April 1st, 1974, Pioneer Hall Opens At Disney!

Pioneer Hall, part of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground at Walt Disney World, first opened, April 1st, 1974. Built with 1,283 hand-fitted pine logs from Montana and 70 tons of stone from North Carolina, Pioneer Hall stands two stories high and is modeled after buildings from the late 1800s. Pioneer Hall is a dining hall for guest campers. It is also the home to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue!

~~Ooooh, hoop-dee-doo, hoop-dee-doo…It’s got us higher than a kite…They’re in clover, we’re in bloom…When we’re dancin’ give us room Hoop-de-doin’ it with all of our might~~

The vaudeville* style dinner show in Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness, Hoop Dee Doo Review, is one of the longest, continuously running musicals in American theatre history! The menu hasn’t changed much since 1974 with salad and cornbread pre-set on the table. The Players start the show by bursting through the Hall and perform until the main course. Then the servers come through the dining room – literally slamming small metal kettles of fried chicken, smoked bbq pork ribs, mashed potatoes, and baked beans on the table. The dessert is introduced by the Players – strawberry shortcake – and the servers come parading off the stage with it to the tables.

Most of the songs in the show are parodies of actual songs previously recorded by top artists. One of those songs is the opening song of the show – “Hoop Dee Doo.” The song, written by Milton De Lugg and Frank Loesser, was first recorded by Perry Como in March of 1950 on RCA Victor Records.

CaribbeanDays can book your stay and reservation for this longest running musical!

*vaudeville performance is made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together on a common bill. Many times including ad lib – considered the heart of show business)

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