Friday, June 10, 2011

My Disney Must Do ~ Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

October 2008
Trying to come up with just one "must do" thing on my list was a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I started by listing everything we do each trip.  As I looked over the list, there were my kids' favorites, my parents' favorites, my husband's favorites and of course, mine.  I originally decided, for once, to write about myself and one of my favorites, but as I began typing up that post,  my mind kept wandering to something else, something more family oriented.  There is one thing my family has experienced every trip since I was a teenager.  Our first time experiencing this, there were four of us - my mom, my dad, my brother and myself.  Now, 25 years later, there are 11, almost 12 (my sister in law is expecting another little baby in November), of us.  I still love it to this day as much as I did as a teenager, though what makes it even better now is that I can share it with my children.

In the end I have decided to share with you my family's "must do" dinner show.  It is our family tradition to spend our last night in Walt Disney at the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue in Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness.  This all you can eat and drink dinner show is interactive, fun and just a tad bit corny at times.  I've written about Hoop Dee Doo before and you can check out all the details of the show, how to get there and the food in my post Family Traditions in Walt Disney World.  For today I decided to share the memories and moments that make this place so special to us and why we keep going back.

March 2010
In 1989, I was just 16 and my brother was 14.  At a point in the show, the sound of a jackass blared out of the "crowd."  The spotlight immediately came across the room and shone directly on my brother.  He was embarrassed to say the least, but I really enjoyed that moment as his face turned bright red - oh the tribulations of being a self conscious teenager!  Then, just a year later, at the same point in the show, the spotlight came across the room again, and who should it land on?  My brother again!  This time around he took it in stride and enjoyed it as part of the show.

In 1995, it was my husband's first trip to Walt Disney World and his first time experiencing Hoop Dee Doo.  We sat at a table that was right up against the stage.  Great seats and so fun being so close to the action!  We actually had a lot of the performers come to our table and chat with us.  Then, it happened.  No spotlight this time around, but my brother, twenty years old at the time, was chosen to play the Indian in the show.  I honestly didn't think he would do it, but he got up on stage and did an amazing job.  I was shocked and so happy he got to be part of a show that had brought us so much joy over the years.  I don't think I stopped laughing until at least the next day.  I will admit even today thinking about it, I had a nice chuckle out of it!

March 2010
Our 2010 trip brought about one of my most favorite Disney memories of all times, which just made Hoop Dee Doo even more special for us.  As we waited in line to enter Pioneer Hall, a cast member came out and asked my son to ring the dinner bell.  Joey, our extremely shy child, refused, but Hayley stepped right up, and the cast member brought her up on the porch.  Hayley peaked into the door of the hall, did a few practice rings of the dinner bell and then proudly waited near the top of the steps.  They announced her name over the loudspeaker and she rang that dinner bell with a huge smile on her face.  It was so special to have her part of something that means so much to our family. 

We haven't missed Hoop Dee Doo in 13 trips, and it is already scheduled for our 14th trip in October of this year!  What is your one "must do" at a Disney theme park?  I would love to hear about it!

13 comments:

Beth Green said...

Beth, those are awesome memories and a great tradition. I really need to give HDDR another chance. I didn't enjoy it our first go around... we'll do it together whenever we get down at the same time! :)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

My trip would not be complete without a stop at HDDMR! Yes, we have to plan a trip together - you can force me to go on the thrill rides and I will force you to go to HDDMR!!! LOL!

Amanda said...

What wonderful memories you have! We have never tried the HDDR, but have heard great things and hope to get to it soon!

DebºoºS said...

I love it! What great memories!!! Your brother sounds like such a good sport and Hayley for stepping right up, awesome!!:)

DisneyBabies said...

That's awesome. We dont have any major traditions just yet, but i do want to try the hdd review one of these tripa!

Jackie@Delightfully Disney said...

Great Memories! We do this show once every few years! My daughter loved it last year! I love traditions!!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

The funniest thing last trip is that when the performers left the stage so we could eat. Hayley yelled out, hey-where are you going? She did not want the show to stop! Luckily, I was able to distract her with the food for a little bit before they returned!

Heidi said...

LOL! You've probably talked me into planning this for a future trip! I love reading your posts!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

LOL! Heidi, I am so happy to help! It is definitely worth a try!

Disney on Wheels said...

I've never been to HDDMR but now I think I need to. I love the photos!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Melissa - You have to experience it at least once! :-) So fun!

BruceWDW said...

I just booked Hoop Dee Doo Review for our August trip. And we'll be bringing one of the grandchildren for the first time. Really looking forward to it once again.

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Bruce - When Emily was just 10 months, she danced the entire time. So much so, that one of the performers came over to our table just to tell her what a good dancer she was. A short video of it is in the link at the beginning of the article. All three of my kids love the music, the napkin twirl and the food! You will have so much fun with your grandchild!