Less than a week after my own birthday, my best friend, Kim, celebrated her 34th birthday. When the Disney folks unveiled their top secret Friday the 13th Limited Time Magic event, Unleash the Villains Bash, it was only logical that we celebrate her birthday in style.
Event: Disney’s Unleash the Villains Bash
Location: Hollywood Studios
Classification: Limited Time Magic; Birthday
Disney Bounding: Evil Queen Glow-in-the-Dark Shirt by Raw Threads, tango red Run: Pace Setter Skirt by lululemon athletica, & Evil Queen Bow by Mad Happy Studio. Nails: “Queen of Hearts” (01419; Gelish) & Lips: “Russian Red” (MAC Cosmetics)
Birthday Confections: Gigi’s Cupcakes of Orlando did it again! Oh, Lordy! I am glad that I live safely out of the clutches of downtown Orlando. This sixer was quite the pre-gaming experience. Thankfully, my bestie and her boy split the calories and guilt on these magnificent beasts. Personally, the S’mores was my favorite.
Villains everywhere! Folks were lining up for the character greetings well before the event kicked off. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good character photo opportunity, but I refuse to camp out and miss out on all the other fun for a photo with the lesser known Disney baddies. Over at the Sorcerer’s Hat Stage, DJ IGG NITE kicked off the evening at Hades’ Hangout, followed by a rather epic introduction of Hades, Meg, & The House Band. The show opener unveiled the biggest and baddest of the villains to a thunderous welcome.
One of the nifty things about tagging photos, you never know who is watching. The photo for the “Opener” was taken by yours truly. Talk about being flattered!
Throughout the evening, characters danced in the crowds, posed for pictures, and despite themselves paid their adoring fans heavy doses of fan service. Personally, my favorite was seeing Cruella De Vil rock out to a mashup of Prodigy’s “Voo Doo People” & Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” She also scored admirers with her breaking it down to some rather important music from Star Wars. Her lust for puppy pelts aside, I’m no longer Cruella-Free!
Personally, I had the most fun at the stage area, mainly because I could get my sing and dance on. Naturally, the fireworks display was nothing short of breathtaking, but for the life of me, I could not get a decent picture of it. The hardest thing about Hollywood Studios is the compact design plan, making navigating throngs of people tiring and frustrating. It was just easier to hang out at the stage area, than fight rabid fans and wailing children or participate in the character greetings.
The biggest surprise for me, was a spontaneous reunion with a friend I haven’t seen since high school, my friend, Chris! Doing the math, we realized it had been well over fifteen years, but it hadn’t felt like time passed.