Review: Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue From First Two Nights After Reopening (June 2022)

Hi everyone!

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue returned to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground on Thursday night (June 23rd, 2022). I was invited by Disney to the first show, and Jeff and I attended Friday on our own as well. The iconic show is nearly 50 years old, debuting in 1974 at Pioneer Hall (but taking a break since March of 2020). The show is as fun as ever, and the food is good though uneven. The famous fried chicken and strawberry shortcake are highlights. I previously posted photos from opening night, this review includes mostly photos from Friday.

There is a check-in area outside that opens 30 minutes prior to the doors opening. Even if you check in online, you need to pick up your seating info here. The doors open to the show at 4:00 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The show itself started about 20 minutes after doors opened each day we went. You will want to book Hoop-Dee-Doo as soon as it becomes available for your trip, it is extremely popular.

This photo is from Thursday because it was raining hard on Friday. Servers lined up to welcome everyone and a child rang the bell.

Guests fill Pioneer Hall.

Upon arrival, there was cornbread (another favorite item of mine), salad and coleslaw on the table.

The Creamy Coleslaw is a new addition and I quite enjoyed it both visits.

The Hoop Salad was just okay for me, a pretty nondescript salad that was heavy with cheese. I don’t add cheese to salads and that is about all I remember of it from both nights.

Here is a look at the menu. Food and beverages are noted here, including unlimited Bud Light Lager or Yuengling Lager Draft Beer, along with Opici Family Selection Red Sangria or White Sangria. There is also unlimited Frontera Chardonnay or Merlot and then non-alcoholic beverages. Other beverages guests can purchase for an additional cost include The Giddy-Up cocktail.

Plant based food items are available on request.

This was our location on Friday night, which was actually a great view to see the show from.  The audio and lighting have received an upgrade.

Here is a video I took opening night.

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue had some small updates, but it’s as lively and fun as ever. Many of the talented performers and servers are returning after the nearly 2 1/2 year break in the show. There is a lot of interaction with the audience.

The Crispy-fried Chicken is always good at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground, whether it is here or at P&J’s Southern Takeout. The Mashed Potatoes were delicious and Jeff enjoyed the Cornbread-crusted Macaroni & Cheese.

The Smoked Barbecued Pork Ribs were not tender, Jeff would have liked a knife to be able to get the meat off the bone. He liked the flavor.

The Cowboy Beans on night one were not at all like the beans on night two. I quite enjoyed them on the first night. This is what they looked like.

The second night, they were in a liquid with a lot of tomato. I didn’t end up eating more than a bite.

Here is a look at Jeff’s plate.

The servers at Hoop-Dee-Doo are terrific, but the service is not quite timed 100% yet. I ordered both a Frontera Chardonnay on Friday and an unsweetened ice tea (the first night I ordered the Opici White Sangria, which was just okay for me, plus the tea). On Friday, the tea arrived almost clear. I didn’t say anything but didn’t drink it, and the server offered to bring me a new one as she did another table nearby. From the time I sat down until the time I received the good unsweetened tea was about 45 minutes.

This is my chardonnay and the new tea. It had taken about 20-25 minutes after being seated to receive the first round of drinks, after we finished with our cornbread, salad and coleslaw. The first night (opening night of the dinner show) was also slow at the beginning for drinks. Once everyone was served the first round, the drink service was pretty quick. Hopefully the timing will get better quickly.

Here are more photos of the show before dessert.

Strawberry Shortcake! This is a very popular staple of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. The last time we visited (a number of years ago), there used to be another layer of whipped cream, which made it completely decadent. But it’s still really good, and I preferred it night two because there was more whipped cream and strawberries.

The show is winding down at this point.

We did receive washboards to play. And guests are still chosen to be onstage.

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a fun evening out.

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, which takes longer to visit than some locations at Walt Disney World. From the Magic Kingdom, it is a boat ride away but you still want to give yourself plenty of time to get there. Parking is available if you have a car and a reservation. Even then, there is an internal bus (sometimes we walk), and that adds a little time to the arrival. Ticket prices start at $66.00 for adults and $39.00 for children 3-9 for Category 3 and up to $74 for adults and $44.00 for children 3-9 for Category 1. Prices include tax and gratuity. Read more here at the Walt Disney World website, and that is where you can also check availability for tickets.

Personally, I find the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue a great value for what is offered in terms of food and especially entertainment. We always have had a great time when attending a show. And I enjoy Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. We arrived a little earlier yesterday and visited the horses in the barn and checked out the merchandise in the Settlement Trading Post (and later the Meadows Trading Post).