Review: Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a vaudeville style comedy show located in Pioneer Hall at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. It is considered the longest running musical in the country. Performing three times a day, seven days a week. The entire experience lasts 2 hours and features a rollicking interactive show and copious amounts of fried foods.

Some of the Pioneer Hall Players

Some of the Pioneer Hall Players

The Show
The show itself features the Pioneer Hall Players, an archetypal group of characters who are in town to perform a special show for you. The comedy in the show is very much in the Disney style. If you aren't a fan of corny jokes then this will not be for you. Most of Disney isn't really for you in that case. I loved every bit of it especially the comedic foil to the group, Six Bits Slocum. There is a large amount of audience participation during the show, including inviting guests up on the main stage. If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or any other special event this would be a fun way to be in the spotlight and to make it a little more special.

Audience participation

The 2 hour long performance really flew by. Although the price of admission includes all-you-can-eat country classics It felt as though we were being whisked out almost as quickly as we were brought in. However, there are some breaks in the act to allow for the waitstaff to refill the buckets of food and drinks. The food itself is even incorporated into the show. You'll be shouting "more chicken! more chicken!" as your waiter slams a big bucket of fried goodness on your table. I challenge you not to have some of those tunes stuck in your head afterwards.

The Food
Like I mentioned earlier, the entire menu including beer, wine and sangria are all-you-can-eat or all-you-care-to-enjoy as Disney likes to say to tone down the gluttony. Fried chicken, smoked BBQ pork ribs, salad, mashed potatoes, cowboy beans, corn bread and strawberry shortcake for dessert will all be delivered to your table. Feel free to ask for more of anything and you can even ask for specific pieces of chicken as well. Vegetarian alternatives are also available if you notify them in advance.

As an avid fan of fried chicken I found Hoop-Dee-Doo's offerings good but not something I was craving after. There were lots of big juicy pieces with crunchy skin. The pork ribs were juicy as well but still nothing to write home about. Same goes for the sides except the corn bread. I had to hold myself back from eating the entire loaf of the stuff. Although I wish I hadn't after tasting the rest.

I definitely do not recommend coming to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue for the food. If you have folks in your party that can really eat you can find a decent value there. But for me, and the meager amount of food I was able to put away I can hardly say it was worth the cost of admission. That being said this isn't all about the food.

The Rest
Going to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is an entire experience. If you aren't staying at Fort Wilderness you could choose to get there by boat setting the mood for the evening. Fort Wilderness is like no other Disney resort. Before or after your meal you can choose to explore the resort's activities, many of which are free, like the Tri-Circle-D Ranch. Fort Wilderness could take up an entire post in itself so needless to say, the Pioneer Players won't be your only entertainment for the evening.

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue must be reserved in advance and paid in full when you book. Pricing is broken into three tiers depending on there you sit. The main floor is category 1 at $72. The balcony at the back of the house is category 2 at $67 and the balconies along the sides of the hall are category 3 at $64. Fried chicken and a musical number might not sound like it's worth $72 but it is one of my 5 things to splurge on. The price differences are not all that large, so if you can, sit on the main floor. The actors will still make their way up to the 'cheap seats' too.

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is something I think every guest should at least look into and consider. ADRs can be very hard to get so book as soon as your 180 day window opens. I usually like a quieter meal without the threat of being dragged on stage. Even still I found a whole lot to enjoy and it became the highlight of our last trip. We don't plan on doing it every year but sometime in the future I'd love to experience it again.