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Mickeys Backyard BBQ
We visited Mickey’s Backyard BBQ for the first time earlier this year. There were eight of us and we had a good time, however I suspect visitors without children might find the evening rather chaotic. It really caters for families, has a live country band, line dance instructor and of course lots of appearances by Disney characters.
Located in the Outdoor Pavilion at Fort Wilderness it normally takes place twice a week, lasts about three hours and should be booked in advance. Adults cost approx $40 and Children 3-9 $25. Although full payment is required at time of booking if you cancel up to 48 hours in advance you will receive a full refund.
One important point: you need to park your car in the Fort Wilderness parking lot and then take a shuttle bus to Pioneer Hall, this can add about 15 minutes to your travel time. There is an opportunity for a group photo at the beginning and some visitors unaware of the extra travelling time missed this.
We had been advised to get to the show early as the tables are not reserved so it's first come first served for the best tables. The temperature was quite warm and humid inside so best to stick to light clothing.
There is an All You Can Eat Buffet, we found this plentiful and tasty. It included Cole slaw, Salad, Corn bread, Corn on the cob, Baked Beans Macaroni and cheese as well as Cheeseburgers, Hotdogs, Ribs and Chicken. Do try the Ribs they are gorgeous and you can eat as much as you like.
Sweets included Mickeyhead ice cream bars and assorted flavour frozen treats (just like they have in the park) and Watermelon.
Drinks are all included in the price and you have a choice of fruit punch, lemonade, iced tea, beer and wine. It was a hot night when we went so we had plenty of cold beer, we definitely got our moneys worth!
The event was themed well and the characters were in American western costumes with Chip and Dale in chef's hats.
The children were able to dance with the characters; their only disappointment was that the night we were there the characters were not allowed to sign their books. However friends went on another night and got autographs.
They played line dance songs, and they did try to teach line dancing, but for those like me with two left feet it was hard to follow, still most people had a try.
There was a blue line round the dance floor for children to sit behind and watch the shows when it was time for the break in the dancing. The staff were very efficient in making all the children stay behind the line.
The characters took regular breaks (not unjustifiably dancing with all those kids in the heat) but came back quickly and Mickey and Minnie both made it round all the tables.
An enjoyable night, a bit hectic and definitely for families.
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