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Hoop-Dee-Doo - yay or nay?

So we're planning for our November trip (which was originally a January trip, then I got a new job and we decided to go early!) This is just our second time visiting the World as adults, and one thing I have said to my husband is that I don't want to just replicate our honeymoon - while there are things we have done that we would like to do again, I'd also like to explore a bit more of the World and try some new things. Last time, we did all the shows at MK, Illuminations and Fantasmic, but this time we are thinking of swapping Fantasmic for Hoop-Dee-Doo, as we want to experience some new entertainment options.

Has anybody been to Hoop-Dee-Doo and would they recommend it? Is it worth the money? I have heard there is a veg alternative of pasta available so I'm pretty sure we'd be able to get something nice to eat, and I'm really drawn to it now that I know there is food I can have there!

On a side note, what other must dos would you suggest for second time visitors? So far, I know we want to eat at AKL, get a dole whip, and try the tequila bar, as well as spend some more time in AK and HS. I'd love to hear your suggestions to help make this trip different from the last but still magical.

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We experienced the HDDR in 2010 and LOVED it. awesome DH was surprised at how much he liked it and has requested to go back. We didn't make it in 2012 and we're going to La Nouba this trip, but there's a good chance we'll see it again on our next trip.

The jokes and such are very corny, but in a charming way. It was super fun to watch all of the audience participation shenanigans. I'm personally not much of a "joiner" but I still felt comfortable. I was able to enjoy the other participants without feeling like I was on the spot to act all crazy myself. Just a note: it does get VERY loud at times if that's a concern for you.

Don't miss the Dole Whip! Personally, my favorite is the float (soft serve with pineapple juice). biggrin

Maybe check out Jellyrolls at the Boardwalk? It's a dueling piano bar....sounds like a good time.

Have fun planning! mickey

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We have been to HDDMR twice now.... We LOVED it both times!

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Do you think you'd like to do a behind the scenes tour? We loved the marceline tour and at $30 each, it's a really reasonable price.

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RobynPrincess wrote:
We have been to HDDMR twice now.... We LOVED it both times!

That's great! I think we might do it. I'm just trying to think of new fun things we can do. I loved our Disneymoon but I want this trip to be different. Smile

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Do you think you'd like to do a behind the scenes tour? We loved the marceline tour and at $30 each, it's a really reasonable price.

That's a really reasonable price! It hadn't occurred to me that this was a possibility but I might look into it now!

Thanks. I'm so excited even though we're not going for 7 months yet. Tongue x

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We experienced the HDDR in 2010 and LOVED it. awesome DH was surprised at how much he liked it and has requested to go back. We didn't make it in 2012 and we're going to La Nouba this trip, but there's a good chance we'll see it again on our next trip.

The jokes and such are very corny, but in a charming way. It was super fun to watch all of the audience participation shenanigans. I'm personally not much of a "joiner" but I still felt comfortable. I was able to enjoy the other participants without feeling like I was on the spot to act all crazy myself. Just a note: it does get VERY loud at times if that's a concern for you.

Don't miss the Dole Whip! Personally, my favorite is the float (soft serve with pineapple juice). biggrin

Maybe check out Jellyrolls at the Boardwalk? It's a dueling piano bar....sounds like a good time.

Have fun planning! mickey

Jelly Rolls is on my must do at some point list too. haha it's so hard to narrow down what you want to do. I'm pleased to hear HDDR is worth the money - I think we'll definitely book tickets to this. Now it's just narrowing down everything else we want to do and working out what to sacrifice. We're only going to be there for eight full days so as usual I'm trying to cram too much in. Tongue x

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Yes yes yes to all of the above! We love Hoop Dee Doo, and while I can't speak for their vegetarian option, the food is decent but it's the show that is really worth going for anyway. Plus all you can drink beer, wine, and sangria! And yes, you have to try a dole whip (my preference is with the coconut rum), eat at AKL (I hear Sanaa is fab), and try La Cava del Tequila for an avocado margarita!

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Yes yes yes to all of the above! We love Hoop Dee Doo, and while I can't speak for their vegetarian option, the food is decent but it's the show that is really worth going for anyway. Plus all you can drink beer, wine, and sangria! And yes, you have to try a dole whip (my preference is with the coconut rum), eat at AKL (I hear Sanaa is fab), and try La Cava del Tequila for an avocado margarita!

Aaaah I want to do all of these things! LOL it's so hard to fit everything in. Hoop Dee Doo is a definite, I think. All you can drink Sangria is going to be hilarious/disastrous/brilliant. I can't wait for it! We're definitely gonna eat at AKL too but I'm trying to decide which one - Jiko has a set vegan menu so very tempting! Buzzing with excitement again now at all the things we're gonna do that we missed last time. I want to do the boardwalk/Jelly Rolls too, but I'm not sure if we'll have time. Would love to stay on the Boardwalk but definitely out of our budget for now!

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Scratch that, Sanaa has a vegan menu too! Dying!

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I went as a kid, but do not remember enough to give an opinion.

Another option to consider would be Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. House wine and beer is included in the price of the ticket. I've been three times and it never disappoints. The atmosphere is romantic IMO. biggrin

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Another 'yes' vote for the Hoop Dee Doo.

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It's a big YES from us also, for Hoop De Doo. Have been three times and we never get tired of it. We just do not do it every trip.

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Another yes from me. We have gone twice and would do it again.

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a big yay for HDDR

Try an evening on the Boardwalk finishing up at Jelly Rolls and followed up by a fully-clothed soak in the Boardwalk Resort hot tub at 2am (optional)

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I've been wanting to go to Hoop Dee Doo for awhile. Might have to try and fit it in to our September trip mickey

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Another recommendation from me for HDDR. Yes the jokes are corny, but the comedic timing is spot on laugh I laughed far more than I was expecting to, as did my 2 dds. I looked into the veggie option recently and I seem to remember it was pasta with a tomato sauce, but when you book you can put in special dietary requirements. My advice is to book asap at 180 + 10 mark, because you get the best seats that way.

Have fun planning mickey

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The Colonel wrote:
a big yay for HDDR

Try an evening on the Boardwalk finishing up at Jelly Rolls and followed up by a fully-clothed soak in the Boardwalk Resort hot tub at 2am (optional)

I'd love to do Jelly Rolls but we're planning on staying at Pop Century and not sure how we'd get back late at night. It's still on my might do list, if I can find a way to get back at the end of the night. Would love to stay in the Boardwalk but it's just not in our budget right now, and we've been planning to stay at Pop this time for ages.

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I went as a kid, but do not remember enough to give an opinion.

Another option to consider would be Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. House wine and beer is included in the price of the ticket. I've been three times and it never disappoints. The atmosphere is romantic IMO. biggrin

Spirit of Aloha sounds good as well. I think whatever one we do not do this time, we will do next time. Smile

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Is Hoop de Doo inside or outside like Mickey's Backyard BBQ? And is it the same food as Trails End?

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Never done HDDR but Sanaa is a must and November is Food and Wine time!!!! Lots of time should be spent in Epcot!

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Y'all keep saying how great Hoop-de-Doo is, and I believe you, but I know if I tell hubby we're paying $60 each (plus tax and tip, I assume?) to eat diner food and watch corny Western entertainment, he would be extremely unhappy, thinking we would get a much bigger bang for our buck at a signature restaurant. All-you-can-eat is not an incentive, and when we did Whispering Canyon he insisted that we "watch from the fences," so participating in the shenanigans also won't appeal to him. What can you say to convince him otherwise?

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crazycatperson wrote:
Y'all keep saying how great Hoop-de-Doo is, and I believe you, but I know if I tell hubby we're paying $60 each (plus tax and tip, I assume?) to eat diner food and watch corny Western entertainment, he would be extremely unhappy, thinking we would get a much bigger bang for our buck at a signature restaurant. All-you-can-eat is not an incentive, and when we did Whispering Canyon he insisted that we "watch from the fences," so participating in the shenanigans also won't appeal to him. What can you say to convince him otherwise?

We had the convo about me not making the most of all you can eat in March, I don't make my money on the food and drink, the show itself is so cute and very funny, the $60 odd includes tip and all you can drink beer, wine and sangria. Yes. Sangria. Convinced yet? Hahahaha

Next time you get an AP get a TiW card and you will get 20% off HDDMR (at certain shows/categories).

I do not like to participate either and there was never a time I felt I had to or worry that they would 'pick on me'. Maybe you need to see the show with friends (say, for example, next October??)

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lolastardust wrote:
The Colonel wrote:
a big yay for HDDR

Try an evening on the Boardwalk finishing up at Jelly Rolls and followed up by a fully-clothed soak in the Boardwalk Resort hot tub at 2am (optional)

I'd love to do Jelly Rolls but we're planning on staying at Pop Century and not sure how we'd get back late at night. It's still on my might do list, if I can find a way to get back at the end of the night. Would love to stay in the Boardwalk but it's just not in our budget right now, and we've been planning to stay at Pop this time for ages.

You can take a taxi from the Boardwalk resort to Pop. If I remember correctly, it was less than $10.

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JoAnn C wrote:
lolastardust wrote:
The Colonel wrote:
a big yay for HDDR

Try an evening on the Boardwalk finishing up at Jelly Rolls and followed up by a fully-clothed soak in the Boardwalk Resort hot tub at 2am (optional)

I'd love to do Jelly Rolls but we're planning on staying at Pop Century and not sure how we'd get back late at night. It's still on my might do list, if I can find a way to get back at the end of the night. Would love to stay in the Boardwalk but it's just not in our budget right now, and we've been planning to stay at Pop this time for ages.

You can take a taxi from the Boardwalk resort to Pop. If I remember correctly, it was less than $10.

Oh Yes! Pop & Boardwalk are pretty close to each other and the taxi fare is very reasonable. A few years back on a mother daughter trip when we stayed at Pop, we closed Jelly Rolls twice in the same week! It was so much fun! Met a couple of young men from "across the pond." One of them told my daughter that he "loved America and wanted to stay".....and then he said "will you marry me?!" Of course for the rest of the evening I was "Mum." Needless to say it was prudent that we take a taxi back to the hotel. Remind me to tell the whole story about that trip when we all get together for the Great WDWFG in the fall of 2016. I call it "The Funeral, The Proposal and The Wedding". laugh eek confused rolling

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Spook wrote:
Is Hoop de Doo inside or outside like Mickey's Backyard BBQ? And is it the same food as Trails End?

HDDR is inside biggrin Not sure if it's the same food as Trails End as I've never eaten there, but its ribs, mashed potatoes and cowboy beans and strawberry shortcake for dessert awesome

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oHIo wrote:
JoAnn C wrote:
lolastardust wrote:
The Colonel wrote:
a big yay for HDDR

Try an evening on the Boardwalk finishing up at Jelly Rolls and followed up by a fully-clothed soak in the Boardwalk Resort hot tub at 2am (optional)

I'd love to do Jelly Rolls but we're planning on staying at Pop Century and not sure how we'd get back late at night. It's still on my might do list, if I can find a way to get back at the end of the night. Would love to stay in the Boardwalk but it's just not in our budget right now, and we've been planning to stay at Pop this time for ages.

You can take a taxi from the Boardwalk resort to Pop. If I remember correctly, it was less than $10.

Oh Yes! Pop & Boardwalk are pretty close to each other and the taxi fare is very reasonable. A few years back on a mother daughter trip when we stayed at Pop, we closed Jelly Rolls twice in the same week! It was so much fun! Met a couple of young men from "across the pond." One of them told my daughter that he "loved America and wanted to stay".....and then he said "will you marry me?!" Of course for the rest of the evening I was "Mum." Needless to say it was prudent that we take a taxi back to the hotel. Remind me to tell the whole story about that trip when we all get together for the Great WDWFG in the fall of 2016. I call it "The Funeral, The Proposal and The Wedding". laugh eek confused rolling

Yay! Okay, Jelly Rolls is a definite then, since getting a taxi is easy. Can I ask how you went about getting a taxi from the Boardwalk? Do you need to ask a cast member to call one? Also planning to hit up Food and Wine for the Terra stand which is all vegan! I'm just trying to work out when are the best days to do F&W as I'm not a big fan of crowds. If all goes to plan, we'll be there from the 9th to the 19th November, and F&W finishes on the 16th. haha it's like a military operation trying to fit in everything I want to do while still giving us flexibility.

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lolastardust wrote:

Can I ask how you went about getting a taxi from the Boardwalk? Do you need to ask a cast member to call one?

Just go to the Valet desk and say you would like a cab, they will hail one for you. Usually have several just sitting there.

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fmknightuk wrote:
Spook wrote:
Is Hoop de Doo inside or outside like Mickey's Backyard BBQ? And is it the same food as Trails End?

HDDR is inside biggrin Not sure if it's the same food as Trails End as I've never eaten there, but its ribs, mashed potatoes and cowboy beans and strawberry shortcake for dessert awesome

And salad and corn bread and corn and fried chicken!

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Hoop de do is fun. The cornbread, salad and strawberry shortcake are yummy. The Sangria is also spot on. There are buses to the resorts afterwards so you don't need to worry about getting back and you get a photo done (if you want) before you go in.

CCP you don't have to participate as there are a lot of people that will. With a lot of things you are paying for the atmosphere, it is fun and you do laugh.

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Hoop de do is fun. The cornbread, salad and strawberry shortcake are yummy. The Sangria is also spot on. There are buses to the resorts afterwards so you don't need to worry about getting back and you get a photo done (if you want) before you go in.

CCP you don't have to participate as there are a lot of people that will. With a lot of things you are paying for the atmosphere, it is fun and you do laugh.

Definitely sold on this now I think. It just seems like a really unique experience that would make our next Disney trip extra special.

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We did Hoop-Dee-Doo in February and everyone absolutely loved it. yay The food was good, the entertainment was fun, and it was an awesome family bit of Americana.