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  • On Mar 13, 2008
    Andrea from KS Asked

    I will be visiting in May with my five year old daughter and I have booked the Hoop Dee Doo dinner show. Is this a show that my daughter can enjoy? What is the show like?

    We first took our family to see the Hoop Dee Doo Revue when our daughters were four years old. They loved it so much that we've been back every year since then. The show takes place in Pioneer Hall at the Fort Wilderness campgrounds. There is a petting zoo and playground very near the Hall that are worth checking out if you happen to arrive at the campgrounds early.

    The food at the HDDR is served family style, with beverages (including beer, wine, and sangria) included in the price. When you are seated there will be a bucket of yummy salad and fresh corn bread waiting at your table. Once everyone is seated, the "Pioneer Hall Players" will take the stage and sing a few songs and tell a few jokes. Many of the songs performed during the show are American classics like "Darling Clementine," "Oh, Shenendoah," and the "Hokey Pokey." Your daughter will likely be singing right along with the performers. The jokes are silly and heavy on the puns. A five year old is probably just the right age to "get" the humor.

    After a bit of the performance, dinner will be brought to your table: ribs, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and beans. (Substitutions can be made for vegetarians and allergies, just ask). There are a few parts of the show where there is audience participation. The performers will ask if anyone in the audience is celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or honeymoon. Special songs will be sung for them. There is a small "contest" where the two halves of the audience compete to see who can sing or stomp the loudest.

    There will be another brief break for dessert (strawberry shortcake) and then the "show within a show" takes place. Four audience volunteers will be invited to perform small roles on stage. These folks are usually very good sports and the audience has a lot of fun cheering them on.

    Overall the atmosphere is very upbeat and relaxed. During our last family vacation we took a group whose ages ranged from 8 to 60+ and we all had a great time.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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