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
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
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.
3. The food will be inspired by New Orleans
Though the Sunset Showcase theater isn’t a restaurant, guests will be able to enjoy some great food served “banquet style” during Club Villain event nights. According to the official event page, guests will be able to sample “decadent New Orleans delicacies like tender beef striploin rubbed with herbes de Provence, Voodoo sticky “pig wings” with citrus gremolata and spicy shrimp sautéed with Andouille sausage, tomato, okra and onions over creamy polenta.”
In addition to these tasty menu items, guests will also have plenty to drink, including beer and wine selections and special event-only cocktails as well.
4. There will be plenty of fun ways for guests to get involved
If you’ve ever been to a character dining experience at Walt Disney World, you know that interaction is the name of the game. However, Club Villains will take this to the next level, not only offering guests the chance to meet with these villains, but also the chance to get down and dance with them as well.
True to its “club” moniker, Club Villain will have its own DJ spinning popular tunes all evening long, with villains occasionally dropping by to get in on the fun. So if you’ve always dreamed about busting a move with Cruella de Vil, Maleficent, or one of the other Disney villains, this new event will finally give you your chance!
5. You may want to make reservations soon
Though Club Villain was only announced just recently, the first event day in mid-January has already sold out, and the remaining 9 event days are expected to fill to capacity soon. Though it may seem a little strange to book a dining event for next year already, if you are interested in this event, you may want to book soon. Of course, before you finalize your reservation, you should know that Club Villain is being classified as a premium dining experience, which means just like Cinderella’s Royal Table, guests will need to provide immediate payment in full at the time of reservation.
While we were definitely surprised that Disney decided to make Club Villain an upcharge event for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this is one move that we can get behind. Though the $99 pricetag is a little steep, when you compare it with other character dining experiences, it is at least comparable, and the limited nature of this event makes it a must for those who love the villainous side of Disney. And while we question the decision to make this event a once-a-week affair, at least the Sunset Showcase theater will be open other days, hopefully with something else that will keep guests occupied at this shrinking park.
How do you feel about this new upcharge event? Will you be booking your soon table at Club Villain, or are you disappointed about this new upcharge event?