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Hoop De Doo
Want a great family night out that’s a little bit different? Then try Disney’s Hoop de Doo.
It’s loud, it’s colourful, it’s noisy, it’s crazy with slap stick humour, but most importantly it’s fun!
We had not tried it until this summer but it is one of Disney’s longest dinner shows at Pioneer Hall, an Old West music hall, at Fort Wilderness. We drove to the Fort Wilderness car park and a bus took us to Pioneer Hall, a Music Hall with two floors. The best seats, are in the centre of the first floor closest to the stage. Category 2 is further out from the stage and category three is on the 2nd floor balcony. All tables have a good view but may be just that bit further away from the stage.
As you enter you are greeted by your server who takes you to your reserved allocated seat. (Our server’s wife originally came from a very small village just 30 miles of our house in England! ) Beer, red and white wine, sodas, apple juice, tea and coffee are all included whilst other drinks may be purchased.
Your server brings your meal to the table – you can have as much as you want! There’s corn bread and tossed salad, followed by tasty friend chicken and barbequed pork ribs accompanied by mashed potatoes and baked beans. If you’ve still room there’s strawberry shortcake to finish.
Service is not the smartest you’ll receive – but all done to theme in country style. Chicken delivered in metal buckets all add to a great atmosphere. (If you have special dietary needs – speak at the time of the reservation so they can assist).
As you start your meal there’s a burst of activity from the back of the music hall! In a floury of noise three men and three ladies – forming three couples – all with different characters – enter the hall, all of which you will get to know! !
There’s Dolly and Six Bits Slocum in the comedy roles, Flora Long and her beau Jim Handy in the role of the handsome cowboy and Claire de Lune (who doesn’t have the ‘sweetest’ voice) and Johnny Ringo.
They are dressed in western style, emanating from the 1800’s western towns made famous in Cowboy and Indian movies – the type John Wayne appeared in! They move around the first floor singing and involving the audience – a man on a banjo and another on piano accompany them. One of the ladies asked us where we came from and incorporated this in one of their first songs. Another in our party had one of the ladies grow fond of him to make her partner jealous! All good fun and very slapstick. The culmination brings a sketch involving the word ‘bear’ – I won’t give too much away to spoil your fun. Members of the audience join in and dress up as various characters – one was an angel – after the show this gentleman joined us on the bus back to the car and a boy asked him why he was a fairy! ! By now everyone is in very good humour and just laughed.
Don’t expect sophistication but a step back in time with old fashioned humour.
There are three shows a night at 5pm, 7. 15pm and 9. 30pm – the show is around 2 hours long. There are three categories for seats, Category 1 Adults (10 and up) $58. 99 including tax and gratuity, Children (3-9) $29. 99 including tax and gratuity, Infants (0-2) No charge
Category 2 Adults (10 and up) $54. 99 including tax and gratuity, Children (3-9) $26. 99 including tax and gratuity, Infants (0-2) No charge
Category 3 Adults (10 and up) $50. 99 including tax and gratuity, Children (3-9) $25. 99 including tax and gratuity, Infants (0-2) No charge
Category 1 will allow you and your party to be seated on the first floor level with your table nearest the stage and in the middle of all the action and excitement.
Category 2 offers either a great table on the first floor behind the Category 1 seating below the balcony or in the center of the balcony on the 2nd floor. Either way, you’ re still facing the stage so you can get a wonderful view of the entire performance.
Category 3 offers tables that are located on the right hand side or left hand side of the balcony on the 2nd floor. You won’ t miss a moment of the fun and excitement as you enjoy the panoramic view of the entire stage production.
Author: Denise and Nigel Taylor (Villa link: click here)
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