VIDEO Recap & Review: Villains Unleashed Event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

On August 23, 2014 Disney’s Hollywood Studios held the inaugural Villains Unleashed event featured around 50 famous Disney Baddies.  These included nostalgic classics like Stromboli from Pinocchio up to some more current and non animated Star Wars Villains.  Continue reading for VIDEO recap and review of Villains Unleashed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

'Villains Unleashed' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Lawrence family from Southampton, United Kingdom, poses in handmade costumes during Villains Unleashed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Photo by Chloe Rice © Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Guests got into the spirit dressing up for the occasion as well, and some of the ideas and homemade costumes were quite unique.

'Villains Unleashed' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Makayla Daube, 7, from North Bellmore, New York, poses as Cinderella’s ugly stepsister Drizella during Villains Unleashed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Photo by Chloe Rice © Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The festivities kicked off with a stage show in which Hades Unleashes them.  This was fun and promised a big epic Fireworks Finale later in the night.  Watch as Hades, Megara, Pain & Panic introduce you to the night’s 50 Villains…

Villains Unleashed at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Villains Unleashed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, photo by Chloe Rice © Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Villains Unleashed at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney villains Dr. Hämsterviel and Captain Gantu join the Hades Hangout and Dance Party, photo by Chloe Rice © Disney. All Rights Reserved.

 

During the Villains Unleashed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios there was Oogie Boogie’s Freaky Funhouse show at Theatre of the Stars.  I enjoyed it but many people felt it was too odd and risqué for a Disney park.  As the title indicated, Oogie Boogie’s Freaky Funhouse was a REAL freak show.  There were sword swallowers, fire eaters and the like.  If you went into it expecting light hearted Disney fun, you’d be surprised that what followed was so raw in nature.  Not recommended for very young children.  Take a look at the video and you decide.

DJ IGG NITE (i.e., DJ ELLIOT from DJElliot.com) blasted out the tunes for Disney’s Hollywood Studios Villains Unleashed Dance Party, and the crowd broke out into spontaneous dance circles.

As you may have seen on twitter, facebook, or other reviews online, a lot of people were disappointed with the Villains Unleashed event.  Mostly because it was very crowded, character meet & greet experiences closed down earlier than expected, and/or merchandise had sold out.

It may be a case where too many people bought tickets as the lines to meet certain characters were over three hours long for a five hour event.  Constantine the Frog from Muppets Most Wanted was very popular, and because his constant long line left some guests disappointed when they couldn’t meet him.  Merchandise sold out quicker than usual and some felt the event was haphazardly put together.

The Villains Unleashed event culminated with a Grand Finale Fireworks Spectacular called Villainy In The Sky.  The fireworks were spectacular and one of the best displays I had ever seen.  Here are the highlights and complete end finale sequence!

Villains Unleashed at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Bursts of color light the sky above Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the Villains Unleashed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Photo by Todd Anderson © Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Despite the issues I had a lot of fun during Villains Unleashed and hope that Disney learns from the mistakes and brings this back bigger and better next year, perhaps spread out over a few days to accommodate everyone and their high expectations of their brand.

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About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!