Monday, January 17, 2011

Family Traditions in Walt Disney World ~ Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

2010 ~ Our most recent trip
to Hoop Dee Doo
Making Magical Memories Column
WDW Daily News
Published October 2010

Every trip to Walt Disney World there are certain things we make sure we do not miss. Our favorite thing on our “must do” list each trip is the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness. It is a dinner show with an all you can eat and drink meal and a performance that is a bit corny but fun and interactive. It runs three times a night in Pioneer Hall.

Traveling to Fort Wilderness is like traveling for any other dining reservation. If you do not rent a car, you would have to travel to a theme park or Downtown Disney and then transfer to a bus or boat to Fort Wilderness. We take a bus to Magic Kingdom and then take the boat to Fort Wilderness. When you step off the boat, Pioneer Hall is just a short walk from the dock. If you are at another of the theme parks or Downtown Disney, you would take a bus to Fort Wilderness. Then, you would board the internal bus that would take you to Settlement Depot, which is the stop closest to Pioneer Hall. We find the boat to be the quickest route, plus it is nice change from the busses.

When you arrive at Pioneer Hall, a cast member is outside checking people in. As they check you in, you are directed to get in line to have your photo taken as a group. We have purchased our photo every trip. It is a nice keepsake over the years to show how much our family has grown and changed. Cast members come around to your table during dinner with the photo packages and give you the option to buy them. They are not included in the price of the meal.

My parents and Emily showing
off their washboard playing skills!
As the time approaches for the doors to open, they chose a child from the crowd to ring the dinner bell. This year it was my three year old daughter, Hayley. We were so excited! She loved every minute of it and did a great job kicking off the evening. After the dinner bell rings, you make your way inside and a cast member leads you to your table. The meal begins with salad and cornbread, and your cast member takes your drink order. It is all you can drink, which includes several types of soda, iced tea and milk, as well as beer and wine. The rest of the meal is served in tin pails and is also all you can eat. Cast members usually fill them before you have to ask, but one year we had to ask each time we wanted more of anything. It depends on your server. The menu includes fried chicken, ribs, baked beans and mashed potatoes, followed by strawberry shortcake.

Hayley was quite the
napkin twirler!
The show is great fun and a lot of crowd interaction. There is napkin twirling, feet stomping, clapping, and even a short segment where guests are pulled up on stage to participate. It is great family fun, and my brother was even chosen for the show one year. Hoop Dee Doo is how we spend out last night at Walt Disney World before making our way home. Our trip wouldn’t be complete without it!

What is your favorite family tradition when visiting Walt Disney World?

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