“Villainy in the Sky” fireworks set for “Unleash the Villains” event at Walt Disney World, more late night fun at Disneyland

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Next month on Friday the 13th, one frightful night at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be extended until the 13th hour for Limited Time Magic, in an evening dubbed “Unleash the Villains.”

This special event will feature meet and greets with popular baddies like Maleficent, Capt. Hook, Hades and other Disney villains, who will also be hosting a dance party. And, just announced, “Villainy in the Sky” fireworks will be among the nighttime mischief to take place.

It’s the same date that Disneyland will be debuting updates to Haunted Mansion Holiday in California, making it the ultimate occasion for Halloween fans at Disney’s parks.

The hub of the villains’ festivities will be staged “dead” center of Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Hades’ Hangout – the hottest club north of the Underworld.

The “Lord of the dead,” Hades, will host spine-tingling fun while his henchmen, dancers, interactive DJ and hot house band keep the nighttime activities on fire. Hades’ 13 devilish Disney brutes will be waiting in Villain Encounters surrounding Hades’ Hangout for greetings and autographs with guests.

To celebrate the imminent arrival of the midnight witching hour “Villainy in the Sky” will set the sky ablaze with spectacular fireworks, and keep the party going until the 13th hour.

Video: Disney Villains up close

At Disneyland, Town Square is transformed for the party where guests may see villains like Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts, Judge Frollo and Lady Tremaine. Cobwebs and vines, Halloween-themed projections, lighting effects and an eerie fog set the tone for the evening. Witches and warlocks will get the dance party started, spinning a mix of upbeat Halloween tunes and Disney-friendly Top 40 hits.

Later in the evening, the twisted celebration spills over to New Orleans Square Train Station with lurking Disney villains ready for the Unleash the Villains Dance Party featuring a lit-up dance floor and raised platforms, spooky décor and lighting effects. A mischievous station master DJ conducts this party — announcing the arrival of a different ghoulish Disney villain at the 13th minute after every hour. Villains will be on the prowl after dusk for photo ops and character greetings, plus a few special surprises.

It’s all happening from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013.


  1. EricJ

    Villains at the Studios? Think this, like the return of the Golden Horseshoe and the Long-Lost Characters, is an example of Disney using Limited Time Magic to go back over several old major-project memos from the troubled early-mid 00’s, and see whether they would work for just a -week-, no obligation necessary. :)

  2. star-w

    witch friday the 13? december or sectembor? also what is with firday the 13? that day is not evil nor special COME ON!!!

    1. nick

      next month will have a Friday the 13. As for why, Its said to be an unlucky day because of 13 being an unlucky number

  3. Chris Falcioni

    Love that the poster spoofs Halloween Horror Nights.

    1. Apocalypse Pooh

      Sounds fun! And Eric — why are you so snarky and cynical all the time? You’re one of the most bitter people I’ve ever met on the internet, and that’s saying something.

  4. Amy Hayes

    This is going to be awesome! Busy but awesome!

  5. Lisa

    I can’t wait!!!!!! Already have a hotel room so I don’t have to drive back home inthe middle of the night! Can’t wait to see Maleficient – she is my hero!!!! No princesses for me!!!!

    1. SallyDollx13x

      Are the special fireworks only at Disney World? I have been keeping my fingers crossed for the Halloween Screams fireworks for that night at Disneyland!!

  6. SallyDollx13x

    Are the special fireworks only at Disney World? I have been keeping my fingers crossed for the Halloween Screams fireworks for that night at Disneyland!!

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