Howdy folks and welcome to an unexpected treasure of a dinner show. When I first heard about the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue I would say I was skeptical at best. From the sound of it, the show was some kind of hick country fest of a show. Let me tell you that while it has some country roots, it is much more.
The dinner show is found in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Nestled in this quaint section of the old west meets Disney, is a mountain of food and fun. So I shall get straight to it, the food.
When the doors open you present your ticket (you check in before entering the Pioneer Hall) and you are seated at your table. Because I got my reservation so late I was clear in the back of the room. There was little dismay however as I noticed a huge pot of salad and a loaf of bread with my name on it.
I was also able to order some drinks. Now the interesting thing about the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue is that like most places your Coke products come with refills, well they also refill a few choice alcoholic beverages. I chose to get Sangria, but I did not drink much of it, as I was not a fan of the taste. Though the fact the refills are free help when it comes to the price.
While we were finishing our salad the doors burst open from behind and in comes our entertainment for the night. Enter in Jim, Flora, Claire, Johnny, Dolly and Six Bits. These five come with songs, dances, and even pop culture references to have you laughing all night.
My favorite part however is the audience participation. The performers actually come down off stage into the audience and involve us, as well as talk to us throughout the meal. From small talk to wise cracks the whole gimmick is a hoot. But wait there’s more! Food that is, with a crash and a slam of the dishes your dinner is produced in synch with the music and boy was I surprised by the amount of food.
Fried Chicken, Pork Ribs, Corn, Beans, Potatoes, and a special order of Mac n’ Cheese (which is not normally served). Surprisingly I ate a measly two pieces of chicken, a rib and a half and a bunch of sides all of which made my tongue and stomach sing. Or maybe that was the performers, I’m not so sure. If unlike me you are able to finish all this food, and you are still hungry, you can yell for more. Seriously, you can ask them for more food and they will bring it to you. The show is all you can eat and all you can drink. While this is good, one must save room and call it quits at some point. Meanwhile the show goes on. With time to spare the performers turn once again to the audience to find some willing participants for a skit, which I won’t spoil for those who have not seen it, but it is lots of fun. After their antics there is another number to ensure you know just what you are getting for desert and then out it comes. Strawberry Shortcake. One of the best strawberry shortcakes I have ever had, so massive I could barely eat a quarter of it.
Your night however will end on another note, a musical one that is. You are given a washboard to assist with the final musical number of the evening before they have you leave. No check or tip to leave as you prepay when you make your reservations. As my first dinner show I have to say it was fantastic. I would give it an 8/10 as I did not care for the alcoholic drink selection. Everything else was wonderful.
Hope you enjoyed my review, please share your experiences and let me know if you enjoyed it as much as I did!