My family and I are bouncing off the walls in the weeks prior to our annual Disney vacation, so when we finally arrive we hit the ground running. By mid week we are ready for a relaxing day lounging by the pool, as dinner time rolls around we are feeling refreshed and recharged. Still craving a little bit of Disney magic, but not ready to head back to the hustle and bustle of parks, we take advantage of one of the dinner shows offered outside of the parks. One of our personal favorite’s is the Hoop- De- Doo Review. This show is located at Pioneer Hall in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. It can be easily accessed by taking the bus to the Magic Kingdom then the boat over to the resort. This vaudeville style show is filled with singing, dancing, jokes, corny puns, and lots of audience interaction. The meal is a big part of this show, serving fried chicken, ribs, corn bread, baked beans and strawberry short cake for desert! Beer and sangria is also included in your admission for the adults and soft drinks for the children. I have seen this show many times, and always come away laughing!. For those using the ( DDP ) it is excepted at this venue for category 2 (later show ) and 3 seating, although there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. If you are not using the (DDP ) pricing is $ 72.00 ( ages 10+ ) $ 43.00 ( ages 3 -9 ) for category 1 seating, $ 67.00 ( ages 10+ ) $ 39.00 ( ages 3-9 ) category 2 and $ 64.00 ( ages 10+ ) $ 38.00 ( ages 3-9 ).
Another option is Mickey’s Back Yard BBQ. It is also located in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, This dinner show is reminiscent of a good ” ol ” country hoedown! It takes place in an open air pavilion with a live Country Music Band, line dancing, and Cowboy rope tricks. During this picnic style dinner show you will also have the opportunity to mingle with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Chip and Dale. This is an all you can eat Buffett serving Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Chicken and Ribs, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob and Fresh Salads. Desert is a selection of Ice Cream Bars, Watermelon or warm Fruit Cobbler. Complimentary Beer and Wine is served for the adults and soft drinks for the children .Although I have never found anything in Disney world that I have not absolutely loved, this particular show was just not my cup of tea. I found it a little to chaotic for my taste. I would recommend this for people with smaller children who want to get up and dance around. This show has category 1 and 2 seating. The ( DDP ) is accepted for this show with category 2 seating only. If you have smaller children and want to be able to see the show I recommend the category 1 seating. Pricing is $ 72.00 ( ages 10+ ) $ 47.00 ( ages 3-9 ) category 1 and $ 62.00 ( ages 10+ ) $ 37.00 ( 3-9 ) for category 2. This show can be accessed the same way as the Hoop De Doo by taking the bus to the Magic Kingdom then the Boat to Fort Wilderness Resort.
Last but not least is The Spirit of Aloha Dinner show, this adorable show is located at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The show is set in an open air theater recreating the illusion of an authentic Hawaiian luau. The evening is filled with story telling by Auntie Wini, Drummers, Hula Dancing and a fire- knife performer. This show does involve some audience participation,( you may be asked to come on up to the stage for a hula lesson).Dinner is served family style starting with a mixed green salad with a mango dressing , platters of authentic Aloha Pulled Pork, Polynesian Beef Ribs, roasted chicken, and a vegetable medley. To finish off your meal dessert is a pineapple -coconut guava cake! For finicky eaters under 10 a children’s menu is available with items such as corn dogs, cheese pizza and tater tots. Grilled chicken, fish, rice and green beans are also available on the limited children’s menu. Complimentary beer and wine are also served for adults and soft drinks for children. This show is extremely enjoyable, the hula dancing and especially the fire performer are wonderful, however I feel small children 5 and under may get a little board as the story telling portion is a little long winded. The ( DDP ) is accepted for this show for category 2 ( later show ) and 3. Pricing is category 1 $ 78.00 ( 10+ ) $ 46.00 ( 3-9 ) category 2 $74 ( 10+ ) $ 44.00 (3-9) category 3 $ 66.00 ( 10+ ) $ 39.00 ( 3-9 ) This is a fairly large venue, if you are using the ( DDP ) you may want to wait for the later showing and take advantage of possibly getting the category 2 seating. This show can also be accessed from the Magic Kingdom. Take the resort launch to the Polynesian and follow the signs to the pavilion.
So if you wish to add the excitement of live entertainment to your dinner hour, be sure to take in one of these delightful shows . Advance dining reservations are highly recommended and can be made 180 days in advance.