Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue debuted at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort on June 30, 1974. This actually makes this Disney dinner show one of the longest running dinner shows in American History. Multiple generation has come to see the show over the years and 2019 marked its 45th anniversary. Learn more facts you might not have known!
This show was almost named something else. The creative mind behind the show and name was Larry Billman. He had originally come up with the title, “We’re With You, Mother McCree!” to a similar version to the current name, “Whoop-Dee-Doo-Revue”. Then, it was settled to the name as we know now – Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.
Early years of this show was a part of the Disney World Fine Arts College Workshop program. It originally included 6 college students. Today come see Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, Flora Long and Jim Handy on stage!
Even some of wait staff have their own following after working at Pioneer Hall for decades!
The music has much remained the same in this dinner show, since opening. There was only one change in music since 1979. This was when Strawberry Short Cake Walk replaced Apple Pie Hoedown (when apple pie was replaced by Strawberry Shortcake on the menu)!
Just how much food does this dinner show serve up? The nightly numbers may astonish you. Food is all you care to enjoy with unlimited draft beer, wine and sangria for guests 21+!
Nightly Food Estimates by the numbers:
- 900 pounds of fried chicken
- 400 pounds of pork ribs
- 120 pounds of corn
- 400 pounds of potatoes
- 30 gallons of baked beans
- 15 gallons of strawberries
- 12 gallons of whipped cream
Cooks dedicate 6 hours a day to the task of breading the chicken. The ribs are slow cooked each day at an outdoor smoker, starting at 11am. The amount of food used in the dessert alone is also quite impressive!
Do you think this show is corny? Good! Walt Disney didn’t mind corny. Walt once replied to his daughter, “All right, I am corny. But I think there’s just about 140 million people in this country just as corny as I am.”
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