Last week I posted the above picture and asked for guesses as to where it is located. There were some really good guesses, but this proved to be a tougher picture to identify. However, one person was able to correctly identify where the curtain is located.
Congratulations to Patricia who knew the curtain is located at Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The curtains are located above the stage. As of right now, this dinner show has still not returned, but given the number of entertainment acts that have been given return dates recently it’s hopeful we’ll see this classic show back soon.
The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a Disney World staple that has been playing in Disney World for almost 50 years. This dinner show is one of those experiences everyone should have at least once. It’s hysterical and the music is fun. The cast members are fantastic and they put on a great show! Plus, Pioneer Hall is decorated to fit the theme of the show, which adds to the entertainment.
Getting To Pioneer Hall
Since Hoop-Dee-Doo takes place at Fort Wilderness it can be a bit of a hike to get there, unless you are staying at Fort Wilderness or Wilderness Lodge. We usually take the boat from the Contemporary and it lets us off at the dock at Fort Wilderness. Pioneer Hall is a short walk from the dock. There is also bus transportation to Fort Wilderness, if you are coming from other areas. Check out the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue’s page on Disney’s website to see the transportation options.
When you get close to Pioneer Hall you will probably see a long line. People get there early to line up and check-in. Don’t worry about the line though, it moves pretty fast once they start checking people in.
There are lots of fun things to look at around Pioneer Hall, Fort Wilderness is themed very well. So there’s plenty of things to look at while you wait.
When they are ready to start seating people, a cast member will come outside, ring the triangle, and exclaim “Come and get it!” When it’s your turn to be seated, the cast member will bring you to your table.
Inside Pioneer Hall
Once you are seated you can look around and take in the surroundings. The style of the hall fits very well with the Wild West theme of the show. They even decorate it for the Christmas season, as you can see in the picture below.
There are three different categories of seating available when you book your reservation. The main floor is category one (most expensive), the balcony looking directly at the stage and off to the sides of the main floor are category two (mid-level price), and the sides of the balcony are category three (least expensive). You can see the stage from anywhere and you will be able to hear the cast members from any of the seats.
Dinner is served as all-you-care-to-enjoy, which means the food is shared among those at the table. BBQ is the theme of the main course and dessert is a delicious strawberry shortcake. All the food is good, but I’d be fine with skipping right to the dessert.
There’s a reason this show has lasted all these years and is a favorite among guests at Disney World. The characters are hysterical, the songs are fun, and the cast members interact with each other so well. They also come out into the audience for some parts of the show, which leads to some hilarious moments.
The Pioneer Hall Players are: Flora Long, Jim Handy, Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew and Six Bits Slocum. All the characters were great, but my two favorites are Claire de Lune and Six Bits Slocum.
The show is two hours, but it certainly doesn’t feel like two hours. The cast keeps the laughs coming and they definitely entertain you. There are a some breaks in the show to allow for the food to come out and for you to start eating, but the cast will be back on stage before you know it.
Here are some clips from the show:
Info to Know Before You Book
- There is no elevator in Pioneer Hall, so you need to be able to walk up stairs to sit in the balcony.
- If you are staying on Disney property, but at a different resort, allow at least 90 minutes for travel time to assure you get there on time.
- You must prepay at the time of booking.
- The times available are 4 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. They begin seating at these times immediately and the show begins 20 minutes later. So make sure you are there on time.
- Your table is preselected for you.
- You may end up being a part of the show. You’ve been warned.
I can’t wait until this show returns and I’m hoping it’s soon. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for that news.
Congratulations again to Patricia and thanks to everyone who played along! Another picture will be up soon. Have you ever seen Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue?
Thanks for reading!