After being closed down for the last 2 years, the Hoop Dee Doo Revue is finally set to reopen this summer! Disney announced the reopening on Tik Tok just yesterday (and included a sneak peek of some of the new backdrops). If you’re looking forward to catching the show this summer, be sure to keep an eye out for reservations opening May 26th. Showtimes begin June 23rd. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
Here’s what Disney announced on their blog about the reopening:
The Pioneer Hall Players and Cast Members will be welcoming back Guests to this frontier-style family fun dining experience in Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. First Debuting in 1974, Hoop-Dee-Doo will once again offer Guests a rousing Wild West experience, singing, zany vaudeville comedy with lots of laughs, and an unforgettable countrified feast full of fried chicken, smoked BBQ ribs, a variety of savory sides, and of course, strawberry shortcake, yum! The menu is sure to make your mouth water and have you hollerin’ for seconds (and thirds!).”
The Hoop Dee Doo Revue is an iconic Disney attraction that opened in 1974 and has run at Fort Wilderness Resort ever since. Prior to its closure during the pandemic, it was one of the country’s longest running dinner shows. Guests enjoy a 2-hour-long Wild West-themed stage show featuring an all-you-can-eat table service meal.
Here’s the plot: you’re watching a group of traveling performers in the Old West known as the Pioneer Hall Players (made up of performers Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, Flora Long, and Jim Handy). The show consists of singing and dancing, vaudeville comedy, and improvised audience participation. The improvisation (and ability for the cast to play off of each other and the audience) really helps keep the show fresh even after nearly 50 years of running.