Villains Unleashed: really average

There’s a phrase in my family to indicate that something was not very good. Since we’re positive people, we put a positive spin on it and say that it was “really average.” Hence my assessment of the Villains Unleashed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 23, 2014.

What made it less than the usual Disney level of awesomeness? In a word, crowds. Since this was a hard ticketed event, we were led to believe that only a set number of tickets would be sold, justifying the rather steep price per ticket, and ostensibly leading to a lower crowd than on a normal evening. Our suspicions were aroused when we went to Hollywood Studios the day before the event and saw “Villains Unleashed – tickets still available!” signs all over the park. This did not bode well for our low-crowd plans.

We caught some of the opening show, hosted by Hades, which was cute. The crowd was so massive, however, that we could only get a good view on the big screen. Two members of our nine-person group went to Oogie Boogie’s Freaky Funhouse and said that it was, indeed, freaky – featuring such things as fire artists and a sword swallower. Did they like it? Kind of. At least parts of it.

As for the special hot dogs with villain-themed buns, we tried to order them, but were told that they were out of the buns. Note that this was three hours before the event ended.

As for most of the event-specific offerings (merchandise, specialty drinks, entry to “Club Evil” for special food and drink items, meet-and-greets with the villains), the wait times were at least an hour. In most cases, the wait times were multiple hours. I’m not going to stand in line for four hours out of a five hour party to meet Maleficent. Would you?

The swag bags given out as guests departed were nice. However, only two out of our party of nine received them. Try explaining that to the kids.

Okay, enough of the negative. Let’s get back to the positives. In my opinion, there were two:

  • The wait times for Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Star Tours were virtually nonexistent. They were pretty much walk-ons. (Toy Story Midway Mania still had quite the line.)
  • It was super fun to wear costumes into a Disney park.


Yup, that’s it. Worth the hundreds of dollars we dropped on event tickets? No way. Not even close.

Oh, one last thing… I heard the fireworks were really good. A couple members of our group stayed for them. The rest of us had gone back to the resort long before the closing fireworks, disheartened by the lack of Disney magic on a very expensive evening.


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5 Responses to Villains Unleashed: really average

  1. Jim says:

    I was at the event, and I will agree that the shows ( hades concert every hour, oogie boogie show) were very good, the fireworks were awesome, timed to villian music and went on for 10-15 minutes ( I think they lit every firework they had for the finale) but the crowds were huge, more than the day before when I was at the studios and every special item made for the event sold out after a hour or so.
    I would go again, but would hope for less crowds, or more things to do or see to spread the crowds out .

    • HFBrainerd says:

      Thanks for your comment, Jim! You’re right – the crowds were huge. That was the major problem with this event. If they have the Villains event again next year, I won’t go – but I’ll definitely keep an eye on the reviews to see if Disney learns from this year’s mistakes.

  2. disneywithme says:

    Disappointing, but I guess ultimately not TOO surprising… If only because it’s the first time they did it, and they had only one night, and they didn’t set their crowd control way lower. You’d think they would have tried to make it as controlled of an event as they could for the first year of a single-night event, but… obviously not. đŸ˜¦ You really are positive, though – I think I’d have been way more negative than you were! Then again who knows… when it comes to Disney I tend to be pretty positive too.

    • HFBrainerd says:

      There really were some good points, it’s just that the negative far outweighed the positive. I’m confident that Disney will learn from their mistakes and make adjustments. Even though I’m trying to look at the good side, that didn’t stop me from expressing my disappointment to Disney and asking for a credit against our trip in November. Still waiting for their response…

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