Despite the remarkably silly name (seriously I feel awkward typing it), The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is a amazingly fun time, really for all ages. Hoop Dee Doo, which I will now shorten to “HDD” for the remainder of this blog post, is a 2 hour dinner show featuring the “Pioneer Hall Players” with rousing Wild West dancing, singing, and vaudeville comedy. Thats what it says on the website. Seriously though, it really is fun, and the food is great.
HDD is located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort in Pioneer Hall. I’ve written about Fort Wilderness in my post about Crockett’s Tavern, and again I recommend taking the very pretty boat ride from Magic Kingdom over to Fort Wilderness, and getting there early to either get a drink at Crockett’s Tavern, or walk the grounds of Fort Wilderness. If you go that route, the only thing I recommend is leaving early, because the boat can get backed up right before HDD begins.
There are 3 seating times for HDD, 4:00pm, 6:15pm, and 8:30pm. You’ll get the same show at each seating, and they are all priced the same. There are tiers of pricing that are determined by where you are sitting. You have a good view wherever you are, so its really up to you. I will say that I actually prefer the balcony seating because there is only one row of tables up there, so there isn’t anyone in between you and the stage-action. Also because I’m not very big on audience participation, and if you’re in the main floor category 1 seating area, you might get some of that. I wont spoil it for you.
HDD, as I said, is a dinner show. Its actually one of the longest running musical theater performances in the United States, which is kind of cool. Its been running since 1974. The show consists of 6 people with live musical accompaniment, who are a “traveling theater troupe” in the Wild West (get it, Pioneer Hall Players…? Yeah.). Since its a musical, there are plenty of songs, but also skits and jokes and some general funniness that will keep everyone in your family entertained. At the end of the night, get ready to spin your checked napkin over your head and/or play a washboard with a spoon, because thats what you’re going to be doing, along with the rest of the audience. You’ll have fun, really. I know it sounds silly when you’re a 30 year old adult without any kids. You should go anyway.
Okay, but it does bother me a little bit that people are spinning their dirty napkins over their head and rubbing used spoons on washboards, but that might just be me. Its still fun. I guess thats just part of the spirit of the evening.
Moving on. Lets talk about the food. THE AMAZING FOOD. I’m not kidding, it really is great. Its all you can eat and you will be very excited about it being all you can eat. Its also all you can drink, with choices of non-alcoholic drinks, wine, beer (bud light or yuengling, nothing that entertaining), and sangria. Unfortunately the last time we were at HDD I was horrendously ill with some kind of flu/cold/disease, so I was woefully unable to partake, but they’ll bring you a pitcher of the alcoholic drinks if you ask. They’re all served in mason jars. Cute.
For food, you get this amazing selection of cornbread, salad, fried chicken, BBQ pork ribs, a seasonal veggie (its usually corn), mashed potatoes, beans, and strawberry shortcake. We also got surprise mac-and-cheese last time, which was super exciting. THE FRIED CHICKEN IS SO GOOD I DREAM ABOUT IT. All of these are brought to your table in metal buckets that they will slam onto the table making an exceptionally loud noise that will scare the hell out of you if you’re not paying attention and are watching the show. You can ask for seconds of anything you’d like.
You probably shouldn’t fill up on cornbread or salad, but honestly they’re really REALLY good.
The real show-stopper (hah, get it, because its a dinner show? …I’m so sorry…), is the strawberry shortcake. Its great. SO GREAT. The only thing that I wish is that you have a little bit more time to eat it. Its served at the end of the night, because obviously its dessert, and you eventually need to leave and stop eating. I eat really slow so this is sometimes an issue with dinner show type settings. Regardless of this criticism, its still awesome.
So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue?
I know, it has a silly name. I know, you might feel stupid as a couple of adult 30 year olds going to a Disney dinner show. And I know, all you can eat BBQ when there are some really awesome and creative restaurants at Disney combined with what is essentially shitty beer might sound less than tempting at first glance.
You should go anyway. HDD is one of my favorite dinner experiences at Disney. Its fun, even the silly singing is fun, the food is actually some of the better food I’ve had on property, and its just done right.
There is definitely a reason this is one of the longest running dinner theater shows in America. When Disney does something for over 40 years, they definitely do it correctly.
Its also really fun if you go for any sort of life event, like a birthday or anniversary. They will point it out, and its definitely a fun event to commemorate the occasion.