25 July 2011

Disney Magic and Kids - Onstage at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

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During a recent vacation to Disney, my family decided to head over to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. This was a special vacation because my mother, father, sisters and son were all there for the vacation. We were sat the table that literally lined the stage! If one of the Pioneer Hall Players (the performers) accidentally lost a show doing one of their song and dance numbers, it would have landed in our cowboy beans! We were very excited to see the performance and to experience the country cookin'.

During the Musical Revue, the Players choose members of the audience to help them perform the last number of the show. On this particular night, my sister was chosen for the position as the can-can girl. As she took off backstage to get ready for her performance, my son quickly realized his aunt had been chosen to go onstage and he had not! My family thoroughly enjoyed watching her performance and knew we would be coming back to the Revue soon for irresistible food and loads of laughs!

Having so much fun at the Revue, my son and I could not resist taking my husband on our family's annual vacation to Disney World. Again, we were positioned right behind the stage but instead close to the piano player on the right side. As the show started, my son immediately began flirting with one of the Pioneer Hall Players, Dolly. My son was relentless, waving and smiling at her. On several occasions, Dolly waved to my son from onstage.

When it came time for the Players to choose someone to come onstage with them for the final number of the show, Dolly came RIGHT over to my son! He had done it! He was selected to be onstage as the sheriff. He was fearless and had a wonderful time. If you want your child to be selected (I estimate that the child needs to be 4-8 years old to be selected for the role), first request the seating right behind the stage, and then have your child try my son's strategy! It just may work.
Even if you do not get chosen for the stage performance, know that the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is an excellent way to spend your time in Walt Disney World. The show is corny, but hilarious. The food is plentiful, offering great food and bottomless offerings. The experience is an absolute must do, not to be missed!

Natalie H. is creator of Meet the Magic and guest contributor to Cooking with Mickey. She'll be providing Disney Magic and Kids - all about dining at Disney with kids and giving great tips to make the most of your family dining experiences. Make sure to follow her on Twitter @nrhenley and @meetthemagic.

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