Showing posts with label dining review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dining review. Show all posts

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?


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

1900 Park Fare - A Dining Review

I have two daughters - 11 and 14.  They are not girly girls.  They are not into princesses.  And not into characters too much either.  However.  And this is a big however.  They LOVE villains.  They were thrilled when they got to meet the Evil Queen during characterpalooza at Hollywood studios.  In heaven meeting Cruella at the Halloween party.  And they were beside themselves in anticipation of meeting Lady Tremain and the step-sisters at 1900 Park Fare.

We arrived quite a bit early for our dinner reservation as I wanted some time to walk around the Grand Floridian resort.  I love the Victorian style - and the grandeur that you feel when walking around the grounds.

The girls had finally had enough of my exploring and we went to check in.  We had a very short wait in the lobby before we were buzzed to go back to our table.

If you'd like, you have the opportunity for a photographer to take a family picture in front of a mural - but we chose not to partake.  1900 Park Fare is divided into three sections - and we were in the middle section, right by the buffet.

We had a bit of time before the characters would make their way to our table, so we went to get our dinner.  I have heard lots of mixed reviews of the dinner here.  This is our second time for dinner (and we've done breakfast as well - completely different set of characters for breakfast!) - and we've always found it delicious.

Here are Katie's plate and my plate - no telling what Madalyn had on her plate :-)

(Katie's plate - clockwise from the top: pasta alfredo, sourdough bread, mashed red potatoes, strawberries, watermelon, sushi, caesar salad, and green beans)

(My plate - clockwise from the top: roll, mashed red potatoes, prime rib, pasta alfredo, and I wish I could remember what this was - I think chicken marsala - and it was INCREDIBLE!  I wish I had some right now! -- caesar salad - and in the middle seafood paella - also incredibly delicious!)

Shortly after starting on our dinner, we were visited by both Cinderella and Prince Charming.  They were both very sweet.  But I am not sure I understand why Charming needs a horrid wig.

 (photography tip: if the people you are photographing are standing up - you need to stand up, too.  No one looks good when the camera looks up from a seated position.  Note to self: follow photography tips from now on!)

Finally, the characters we were waiting for arrived!  First up was Lady Tremain.  She very much enjoyed hearing that we were having a girls night out and that we left my husband at home.

Next up was Anastasia.  She was most curious about Katie's t-shirt.  (It's from a web comic called Homestuck)  Katie told her it was a "hero of mind" shirt (not that I even know what that means!) - and so Anastasia asked if that meant she was a scholar.  Katie decided to wing it and just say "yes!"  Then Anastasia proceeded to tell Katie all about Drizella's problems with math and that she could really use a tutor.  Katie just ate it up!

About the time this was going on, Drizella was making her way around the dining room.  And she discovered a little girl that had brought a stuffed animal with her - a kitty.  Drizella put it on her head and LOUDLY yelled to Lady Tremain (who was in a completely different section of the restaurant!) that she wanted a kitty and would she please get her a kitty and that she really needed a kitty.  I think that my girls began to hyperventilate from laughter.

During the evening, there is an announcement that comes on stating that it is time for Charming and Cinderella to do a waltz.  They dance for a bit.  And then go and find a young prince/princess to dance with them.  Drizella and Anastasia dance too.  But it is definitely not waltzing.  More like hopping.  But they were hilarious - and their partners seemed to enjoy the fun.  We also watched a young pirate turn down Cindy and seek out Anastasia!

Finally we got to meet Drizella.  Katie told her that she heard she might need some help with math - so Drizella LOUDLY yells to Anastasia "DID YOU TELL HER THAT I NEED HELP WITH MATH.  THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A SECRET!"  (Imagine this in the most screechiest voice possible)  Again, my girls were THRILLED with their encounters.

Anastasia managed to come by again - and Katie told her that we love villains.  Anastasia stayed true to character and wanted to know what we could be talking about.  So, Katie went another route explaining that they don't like princesses.  Anastasia agreed - saying that Cinderella must not be smart because she can only dance in a box and she talks to mice.

Overall, we loved our dinner here.  The food was wonderful.  The characters were top-notch.  Even if you have a princess lover, I think they will be thrilled by the interactions.

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So...what about you?  Do you love princesses or villains?  Have you entered for my very first giveaway yet?!