One of this year's Limited Time Magic offerings has been on the calendar for a long time - the September Friday the 13th Unleash the Villains event. Though until the week before there weren't any details on what was going to be included.
Out here on the west coast the event was held at Disneyland, where it coincided with the opening of the yearly Halloween Time celebration. Jason and I have more on Halloween Time in a previous blog - this one will be on the Villains event, with photos and comments from Jason, Jeanine, and me.
Most of the Villains event took place from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., so there wasn't a lot going on during the day, except for watching some of the preparations. The event descriptions from the Times Guide:
Party Like a Villain - Take to the floor and dance beneath the stars with the Disney Villains - who have come out to celebrate Friday the 13th as only they can! Our DJ spins an amazing mix of music, and special meet and greet locations are available to pose for photos with your favorite Villains!
Main Street USA - Town Square 8:00 pm to 1:00 am
Unleash the Villains Dance Party - The "creepiest creeps" come out to play at our special New Orleans dance club - the Train Station in New Orleans Square! Each hour, a variety of the vilest Disney Villains make an ominous arrival into the party!
New Orleans Square Train Station 9:45 pm to 1:00 am
I was disappointed that there wasn't anything happening during the day, since I couldn't stay for the evening events.
There were some special menu items available for the day, in addition to extra menu items that have been added for Halloween Time. The French Market had these Fiery Meatloaf Sliders - Meatloaf with Tomato Jam and Apple Slaw served with Handmade Cajun Chips and Grapes. $12.49
There were also Spooky Kooky Gingerbread Cookies (gingerbread zombies) available at Harbour Galley, Royal Street Verandah and Mint Julep Bar (though I think these will be around for the Halloween season). I tried one, and it was very tasty.
There are other seasonal offerings, like pumpkin beignets, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes, but I covered those in the Halloween Time blog.
In preparation for the evening events, the Disneyland Railroad closed at 5:00 p.m., since the Villains Dance Party was being held at the New Orleans Square Train Station. It was nice to see the Lilly Belle at the station.
At Town Square, the street was closed in front of the train station, so the second performance of the Soundsational Parade was re-routed and went straight up Main Street rather than around Town Square. We saw the parade of techs bringing out the dance floor, though. :-)
There was a queue for entry to the dance floor set up inside the turnstiles - no one in it at 5:00, though.
There was a special Villains Unleashed t-shirt for the event. Another Limited Time Magic offering is Villains headbands for Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Ursula and the Evil Queen (pictured below). (Thank you to Gary and Debbie for allowing me to model their purchases).
I wonder when Disney is ever going to learn...the t-shirt didn't go on sale until 6:00 pm and was only available in two locations: the Royal Courtyard at the exit to Pirates, and the Tower Gift Store in Disney California Adventure.
The line in Disneyland was huge, and stretched all the way back to Indiana Jones in Adventureland.
The line in DCA wasn't bad - it was contained within the gift shop, and there were also more registers available there so it moved faster.
But if you don't mind waiting for it, the t-shirts are available on-line for a limited time:
By 7:00, traffic in the area was getting to the gridlock state. :-( I left at 7:45 - the lines at the turnstiles to get into Disneyland were long, and from the parking garage all I could see were red taillights on all of the roads and ramps approaching the area.
Jason went back into Disneyland to experience some of the evening events, so I'm going to turn this over to him now.
I returned to Disneyland around 7:15 or so. Town Square had a lot of guests. Some waiting for the dance floor, some for the character meet and greet, and some just lost or trying to get into or out of the park.
The dance floor ready to go.
The backdrop for the meet and greet.
Time for the Party Like a Villain dance party.
A video clip of the opening.
The dance floor was filled quickly by the waiting queue of guests.
There were dancers on hand too.
Looking behind me.. a good number of guests filled Town Square to see what was going on. But once they realized the characters were not dancing many left.
A video 360 of the scene.
A projection on the trees
A video from near the Mad Hatter
The mass of guests on Main Street.
The New Orleans Train Station was set up for the Unleash the Villains Dance Party that was to begin at 9:45pm It was about 9:15 when I walked by and they were still doing final setup.
They had another train pulled up to the other side. So you had an engine on one side and the Lilly Belle (tail end of a train) on the other.
At this point I decided to head for Main Street to watch Remember then head for home. I had an early wake up call on Saturday and planned to leave the parks by 10pm. On the way out the esplanade was packed. The lines to enter Disneyland stretched to the center where the compass is.
A little hard to see in this picture but Disneyland Drive was jammed on the left in this picture.
Jeanine made it back to the Unleash the Villains Dance Party and shares a few photos.
The dance party was very crowded - there was a huge line to get onto the dance floor which had been placed on top of the train tracks.
At the front they had two stages for characters with Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters on one side and Frollo, Hades, and the Red Queen on the other.
By then the special food was sold out and it was too crowded to ride any of the attractions in the area.
On the whole, it seemed like a nice effort on their part, but if I started seeing tweets from people saying it was traffic-y next time, I don't know that I would go unless they were offering up something more in the way of special entertainment.
The previous post in this blog was Disneyland Resort Photo Update - 9/13/13 (Halloween Time).
The next post in this blog is Disneyland Fall Menu Updates .