Monday, July 23, 2012

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue (Review) at Fort Wilderness

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Review at Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness is the longest running show at Disney World.  And actually, I have just discovered that not only is it the longest running show at Disney, it's the longest running show in American Theatre!  It's been running since 1973 with over 35,000 shows!  So.  Why should you be a part of this experience?  Because it's an incredibly fun time for your entire family.

And not only fun, it's really corny - silly - and full of puns.  But it's something that your entire family will enjoy.  From the little ones, to the grown ups - and even your teen.  The scenario is that a traveling group of actors is coming from their stage coach to perform for you for the evening.  And while the hijinx are going on - complete with audience participation - there is "stuff" going on with the actors behind the scenes as well.

One of my favorite parts of the evening is when the actors go through the audience asking about birthdays and anniversaries and celebrations.  The Disney Food Blog wrote about their trip to the Hoop-Dee-Doo and there was a couple there celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary - and it's where they celebrate every year.

So, besides the show, there is dinner!  The Hoop-Dee-Doo has a fixed price (including tip) - and you'll pay when you make your reservation.  If you use the Disney Dining plan, it will cost two table service credits (and there may be limitations on times and categories of seating) and you'll just use a credit card to reserve your spot.  The price includes the show, your meal, drinks (including alcohol - well, beer, wine and sangria), and tip.

Before the show, you'll line up outside of Pioneer Hall - check in - and then get in another line to have your photo taken.  They'll come around while you are eating dinner and you can choose to purchase the photos or not - and if you have a photopass plus card - you'll get the pictures at no additional charge.

After check in, you may still have a bit of time before they'll let you in - so you can always hula-hoop.  Or perhaps have a game of horseshoes.  Or perhaps, just sit on a barrel.

Once it's time to go into the hall, you will be taken to your assigned table.  There are three categories of tables:  Category One is by the front of the stage; Category Two is towards the back of the hall; and Category Three is upstairs in the balcony.  All seats provide a great view of the stage.  If accessibility is an issue, do note that you will have to go up a flight of stairs for category 3 seating.  Also, if you are on the Disney dining plan, you are limited to category 2 or 3 except for the last show of the night when all categories are options.

As you arrive at your table, you'll find both salad and cornbread waiting for you.

Dig right in - there is more if you'd like it!  Pretty soon after everyone is seating - there is a loud raucous at the door as the players enter, banging their drum and taking the stage.

 After the first act, your waiter will bring a metal bucket of fried chicken - and not just bring it to you - but "clang" it on your table.  That clang will be followed by clangs of ribs, beans, mashed potatoes and corn.   Comfort food - and delicious!

There will be another act to the show - with some singing and playing in the audience.

And then the whole show gets into the bringing of the dessert - with your waiters and dessert up on stage!  And what are they bringing to you?  Strawberry Shortcake!  And it seems so humble.

But let me tell you, it's FAN-TASTIC!  While you eat your amazing dessert (and this is coming from someone who is not a fan of fruit desserts!) - you will have the finale of the show which has audience members in some roles.

And for those of us not up on stage, well, we got to waive our napkins and play the washboard.  My kids thought this was the best part of the show!

We absolutely loved our evening at the Hoop-Dee-Doo - and wouldn't hesitate to do it again!  So...what about you?  Have you seen the Hoop-Dee-Doo or any other dinner show at Disney?


1 comment:

  1. Hmmmm... I might have to see what my girls think about HDDR. It looks like fun, and the food looks yummy!

    We're really looking forward to the luau in October!


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