** Also figured I'd give you guys some reading while I'm out in Cali! Good luck to everyone running Disneyland, hope to see you there! **
When we were planning our trip in May and trying to figure out where to have dinner, our friend Michele mentioned that she really wanted to do Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue. Prior to 2010, I hadn't done Hoop in DECADES!! My friend Christina conned me into going after the half marathon that year and I do have to admit it was cute. However.... ;)
What is Hoop-Dee-Doo?
Hoop Dee Doo Revue is an old-fashioned dinner show that includes "foot-stompin' music, nostalgic comedy and an all-you-can eat dinner at Pioneer Hall at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground...Get ready for good, ol' country fun!" according to Disney's site. The dinner theater has been entertaining guests since 1974 and doesn't show any sign of slowing down.
The food is decent but nothing amazing. Typical down home southern cooking for 200 of your closest friends.
When you are seated, there's already salad and corn bread waiting for you at the table. The salad is pretty basic consisting of iceberg lettuce and grape tomatoes that is so overly dressed that the dressing literally drips off the pieces of lettuce on your fork. I'm always the annoying person at the table that asks for dressing on the side so this was a slight overload for me. The dressing tastes like typical Italian dressing out of a restaurant bucket but I will admit, it was slightly addicting! I definitely wanted to ask for another helping of salad but I think the food came out then. The corn bread is good but nothing memorable.
The fried chicken might be the best thing on the menu. Crispy, juicy, greasy...just what fried chicken should be. I definitely had my fair share! The ribs I wasn't a huge fan of, slightly dry. You can see in the photo that there wasn't much BBQ sauce on them.
Mashed potatoes were made from real potatoes and I probably ate a full bowl on my own. The vegetables I barely ate, too overcooked and not a huge fan of cooked carrots, which was the majority of the veggies.
As for dessert? Strawberry shortcake was just ok. Not sure what everyone is raving about? I definitely forgot to take a photo of it too. :(
All you can drink sangria and beer is a plus for most people but the beer is normal Bud or Bud light and the sangria is so sweet it's like a kids grape juice on crack. No thanks....I'll save my beer drinking for the good stuff at the countries in Epcot and all the other sit down restaurants on property! Just because it's 'free' doesn't mean it's good. Oh but the coffee? REAL brewed coffee, unlike the Nescafe syrup crap that is served at all the counter service place. Glad that all the sit down restaurants at Disney actually brew the real stuff. :)
Service has always been good to great. We've actually had the same waitress both times and she's a riot. Service tends to slow down and disappear though towards the end of the meal when you're trying to get refills!
As for the show? It's corny and fun and the actors are almost always hilarious and on point. They are all talented and know how to work the crowd. The audience participation is definitely funny. I love how they bring some of the audience up on stage and each time, the people up there totally play into their new role. Some people have been here so many times that they know the whole show by heart.
So yeah, overall Hoop doesn't excite me like it does for a lot of people. I think I've gotten my fill for awhile. I just don't think it's worth the price. For the same price, I can get a fabulous sit down meal at an amazing restaurant on property, instead of fried chicken and ribs! The show and actors are definitely the best part of the whole night and I can see how people love going back year after year.