Hoop Dee Doo
Posted 02 October 2008 - 11:26 AM
I ate there for the first time this week and had a good time. I was even picked to "volunteer". I wont ruin the show for others who have not seen it, but if you have seen it, I was picked to be the Indian Brave in the Davy Crockett scene Embarrassing can't begin to describe that experience.
Posted 02 October 2008 - 07:05 PM
Both GREAT memories!
As the 16 year old I was one of those serenaded in the audience by one of the gals... to the chagrin of "her man". If you've seen the show you'll know who/what I mean. As you said, embarrassing doesn't do the feeling justice. We sat relatively close to the stage at one of the floor tables, and we felt in the show the whole time.
As the father of the spawn, we got a balcony table right by the spotlight operator. She was fantastic by herself, actually... very personable and fun to talk with during show breaks! My daughter, Grapes (her board name), had a BLAST watching from her high vantage point... and we never had to fear she'd get up and run onto the stage (she's a bit of a ham... where does she get THAT from?!?!)
The food was comparable to any other ribs/chicken/potato combination on property, to me. We took Disney Transportation from the Boardwalk Villas, and found it fairly easy to walk to Pioneer Hall from the bus stop, once I got oriented. The only tough part was the time required between check-in/photos and the time they open the door... difficult to entertain a young kid, but there is a double playground set to the right of Pioneer Hall (if you're facing the front door)
I found it worth the price if paid out of pocket. I think it actually may be one of the VERY few things I'd consider spending 2 meal credits if on the basic Disney Dining Plan. If you're on the Deluxe Dining Plan, it's a no-brainer... go for it!
Both times I attended the show we went to the early one; not sure if the crowd gets more raucous for the late show. After the show was even easier to find the buses back... and actually our driver asked us where we were staying (we waited out the initial rush to the exit by the masses, so caught the second round of buses)... we essentially had a taxi, as there were only 2 other families, and they happened to stay at the Swan.
All in all, TWO THUMBS UP, Ebert!
Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:03 AM
That being said, the entertainment is quite good and worth seeing. I had a good time there and the 9:30 show usually has discounts available for DDE or AP.
Posted 03 October 2008 - 11:54 AM
Disney Dining Experience? Sorry friend, its now Tables in Wonderland. :joker:
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Posted 03 October 2008 - 03:08 PM
I love it. The meal there is one of my favorites I've ever eaten (My preferred tastes are very comfort food, all-american). The salad, corn bread and strawberry shortcake are major highpoints. I think if you only get to the parks every few years, then its good to go about every other trip (ie maybe once every five years). They did have corn on the cob but switched to mashed potatoes due to a corn shortage or something (hard to fathom coming from Central Illinois).
If you reserve the upper level for the latest show of the night.....sometimes they will move you down to the lower level if attendance is low...
Also, this show is NOT for shy people. If you dont like to be picked on or pulled out of a crowd by entertainers, this is not a show for you! But we all love it! Last time I was there my GF was the cancan dancer and on one trip "Dolly" flirted with my dad the entire night.
I have a question: I've never been to Trails End, and would like to go on my next trip. Do they serve the same food as Hoop De Doo?
Posted 03 October 2008 - 09:08 PM
LOL... I guess we know where you stand on the other similar meals... like Whispering Canyon Café's All-you-can-eat option... Mickey's Backyard BBQ, etc.
Posted 04 October 2008 - 12:02 AM
And yet you had your rehearsal dinner at Trail's End? What did you eat--the cobbler?
Posted 04 October 2008 - 01:06 AM
Well, me being the aficianado that I am realized not only was this a great opportunity... but it was potentially a great deal. So I said we would love to but we were on the dining plan... so he gave us Hoop Dee Doo for the price of Trails end! He charged us one adult and one childs ticket for a party of four!!!
We ended up getting the best seat in the house (IMO) the round table center stage a few rows back. The only round table before the rectangles up front.
Anyway, so we sit down and the manager continually checks up on us and we get special attention all night long! I was also picked to play the indian brave... I wont ruin it either but we can post our pics Matt and next time I see you we can compare stories!
I absolutely loved it. The food was nothign to write home about, but it wasn't horrible either. The chicken wasnt bad, it was standard fare... a little better than say KFC fried chicken but not by much. The cornbread was good IMO, and so was the mashed taters. I also loved the shortcake.
In the end the show is well wortht he price of admission I think. I enjoyed every part of it. The humor is both funny and suprisingly appropriate forthe entire family. Disney hit gold with this number, which is why it probably hasnt been changed much since it opened.
I would do it again... but I am cheap so it probably wouldn't be anytime soon... not like I go that often anyway.
If I didnt have to use my dining credits we would have sworn it was a YoaMD prize we were treated soo well. At the end the manager came to our table as the show ended and thanked us for coming and made sure we enjoyed everything. He asked to see my picture and talked about how I had been chosen (which I am sure he had arranged for us considering all he had done.).
In the end I suppose that a family didnt show up and considering the prime real estate we ewre doing him a favor... Do Disney a favor and they repay you a hundred fold... thats my kind of business!!!
Bottom Line. Every one should do this at least once.
Posted 04 October 2008 - 02:27 PM
Posted 13 October 2008 - 07:53 AM
Having said that, the show and atmosphere are so good that we would definitely go again. Well worth it
Posted 13 October 2008 - 10:01 PM
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