Hidden away at the back of the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds, is a fabulous dinner theatre show, the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. It is one of the longest running shows at the Walt Disney World Resort. The show is put on three times a day, every day at Pioneer Hall. If you plan on going on your next trip, here are 7 things that you need to know before heading out!
7 – It Takes Some Time – Pioneer Hall is at the back of the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds and you cannot drive your car there. Disney recommends allowing 90 minutes to get there because you have to get to Fort Wilderness and then take an internal bus shuttle to Pioneer Hall. You can also get to Pioneer Hall by taking the boat from the Magic Kingdom. Pioneer Hall is a short distance from the boat dock, so that is the preferred method. Be sure to schedule in some additional time either before or after the show to walk around the area near Pioneer Hall!
6 – Pay In Advance – unlike other Advanced Dining Reservations, not only do you have to scheduled in advance your time at the Hoop Dee Doo, but you also have to prepay for your tickets. Ticket prices range in price depending on the area of Pioneer Hall that you choose to sit in. Obviously, the closer to the stage you are, the more expensive the tickets. Be aware that if you have the Tables in Wonderland card, you can get your discount, but only on the late show each evening.
5 – Its Interactive – the performers at the Hoop Dee Doo have a performance that they put on, but it does include portions that involve members plucked from the audience. You certainly won’t be asked to do the high-stepping, high-energy moves that the cast members are, but they may just ask you to play along with the show!
4 – Its All-You-Can-Eat – when making my reservations for the Hoop Dee Doo, I was most intrigued by the menu – all you can eat fried chicken, ribs, cornbread, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes. If you have other dietary needs, be sure to contact Disney Dining and let them know and they can accommodate your needs. One our recent trip, a woman at the table across from us was vegetarian and they served her a hearty serving of pasta. Be sure to save some room for some AMAZING strawberry shortcake! You can definitely ask for seconds (and thirds) of anything that you had on the menu!
3 – Its All-You-Can-Drink – guests who are 21 or older, can also enjoy adult refreshments as part of the menu price. Diners have a choice between beer (Yuengling), sangria, and wine. Be sure to also have some water or soda and enjoy responsibly.
2 – Don’t Make Night Plans – when my family went for my birthday in July, we had initially planned on going back to the Magic Kingdom after our show. It may have been the combination of all of the food, the beer, the late show, and the July heat, but after the show, we were all ready to go back to our resort and crash on our beds. You may feel differently, but I would recommend that you don’t save any FastPasses for the evening or plan on accomplishing some other must do after the Hoop Dee Doo!!
1 – Its a Fabulous Time for the Entire Family – our group that went in July consisted of my in-laws who are in their 60s, my wife and I (in our 30s), a friend (just turned 40), and our niece (who turns 16 very soon) – we all loved it. There was enough for all of us to enjoy in the show and the jokes were able to be gotten by everyone. I noticed many young families in attendance (even at the late show) who were also enjoying themselves. Be sure you bring a smile and plenty of energy because you are definitely going to need it!
Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue is certainly not something you’ll want to do on every trip – certainly with a price tag of $67 for adults, but I would definitely recommend going for big occasions because it is so fun and you will definitely make memories each and every time you visit Pioneer Hall. What do you think? Have you been? What is your favorite part?
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