When Disney announced that its Villains Unleashed event was going to be a hard ticketed affair, some were disappointed, as last year’s free event was certainly a crowd pleaser.
However, many were also hopeful about this development as it gave Disney a chance to plan an event with more “premium” activities, and could also cut some of the crowds, which swelled durring the innaugural event in 2013 and forced the park to close early.
Though information about this year's event was sparse when it was first announced, Disney has released some additional details about what attendees can expect from this year. Here are seven NEW things you can experience at this year’s Villains Unleashed, taking place August 23.
1. Meet the Angelina Jolie version of Maleficent
Already met the green-faced version of Maleficent? The Angelina Jolie version of Maleficent will be on hand at this year’s Villains Unleashed event, complete with her own meet and greet area “in the moors” of the Animation Courtyard.
2. See all the Star Wars Villains in one place
Frequent visitors to the Star Wars Weekends event know that the Star Wars villains are no stranger to Hollywood Studios. However, if you want to meet all the Star Wars villains in one place, this year’s Villains Unleashed event is the only place you can do so. Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Boba Fett, Zam Wessel, Aurra Sing, Asajj Ventress, Jango Fett, Greedo, and even a few Jawas will all be assembled in the area in front of Star Tours, and will be ready for meet and greets with guests.
3. Get a villainous makeover
Around the Echo Lake area there will be special face painting stations where guests can get a complimentary “Villains ExScream Makeover”. This is sure to be a popular activity, so get to this station early in the evening for your free face painting.
4. Stroll through an even more villains-filled Streets of America
The streets of America area is pretty sparse at most times during the year. However, for this one night only, this area will be filled with villains including Cruella De Vil, Jafar, Dr. Facilier and Gaston, Bowler Hat Guy, Shan Yu, Captain Gantu, Judge Claude Frollo, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella and many more. The area will be a mix of formal meet and greets and roaming villains, so you'll never know what to expect.