The following is a guest post from a friend of mine, a WDW cast member and all around good guy. Thank you, D.
Tucked away in a wooded corner of Walt Disney World is one of the most fun experiences you can have on vacation, the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review!
Located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, the Hoop Dee Doo is most easily described as a “hootin’, hollerin’ good time!” If you want to get more specific, the Hoop Dee Doo Review is done in the style of the traveling comedy vaudeville shows of the 1800′s, and is done with a “wild west” theme. The show hasn’t changed at all since it opened in August of 1974, and even some of the performers (the banjo player, for one) are the same 35 years later! The show is goofy enough for the kids to have a blast and witty enough to make even the most glum adults laugh.
While mostly scripted the show is also filled with improve. comedy, so expect plenty of jokes specific to your crowd (or possible specific to you!) The show is also very interactive, and you may end up doing anything from playing the washboard to dancing on stage in a bright pink tutu!
Of course the Hoop Dee Doo is a dinner show, so no review would be complete without mentioning the food! Don’t expect to be served on a silver platter here. In line with the theme of the show, the meal is served “trail style”, piled high in tin buckets! The offerings include tossed salad, southwestern-style ribs, friend chicken (the best I’ve ever had at a restaurant), corn bread, beans, and corn. Also included are tea, fountain beverages, beer, wine, and sangria. Everything is all-you-care-to-eat (or drink), so go with an empty stomach and a hearty appetite for food and fun!
In short, the Hoop Dee Doo offers all the fun and magic you would expect in the heart of Fronteirland, but is hidden from the crowds. If you haven’t made it over some time in the past 35 years, you should make it a top priority for your next visit!
The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review is the oldest dinner show in the world. It’s located at Pioneer Hall in the Ft. Wilderness campground and is accesible by boat from the Magic Kingdom or the Wilderness Lodge and by bus from all parks and the Ticket and Transportation Center. You can also park your own car at the lot at the front of the campground and take one of the internal busses to Pioneer Hall. Seating is in three categories, ranging from $59.99 to 50.99 for adults and $30.99 to $25.99 for children ages 3-9; children under 3 eat free. Prices include tax and gratuity.