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Congratulations to Disney’s Hoop-Dee-Doo dinner show! This Friday (September 5, 2014) will mark their 40th year, making it one of the longest continuously running pieces of musical theater in the country. After 37,000 performances, this attraction is still going strong.

Located within Disney’s Fort Wilderness campground, this Orlando dinner show usually sells out. It is estimated that 10.5 million guests have attended this show. Many are repeat customers, as the campground is well-known for visitors that return year after year.

The show itself hasn’t changed all that much over time. What started as a good family-friendly saloon show in the summer of 1974, still works today. The show has been tweaked with new numbers being added, yet overall, very few differences can be found from the original production.

With only two groups of six people performing, some changes are made as cast members abilities change. Of course, the quality of entertainment and talent of the cast is extraordinary. One group will perform all three shows during the evening. Some evenings only offer one show, and this Orlando dinner show may not be offered every night. It lasts about an hour and twenty minutes. Cancellations are not uncommon if the weather does not cooperate. Check the schedule and order tickets online.

Some menu changes have developed, yet servers dressed in red-checkered shirts still deliver fried chicken, pork ribs, mashed potatoes, corn, beans and strawberry shortcake to the tables. The cost of the dinner show ranges from $59.99 to $71.99, depending on seat location for adult tickets and $33.99 to $42.99 for children age 3 to 9. Tickets include beer, wine and sangria.

The Hoop-Dee-Doo dinner show is filled with toe-tapping music and knee-slapping humor. If you are staying at the Fort Wilderness campground and have not experienced this off-the-beaten-path adventure, you should check it out. After all, in this ever-changing world of theme parks and attractions, it is nice to see something remain successful for 40 years and still going strong.

Last Updated on September 7, 2018