“Howdy, pal!!”

On our last family vacation to WDW, we started the vacation off at the Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue dinner show. We have experienced quite a lot on Disney property, but this dinner show was an absolute favorite for every member of our family. I cannot recommend it highly enough.  It’s good ole’ family entertainment at its best. It doesn’t matter your age; everyone will love this show. I was so nervous to take my one year old after a long day of travel. She was enthralled and never took her eyes off the performers from the moment it started, no meltdowns for that night!

The Show:

This show has remained virtually unchanged since it’s opening on September 5, 1974. It is the longest running dinner show in America, and after you experience it, you will know why. Even though it has been running for 42 years, no one show is the same since it involves quite a lot of audience participation. There’s nothing fancy about it whatsoever. It is silly fun and, delicious grub.

 The Food:

The theme of the food for the dinner show is southern picnic style BBQ. The first all-you-care-to-enjoy course starts immediately. Fresh salad in a pewter bucket, homemade cornbread, and honey butter served on pewter plates will be waiting. Dinner is family style, so pass everything along, the wait staff will be happy to bring more of everything for you. When placing your drink order, it is important to know that beer, wine and sangria along with all your typical non-alcoholic beverages are unlimited and included in the pre-paid price. The only extra charges you could encounter {as we did} are:

Glowing Character Punch served in a souvenir cup with the light up Tinker Bell, or Buzz Lightyear clips  $4.99ea.
Perrier Bottled Water $6.75,
Evian Bottled Water $6.75,
The Ultimate Margarita – featuring 1800 Tequila $7.50

The show will begin just before you finish your salad and bread service. It is at that moment you realize you are in for a fantastic night of entertainment. The eccentric performers return just before you wrap up your dinner course for a few more wildly funny and corny numbers. The finale is a tribute to Davy Crockett and involves audience participation. Of course, we can’t forget about the strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Prices and Seating options:

You must book this extravaganza 180 days in advance. Pre-payment is required, and penalized charges occur if you cancel without 48-hour notice. Tables are assigned when you make your reservation, so the earlier you reserve, the better your table. There are three seatings each night. Showing at 4:00 PM, 6:15 PM, and 8:30 PM.

The hall is divided into three categories. Prices and showtimes for each section are subject to change. I will update as regularly as I can.

Category 1: This area is on the ground floor and offers the best views of the stage. There is a larger amount of audience participation chosen from this section.

Price for Adult: $58.90, Children {3-9} $35.21

Category 2: This section is split in two. One section is on the ground floor directly behind Category 1 and the other section on the back balcony. The back balcony provides an overhead view of the entire production.

Price for Adults: $54.20, Children {3-9} $31.45

Category 3: Seating is on the balcony, but on the right and left sides of the hall.

Price for Adults: $51.39  Children {3-9} $30.52

*Guests in need of wheelchair accessibility may only be seated in Category 1 as there is no elevator to the balcony.

Additional information and tips

Disney Dining plan {two table service credits} and Tables in Wonderland are accepted.

The dinner show offers specialty celebration cakes for an additional charge with 48 hours or more notice. Celebrations are acknowledged and encouraged during the show.

Be sure to tell the cast member making your dinner reservation about any dietary restrictions. It is possible to honor last minute requests, but it will take longer than if it was pre-ordered. Same holds true for all Disney restaurants.

Guests are to arrive at Pioneer Hall at the Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campsite 30-40 minutes before the show to pick up their tickets at the Guest Services window. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort, tickets can also be picked up at your hotel’s concierge desk. Early arrival will allow your group time to get your tickets, pose for some photo pass photos with fun props, check out The Trading Post for Disney souvenirs {specifically Fort Wilderness merchandise} or have a drink at Crockett’s Tavern. The doors open approximately 20 minutes before show time. There will be a long line, but there is no rush since you will have pre-assigned seats.

The Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue is a must do on your Disney bucket list. Many people see this show on every one of their Walt Disney World vacation visits; it is that good!

Enjoy the show!

“See you real soon!”