We continue our food trail today with a brief overview of Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness.
Hoop-Dee-Doo is a meal that we have now done 3 times! The food is served family style and it is all you can eat. You’ll enjoy fried chicken and BBQ pork ribs, plus tossed salad, baked beans, fresh-baked cornbread, and strawberry shortcake. You also have unlimited soft drinks, beer, and sangria (some specialty drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, come at an upcharge). You have 3 options for seating, tier 1 is the most expensive, but you also receive the best seats on the ground level, tier 2 are the outer seats on the lower level and back of the theater on the balcony, and tier three are the upper level sides. You pay for your meal in advance when you make your reservation.
The food is fine. It’s certainly not Homecomin’ fried chicken, more on the lines of church picnic fried chicken. The ribs carry a nice flavor, but are a little tougher than may be expected. However, when you’re making this stuff on the massive scale that they do here, execution will always be a bit clunky. There are 3 shows nightly, 4:00, 6:15, and 8:30pm. The meal is well paced with the Pioneer Hall Players being the stars of the meal. The show is interactive, but not obnoxiously so, and you are guaranteed to laugh.
The only issue with this meal is the logistics of getting there. If you’re staying on property, the easiest way would be to take a bus from your resort to the Magic Kingdom, then hop on a ferry (or bus if the ferry’s aren’t running due to weather) to Fort Wilderness. When you arrive, Pioneer Hall is a short walk from the dock. Taking a bus makes things a bit more difficult because you’ll need to get off the bus at the Fort Wilderness bus stop, and then find the internal resort bus that will take you to the Pioneer Hall area. Either way, carve out about an hour and a half in your day to make sure you can get there on time. If you’re coming from off property, start at Disney Springs, take a bus to one of the Magic Kingdom area resorts (Contemporary will probably be most convenient) and then make your way to the Magic Kingdom to catch the ferry to Fort Wilderness. This is one of the best dining “experiences” that you can find at Walt Disney World. Reservations are hard to come by, so make them as soon as possible when you know the dates of your trip. You can schedule as far out as 180 days.
On the way back from Fort Wilderness, we caught a few nice pictures of the Magic Kingdom from the water. It was a Halloween Party night too which added some pretty unique shots.
Next we’ll head to what many say is the best “in park” restaurant in Walt Disney World, Tiffins Restaurant in Animal Kingdom, and we’ll see if it lives up to the hype.
See ya real soon!