Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Disney's Villain Bash

After I crossed the finish line at the Tower of Terror race, I made my way through the chute, got the obligatory picture with the Hollywood Tower of Terror that marathon photo takes of you and walked a ways until I came out at Sunset Blvd inside Hollywood Studios. I then found Scott so we could enjoy the Villain Bash Post race Party. I finished before midnight, so that meant we could maximize our time inside Hollywood Studios!


It is unfortunate that guests have to pay for a ticket to see runners cross the finish line of this race. All the other Disney running events that I have participated in, spectators could watch runners cross the finish line without buying a ticket. I know this is because TOT actually finishes inside the park. Still, I think there should be a way to corral folks who just want to see their runner cross the finish line but not go to the Post Race Party.

In any case, I got into the party for free ( as part of my race registration), but we had to buy Scott a ticket. I don't remember for sure how much the ticket cost but I know it was somewhere between $65-75. I bought him the post race party ticket when I registered for the race because there is only a limited amount of tickets that are sold. I don't know for sure if they sold out or not.

I had packed a bag with some change of clothes and other post race essentials but to be honest, I was so excited to tell Scott how my race went that I didn't even want to take the time change clothes!

Limited attractions and food stands are open during this time. Some of the rides that were open included the Tower of Terror of course and the Rock n Roller Coaster, neither which I enjoy so we passed on those. The only ride I wanted to make sure we went on was Toy Story Mania. The past several times I've been to Hollywood Studios the lines were always SO long so it was something we passed on.
Since we would have had to cross the race course to get to Toy Story Mania, we were told that it would remain closed until after the race. That kind of stunk. But it worked out okay anyway because it gave us a chance to watch the other runners come through.

We hung out in the hub area where the Sorcerer's hat was. I was craving something salty after the race so we bought a popcorn bucket in a cute Hollywood Studios souvenir bucket.  There was an open area in front of the Sorcerer's hat where we could watch the runners go by, so we enjoyed standing there eating our popcorn and cheering for the other runners.  It was fun seeing all the fun costumes go by!

There were also some character interactions as well. Since we stayed basically in the hub where the Sorcerer's hat was, we only got to meet Cruella and the Evil Queen. A cast member told me that two other villains were out as well but we never went to go look for them.

We cheered for every last runner that went by. Honestly, I was surprised to see how many people came in behind the balloon ladies.  I'm assuming since they had made it into the park, that there was no reason for them to get swept up.   After all runners passed by, the road opened up and we were able to head over to Toy Story Mania.  Even though it "Supposedly" had just opened up, the line was not short. The wait time said 40 minutes, but I do believe we got on sooner than that.  Regardless of wait time, it was a fun ride.


We hung out at Hollywood studios till 2:00 am. The park closed at 3:00am but we were both getting tired and couldn't hang in there one more hour! ~M

Do you enjoy post race parties? Or do you just want to go home and relax?

If you missed it, you can read about my Disney Tower of Terror 10 Miler HERE.
You can also read about  my Mickey's Happy Haunted 5K HERE

22 comments:

  1. That's kinda messed up that family and friends have to pay to see the finish line. Gotta make that money, Disney : )

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  2. I have never been to an after race party, but they sound like a lot of fun!

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    1. Disney also has an after party for the wine n dine race in November too!

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  3. I would be pretty mad if my friends or family had to pay to see me finish a race, especially since most races are so pricey to begin with! In all the races I have done, I have never been to an after race party, when I am done running, I usually just want to get home as quickly as possible to shower and relax! HA!

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    1. I was feeling good after the race and so energized so I didn't mind hanging around for a while!

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  4. I did the after party thing twice, once for the Tower of Terror 13k back in 2008, then for W&D in 2010. My parents were running both races and I got to ride the rides while they were running. That's how I got on Toy Story Mania the first time. I just walked right on, then took my parents on it.

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    1. I didn't realize Toy story Mania would be so much fun!

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  5. Yeah I don't like that family has to pay to get into the finish. You'd think they should atleast give ya a 2nd free pass for family. I guess always there to make a buck or $65 yikes. Well it sounds like you had a good time on some rides. I totally forgot about the rockin coaster. My sister and I loved that when we visited, it had no line so we rode it like 6 times in a row. Lol.

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    1. I often thought that would be a fabulous idea. Each runner should get a free pass to give to someone in their family because everyone should have someone there to cheer them on at the finish. Additional tickets could then be purchased.

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  6. Mike said that the lines were pretty non existent at the beginning of the party but that they grew quickly once runners started finishing. That's awesome that you guys cheered on runners from around the hat :) I saw Mike at that point but didn't really look around more than that. By that time I really just wanted to be done and that last mile seemed to take forever. I'm surprised that a lot of people finished after the balloon ladies. I didn't think that was allowed. But I guess they can't really sweep you once you're in the park anyway.

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    1. I couldn't agree more, that last mile seemed to take forever!!!

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  7. I am so torn about these Disney races - they seem like so much fun, and now that I am in California closer to Disneyland, I toy with the idea of running one, but the're so expensive and then on top of that your friends/family have to pay admission to see you finish? There's just so much money involved.

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    1. The Tower of Terror race is the only Disney race where you have to buy a ticket to get to the finish line to watch. All other races finish in a parking lot. Thanks for reading!

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  8. that bites you'd have to get a ticket...
    but it is good that the threat of the balloon ladies don't matter in this race.

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  9. Tower of Terror in the dark (when I rode it last year) was the BEST! It's honestly the best way to ride it -- so scary and so fun!!

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  10. This sounds like the funnest race ever! I consider it a feat to stay at the party until 2 a.m. after you ran the race!

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  11. We did not get to ride the Toy Story ride on our recent trip. It wasn't high on my radar, but I definitely want to ride it next time!

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  12. That is weird because we crossed the course to go to TSM after we finished. I loved this after party, better than the Wine and DIne after party, because there were lots of character spots and the good rides had very little lines.

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  13. I love the after party at Wine & Dine! I was hoping to do ToT next year but it looks like I won't get the chance. Hopefully we'll get a night time Star Wars race added to WDW with an awesome after party (a girl can dream!).

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  14. My family rode Toy Story twice during the race. They loved the Villains Bash because the park was very empty. We stayed at DHS until 4AM. It technically closed at 3:30 but we were eating and they weren't in a hurry to rush us out.

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  15. Congrats on the race. I'm usually too tired to stay and hang around after a race but I haven't done a Disney race (yet!!)

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