As soon as we found out about Disney’s Club Villain in Hollywood Studios, we knew we wanted to try it. The hubs managed to get tickets for our last visit, and I was excited. At that point, I just thought it was a dinner with a character meet-and-greet.
Um, no. That does not even begin to describe the level of awesome we experienced at Club Villain.
Basically, this review would just be me listing every part of the experience and repeatedly saying that it was amazing. Instead of doing that, I’m narrowing it down to the top 7 things I loved about Club Villain.
1. Meeting the Villains
If you have been to the parks, you know that the villains are not part of the characters you can meet throughout the park, (with the exception of Cinderella’s evil step sisters and Gaston, to my knowledge). I guess it would scare the kids to have all the villains running around in broad daylight? So at Club Villain you get to see characters you haven’t before, namely the Queen of Hearts, Cruella de Vil, Maleficent, and the Evil Queen from Snow White. I love that they chose the female villains, and I also love that they were truly in character: Maleficent and the Evil Queen had pretty frosty personalities, Cruella de Vil was constantly fluffing her furry cape and posing, and the Queen of Hearts was certifiably mad! Our ticket had photo times pre-scheduled, so we didn’t really have to wait in line to talk to them and take photos.
2. The Drinks
First of all, they are included with the ticket price, unlimited. You know we loved that! Each villain had a special drink, and they were all delicious! (Yes, I had all of them. Okay, more than one of some.) They weren’t terribly strong, but they were tasty, and that’s what matters to me. They also had such cute presentations! The Queen of Hearts’ sangria was my favorite of the four.
3. The Singing Hosts
For Club Villain, Disney created additional characters that MC the event. The “Shadow Man,” Dr. Facilier, was so creepy and hypnotic, and he started out the musical numbers, with the villains joining in. The “club manager,” Kanzo, was the comic relief, but was also a fantastic singer! The musical numbers were fantastic, and the room is not huge, so everyone had a pretty great seat. There was also a DJ character, “DJ Thibodeaux”, who played great music. Both the food and the hosts had a New Orleans flair that perfectly fit the villainous theme!
4. The Desserts
Each villain also had her own special desserts, and again, they were all delicious! I loved trying all the little bites, and after awhile I was pretty sugared out. They were so cute though that I couldn’t resist! They are all set out on tables, so you can grab some at any time. The little spoons with the truffles were my favorite of those.
5. The Poisoned-Apple Disco Ball
Because why would Disney use a regular disco ball when they can create a giant sparkling poisoned apple? The lighting was crazy good, and the disco ball sent sparkles across the room all night. Even the “wallpaper” was actually a giant LCD screen with images that danced along with the musical numbers. The atmosphere was just insanely cool.
6. Taking Our Own Pictures in the Villains’ Chairs
When you first enter the “club” and before the villains make their entrance, you can go around to each chair and take photos in them. I sat in Maleficent’s chair for a photo, and when I was taking a photo in the Evil Queen’s spot, I realized the mirror was changing!
7. Walking Through the Empty Park After Closing
Since Club Villain stays open much later than the park, Hollywood Studios is pretty much deserted when you come out (except for a few cast members making sure no funny business occurs). You can stop and take a few photos or just enjoy strolling down the streets without feeling like you might get run over! I know this isn’t technically a part of Club Villain, but it is still pretty cool.
Even though the ticket ain’t cheap (around $100 each, I think), the experience was definitely worth it. You could easily spend almost that much just on dinner and drinks one night, especially if you had desserts and appetizers. Notice I didn’t mention the food as one of my favorites — it was good but not incredible, but I was so distracted by the characters and drinks and desserts that I didn’t really care about the food anyway. I’d still highly recommend visiting Club Villain if you can get a reservation!
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