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5 Things We Didn't Expect From the Newest Upcharge Event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A few months ago, a listing on Walt Disney World's public auditions page called for actors to be a part of a new villains-themed show, which was set to debut in a few months at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Though no announcements had been made by the time the lisitng was uncovered, we initially hypothesized that this new show could be a regular offering (perhaps moving permanently into the Sunset Showcase theater or The Theater of the Stars),possibly giving this park some much-needed capacity as it gets ready for its total reboot. However, the reality of what this event will be is actually something much different than what we originally anticipated. 

Officially announced earlier this week, Club Villain will actually be an upcharge event that will cost $99 per guest and will include dinner, drinks, and special entertainment from host Dr. Facilier as well as other villains including Maleficent, Queen of Hearts, Cruella De Vil and the Evil Queen. Though Club Villain does sound like it is going to be pretty amzing, there is definitely a lot about this event that surprised us: 

1. Club villain is going to be a lot like the Villains Sinister Soiree

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If the above description sounds a little familiar to you, it’s not just déjà vu. Back in 2014, during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a special extra upcharge event was introduced that would allow guests to dine with Lady Tremaine, Maleficent and a number of other villains inside Cinderella Castle while enjoying some spooky entertainment.

While this $99 upcharge event (The Villains Sinister Soiree) only lasted one year, it was very well-recieved by those that did attend, and many were sad to see that it didn’t return in 2015. However, the Club Villain event looks like it will be eerily similar (down to the price even!) and will simply swap out desserts for banquet-style menu items, Lady Tremaine for Dr. Facilier and of course the Magic Kingdom for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Though the cast and the setting has changed, it looks like this villains event will have the same "edge" as it's spiritual predecessor, which definitely gives us hope that this event will be worth its pricetag. While there are plenty of outrageous upcharge events coming to Disney parks, this seems like it will be one that will be worth the cost of admission. 

2. The event is only offered once a week, starting in January

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Though reservations are now open for Club Villain, the first event won't take place until Saturday, January 16, 2016. And in an interesting development, it looks like Club Villain will only happen every Saturday, at least through the end of March. We have no idea whether or not this event will continue past that date. 

The decision to keep this a Saturday-only event is fairly curious, as most upcharge events take place on multiple nights per week. Club Villain sounds like it will be a fairly intricate experience, and only offering it for one night a week suggests that either something else will be occupying the Sunset Showcase theater from Sunday-Friday, or Disney is simply testing the waters with this new offering.

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