Last week, I got to experience the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue for the first time!
The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a nightly dinner show at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. It’s the second longest continuously running dinner show in the United States and is well worth a visit! The show has its own building in Pioneer Hall, near the boat dock at Fort Wilderness. Here is a photo of Pioneer Hall all decorated for the holidays.
You’ll need to purchase tickets in advance, although we were able to find a table for five during Thanksgiving week just a few days before the show (probably due to a cancellation). There are three shows a night and three tiers of seating. Tier one seating is on the first floor, closest to the stage. Tier two seating is at the very back of the first floor and on the balcony directly facing the stage. Tier three seating is on the balconies on either side of the room. We got a little pixie dust during our visit because we’d purchased tier three seating but were upgraded to tier two on the first floor. Here’s the view from our table, which was actually a little elevated, so although we were in the back of the room, we still had a great view (even a shorty like me).
You pay the full price in advance when you book your reservation and then you pick up your tickets at at any Walt Disney World Resort Concierge desk or the box office at Pioneer Hall. We had no wait and no trouble picking ours up at the box office at Pioneer Hall, which is just to the left of the main building. We also were able to get our Tables in Wonderland 20% off discount refunded to us at the box office (only available for the third show at 8:30pm). After you get your tickets, you have to go check in at a small stand in front of Pioneer Hall that says “Check In”. Look for the big line of people in the middle of the road (don’t be like us and get in the line to go inside the building first)! When you check in, they will write a table number on your ticket and will tell you which line to stand in to wait to be let into the building. They didn’t let us in until 8:30 on the dot, so be patient!
The food and beverages (alcohol included) are all-you-can-eat and are good country cooking. I had the sangria which was drinkable but not outstanding. Erik and my mom really enjoyed the Yuengling draft beer.
It took a little while for our server to get to us for our drinks, but the cornbread and a big slab of butter were waiting on our table. Oh my, that was some amazing cornbread. Erik usually doesn’t like cornbread but even he was enthusiastically gobbling it up. I am the worst food blogger because I never remember to take pictures until after we’ve eaten at least half of our food!
Eli saw this picture as I was writing this and pretended to grab it and eat it. Yes, we are all in love with the cornbread! They also bring out a big bucket of salad. I didn’t intend to waste any stomach space with salad, but my mom reported that it was quite tasty.
After everyone was seated and had been served their drinks, the entertainment started! There was the sound of a stagecoach arriving outside and the stars of the show proceeded to burst through the doors in the back of the room. Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, Flora Long and Jim Handy are the hilarious cast members who keep you well entertained throughout the two hour dinner show. Eli was especially tickled by the squeaky Minnie Mouse voice of Claire de Lune!
They sing vaudeville-style songs and dance and interact with audience members (especially those near the stage…fair warning!). Claire seemed especially attracted to the “silver foxes” in the audience and her antics kept us all in stitches! After a few song and dance numbers, the main courses were brought out, also in big metal kettles which are slammed down on the tables by servers and the entertainers.
My mom said the ribs were the best she’d had since KC BBQ closed (this is high praise for those of you who did not grow up on the West-side of Jacksonville) and we ended up needing TWO buckets of those! The fried chicken was hot and crispy and juicy and plentiful! The corn and mashed potatoes were also delightful and we ended up getting an extra bowl of both. I’ve heard great things about the cowboy beans, but I’m pretty picky about my baked beans and I wasn’t a big fan of these. I think it’s a testament to how tempting the food was overall that I have NO pictures of it. Not a single one. We just dug in and devoured it all like we hadn’t eaten in months.
Our stars then returned for a few more acts, including giving shout-outs to anyone celebrating a birthday or anniversary in the audience. They didn’t forget the Guests up in the balconies; everyone was included!
Eli got a little skittish (he is not comfortable with interacting with characters just yet) at this point but quickly started enjoying it again once Six Bits Slocum did a hilarious number which involved falling down a few times. He’s still talking about Six Bits days later.
The strawberry shortcake was brought out and I sadly was too full to eat more than one bite! It was a very delicious bite though! Even more audience participation (tutus were involved) followed and because I don’t want to give away all the surprises, I won’t go into any more details. Suffice it to say that we enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and the entertainment so much that we’ve already booked another show when we go back for a week at The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort in February. If you want to book your own show to sing along, clap your hands, stomp your feet and chow down, you can do so here. Let me know how you liked it!
I’m linking up with run. geek. run(disney) for Mickey Mondays, so make sure to check out some of the linked posts if you want a little more magic in your day!