Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: 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 :
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.
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.