Disney Villains are taking over Magic Kingdom for Disney Villains After Hours!
Disney After Hours events are extra-ticket events which offer guests the chance to enjoy the parks – along with included snacks and more — after closing hours at three Disney World Parks: Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Limited guest capacity for these events offer guests the chance to enjoy popular park attractions with little-to-no wait.
But Magic Kingdom After Hours have been treated to a villainous makeover this summer. Because on select nights starting TONIGHT through August 8th, the Magic Kingdom presents Disney Villains After Hours!
The After Hours event is wickedly enhanced with extra special entertainment, event-exclusive treats and merchandise, villains-inspired additions to a few classic attractions, and more!
And we were at Magic Kingdom to experience the first night of this new event. Want to see how the Villains cast their spells?
Then join us…
Villains After Hours Entertainment
Villains Unite the Night
Guests can check out the all-new Villains Unite the Night show at the Cinderella Castle stage!
Hades, with Meg at his side, sits on his dark throne “awaiting the alignment of five planets, following a prophecy that states when the five come together he will be able to rule the universe.”
As happens often with Disney Villains, things don’t exactly go according to plan when a few other Villians interrupt the party. Dr. Facilier, The Queen, Jafar, and Maleficent have also heard the prophecy and they, too, believe they should rule.
And how will they argue their cases?
By showing their powers with “spine-tingling displays of skill!”
Be sure to check your Event Guide for times to see this new show! On our visit, the show was performed at 11:00 PM, 12:00 AM, and 1:00 AM.
Two things worth noting: one, the show runs around 25 minutes in length. And while that’s decent bang for your buck in regards to the show itself, it does feel a bit too long in light of the fact that the official After Hours portion of the night only lasts for three hours (though note that ticket holders can enter the park at 7:00 PM — we have more information on dates and times at the bottom of this post).
And there is a ton of story line weaved into the production. If you’ve never seen the movie Hercules (with Hades and Meg), you may be lost in the story. So brush up on your Villains accordingly!
Maleficent the Dragon
Maleficent the Dragon draws the attention of every guest in the Magic Kingdom during the daytime parade, Festival of Fantasy. But at Villains After Hours…
… guests can see Maleficent in all of her fire-breathing majesty by night for the first time!
Check your Event Guide for Maleficent’s route and appearance times (10:40 PM and 11:45 PM for our visit, plus a “final farewell” from Maleficent at 1:20 AM).
More additions to the dastardly scene include a DJ spinning tunes at the castle stage turning the Central Plaza into a “killer club scene.”
Villains After Hours Treats
Before we dig into tonight’s treats, we want to remind you that all Disney After Hours events — no matter the park — include complimentary ice cream novelties, popcorn, and select bottled beverages in the cost of admission. Remember: this is all-you-care-to-enjoy with plenty to go around.
But for Villains After Hours, event-exclusive themed treats are available throughout the park for extra purchase.
Main Street, U.S.A. Treats
Casey’s Corner is serving De Vil’s Treat!
It’s a classic brownie topped with oodles of black and white icing reminiscent of Cruella’s signature hair. “To see her is to take a sudden chill!”
Liberty Square Treats
“He’ll flip your top if it’ll fit…” It’s the Headless Horseman Browkie, and you’ll find it at the Liberty Square Popcorn Cart!
Is it a cookie? Is it a brownie? It’s BOTH! And it’s topped with a Headless Horseman white chocolate piece.
THIS is the best treat we ate. It’s a nice and gooey brownie combined with a soft chocolate chip cookie.
It’s really rich and big, so it’s certainly shareable… but that wouldn’t be honoring your inner Villain now, would it?
Pick up your Headless Horseman Straw Clip here, too!
Sleepy Hollow is serving Dr. Facilier’s Tarot Card Tart and A Drink from the Other Side.
Dr. Facilier’s Tarot Card Tart is a chocolate tart filled with dark chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter mousse and a white chocolate tarot card.
It’s that deliciously famous, sweet, and creamy peanut butter mousse that makes this treat memorable!
A Drink from the Other Side is a non-alcoholic Hurricane-style drink inspired by the signature New Orleans beverage.
It’s reminiscent of POG Juice (passion fruit, orange, and guava), but with the addition of grenadine.
Cool Ship’s tally is two treacherous treats!
This is where you’ll encounter the bubbling brew of Yzma’s Llama Potion, which is Strawberry Fanta served in a dry-ice infused cup.
It’s suuuuper sweet, but it’s fun!
Evil Emperor Zurg’s Noodles is a chilled noodle salad with snap peas, red onion, and red peppers finished with a sesame soy sauce.
Now, we were warned that this dish was spicy, but we didn’t find it so. Maaaybe it had just the tiniest kick. But overall, it’s still tasty — heavy on the garlic, with more than a hint of the sesame. The pickled slaw lends it acidity, but it’s a pretty good option overall.
The Dragon’s Breath Float is fired up at Storybook Treats. It’s lemon soft-serve, cherry syrup, and sprite topped with dragon’s eyes (green cherries).
The cherry syrup is uber sweet, so make sure you get a good bite of the lemon soft-serve to balance it out! The green cherries are… not the best thing we’ve ever eaten 😉 .
This float is really fun, though, and fans of lemon Dole Whip may enjoy this wicked twist.
The Maleficent Cone also makes her triumphant return here!
It’s lime Dole Whip topped with chocolate horns and purple sprinkles served in a black waffle cone.
Head to Tortuga Tavern for the Hades Temptation Mocktail!
This non-alcoholic purple “Cosmo” is made with lemonade and pear syrup, and topped with a gummy worm. This frozen sip is really enjoyable. Not too sweet, and very refreshing!
This is also where you can order up Hades Nachos.
These black bean nacho chips with “fiery” buffalo chicken and nacho cheese are also making their return from the 2018 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
These treats are fun and well-themed (and I’d seriously go back for that Browkie). But we want to remind that with ice cream treats, popcorn, and soda included in the event, you can easily get your fill without spending the extra dough.
Villains After Hours Attractions
Disney After Hours events are known for low wait times at popular attractions throughout the park due to low capacity for these events. While more than 20 attractions throughout Magic Kingdom are open for guests to enjoy, two offer special enhancements for Villains After Hours.
Don’t miss the Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain overlays during Villains After Hours!
Villains After Hours Merchandise
Exclusive event merchandise is available for Villains After Hours.
Your Event Guide will provide the full list of locations, but check spots like the Emporium, Memento Mori, Mickey’s Star Traders and more “while supplies last.”
It’s good to know in advance that this After Hours event does NOT include character meet and greets with Disney Villains. You’ll see them in the Villains Unite the Night stage show.
And if you purchase PhotoPass pictures you will see Villains show up in certain Magic Shots. (We did notice the lines were quite long for the Magic Shots.)
But, make no mistake. The Villains make their presence known…
In fact, they made appearances for guests at the end of the night from the Main Street, U.S.A. Train Station.
Villains After Hours Dates and Tickets
Villains After Hours takes place from 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM on the following dates:
- Thursday, June 13, 2019
- Thursday, June 20, 2019
- Thursday, June 27, 2019
- Monday, July 1, 2019
- Thursday, July 11, 2019
- Thursday, July 18, 2019
- Thursday, July 25, 2019
- Thursday, August 1, 2019
- Thursday, August 8, 2019
Note that even though the official After Hours festivities don’t begin until 10:00 PM, guests with tickets for the event may enter the park as early as 7:00 PM.
Interested guests may learn more and purchase tickets by visiting the Walt Disney World website or by calling the Disney Reservation Center at (407) 939-2742. Disney Villains After Hours tickets cost $139 plus tax in advance and $144 plus tax on the event night. Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Members are eligible for a $30 discount and may purchase tickets for $109.
After Hours Final Thoughts
We have attended After Hours events at each park where they are offered (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios). The low-capacity for these extra-ticket events really does lend a memorable feel to the evening, along with the opportunity to experience so much of what the park has to offer thanks to lower crowd levels. We have enjoyed every one we’ve attended and find that they do tend to deliver. However, because of the price point it’s best to consider all aspects of the event in regards to your specific group, which we discuss in full in our DFB YouTube Video.
Regarding the Villains After Hours specifically, the overlay for the evening does add an extra element of fun, especially for Villains fans. We do think it would be a great addition to add some meet and greet opportunities with Disney Villains as part of the goings on, increasing the value of the event by offering the chance to meet a few rarely seen characters.
And one more thought: considering the length of the show, Villains Unite the Night (clocking in around 25 minutes), you need to strategize your priorities a bit more than other After Hours events, either by choosing if you want to check out all the Villains things like the show and specialty snacks, or if you’d rather ride lots of rides.
But overall, After Hours events in general, while a splurge, are certainly memorable events from what we’ve experienced. After all, when’s the last time you saw Main Street, U.S.A…
… quite like this?
Disclosure: In nearly all circumstances, Disney Food Blog writers and photographers pay full price for their own travel, hotel, food, beverage, and event tickets. We do this because it’s important to us as journalists to ensure not only that we give you unbiased opinions, but also that you can trust us to do so since we’re paying our own way. On rare occasions, when we are invited by a company to attend a preview as media, and when we choose to accept that invitation, we will always make you, our readers, aware of that situation. We were invited by Disney to experience this new event as media; however, we also purchased our own ticket for an additional reporter to attend so we could give an unbiased review. Disney provided a $15 gift card to purchase food items, and we paid for the remainder of our food purchases. Note that when we attend events as media we are 1) Not required to review that event/food on any of our channels, and 2) Not required to review that event/food favorably. You can always count on DFB to give you a 100% unbiased and honest review of any event that we attend, food that we eat, or beverage that we drink. You can see more in our Disclosure Policy. Thank you for reading. — AJ