All the Disney parks/resorts I know of, seem to go through "phases" in building new stuff, etc. And this really looks like Orlando is getting a lot of new stuff in the coming years. Good for them. It's deserved.
The 2020's are going to be a good time, going to a lot of global Disney Parks, actually.
I loved this ride at Shanghai Disney. It will be a great addition. Initially I thought it was odd to place it right next to Space Mountain, but it will look cool and fit in. NOWW.... bring the Pirates technology to Disneyworld (Like an Indiana Jones themed boat ride at Animal Kingdom or something!)
On Thursday night TPR was invited to check out Villains After Hours at the Magic Kingdom! This recently-launched event runs from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM (with event admission granting you access to the park starting at 7:00 PM) with special entertainment, food and merchandise! Like with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the event’s capacity is substantially lower than the normal park capacity, enabling majorly reduced wait times across the board, including for rides like Peter Pan’s Flight which typically has a 75-90 minute wait during the normal operating day.
Villains After Hours manages to pack in a lot of event-exclusive content once the 10:00 PM mark rolls around. Villains Unite The Night is a 25 minute show in front of Cinderella Castle with no shortage of projection effects, fireworks and pure fire! Maleficent the Dragon also roams the parade route at intervals throughout the night. This float from the daytime Festival of Fantasy parade really stuns at night, lighting up the dimly lit Hub and Main Street USA buildings with its constant jets of fiery breath.
Besides the entertainment at the event, Disney has managed to plus two of their signature attractions, Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean in unique ways. Space Mountain operates in total darkness with a sinister new soundtrack—seriously, the experience of having no sight in the ride (not even the launch tunnel) is amazing! And for Pirates of the Caribbean, some new pirates have invaded the attraction, roaming the queues and interacting with guests while they wait to board their ships... Keep an eye out for a familiar face to show up in the ride, making an appearance only during Villains After Hours!
Something that will surely appeal to guests of this event is the inclusion of unlimited popcorn, ice cream (Mickey Bars!!!), sodas and bottled water, available to be picked up at kiosks throughout the park! Honestly, this is a pretty clever way of coming up with a unique set of unlimited offerings to compare to Halloween’s unlimited candy or Christmas’ unlimited hot chocolate and cookies... I could argue that this is the best value of the three!
For those looking to indulge in a few more unique culinary options, there are purchasable offerings throughout the park that are exclusively available to event guests. While mostly sweet (brownies, tarts, etc), there are a few savory choices like the Evil Emperor Zurg’s Noodles and the buffalo chicken nachos on black bean chips. There are also several unique beverages including a bubbling strawberry soda, a chocolate-rimmed Fanta Orange/Coca-Cola hybrid and a frozen mocktail that can satisfy your thirst for a drink beyond the standard bottled fare offered at the unlimited kiosks.
With minimal wait times, unlimited treats like Mickey Bars, some awesome entertainment and a few unique enhancements to classic attractions, Villains After Hours is definitely worth your time! If anything, this event manages to make the wait for the Halloween Party and Christmas Party seasons much easier to handle, as this similar offering takes pages from those established books and yet, still stands on its own as a unique and exciting new event!
We’re back at the Magic Kingdom for Villains After Hours! The main event starts at 10:00 PM but access to the park with an event ticket starts at 7:00 PM!
Here’s a look at the Villains After Hours event guide!
And the back...
There’s plenty of event-exclusive merchandise to be found in the park!
We tried the Headless Horseman Browkie early in the evening and it was delicious!
Enjoying a ride on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin!
Helping Buzz Lightyear defeat the evil Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin!
Some guests have gotten into the Villains After Hours spirit with some excellent costumes!
Don't you wish you were riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover right now?
Unlimited popcorn, ice cream, soda and bottled water are available throughout the park at no additional cost during Villains After Hours!
Space Mountain offers a “villainous adventure” during Villains After Hours where the coaster flies through total darkness with a sinister soundtrack!
A few new pirates have arrived at Pirates of the Caribbean for a Villains After Hours adventure!
This really adds a fun element to the queuing experience!
Pirates prowl these corridors...
Event-exclusive food and drinks are available throughout the park.
I wasn't going to ignore this chance to indulge!
Sampling the Villains After Hours-exclusive Hades Temptation Mocktail over at Tortuga Tavern!
Nighttime rides on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are the best!
It is never too late in the evening for a ride on Splash Mountain!
Time for some unique Villains After Hours fun in the Hub!
The Hub transforms into a giant dance party before the Villains Unite The Night show kicks off!
Villains Unite The Night brings the villains together to fulfill a prophecy of evil, transforming Cinderella Castle in the process!
The mix of projection effects, fireworks and pyro makes this show a true spectacle!
With each villain's arrival, Cinderella Castle transforms.
And with each villain, minions arrive to show off their skills.
The Doctor Facilier segment is a real highlight!
This show gets really hot at times!
It really feels unlike any other show you'll find at Walt Disney World.
Whens villains unite, there's some wicked fun to be had!
Did I mention there was fire in this show?
Watching the show from farther back gives you a greater appreciation for the amazing transformations through which the castle undergoes.
I really love this look!
Time for some fireworks!
Such a cool effect!
Villains Unite The Night really is a combination of a stage spectacular and a fireworks show with as much pyro and fire as is used here.
Fireworks all around the characters onstage!
Really fun to watch!
And here's the money shot!
Maleficent the Dragon roams the park at set times throughout the evening, lighting up the night with her fiery breath!
Feel the heat!
There's something ridiculously cool about seeing the dragon roam down Main Street USA at the wee hours of the night.
I'll never get tired of seeing this up close!
Making her final loop of the night...
Wait times throughout the event are exceptionally low when compared to what you’d find during the normal park operation.
Other Disney Villains (Bowler Hat Guy!!!) assemble at the Main Street Train Station to send off guests as Villains After Hours comes to a close...
We had a fantastic evening at Villains After Hours! Short waits for the rides, unique entertainment and a great experience overall! Be sure to check this event out for yourself!
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