Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins
$59-$68 adults $30-35 kids 3-9
Setting and Atmosphere
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 is presented enthusiastically.
Audience participation includes sing-alongs, hand clapping, and a finale that uses volunteers to play parts onstage. Performers are accompanied by a banjo player and pianist who also play quietly while the food is being served.
Traveling to Fort Wilderness and absorbing the rustic atmosphere of Pioneer Hall augments the adventure. For repeat Disney World visitors,an annual visit to the revue is a tradition of sorts. Plus, warts and all, the
revue is all Disney, and for some folks that's enough. The fact that performances
sell out far in advance gives the experience a special aura.
Most of our readers enjoy the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue, but not all, as
this letter from a Texas family attests:
What is all the hoop-dee-doo with the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue? The
food was OK, if "gut-busting" fare is your idea of a fine night out, and
the entertainment was pleasant. As a dinner theater, however, our family
of three found it unexceptional in every respect but its cost. Had your
review of the Revue tempered its enthusiasm (much as you present its
Polynesian counterpart), we probably would have canceled our reservation,
pocketed the $100, and spent the evening joyously stunned by
another glorious light-and-fireworks spectacle.
More typical are the remarks of a Cambridge, Massachusetts, mom:
The kids in our group (ages 3 to 8) thought the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
was just terrific. They watched intently the whole time, laughing hysterically.
With them having such a good time, how could the adults not enjoy themselves?
But I would not recommend the show for adults on their own. One
thing we adults appreciated was the lack of commercialism: no movie tie-in,
no merchandise sales. The entire experience, including its setting in the rustic
Fort Wilderness campground, brought us back to simpler days and gave the
kids exposure to entertainment before there were special effects.
If you go to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue, allow plenty of driving time
(about an hour) to get there. Or do as this California dad suggests:
To go to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness, take the boat
from the Magic Kingdom rather than any bus. This [is] contrary to the
"official" directions. The boat dock is a short walk from Pioneer Hall [in
Fort Wilderness],while the bus goes to the main Fort Wilderness
parking lot where one has to transfer to another bus to Pioneer Hall.
Boat service may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it's raining or looks like it's about to, Disney will provide bus service from the parks.
All-you-can-eat barbecue ribs, fried chicken, corn, cornbread and strawberry shortcake. Vegetarian and seafood alternatives available on request at least 24 hours in advance, and are often tastier than the regular fare.
Cost is $59-$68 adult $30-$35 kids 3-9, based on tiered seating. The best seats (on the main floor in front of the stage) are called Category 1. Category 2 are the seats off to the side or behind Category 1. Category 3 seats are either father back, farther to the side, or on the second floor of the theater.
The fried chicken and corn on the cob are god, the ribs are 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. Note that the Tables in Wonderland discount card is only accepted for the last show of the day.
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