Disney is going to be bad to the bone — for one night only.
Saturday night's "Villains Unleashed" event, the first of its kind, puts the spotlight on dozens of Disney's most- wanted bad guys while serving up special cupcakes.
The lineup at Disney's Hollywood Studios includes standard theme-park meanies such as the Evil Queen and Cruella De Vil; lesser-seen characters such as Bowler Hat Guy (from
"This is probably the first time that there's been this number of villains in one location," said show director Mark Renfro. "This is really a celebration of the villains."
The "Villains Unleashed" festivities begin after the park closes for the day, and they require a separate ticket. Admission is $67 ($62 for ages 3-9). The event is limited to 12,000 guests.
It kicks off at 8 p.m. with an opening ceremony headed by Hades, the
"He personally has invited 50 villains," Renfro said. "We will see the majority of those 50 villains appear — some rather magically — or their presence known."
Disney had a trial run with an exclusively bad-guy event called "Unleash the Villains" during its Limited Time Magic promotion on a Friday the 13th last year.
"We were really focused on Hades' favorite 13," Renfro said. "That's just not good enough to do again. We want all 50."
Disney, in a rare move, is encouraging visitors to wear villain-inspired costumes to the event.
"It's very much in vogue right now with cosplay and everything else," said Renfro, referring to grownups dressing as fictional characters. "It just makes it feel like more fun when you feel like you're part of the party."
"We just need to make sure the costume is safe for everyone," he said.
Disney's Web page for the event asks participants to wear costumes that are "not obstructive, offensive or violent." It also notes that visitors' eyes must always be visible.
There also will be face-painting available at stations around Echo Lake.
The characters will be seen in varied scenarios within the park. A new production called "Oogie Boogie's Freaky Funhouse Show" features the villain of "
Members of the
There will be six set locations along the park's Streets of America for characters, including some that aren't usually seen up close, Renfro said.
"We've got two from outer space coming in for the first time ever — Capt. Gantu and Dr. Hamsterviel," said Renfro, referring to characters in "Lilo & Stitch."
The "Guardians of the Galaxy" Awesome Mix Tape Dance Party will be thrown in the Animation Courtyard.
Other standing elements of Hollywood Studios will receive a villainous overlay. "Fantasmic," a big nighttime show, will have new layers of evil in its pre-show,
The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant will serve up special small-plate dishes, including one called "Cruella's Devious Eyes."
Around the park will be specialty drinks, villain-driven hot dogs and a Maleficent cupcake — dark-chocolate cake with a blackberry filling and blackberry buttercream topping.
Much of the action will take place at Hades Hub, Renfro said. That's the area just in front of the park's iconic sorcerer's hat. That area has spent the summer in "Frozen" mode for a celebration of Disney's latest animated hit.
"All that 'Frozen' will be melted, and Hades' underworld lair — which looks like his netherworld palace and a New York nightclub have come together — will melt all that ice for just this one night," Renfro said. "Knowing the power of 'Frozen,' I'm sure the minute he descends back to his place down south, it will get frozen again, magically, all overnight."
The night will wrap up with fireworks called "Villainy in the Sky," prompted by Maleficent, who is both old-school from her
Maleficent "will be part of the final moment of the night, the witching hour when Hades relinquishes the stage to his special guests," Renfro said.
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Where: Disney's Hollywood Studios, off
When: 8 p.m. Saturday-1 a.m. Sunday
Cost: $67 ($62 for ages 3-9)