The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is staged three times daily inside Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness Campground. Six Wild West performers arrive by stagecoach (sound effects only) to entertain the crowd inside Pioneer Hall. There isn’t much of a plot—just corny jokes interspersed with song or dance. The humor is of the Hee Haw ilk, but it’s presented enthusiastically.
Audience participation includes sing-alongs, hand clapping, and a finale that uses volunteers to play parts on stage. Performers are accompanied by a banjo player and pianist who also play quietly while the food is being served. The fried chicken and corn on the cob are good, the ribs a bit tough though tasty. With the all-you-can-eat policy, at least you can get your money’s worth by stuffing yourself silly.
Showtimes are 4, 6:15, and 8:30 p.m. nightly. Prices are 67.99 for adults, and $34.99 for children ages 3-9. Prices include tax and gratuity. The menu is all-you-can-eat barbecue ribs, fried chicken, corn, and strawberry shortcake. All-you-can-eat barbecue ribs, fried chicken, corn, and strawberry shortcake. The meal comes with unlimited beer, wine, sangria, and soft drinks. Vegetarian alternatives are available upon request with at least 24 hours notice.
Several dinner-theater shows play each night at Walt Disney World, and unlike other Disney dining venues, they make hard reservations instead of Advance Reservations, meaning you must guarantee your reservation ahead of time with a credit card. You’ll receive a confirmation number and be told to pick up your tickets at a Disney-hotel Guest Relations desk. Unless you cancel your tickets at least 48 hours before your reservation time, your credit card will still be charged the full amount. Dinner-show reservations can be made 180 days in advance; call 407-939-3463. While getting reservations for the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show isn’t terribly tough, booking the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a trick of the first order.
Tips for scoring Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue show tickets without reservation
Call 407-939-3463 at 9 a.m. each morning while you’re at Disney World to make a same-day reservation. There are three performances each night, and for all three combined, only 3–24 people total will be admitted with same-day reservations. Arrive at the show of your choice 45 minutes before showtime (early and late shows are your best bets) and put your name on the standby list. If someone with reservations fails to show, you may be admitted.
Transportation to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
Traveling to Fort Wilderness and absorbing the rustic atmosphere of Pioneer Hall augments the adventure. We recommended you leave plenty of time and look around Fort Wilderness before the show. If you really want to make it an expedition go first to the Wilderness Lodge, it is a great resort to check out for a future stay at Walt Disney World. From there take the boat or bus to Fort Wilderness.
If you are using Disney transportation your best option is the boat from the Magic Kingdom. Keep in mind that boat service may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it’s raining or it looks like it’s about to rain, Disney will provide bus service from the parks.
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