unleashed party...I was there and it didn't feel special, like if you're going to do these "special events"-keep them special by limiting how many tickets sold-I mean, they were STILL selling about an hour before! It felt like a typical day at the park-with a theme...it was over-crowded, the lines to meet the characters were about 2 to 3 hours long-the party was only 5 hours, so how were you to see anything else? the line for Maleficent was ALREADY closed before the party began, and to get the event merchandise you had to walk a ways through the park, and had to wait in yet ANOTHER line...I know I'm venting, but this should have been done better-
From James Rao on August 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM
Anon poster 107.77.68.95, I feel your pain. Disney should limit tickets to these types of events and if they are popular, which it appears last night's event was, they should add more dates to handle the demand. It stinks that your night was ruined by an overwhelming crowd.

One day Disney will realize it has a cash cow on its hands with their Villains and do something really amazing....

From Tony Duda on August 24, 2014 at 3:17 PM
Robert, a fifth WDW park with a Star Wars Scum and Villainy Land would be fantastic. DHS could have the good guys section.
From 107.77.68.32 on August 24, 2014 at 6:23 PM
Same anonymous poster here: I was looking most forward to the unique food and drinks last night. However, waiting an hour in line for food is ridiculous. For 5 hours it was the biggest rip off. In line for stitches villain there was a family of 7 in front. They waited 2 hours with us, as the villain took 30 minutes off every 30 minutes. The kids were antsy and fussy as 2 hours for a 30 second meeting is awful. The parents traveled for this event and could not believe they spent 500 for this. I will not go to another until they add more nights and lower capacity. As an annual passholders who goes often (I live 3 hours away) I have never been disappointed with them until now. If you look at their twitter feed it's all complaints (especially entertainibg are locals who live within earshot and got woken up at 1 am for specialty fireworks. I'm also suggesting looking at the line to guest relations on the way out at 1 am, incredibly long. I didn't meet one happy person.
From 107.77.68.32 on August 24, 2014 at 6:45 PM
Also my girlfriend waited 45 minutes in line for merch. This was done during the lull of the stitch villain line but seriously.
From Eric Orlando on August 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM
In yet another money grab by Disney (that I am sure will sell out. Which is truly the sad part) they announced a desert party with the villains at Cinderellas Royal Table during each night of MNSSHP. $99 on top of your MNSSHP ticket.