Last week, Disney announced “Club Disney” as the initial plans for the new Sunset Showcase this December. It will be just another dance party we can add to the roster at the Disney parks, good for the upcoming busy holiday season. But it was also said to only be a temporary event, adding fuel to the rumors of a new Disney Villains show coming to the Studios. In my previous article, I explored that possibility about use of the venue. If a dance party is going in, then there will be a serious lack of chairs for seating, therefore adding question to this possible show. Surely they wouldn’t open the venue to just close it two months later to add in rows of seating, which didn’t make sense to me. The other possibility was to change the characters from the Fab 5 to Villains and keep it a dance party, a more likely possibility. Well, we now have our answer, and I wasn’t too far off with my speculation.
Today, Disney announced “Club Villain” will be replacing “Club Disney” at the Sunset Showcase theater on Sunset Blvd in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. “Club Villain” will begin January 16, 2016 and will be a ‘themed dining event.’ What does that mean? Well, accoriding to the press release, Guests will have the chance to mix & mingle with Disney Villains while dining on villain themed food and drink.
According to Walt Disney World’s website:
This spellbinding evening features 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.
Trick or treat yourself to fiendish cocktail concoctions—specialty alcoholic drinks plus beer and wine—hilarious stage-show numbers and up-close encounters with Disney’s most dastardly doomsday divas. Mix and mingle with mysterious Maleficent, hilarious Queen of Hearts, the delirious Evil Queen and the always fur-fetched Cruella De Vil—and wicked jams from our house DJ!
Noticeably missing from the line-up is Dr. Facilier from The Princess & The Frog, which is very odd considering it is his hat used on the logo. Also, keep in mind, the five villains listed are among the most commonly used in the parks. My stance on that is Disney should at least offer more villains that are much rarer, and have a big, bad villain as the host/owner of the club. Also note, this doesn’t sound like a show, so don’t think this is like Hoop-Dee-Doo at Fort Wilderness. The event sounds along the lines of last years Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; a special limited event celebrating 20 years of the Lion King with a special performance of Festival of the Lion King, and African food and drink served outside of the theater. It was a buffet, and Guests dined while standing. I imagine the room in Sunset Showcase will hold cocktail tables and a buffet with the food offerings. A DJ will be on the stage and there will be space for Guests to dance while Guests can meet the villains on a personal level.
Now to answer the question on everyone’s mind. How much will this special dining event set you back? Well, it looks like Disney has a favorite number because “Club Villain” will cost $99 (gratuity and tax included) a head. This is the same price as many other Disney dining/dessert events such as the most recent Fairytale Fireworks Cruise for Wishes at the Magic Kingdom. Of course, reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 90 days in advance, either by booking online or by calling (407) 939-3463.