I had heard a lot of people rave about the Hoop Dee Doo Musical revue. That, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ and the close proximity to Magic Kingdom, was why we stayed at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins. It wasn’t cheap however it was cheaper than Mickey’s Backyard BBQ and we enjoyed it considerably more than that.
Disney only has 3 evening dinner shows. As well as Hoop Dee Doo revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ there is also the Spirit of Aloha dinner show over at the Polynesian.
Pricing – Where we sat
There are 3 types of pricing for the show. Level 1 is the main floor, level 2 is at the back of the main floor and centre balcony, level 3 is for the balcony left and right of the main floor. We booked level 2 which was priced at $67.00 per adult and $39.00 for our 4 year old (ages 3-10). Level 1 is the most expensive and level 3 is the cheapest. With level 2 you don’t know if you will end up on the floor or balcony. We were down on the floor and although the view was a little restricted at times we still felt a part of everything. You can see an unedited view of the stage in my video below. I have a GoPro so it wasn’t zoomed in.
You can use Disney Dining credits for the show. I believe that you will need 2 credits.
Where is it?
The Hoop De Doo Revue is in Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness resort and Campground. It is just a short walk from the boat launch. If you are visiting from Magic Kingdom you can take the courtesy boat over to Fort Wilderness. For those staying at The Contemporary and Wilderness lodge there is a smaller courtesy boat. If you are visiting from another hotel your best bet is to get a courtesy bus to Magic Kingdom and then take the courtesy boat over. If you try to get there just using buses it could take forever as the bus stops at Fort Wilderness are a long way from Pioneer Hall. There are plenty of golf cart spaces next to Pioneer Hall.
If you are driving in you also have to park up near the bus stops at the main entrance and then get a courtesy bus down as it’s a looonnngggg way!
When you arrive you will need to check in with people outside of the main entrance. It is a 2 hour show and they are on a tight turnaround as most nights they have 3 shows. (4pm, 6:15pm and 8:30pm).
If you arrive too early and you have children with you there is the beach are and a large playground not too far from the hall.
Hoop Dee Doo Revue | Review of the Best Disney Evening Entertainment
I am calling it the best Disney evening entertainment because I am yet to come across someone who didn’t enjoy it. My husband enjoyed it so much he said that he’d happily go every night! The food was tasty and the entertainment was equally as good. Our son talked about it for many days after.
We entered the hall promptly and we had to show our ticket, that we’d been given outside, to the servers. The table was a good size for the 3 of us and best of all our chairs swiveled. This was a great touch as the performers end up everywhere and anywhere so if you need to turn to see them you don’t have to move your chair or strain your neck. Great fun for a four year old!
There’s a lot of waiters/servers so you will experience fabulous service. What’s more gratuity is included in the ticket price so you don’t have to tip them later if you don’t want to. I’m not sure how many tables ours served but he felt like our own personal server. Whenever our drinks were empty he’d bring another without us even asking.
A lot of drinks are included. There’s sodas, hot and cold chocolate milk, wine, sangria, beer (all served in a lovely big jam jar). You can purchase other drinks but why bother? They do require ID for those ages 21 and over. Luckily at over 40 we weren’t asked for ours (as we hadn’t brought any).
When we sat down there was already a salad waiting for us, which already had dressing on. Plus cornbread – or cake if you ask Jamie. He was the only one who had a piece and I think he’d have eaten the whole thing had we let him. I enjoyed the salad. Mark was enjoying the constant top up of his wine! You start eating the starter in relative peace as the performers hadn’t yet entered the room. Once you’ve eaten and settled in they arrive in the room. You can’t miss them as they walk in via the tables.
They put on a fabulous wild wild west themed show. A lot of the jokes were a bit beyond our Britishness. They had a lot of people howling with laughter. Jamie pretended he got the jokes and was laughing away, although maybe he got them and we didn’t? The parts we did understand were very amusing. It was a really smooth and slick performance. They sung plenty of songs and the audience were often encouraged to join in, especially when they were finding out where everyone was from. At one point they even had some of the audience up on the stage who were all very good in their given roles. We were soon foot stomping and clapping with a big smile on our faces.
The best thing was that when we were eating they weren’t performing. This was a really good idea as you never felt like you were missing out. The main course was brought out in buckets that were ceremonially and very loudly banged on the table. There was so much food. Although there was only 3 of us we seemed to get portions for four. The food was fabulous. There was a bucket of wings and ribs, mash potato, beans and sweetcorn. We devoured as much of it as we can, probably too much as it was just so good. We struggled to eat what we had been given and our waiter kept appearing keen to bring us more. It really was an eat and drink all you can event.
Dessert was a big highlight for us. We were brought a massive strawberry shortcake which was brought to us by our now singing waiter. It was fabulous. There was cake, strawberries and cream. We were so full but we managed to make a very large dent in it.
After dessert each table is handed a wash board to play on. Mark commandeered this and left Jamie and I with our hands on our ears. What a racket! But oh what fun.
If you can find the time to go please do. We loved it. Fabulous entertainment and excellent food.
If you want to see what our view from level 2 floor was like please watch my video below. I didn’t use a zoom lens. It also gives you an idea of what to expect.
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