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Disney’s Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue Review: All You Need to Know

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July 30, 2019

If you’re looking for a fun and affordable Disney dining experience, this post includes our all-encompassing Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue review!

Whether you’ve already booked your tickets, or are still considering going, all of the answers to your questions about Disney’s Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue will be answered right here.

Read along to learn all that you need to know about attending Disney’s dinner show: Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Walt Disney World!

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Disney’s Hoop Dee Doo Revue review; a view from our seats!

Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue Review

Our Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue review will help you decide on whether to include this experience in your Disney vacation itinerary!

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is one of Disney World’s most popular dinner shows and has been entertaining guests since 1974.

The Hoop Dee Doo Revue takes place in Pioneer Hall, which is a stand-alone building on the grounds of Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

The general public (including you!) can purchase tickets to attend this high-spirited sing-along which is entirely family-friendly.

Upon arrival to your designated showtime, Wild-West costumed servers escort you to your assigned seat in the dining hall.

In between skits and songs, amazing, all-you-can-eat southern family-style food is served along with unlimited beverages.

Additional planning tip: How long is Hoop Dee Doo? The entire experience at the Hoop Dee Doo Revue lasts exactly 2 hours.

You should know that the 2-hour duration is not entirely showtime. It is a combination of the seating process, meal courses, singing, skits, and dessert.

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Pioneer Hall; where Hoop Dee Doo is held

Hoop-Dee-Doo Reservations

Make reservations for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue by booking online on the Walt Disney World Website. Click things to do, dining, then ‘make reservations’.

You may also purchase tickets by calling (407) WDW-DINE up to 180 days prior to your visit.

Prepayment is required for Hoop Dee Doo reservations and your tickets are available for pick up immediately after your reservation has been confirmed.

Additional planning tip: Make your reservations as far in advance as possible as this is an extremely popular show. The 6:15 PM performance always sells out first.

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Our view of the stage from Category 3 balcony seating

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Review: Prices

Seating reservations are allocated based on party size, category, and availability.

There are 3 different categories of seating options all with different price points and views of the stage.

  • Category 1 seats are closest to the stage and seat prices are $72 (ages 10 and up), and $43 (ages 3-9).
  • Category 2 seats, which are in the back and on the sides of the dining hall, are $67 (ages 10 and up), and $39 (ages 3-9).
  • Seats on the balcony level are Category 3 and are $64 and $38 respectively. These seats outline and overlook the stage and dining hall.
  • Bonus: Taxes and gratuities are included in the ticket prices. This means that no additional payments or tips are required. The inclusion of strong Disney tradition combined with its all-inclusive perks, make Hoop Dee Doo a great choice when trying to do Disney World on a budget!
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Hoop Dee Doo seating on the upper level

Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue Seating Chart

You will want to pay close attention to the Hoop Dee Doo seating chart when making your reservations, as seating can make a difference in the overall experience.

We sat in Category 3 seats on the left side of the balcony.

Unlike the lower-level standard dining tables, the balcony tables are lengthy and guests sit next to, versus facing each other.

The balcony dining seats swivel. When you are eating you’re facing away from the stage, and when it’s showtime, you swivel to face the stage.

We absolutely loved the birds-eye view from the balcony seating! We found these seats to have a much better view than the Category 2 tables located at the back of the dining hall.

Performers come to the balcony during interactive parts of the show. This means that although you are on the upper level, you do not miss out on any action.

Practical information: Be aware that Category 3 tables are located on the second floor. This location does not have elevators. Therefore, wheelchair-accessible seating is only located in Category 1 and Category 2 sections.

Additional planning tip: Category 1 tickets are not eligible for use with Disney Dining Plans. Category 2 and 3 tickets are eligible for a pre-purchased Disney Dining Plan or Deluxe Disney Dining Plan and use 2 meals per person.

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Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, audience engagement

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Review: Ticket pick-up

Once you’ve paid, you can pick up your tickets at the concierge desk at any Walt Disney World Resort hotel. You can also pick them up at the Pioneer Hall box office.

Ticket pick-up was a bit confusing for us, and others, so let me explain.

First, we chose to pick up our tickets at the Pioneer Hall box office which is advertised as being located next to the Pioneer Hall theater at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Instructions on the WDW website state to pick up tickets here 40 minutes prior to showtime.

Though the instructions say to pick-up tickets 40 minutes ahead of showtime, we found this to be entirely unnecessary.

Our already paid for, assigned seating tickets were given to us immediately upon arrival and we were then left to wait 40 minutes before they opened the doors to the Hall. (There is no pre-seating and no being let into the Hall before the exact showtime listed on your tickets.)

We wasted a lot of time ‘waiting’ and the kids got very restless.

I am guessing that they instruct guests to get there so early as a means of crowd control and to avoid long lines right before showtime.

Additional planning tip: Many people showed up 15 vs. 40 minutes prior to showtime with no problems. We would do the same next time.

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Getting to the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue via the campground shuttle

Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue Review: Getting there

Disney recommends allowing a minimum of 90 minutes for travel time to Pioneer Hall no matter what method of transportation you are using to get to Fort Wilderness Lodge and Campground.

This is because there is no on-site parking at the Hall.

Figure out where you will be 90 minutes before your ticketed showtime and follow the instructions on ‘getting here’.

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Off-Property

If you are coming from off-site, drive directly to Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (directions via Smartphone). Inform the parking attendant of your reservations and he will direct you where to park.

From the parking lot, walk to the bus station (can’t miss it), and catch the internal bus that advertises being headed to Pioneer Hall. If unsure, just ask.

The bus makes several stops throughout the campground before coming upon Pioneer Hall. This is why you should allow for up to 90 minutes.

On-site

  • Coming from one of the theme parks or Disney Springs: If you are coming from Magic Kingdom, take the ferry from the boat launch area.  From all other theme parks, take a bus to either Magic Kingdom (then take the ferry) or the Transportation and Ticket Center (then take a bus to Fort Wilderness).
  • Wilderness Lodge or the Contemporary Resort: Coming from one of these resorts, your fastest option is to take your resort’s boat that visits Wilderness Lodge, the Contemporary, and Fort Wilderness.  Wilderness Lodge guests could also opt to take the walking trail to Fort Wilderness.
  • The Polynesian or Grand Floridian: Coming from one of these resorts, you should take the resort monorail to either the Contemporary or Magic Kingdom, then go to the boat launch and take the boat that visits Fort Wilderness. 
  • Ft. Wilderness: Take the internal bus system to Pioneer Hall.
  • All other Disney Resorts: Coming from any non-Magic Kingdom area resort, take your resort’s bus to the Magic Kingdom, then go to the boat launch to Fort Wilderness.

Planning Tip: For all of the time and planning required on getting to Pioneer Hall, I recommend making Disney Hoop-Dee-Doo reservations on a Disney World non-park day.

We drove our car from off-site which was very convenient, though it did require 30-45 minutes of travel (from the parking lot) on the internal bus system to get to Pioneer Hall. 

Hoop Dee Doo Menu

Perhaps the best and most exciting part of Disney’s Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is the Hoop Dee Doo menu!

Soft drinks for anyone and unlimited draft beer, wine, and sangria are included for guests 21 years of age and up (ID required). Yes, you read that correctly, included, and unlimited!

The evening starts off with all-you-care-to-enjoy fresh salad and mouth-watering cornbread. Afterward, unlimited fried chicken, smoked BBQ pork ribs, corn, and baked beans are constantly replenished at your table.

Finally, during the finale of the performance, the most amazing strawberry shortcake is served to top off the night.

Quite simply, the Hoop Dee Doo menu is absolutely delicious!

Fun fact: When the buckets of fresh fried chicken are delivered, the waiters slam the metal buckets on the table. The clanking of buckets is heard echoing throughout the hall!

Additional planning tip: There is a special Hoop Dee Doo menu for alternative dinner options. Whether you’re vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan-lacto vegetarian, or gluten-free, Hoop Dee Doo can accommodate!

The Hoop Dee Doo vegetarian menu includes grilled, marinated veggies, and primavera pasta.

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Hoop Dee Doo showtime!

Hoop Dee Doo Revue Showtime

Seating begins immediately at the showtimes of 4:00 PM, 6:15 PM, or 8:30 PM, with the show itself starting 20 minutes later.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is more of a Wild West song and dance-type performance, versus having an actual plot.

The characters of Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, Flora Long, and Jim Handy perform skits and song standards.

For added entertainment value, the audience is encouraged to clap their hands, stomp their feet, and sing along.

At several points during the performance, the characters come out into the audience and interact with guests.

The actual comedic value is minimal, but the energy of the performance is what keeps everyone smiling.

Ambiance

The Pioneer Hall decor is both old-fashioned and country-western. Because of this, the ambiance of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is casual and fun.

There is no need to dress up and guests are genuinely relaxed and there to have a good time.

Likewise, the atmosphere is entirely family-friendly and there was no pressure to keep children quieted as there is constant movement and sound throughout the entire hall.

Departure

Upon the conclusion of the show, guests exit Pioneer Hall to return to the parks/accommodations the same way you arrive.

Shuttles run consistently back and forth to the parking lot, so there is no need to make reservations.

Additional planning tip: The process of getting back to your final destination will once again take 45-90 minutes.

While You’re there

Instead of departing right away, or if you get to Pioneer Hall with extra time to waste, consider enjoying the surroundings of Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

There’s a playground located just a short walk from the show’s entrance. At night, you can see the Electrical Water Pageant float by from the Fort Wilderness Dock. And last, there’s a free evening campfire with Chip and Dale followed by an outdoor movie each night.

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Hoop Dee Doo reivew; the smiles speak for themselves!

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Review: Conclusion

Our family of 5, boys ages 7, 10, and 12, and grandparents, enjoyed the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. As mentioned, I was not entirely thrilled by the ‘show’ itself, but I appreciated the experience as a whole.

The meal alone was absolutely unforgettable!

I feel like the price, which includes taxes and gratuities, for this dinner show is an excellent deal. The show, the experience, and unlimited food and drink are well worth the ticketed cost.

The part about this experience that can be viewed as somewhat of a hassle is the transportation to Pioneer Hall.

There is no on-site parking or direct entrance to this section of Fort Wilderness, so set aside a lot of time to get there.

What are you still wondering about the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue? Feel free to comment below and I’d be happy to answer your questions.

Jen

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7 Comments
  1. Reply

    Heidi Gollub

    September 5, 2019

    Looks like a fun show! Thanks for all the info!

    • Reply

      Jen

      September 29, 2019

      You’re welcome! Yes, I definitely recommend it to others!

  2. Reply

    Lillie

    September 4, 2019

    I’m a Disney novice and had never heard of this, but as a musical revue lover, I’m now intrigued!

    • Reply

      Jen

      September 5, 2019

      Yay! It was definitely a great addition to our Disney vacation!

  3. Reply

    Kathryn Dickson

    September 3, 2019

    I’ve still never done this after all my trips to WDW! One of these days I have too!

    • Reply

      Jen

      September 29, 2019

      Yes! Let me know if you ever decide to go and I could always give you more info 🙂

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