My daughter and I visited Club Villain recently and I figured I’d write a post explaining the full experience with details, photos and videos to help you decide if it’s for you.
Note: Club Villain closed in early 2017
Let’s answer some common questions before we jump into the full review:
- Is this event acceptable for children? I’d say yes! My 12 year old had a blast. While we only saw a dozen or so children, likely due to all the blogs saying it’s an adult event, each seemed to be enjoying themselves.
- Is it all you care to eat? Yes, you may visit the buffet as many times as you like.
- Is it all you care to drink? Yes, you may visit the bar often, but they will stop serving you if you appear impaired. I didn’t observe a wild party going on, just adults partaking in themed drinks and meet and greets.
- Is Photopass included? Yes, Photopass photographers are each meet and greet station ready to take your photo. Downloads are complimentary from disneyphotopass.com website after the event. You can even use the Disney app from your phone. You do not need Memory Maker for this experience, but it’s added to your same Photopass account.
- Do the characters offer meet and greets or only dancing? Each female villain offers an actual meet and greet. Getting a photo with Dr. Facilier can be more tricky as he comes and goes constantly. Many have had success by waiting until most guests have left.
- How long will this be offered? Disney hasn’t provided any closing dates, but as of the time of writing this Club Villain is offered through March 2016
- What does it cost? As of the moment it costs $129 per person
- Do the characters sign autographs? Yes
Club Villain is a special dining experience that is currently offering at the Sunset Showcase in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Currently the special event costs $129 per person and requires advanced registration. Children and adults are welcomed. You’ll find the location through these gates next to Rock n Roller Coaster.
Inside the building has been totally transformed into a villains lair or club for villains to hang out and run elbows with us common folk. I must say, it appears that Disney didn’t spare any expense making the place look amazing.
Each villain has a specific, well-themed meet and greet area. If you arrive early or visit them between villain sets, you can have your photo taken with them. Each theme was very detailed and my daughter loved them.
Snow Queen / Queen Grimhilde / Evil Queen / the Queen has a very detailed set with the mirror, heart box and peacock throne.
Look at how much detail is in just the top of the throne alone.
Heart chest looks great too.
Club Villain offers a buffet of New Orleans inspired dishes. Pig wings and dirty rice are delicious and the food isn’t as spicy as you’d expect Creole food to be. You may enjoy as much as your heart delights, but trying to work in the 4 meet and greets, dance time and food in 2 hours can be a bit rushed.
Soda, water and lemonade is available for children or those who don’t partake in alcohol.Eerie Entertainment
Club Villain offers a host/singer, Dr. Facilier, a DJ and a couple of dancers. I loved the host’s jacket!
Host introduces Dr. Facilier and dancers. Unfortunately, we couldn’t hear any of Dr. Faciler’s entrance due to technical issues. Just before he introduced the lady villains, they brought him a handheld microphone.
Dancers were sweet enough to pose for a photo with my daughter, but it was blurry due to all the haze in the room. You’ll notice in the videos below that the intro has a similar vibe to the old Villains mix and mingle at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Each villain has an actual meet and greet station. You are given an assigned time to meet them on back of your invitation given you at check-in. Some CMs checked it religiously and others didn’t seem to care much. Each villain offers 2 sets of meet and greets, that’s why they give assigned times.
Guests joining us at the table were there primarily to meet Maleficent because she is so difficult to find at Walt Disney World for meet and greets. Soon, she’ll be removed from the Castle show as well, meaning you’ll only see her at the Boo to You Parade.
Cruella de Vil
Queen with many names never smiles. It causes wrinkles and she needs the mirror to tell her that she is the “fairest of them all” one day. Seems a little self obsessed to me.
Queen of Hearts
After Debbie had her photo I asked to join, as I usually do and she sent Debbie away so we could have our special moment. I told her I’m a big fan of croquet and she said I’d never defeat her. Game on Queenie!
We finished off the meet and greets with a big smile.We had a terrific time. Food was good and plentiful. Other than the sound snafu, the entertainment was good. Debbie enjoyed doing the “Whip and Nae Nae” or whatever it’s called with the DJ and host and a hundred strangers.