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Posted by: RichKoster on June 02, 2004, 11:43 pm
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness Resort
The Laughs Are Still Fresh as "Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue" Celebrates 30 Years and More Than 28,000 Performances
How time flies when you're leaving 'em laughing in their spare ribs and fried chicken: Disney's "Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue" dinner show celebrates a milestone 30th anniversary on June 14, 2004.
The Pioneer Hall Players -- an ever-changing cast of singers, dancers and musicians with a passion for whimsy -- will mark the occasion as they have in more than 28,000 performances: with guffaws as fresh (and silly) as they were when Disney entertainment gurus created "Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue" as a college workshop program in summer 1974.
When summer ended, the show did not. On Sept. 5, 1974, a professional troupe of Disney entertainers continued the roles of Six Bits (and his bear jokes), the darlings Dolly and Flora and giggling Clair, and Johnny and Jim Handy.
The rest is hysteria. Mass hysteria, in fact -- an audience during 30 years in excess of 8 million people laughing and chowing down at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
There in rustic Pioneer Hall you'll find a down-home, foot stompin', hand clappin', western vaudeville musical-and-comical revue-style dinner show featuring a zany bunch of singing and dancing road-show entertainers.
Folks enjoy the all-you-care-to-eat menu (served family style) of tossed green salad, fresh baked bread, smoked BBQ pork spare ribs, country-fried chicken, corn, baked beans, and beverages. During the meal, a troupe of six Wild West performers entertains guests with a bucket-load of corny jokes and songs -- all topped off by a memorable act that involves the cast delivering strawberry shortcake.)
The dinner show has seatings at 5, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. each night in rustic Pioneer Hall -- where all 360 seats are routinely filled with vacationers for the first two shows. Even the late show frequently has a big audience! The cost, including tax and gratuities, is $49.01 for ages 12 and over and $24.81 for ages 3 to 11. Reservations, which are required, can be arranged by calling 407/WDW-DINE.
For reservations and information, call 407/WDW-DINE.
Source: Walt Disney World
Posted by: RichKoster on June 03, 2004, 12:32 am
HOOP-DEE-DOO MUSICAL REVUE IN THE BEGINNING -- College workshop performers provoked the laughs during the summer of 1974 when Disney's Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue debuted in Pioneer Hall at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The dinner-show fun was so well received that the show continued with a cast of professional actors and actresses in fall 1974.
GUESTS EAT, DRINK AND LAUGH during a performance of Disney's Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue in the fall of 1974.
PICTURE POSTCARD FINISH to a 1974 performance of Disney's Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue features original cast of professionals who took over following the show's inaugural summer as a college workshop production.
STOMP YOUR FEET -- After 30 years, more than 28,000 performances and more than 8 million guests, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue continues to serve up dinnertime laughter and fun in Pioneer Hall at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, located at Walt Disney World Resort.
©2004, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.
Posted by: RocklandRVers on June 04, 2004, 9:07 am
YAHOO! We have been to HDDR on our 2 previous trips and of course doing it again on JUNE 29th when we are bringing my Mother in Law for her first visit to WDW and FtW!
As I type this, I am humming that tune:
Posted by: Minnie Mare on June 06, 2004, 8:51 am
The Hoop-Dee-Doo is one of my favorite things to do at WDW. With that said, the darndest thing happened to me there last summer. In the price of your ticket, included is your meal, drinks (including beer) and the show. I am not 21, I have not been close to that for over 20 years. We were seated at a great table, right behind the piano player, ahh, all was well with the world. We were greeted by our server and ordered a pitcher of ice cold beer. Well, I was asked to show ID! I didn't bring my bag as I didn't want to carry it around. I did not have ID and I was refused alcohol. I spoke with the manager and was given the OK, but I could only order my beer thru him, so no pitcher for us. It was flattering and annoying at the same time, it was also a bit embarrassing to tack him down to get a refill. A word of advise, no matter how old you think you look or how old you are, be sure to have you ID with you if you intend on drinking.
Posted by: DIZZKNEE on June 07, 2004, 8:17 am
That is standard policy and procedure at WDW I've had the same thing happen at the HDDR and at PI. Esspecialy if you have minors at your party. Although an inconvience I like the policy.
Posted by: Mary on June 07, 2004, 9:01 am
I laughed so hard at the HDDR that one of the cast members said, "You don't get out much, do you miss?" We had made our PS 1 year before and were right next to the stage, and with my laugh (and occasional snort) they noticed. Of course this made me laugh even more!
Posted by: ennisb on June 07, 2004, 10:01 am
We have done this a couple of times and had a great fun each and every time. My first trip my wife was picked as the can can dancer which of course is great since 1) she can not dance and 2) had on flip flops so you can imagine what happened when she danced.
Posted by: RichKoster on June 11, 2004, 9:11 pm
Wow! Where did you get the lyrics, RocklandRVers?
Posted by: debs5angels on July 12, 2004, 5:38 pm
does anyone know where I can actually hear the song. I would love to learn it before we go and shock my husband and start singing it.
Posted by: RichKoster on July 12, 2004, 7:39 pm
Yoo Hoo, Debbie!
Right-click on this picture and select "Save Target As..." (then save it to someplace like your desktop and then play the mpeg file from there after it downloads) and you'll be able to hear as well as see the song performed!
Posted by: ladymarganne on July 12, 2004, 9:36 pm
Ya got 2 more lovers of the HDD right here in Miami Beach! This is one of our very favorite places to enjoy dinner and a show! This is absolutely not to be missed, and, any time I cook barbecue or fried chicken I set the table singing that darned song and waving my dishtowel! hehehehehe...pretty soon DH is gonna have me committed and DD's eyes won't be able to stop rolling! Mom's a little nuts, huh?
Posted by: Pixie Chick on July 16, 2004, 9:29 am
As we will be traveling to Disney with are 2-year old daughter in November, I was wondering if anyone here has ever taken a child that young to see Hoop-Dee-Do? I've always wanted to see it, but would hate to waste the money if she couldn't sit through it. I know it's different with each child's attention span, but since she loves music and loves to dance I was thinking she might do ok.
On average = how long does the dinner show last?
Any feedback is appreciated! Thanks!
Posted by: Mary on July 16, 2004, 11:28 am
When we went many years ago, our youngest DD was about 5 years old. There were many other families with children even younger and from what I could tell, they seemed to enjoy it. I want to say the dinner was all totaled around 90 minutes with the actual show about 30 -45 min of that, but I could be wrong (won't be the first time either ) The show is lively and fast paced and there is so much going on your daughter may enjoy it.
Posted by: CarolKoster on July 16, 2004, 11:40 am
Grand total of about two hours long. There is music and singing and dancing and eating galore. You are served drinks, there's a show, the salad bucket arrives, more show, the chicken and all the rest comes, more show, there is a special performance when dessert arrives, and the finale is going to really involve your daughter's attention! My son used to be a patron of the arts of Short Attention Span Theatre and although we didn't see Hoop when he was two, he would have approved of it at that age. If anything, the concern would be the opposite: Too much stimulation. So everyone be well-rested as much as possible, take plenty of time to reach the venue without being rushed about it, the earlier the start time of the dinner show the better. If your daughter needs to toddle as kids that age do (gotta keep moving! ) , be aware if you are on the ground floor of the theatre the performers do come into the audience frequently and the wait staff is everywhere, so just be aware for her safety. The show and the meal both progress along at a good clip, so just see how it goes. She'll enjoy the finale, I think/hope.
Posted by: Scottwdw on Aug. 04, 2004, 8:37 am
Going again this September (2004)! Bringing friends who have never seen it and can't wait to see their faces throughout the evening's entertainment!
Posted by: mamaloya on Aug. 04, 2004, 12:59 pm
Wow, this has never been in our budget, so I told myself that it was not worth it. But after hearing all of this, I am going to have to force it in to our next budget. Why did I have to look at this topic. With the 7 of us this is going to cost us a fortune, especially since next trip 2 kids will be adult price and the younger 3 will all be paying. No freebies next time.:(
Posted by: JCricket on Aug. 04, 2004, 3:41 pm
For anybody out there that hasn't been to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue, you're missing out on a great, hokey show. The jokes have been around for a long time, but they are still funny (because of the delivery), the music is great, and the food is fantastic, who can't resist a BBQ type meal anyhoo?? We've been seven times, and will be seeing it our eighth in Oct of 2005, and have enjoyed it each time, the show hasn't changed, like the one at the Polynesian (once they found a good thing why change it!. The last time we were there, in March of 2002, my daughters had one of the dancers sit on his lap, and I had the honor to be the Ghost of Davy Crockett at the end of the show! It was a blast!! If you really get into the show, by clapping and yelling, I think you have a better chance of getting "picked" for some of there "parts". It is an expensive night, but well worth every dime spent!!!! Go and enjoy.
Posted by: Terri01p on Feb. 10, 2005, 7:25 pm
Was wondering if anyone knew if you could take pictures at the HDDR show? Also another dumb question , do they allow you to take your left-overs or do they just throw it out? Thanks
Posted by: RichKoster on Feb. 10, 2005, 7:58 pm
Do you mean the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue? Yes, you can take as many pictures and videos as you'd like. If they make an announcement about the best time to take flash photos, please respect the request, but from what I remember you can snap away anytime.
I also think there would be no problem in taking out leftovers, and you might want to bring some zip-lock bags to make it less messy.
Posted by: RichKoster on Feb. 10, 2005, 7:59 pm
Topic moved to the Fort Wilderness Resort forum -- and then...
Posted by: RichKoster on Feb. 10, 2005, 8:01 pm
...topic moved again to the Disney Dining & Priority Seating forum.
Posted by: Disneygoddess19 on Feb. 11, 2005, 10:13 pm
I remember going to the Hoop De Doo and having buckets upon buckets of ribs, fried chicken, mashed potatoes..................
Man, now I'm hungry!
Posted by: RocklandRVers on Feb. 14, 2005, 2:34 pm
I have never seen anyone take leftovers with them, but I am guessing they would not stop you. After all they keep bringing it to you until you say WHOA! About the only thing I could imagine taking would be the ribs and fried chicken. The beans, corn and salad would be very messy as would the strawberry shortcake.
Posted by: Terri01p on Feb. 16, 2005, 4:34 am
Only reason I asked is because my daugther is in a wheelchair and wears a body brace and can't really eat good with it's on and since she only weights 52 pounds but is considered an adult , I hate to pay full price and not be able to take out at least two pieces of chicken back to the camper for her to eat when she gets undressed and really feels like eating. I wasn't really thinking of taking out a full meal , just a few piece of chicken.
Posted by: RocklandRVers on Feb. 18, 2005, 7:59 am
I am sure if you asked your server, he or she would likely box up dinner for you under the circumstances. Pioneer Hall is right next to Trail's End which has take out service so getting those foam food boxes shouldn't be a problem.
I hope you enjoy the show as much as we did. We have seen it 3 times and loved it each time.
Posted by: RichKoster on Feb. 18, 2005, 8:49 am
I would recommend just taking a zip-lock bag (or a few, if you want to keep different food apart) in your purse/bag/fanny pack and discretely putting whatever leftovers into that rather than asking. The server wouldn't have to check with a supervisor, they might not have something for messy things like ribs, etc.
Besides, if you are going to an early show they try to get everyone out quickly so they can clean up and prepare for the following show -- so it might not be a good idea to ask about something like this at that time.
Hey, RocklandRVers -- what happened to the picture of your GEM electric car?
Posted by: Terri01p on Feb. 18, 2005, 10:05 pm
Well to tell you the truth, I think I'm not going to worry about carrying ziplock bags or foam trays, I think we will just go and she can eat what she can and just look at it as if I were just really paying for the show, after all it's not like I do this all the time, we have never been and I don't feel like worrying about how to get food out without looking stupid. It's not like it will be our last meal in life. Anyway I'm looking forward to it, and just want to enjoy it for what it is. Thanks
Posted by: tinkssister on Mar. 29, 2005, 11:23 am
Can anyone tell me if I need to make reservations for this show/dinner in advance?
Posted by: Goofy1060 on Mar. 29, 2005, 11:28 am
We've always made reservations in advance and the place seems to get pretty full. I'd recommend reservations ASAP just to make sure you get the date/show you want. Have a great time!
Posted by: Dale-not-Chip on Mar. 29, 2005, 3:58 pm
I hope you are still reading these posts because I think this is very important.
I feel you need to call Disney and ask about this. this would definetly fall into the catagory of special Dietary needs
Q. Can my special dietary needs be accommodated at restaurants at the Walt Disney World® Resort?
A. Special dietary needs — including kosher, vegetarian and medically restricted diets — can be accommodated at most table-service restaurants. Request this service 24 hours in advance at (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463)†.
They were right that you don't want to ask the serverat the time of dinner, but if you call ahead the right person will be asked ahead of time.
Posted by: tinkssister on Mar. 31, 2005, 9:39 am
Can anyone tell me what times this show plays in June? I looked on the Disney site but they don't tell you what times the shows are playing.
Posted by: MEsMommy on Aug. 26, 2005, 8:22 am
I have been to the Hoop De Doo before, but it has been a while. I was going to ask for input on reservations. Do y'all ask for a certain location when you make your ADR or do you just leave it up to chance? We have always been on the main floor about the middle of the room. I wonder if it will do any good to request a special spot and if so. Where do I request? I'd love to hear your tips and theories.
Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 26, 2005, 9:38 am
Your seating is determined at the time you make your reservations. I think the only thing you specify is whether a member of your party cannot climb stairs so that you are placed on the ground floor as an accomodation. Otherwise your seating is determined at the time you make your reservations. You can ask for a special spot, sure, but you can be placed anywhere in the dining hall, including upstairs on the balcomies which the performers refer to as "the shelf". Also, when you arrive at the venue does not determine where you are seated.
However, if you are more than 15-minutes or so late, it's possible your seat will be given to someone on stand-by, so make sure to arrive earlier than later. Remember: Any Point A to any Point B at WDW will take 45-minutes one-way, due to distances in walking, distances of parking lots, crowdedness of Disney transportation, etc. It's farther/longer-taking than you'd think, trust me!
The performers can go all over the dining area to do their thing, a few times they go upstairs. Most of the places inside the dining hall have good sight lines.
If there is a VERY special ocassion, I would mention it at the time of reservations: Birthday, anniversary, honeymoon. Those guests celebrating these are recognized during certain times of the performance. Mention it when you arrive, and again to your server.
Ya-HOO! Hoop dee doo!
Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 26, 2005, 11:38 am
Oh yeah: Come hungry, so plan in advance about earlier in the day meals and snacks! An abundance of food! Dessert is served as it's own place within the show and watching the rest of the show from that point can be distracting of finishing dessert, so heads up and do the best you can about finishing.
Anyone on a salt-restricted diet needs to know the fried chicken can seem to taste very salty, at least it did the last time I had it.
And you're allowed to tape record the show, by all means do so. We were "on the shelf" (balcony) and had good view of the stage from up above to one side. We never tire of watching our home video of this!
There is an opportunity outside to have a professional family portrait taken and during the show you are shown various sizes of printed photo and in magnets, keychains, etc. You may reject these and you won't be charged for the photos, no obligation. There are umpteen jillion opportunities to have a professional photo at WDW, at other dining venues and shows, character meetings and character meals and in front of signature buildings such as the Castle, Epcot, etc. One or two of these are great as "bang for the buck" family memento souvenirs, but the photographers and opportunities are everywhere. The point being if Pioneer Hall doesn't reach your heart as a good place to get such a photo, you can go for this elsewhere that reaches your heart much better. No obligation.
Posted by: Dale-not-Chip on Aug. 26, 2005, 1:00 pm
I made my reservation in January for a June date. and was seated in the second row center.
Posted by: 4FantasmicFanatics on Aug. 26, 2005, 4:29 pm
WOW, Dale-not-Chip! That's good news for us! We purchased our tickets in January for a September show! That should put us pretty close to the action, I guess! My first born will celebrating her 7th birthday there! We are all so very excited - probably ME THE MOST!
Have I mentioned that I just LOVE this site? Tee-hee!
Posted by: CarolKoster on Aug. 26, 2005, 5:52 pm
Absolutely, mention birthdays when attending Hoop Dee Doo!
My dream, impossible to afford, is that we could have a birthday party for our son at Hoop Dee Doo, and invite his friends. Too much for airfare, tickets, etc. But it sure beats Chuck E. Cheese's as a venue!
DO come hungry, that is another strategy. I mentioned it before. But there is food galore!
Very young children: Get them to take naps before hand. Children LOVE this show! Fond memory of our son, literally doubled over laughing at the jokes. Earlier show times for young children the best strategy.
Posted by: MEsMommy on Aug. 28, 2005, 12:32 am
OK thanks for all the info. I got 5:00 PM seating on April 30th. Can you believe it. The 29th was already booked. Since I don't see a lot of talk about this anymore, I thought it was losing popularity. Evidently not. I found out an interesting tidbit today while I was making ressies. If you are on the dining plan, and you make reservations for this show. Your credit card is just a guarentee, not charged. Interesting huh. It makes sense, but I was caught off guard by this.
Carol, I read your comment about doing your sons birthday party at Hoop De Doo. Wen I was in MK in February I saw a big group of kids with a girls Bat Mitzvah T-shirts on. All I could think was Wowee that is one heck of a lavish party. Sure sweetie I'll take you and 20 of your nearest and dearest to Disney World to celebrate, basically turning 13. I know it is a huge spiritual milestone, (I don't mean to make light of it) but Wow! How lucky is this little girl that her family can swing this elaborate and magical gift. Can you imagine her wedding!!
Posted by: MEsMommy on Aug. 28, 2005, 12:27 pm
One last Hoop question I am tacking on. Has anybody noticed if they have a kids menu here. My nephew is pretty selective eater. So I am hoping they have Mac & Cheese or French Fries or some really kid friendly option.
Posted by: Julielizabet on Aug. 28, 2005, 2:30 pm
I remember many moons ago (probably 20 years ago now! when I was a little girl going to Hoop Dee Doo with my family. We sat up in the balcony, a table right near the "railing" and I remember not having any trouble seeing anything. So don't be nervous if you get a balcony seat. I'd imagine that oftentimes they're actually better for kids and shorties (I'm 5'0).
Posted by: Dale-not-Chip on Aug. 28, 2005, 3:32 pm
I can't remember. but How kid friendly does it have to be. the main course is fried Chicken. I don't know a kid one that can't gnaw on a chicken leg.
Posted by: fran98765 on Aug. 29, 2005, 12:40 am
You should try dinner at my house on fried chicken night then.
Posted by: MEsMommy on Aug. 29, 2005, 11:59 am
Fran I agree. My nephew is high maintenance when it comes to food. Otherwise he is a dreamboat. Maybe I'll stop at MK and get him fries from the wagon and hop the vote to Pioneer Hall. Crazy, but I would do it. I'd hate that his evening would be ruined by not having anything he likes.
Posted by: JCricket on Aug. 29, 2005, 12:15 pm
Hey Gretta, they do have kid foods at the show, mac-n-cheese, etc. When my daughter (36) went two years ago she got some, when you are at a table with only adults you have to request it. When she asked for it, the waitperson said that it was for kids, daughters reply, " I'm paying 50 bucks for this show and meal, I want some macaroni and cheese", she got it!
When we go in October, have reservations for the 5:00pm show on the 25th, it will be the 8th time we've seen it, basically the same show, but still enjoy it as if it was our first time.
We made our reservations in October of 2003. The last time we were there,in 2002, we'd made them really early and were at a table on the floor, 2 rows back from the stage. When the girls came onto the floor one of them sat on my oldest daughters boyfriends lap (funny part of the show), and I was chosen to be the ghost of Davy Crockett for the finale of the show, it was a ball! Got a picture of me in costume, and a certificate of participation.
Posted by: Dale-not-Chip on Aug. 29, 2005, 12:40 pm
Wish I could loan you guys my DD eating habits.
Last night she had - And Loved - peas and broccoli and grilled chicken.
Posted by: fran98765 on Aug. 29, 2005, 4:38 pm
We have our reservations for the show in January and I am really glad to hear we can just ask for something for my son like Mac & Cheese, which is his ultimate favorite. Thanks for that tip!
Posted by: MEsMommy on Sep. 05, 2005, 11:45 pm
See it pays to ask here. We all got info we needed.
Dale, I wish your peanut was going with us as well. The kids make the trip picky eaters and adventurous ones. I think DH is pickier than all the kids combined. But he will just have to deal!!! I am not going to ask for something else for a 35 year old. That is where I draw the line.
Posted by: JEHI7278 on Sep. 24, 2005, 8:58 am
When booking the Hoop Dee Doo Ruvue, and you have MYW + dining option, do you still need to pay for it up front, or at the time of the res., can you just use 2 sit down meals for each person in the party?
Posted by: xmas2005 on Sep. 24, 2005, 10:44 am
I made my res for xmas eve @ 5pm and was told that the seating chart isn't made til 4 days before the event. A CM @ the 800# said that, actually a few told me that.
Also, I have the dining plan included and since I made a res for a holiday they don't take a credit card, but even if you have the dining plan they need a cc to guarantee the res. for any other time of the year that isn't a holiday. Nothing is charged to it and no hold is put for that amount, it's like insurance for them...if you don't show up they then charge it. So when you get there and you have the dining plan, you present that to them and you're charged from your dining plan 2 dinner services.
Hope this helps.
Posted by: mamaloya on Sep. 24, 2005, 11:23 am
How much do they charge if you don't have +dining? We don't have +dining right now, but will probably add it soon. I booked our site at FW so that we had it no matter what, but plan on getting the plus dining. We are going in Feb so want to make or ps now. I don't know when we will switch to the plus dining, but need to get the ps. How will that work? If they put a hold on our card now because we don't have +dining, but we have it when we go, do they refund that amt? I know I am a mess.
The reason I have not made the ps yet is because our plans are for Mardi Gras break so that ds14 can fly in from NO to meet us at WDW. He may not get that break due to Katrina. If he can't come we may move it to jan for smaller crowds. Also, if we don't move it to jan, but keep feb, can we drop him from the package w/o a penalty?
Posted by: JEHI7278 on Sep. 24, 2005, 12:00 pm
This does help very much, thank you!!!
Posted by: xmas2005 on Sep. 24, 2005, 5:43 pm
I think the tickets are $54 and change right now for adults. It went up! Anyway, unless you are making the res for a major holiday you will need a cc to guarantee the res. I just posted something regarding the Hoop res. policies. When you show up, tell them its on the dining plan...and tell them when making the res you are getting the dining plan...just to make it known.
Nothing will be charged to your cc or held......the only time it is charged is if you do not show up and forget to cancel...then you will get a nice bill from the dinner/show that was missed.
CRT does charge $10pp, I think it's that much, to hold a spot.
Posted by: mamaloya on Sep. 24, 2005, 11:00 pm
Oh, thank you so much for the info. Gee, I love this place.
Posted by: JEHI7278 on Sep. 25, 2005, 9:45 am
I booked my res. in Feb. yesterday, and they had openings. I had to use my CC (credit card) to reserve the seating, but nothing would be charged to it unless I am a "no show" then night of the event. Then I will be charged the full amt. Disney requires a 48 hour noticification for cancellation.
Posted by: mamaloya on Sep. 25, 2005, 4:43 pm
Wow, thanks for the info, glad to know that I am not too late to get seats. Of course there are 7 of us.
Posted by: JEHI7278 on Sep. 25, 2005, 8:52 pm
You can book the Hoop Dee Doo Revue 2 years in advance. It looks as though you are going to be at WDW around the same time as us. I would book it as soon as you can, though. 7 in your party should be no problem, and you can specify seating on the main floor, or any other special request. The sooner the better.
Posted by: fran98765 on Sep. 27, 2005, 3:03 pm
Just a thought for those using the dining plan, you may wish to pay out of pocket for HoopDeDoo instead. It's $55/person and uses 2 table services. For 2 adult meals elsewhere it is valued at over $55. Also, by doing it this way you get an extra table meal somewhere else in your vacation. Make sure you do all calculations for your meals and see if it is better for you or not. We have a late departing plane, so we will need extra meals on our last day, so this gives us the meals we will need, otherwise we'd be paying out of pocket for regular meals, and they would probably be over $55.
Posted by: momof3mouseketeers on Mar. 16, 2006, 6:52 pm
I am a mother of three and my husband and I are planning our first trip to Disney World and Fort Wilderness.
We have decided on the HDDR.... sooooo what is exactly is "priority seating"? Is it a reservation? Is it a shot at the better seats? How do I get the best seats for my kids to watch the show? Any suggestions or hints?
Posted by: JPG on Mar. 17, 2006, 3:33 am
Welcome to the ECHO !!!
We have ressies for the HDDR. If you are planning on going, definately make your ressies asap. They are a definate reservation for a particular show time. You have to pay up front with a credit card. You do not pick your seats, but the sooner you make your reservations, the better seats you are assigned.
Good luck with the planning !!!!!
Posted by: mamaloya on Mar. 19, 2006, 8:36 pm
We just got back and did the hddr. IT WAS AWESOME! I am so glad we did it. To the person asking about little ones. Our 2.5yo was absolutely enthralled. We were one row away from the stage. The asked ds5 to be in the davy crockett thing the texas ranger I believe, but he was too shy. One of the actors came up to dd2.5 and interacted with her. Six bits came up to ds14 and made fun of his Indiana Jones hat. He pushed up the front brim and told him he looked like Norton. ds14 said "who". Six bits said "these kids are missing everything huh".
Oh, and Rich and Carol, since we were there Mardi Gras week, half the audience was from NOLA. The actors made a big deal about it. One comment was "they came from New Orleans, they came to eat our beans".
I had such a blast. I laughed so hard that I could hardly breathe. My ds6's favorite part was the hoky poky where six bits puts his "backside out". They were acting that out for us for days. They also sang "hoop dee doing it" all the way home.
One thing about the ressies. The earlier you make them, the better your seats. Big groups won't be assigned to the front row though because they are small tables. I definitely recommend ressies as well because they sell out. While I was picking up our tickets a lady was there trying to get a seat for anytime in the next week and could not. If you really want to go, get a ressie as soon as possible, or you may be disappointed.
I definitely recommend it.
Posted by: RichKoster on Mar. 19, 2006, 9:27 pm
Sandra, obviously, they mispronounced "New Orleans" as "New Orleenz" to make their rhyme work!
I agree about the earlier the better on the reservations. I'm so happy you had such a great location! The last time we viewed the show it was from "the shelf" (what they refer to as the "balcony") and I've enjoyed the show much more from the main floor all the other times I've seen it. We did use the opporTOONity to videotape the entire show from up there, though, so we all watch it played back from time to time. My DS also liked "Six Bits" / "Teddy" the best, too!
I can believe how many people were there during Mardi Gras from New Orleans -- we'd go then, too, but I need to stay to help cover Mardi Gras broadcasts where I work at FOX 8 in "N'awlins". But just today I met a nice man at our Church who told me at the St. Joseph's Day altar lunch in the cafeteria "I really enjoy your website -- we went to WDW for Mardi Gras and loved Expedition Everest!" I asked him to please write about his experiences after signing up as an EchoEar. I hope he does!
Posted by: mamaloya on Mar. 20, 2006, 9:39 am
Yes Rich, he sure did mispronounce N'awlins. Six bits also tried to make a comment about Mardi Gras and "Laissez les bon temps roulez" and mispronounced that slightly as well. I have it on video. ds14 filmed most of it. I can't figure out how to load from my camera onto the computer, much less isolate certain segments. ds14 is moving here permanently at the end of May, so if I haven't figured it out by then, he will do it. (amazing how dependent I am on him for all of this technical stuff) (Oh, and on an off note, he was talking about going into a field to become an imagineer, but a couple days ago said he may want to be a lawyer!?! I told him "oh well, disney needs lawyers too! )
Posted by: JohnAird on April 05, 2006, 10:28 am
I hear people talking about reservations for the HDDR, is it posible to walk up one night and get tickets for the show? I would like to make reservations but I am not sure what the rest of the clan will want to do?
We will be there for 8 nights so Am I guessing wrong that we might be able to get show tickets for one of those nights without reservations?
Posted by: Dale-not-Chip on April 05, 2006, 11:24 am
You can Try but it's a real popular show. I would be prepaired for a sorry from them.
You would have a better shot making you AR eairlier in the week or even that morning. Then at least if it was full you could make other arrangements like the BBQ at the campground.
Posted by: JohnAird on April 05, 2006, 11:59 am
My plan was to get to the camp site then head over and see what nights they have open for that week. We can be flexable and would not expect to get front row.
Posted by: Dale-not-Chip on April 05, 2006, 12:02 pm
Then in May with that plan you got a pretty good shot.
Posted by: CarolG on April 05, 2006, 12:44 pm
Is it true the the HDDR doesn't run in the winter months, Nov-Jan? We were going to make ressies for it when we go in Nov, but I heard it isn't showing. Anyone know about this?
Posted by: NYmedic on April 05, 2006, 1:14 pm
I made ressies for HDDR but failed to mention where we would like to sit is it to late to make a request and where is the best place to sit with 2 small children.
Posted by: Dale-not-Chip on April 05, 2006, 1:22 pm
Your seating is 100% depdent on your order of reservation. So it depends on how many people made a reservation in front of you.
Make sure you go hungry and you save room for the strawberry shortcake.
Posted by: NYmedic on April 05, 2006, 1:59 pm
So should I call and see where I am sitting or they won't have that info. I love strawberry shortcake is it really that good
Posted by: Jeff Spencer on April 05, 2006, 3:35 pm
The HDDR rounds year round. Sometimes during the slower months they may cut the number of shows per day by 1 but they still have at least two shows per day.
Posted by: mamaloya on April 05, 2006, 11:55 pm
I think it is the Backyard BBQ that you are thinking of. That is closed during the winter months (not sure of the exact ones).
As for showing up and getting a seat... Good Luck! When I was picking up our tics (we had made ressies months earlier, but you get your tics after you arrive) someone else was just checking in trying to get a seat for anytime in the next week and they had nothing. If you go alone though, maybe your could luck out. Even a party of 2 would have a better chance of getting in than a family of 4-5.
Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 20, 2006, 9:54 pm
See a poll about the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue < here >.
For information about the new tiered seating at this WDW dinner show, < take a look at this Disney Echo topic: Tier Pricing Announced for Dinner Shows >, written by Scott Thomas / Scottwdw on Aug. 7, 2006.
Posted by: Kellbell on Jan. 12, 2007, 10:21 am
Well we are going to hddr in June. Im sooo excited. Im 32 and never been to florida or Disney. We have a 4 & 7 year old. Do you guys know if you can order other food or just the ribs and chicken? Just checking because one of them is a picky eater. Oh yeah any other tips for me being so new to this. Thanks for listening. Im trying to be as organized and researched as I can be.
Posted by: RichKoster on Jan. 13, 2007, 12:04 pm
Welcome to the Disney Echo, Kelley! I'm so excited for you about your first-ever trip to WDW and seeing the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue!
Even though the food at the Hoop is all-you-care-to-eat from a set menu, it is possible to order different food if you have special dietary needs (a special diet your doctor has put you on or religious reasons for having a special diet, etc.), but I don't think just having a "picky eater" would qualify.
However, as for all special requests related to dietary needs, just make your needs clear when you making your reservation -- or call back Disney Reservations or your travel agent if you've already made your Hoop reservations. They will then provide you with a phone number to call at least 48 hours before your reservations to make these special considerations for your meal.
But perhaps there will already be something your daughter will enjoy, on the regular menu:
Additional drinks available to adults:
Bottled beers available to adults, at an extra cost:
Sorry, but you can't BYOB, and there isn't even something like a de-corking fee.
Sure! Check out these Disney Echo topics:
Send me a private message or email if you'd like help putting a Disney Echo vacation countdown clock into your signature, Kelley! I hope you like the pair of Disney EchoEars I put into your signature for you, since you like camping.
Posted by: mistymutt on April 15, 2008, 9:55 pm
I'm just curious... Have they changed the entertainment in the Hoop De Doo? I was reading some reviews of the show on allears.net, and the people kept complaining about "Toilet Humor" and "Potty Humor". My wife and I have been three times, and I don't recall anything like that. Are these reviewers just overly sensitive or are they imagining things??
Posted by: RichKoster on April 15, 2008, 10:46 pm
Before they'd change the Hoop they'd be altering Walt's original "it's a small world" attraction at Disneyland.
Oh, wait... they're doing that.
Posted by: dawn1954 on Oct. 03, 2008, 1:38 pm
Have always enjoyed this show. Especially when my brother in law would NOT put his ribs down to dance with my sister. They were celebrating 35 years of marriage and he REALLY liked the ribs!!!
Posted by: pluto39 on Sep. 01, 2010, 1:03 pm
DW made arraingements for the 2nd show of the night. I've been to disney 31 times since the opening of the Magic Kingdom and have avoided this show for this long. She finally stopped asking me and went ahead and purchased the tix. Just a question......is it as bad (goofy) as i've heard. (heard lots of bad press from people especially about the food). Please give me some hope
Posted by: utilidor27 on Sep. 01, 2010, 5:45 pm
Hoop De Doo is awesomely good fun (southern english) and the food, while not exactly Victoria and Alberts, was pretty good the time I went. If you don't think it will spoil the show too much check out YouTube, I'm certain there's a video of at least part of it on there somewhere.
Seriously though, it is tremendous fun, and I sincerely suspect you will walk away wondering "why didn't I see this before?".
Posted by: gary7n on Sep. 01, 2010, 7:33 pm
It's slapstick humor with a lot of obvious jokes but they're delivered in such a way that they're funny anyway. The food, salad, fried chicken, barbQ ribs, ranch beans, mashed potatoes, and strawberry shortcake are all OK, not gourmet, but not bad at all. I think you'll end up shaking your head at all the corny jokes, but leaving with a smile on your face. You'll understand why this show has lasted so long and is always full come showtime.
Posted by: JCricket on Sep. 02, 2010, 5:41 am
How can someone go to THE World 31 times and not go to The Hoop once? Well, when you do go you'll find out what you've missed. As said by utilidor27 and gary7n, the jokes are kind of lame but presented in such a way as to be really funny. And, the food is great, not an epicurean delight, but you go back for more, and there is plenty.
We've been to THE World, and stayed at Ft. Wilderness, 9 times and planning our 10th, and have been to see the show every time, and still love it.
Enjoy your trip AND the Hoop-De-Doo-Revue. Let us know after you've gone.
Posted by: pluto39 on Sep. 02, 2010, 12:06 pm
ok ok ok, I guess i'm being a stick in the mud, I'll go in with an open mind. I did check it out on you tube today and it looks pretty funny. I'll tell you all my opinion when i'm down there. I plan on doing my normal daily trip reports from the parks. thanks again
Posted by: granpat on Sep. 02, 2010, 3:44 pm
We have been to the show often & are going again in Nov with two of our young grandsons, ages 5 & 7, & other family. Let it all hang out and enjoy the interaction with the audience. I participated with a cast member at one of the shows, and when she asked me my name I blurted out Tommy-Toot-Toot,since my name is Tom.For a couple of days after the show, more than one guest at the park recognized me as Tommy-Toot-Toot.It's fun! fun! fun! We don't go for the food;it's ok but there are plenty of other WDW restaurants for good food.
Posted by: CarolKoster on Sep. 06, 2010, 9:40 am
I established a Poll with the intent of creating a "battle", pitting Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue against Spirit of Aloha, the two on-site dinner shows on Walt Disney World property. Hmmm.... since it's establishment in 2006, what is the ongoing tally of that battle poll, who wins, Hoop or Aloha? Click to find out, and read all the entries in the Topic for site members' comments :
< http://new.disneyecho.emuck.com/cgi-bin....le+poll >
We also have adopted one of our Existing Topics to be "the" master Frequently Asked Questions-type topic about Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness Pioneer Hall. That Existing Topic is in the Fort Wilderness Campground Forum under the WDW Resorts Forum, due to the location of the dinner show.
< http://new.disneyecho.emuck.com/cgi-bin....97;st=0 >
To answer the original query:
To be fair to the Original Poster it is a true fact of life that not all types of entertainment or attraction offerings are to all tastes. To have to attend these can be excrutiating. But then after a very short time (minutes, an hour or two?) it's over, life goes on, the others in the travel party get what they want, and isn't that what travel can be about sometimes (that others in the travel party get to see or do after they want, especially after 31 trips to the same place ) ? It might be torture to you to even think of going, but after 31 trips to WDW since it first opened maybe yielding to another member of your travel party just this once is the fair and right thing to do.
But on the flip side, every once in awhile it is also a true fact of life when you are willing to temporarily suspend objections and be fair, loving and life-giving to another member of the travel party or family and try something new, you get a big surprise and discover something new to like and embrace. And isn't that what travel is all about, too?
The two Topics with links earlier in my reply are already filled with responses about what Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue is about, what it's like, comments by others, etc. And you can use our site's Search function to find more.
Yep, if you're looking for them you'll always find online somewhere, some fan site somewhere, negative opinions of the show, the price per ticket, the food at Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue. And that's OK, like I said not all shows or entertainments are to all tastes, and the kitchen can have an off-night sometimes.
But also do a mental tally of favorable comments vs. negative comments and be fair about it.... Most reviews of the show and food are overwhelmingly positive.
If you and family have never been to this dinner show in 31 prior visits, you'll never know if it's "good" or "bad" unless you dip a toe in that pool and test it out by actually attending.
if it sucks, you need never attend it ever again.
If you love it, however, well then......!
If you like it, but once was enough, well then at least you expanded your world and had a unique experience at WDW.
Like the song in "Pocahontas" "Colors of the Wind" you'll learn things you never knew you never knew if you research the two links above, use "Search" for more existing topics on our site, and perhaps after 31 visits let Dear Wife have a visit there for a change, and you just make yourself have an open mind, give it a try, and take it from there. Can you paint with all the colors of the wind? Research the two links and use "Search", and find out.....
Several years ago we took our then-young son to Star Wars Weekend in June, and it was the last such weekend of it for the year at Disney Hollywood Studios park. This was back when they offered Jedi Training Academy only at Star Wars Weekends.
Son tried and tried to get picked to be on stage for the "training", Friday through Sunday. Show after show. At a point after mid-late morning the sun shifts in the sky and the audience area where the stage was shifted from being in the shade to being in the full Florida sun 'til the last show of the day in the evening. Son tried, never got picked. Not Friday or Saturday.... I like Star Wars in general, but it's not my total immersion fanship. Waiting it out, show after show after show, day after day, was hard for me, in that part of me is thinking "Sheesh, we're spending every day here trying to be picked instead of finishing up SW Weekend and getting on with seeing other aspects of WDW, it's hot, blazing hot, and there's nothing else to do between shows...."
But it also came outta my mouth, to son, "Don't give up. If it's a goal you have in mind, they do have other shows meaning there are other chances to get picked." And even though doing this persistent determined trying for it was hard for me, I wanted son to learn that if it's a goal worth trying for you keep trying. Failure is a way of learning, and honing techniques. It can be hard, and tempting to just walk away from it, but I wanted son to learn. He was a Cub Scout at the time, and in Scouting you're supposed to learn life and character formation lessons like that.
Someone at Trail's End Buffeteria at Fort Wilderness Campground (we were staying at a cabin there at the time), a Cast Member who bussed tables there, saw son was literally depressed over not getting picked. He offered advice to make eye contact with the Jedi Master and have body language and a facial look like you had to go to the rest room NOW, but use that with raising a hand and trying to get picked.
We tried it the last Sunday of the Star Wars event, and after a couple of shows the technique worked and son finally got picked, battled Darth Vader, got a certificate, we got good video and good life time memories out of it. We would never have the good travel story to tell and remember as a family for years to come if we'd just walked away from it and gave up that weekend, as hard and hot as it was to try and try and try to get son picked.
The point being: If you've been to WDW enough times you've seen and done most of it but not all of it, and there are a few experiences you've never had, and it means a lot to someone else in your travel party to see or do something that is very unique or once-in-a-lifetime to do or at least try it, at some point you do need to look in your heart and see if, maybe just maybe, it's "fair" to let someone fulfill a travel desire even if it means you're either not sure or lack information that offsets what you'd ordinarily think.
Your options are to outright refuse to go, and be alone, and let everyone else go and judge for themselves whether the dinner show is any good or not. You'll be free to self-determine your own activities for awhile, and if you're objecting to Hoop that much, you might end up being happier. Toodling around a Disney theme park alone can be a very fun experience.... total freedom to stop, see, do, anything you want to stop, see or do.
Or you keep an open mind and simply try something new for a change and go ahead and go with your spouse and travel party. You might end up enjoying it. And like I said before, heading to a Disney park can be enjoyable, discovering new things all the time, expanding your world, having a nice time together with the family or your travel party. Nothing wrong with that.
If you choose to go..... Be life-giving to your wife. Let her experiment to see if there is Pixie Dust to be found in this show. It means a lot to her if she booked it knowing that show wasn't exactly your cup of tea. Don't rain on her looking forward to it. Self-talk yourself into an open mind with a lean towards a positive open mind. Wonderful times and memories could be in store for you, just as it was when we tried and tried and tried to get our young son picked for Jedi Training Academy and it ended up working out great rather than us saying "Harummph!" and walking away.
Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 06, 2010, 12:09 pm
Jonathan B's new topic was moved and merged into this existing one.
Posted by: CarolKoster on June 14, 2011, 1:53 pm
Happy anniversary to WDW's Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness Campground: "The “Hoop-de-Doo Musical Revue” opened on this day June 14 in 1974, making it the ‘longest running continually performed musical production’ in history." YAHOO! HOOP-DEE-DOO!
Posted by: CarolKoster on June 28, 2011, 9:49 am
Updating an existing evergreen generic Topic with some news Deb Wills of AllEarsNet.com passed along via Facebook Tuesday June 28, 2011.
If you are planning a Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue dinner show November 13, 2011 through February 11, 2012 head's up! A short term, temporary, change is announced, then it will revert back to original schedule.
Read carefully below.
Quoting and reformatting:
Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue to test new show times -
Beginning November 13, 2011 through February 11, 2012, a test of new show times will take place. Shows will be adjusted to one hour earlier! New times will be 4:00pm, 6:15pm and 8:30pm. This does not effect pricing in any way.
At this time, shows will revert to the previous schedule of 5pm, 7:15pm, and 9:30pm on February 12, 2012.
End of quoted news.
It starts later in 2011, not as of the date I am posting. Ends early in 2012. Is not permanent (but could be if Guests like it that much after Disney's three month test period ) . Don't be confused or misunderstand. Disney is doing this as a "test" only. The show times and schedules remain the same as they always have been between now and November 13, 2011 and revert to what they always have been on and after February 12, 2012. Don't be confused or misunderstand.
There's some happiness in some of the Facebook Comments after the posting, and unhappiness too. Unhappiness over the 4 PM show being too early to eat a big meal, even for little kids. Happiness that with the earlier times there is time to go to the parks some more when the dinner show is over or with earlier times it's a more reasonable way for young children to attend even the latest two shows and not be too much past bedtimes.
So head's up, about this temporary change and when it starts taking effect and ends being in effect. All I know is what Deb Wills wrote on Facebook and now her own site of AllEarsNet.com.
If you have further questions or concerns, your best bet and course of action is to pick up the phone and dial Disney dining reservations or Guest Services at Fort Wilderness Campground or Pioneer Hall, they'll be happy to assist you with any details or questions about this temporary test change in the show schedule Nov '11-Feb '12.