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Old 01-15-2013, 06:38 PM   #1
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Whoop-Dee-Doo?!?

Is it really worth the money? It will cost our family close to $250 without tip. Thought about booking this for our first night there but not sure I can convince my husband that it will be worth it?!

It's between Whoop-Dee-Doo or Wolfgang Puck (everything else is booked and has crappy times available).

Again, we are at the AOA resort, flight arrives at 1:15pm in Orlando on that day. Our kids ages are 9,8,4, and 1.

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Old 01-15-2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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we LOVE the hoop dee doo. my DH, one of the most Disney skeptical people ever was hesitant the first time and now insists we do it at least once every other trip. the kids love it too!
also, some.basic selections on beer and wine are included, as is gratuity.


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Old 01-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #3
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We truly love the Hoop De Doo. The jokes are corny, but that works with my kids' sense of humor. We've also enjoyed the food - basic but good and I always feel that they take good care of us. We've been many times, and all but once we've had great service with the refills coming quickly. Whether or not its worth the money is subjective and depends on your ability to enjoy really silly corny jokes and basic food like fried chicken, ribs, beans, etc.

We've done it our first night before, but that can be a little difficult with young children. Everyone is usually tired and it can set up for a rough trip - depending on the time of the show, you'll get back late and not be as organized for your first full day. We usually like to chill our first afternoon so that we're rested up and ready for our first full park day.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:46 AM   #4
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LOVE IT! Great way to start your trip! We took my mother in law on her first trip to WDW and went to HDDR on Christmas night. She laughed so hard she cried. I think you will enjoy it. My kids want to go back every trip!
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:07 AM   #5
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We truly love the Hoop De Doo. The jokes are corny, but that works with my kids' sense of humor. We've also enjoyed the food - basic but good and I always feel that they take good care of us. We've been many times, and all but once we've had great service with the refills coming quickly. Whether or not its worth the money is subjective and depends on your ability to enjoy really silly corny jokes and basic food like fried chicken, ribs, beans, etc.

We've done it our first night before, but that can be a little difficult with young children. Everyone is usually tired and it can set up for a rough trip - depending on the time of the show, you'll get back late and not be as organized for your first full day. We usually like to chill our first afternoon so that we're rested up and ready for our first full park day.
I agree with everything Skater has said.
We love it. The show is high energy, singing, dancing and lots of audience interaction. The jokes are corny, but fun. The food is great "down home" cooking and all you can eat. The price includes all your beverages, including beer, wine and sangria. It also includes tax and tip, so you don't owe more.
"Worth" is totally subjective, only you can decide that.
I also wonder about doing it on your first night. Everyone will be tired, travel day is tiring. I would strongly consider it for a different night of your trip.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:05 AM   #6
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Our own DD10 and DD8 (7 at the time) still say that HDDR is one of their favorite dining experiences at WDW, if not the absolute top. We were staying at FW when we did it, so it was easy to get there. However, if not staying at FW, it may seem like a bit of a challenge, but it's worth the effort. You can either drive or take a bus to FW and then hop on one of the internal buses, which takes you to the back where HDDR is. Alternatively, it might be fun to take a bus from AoA to MK and then hop the ferry to FW. The ferry dock at FW is just a stone's throw from HDDR. Since you will not be in a park that day, perhaps you can justify the higher show cost as the entertainment for the day (doing the show and paying for a park in the same day might sting a bit more!).

If you time it right, you can walk out of HDDR and back over to the beach to watch the MK fireworks (music is piped-in) and the water parade. One of my favorite WDW memories is sitting on the beach at FW with DD10 to watch these events. It's a unique view that you're probably not likely to have again unless staying at FW or at HDDR or the Backyard BBQ.

All in all, you could argue that the fee includes a good dinner, a fun show, a ride (or two...you have to get back somehow!) on the ferry, a unique fireworks viewing and what feels like your own private show of the water parade (it stops smack-dab right in front of the beach area, as if just for you). I realize all but the dinner and show are technically free, but if it's entertaining the kids (and you), then it's worth a few bucks more!

As a final note, if you're going to do a dinner show like HDDR with higher cost and alcohol included in the adult pricing, I'd suggest going ahead and doing it while the kids are still kids by Disney standards. Once the first one hits age 10, the dining "game" takes on a whole new perspective!
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:29 AM   #7
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I absolutely consider it worth the money. It's a huge, delicious meal AND a top-quality, professional musical show.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:52 AM   #8
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I would definetly say it is worth the money.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:24 AM   #9
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First of all, it would probably help if I spelled it right!

I think I will try talk the hubby into it, it will be a great way to start out the trip!

Thanks for the replies!
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:46 AM   #10
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We have it planned for our "non-park" day. Kind our our special treat for the day!
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:29 PM   #11
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It's a lot of money so I know it can be hard to justify, but it's unlimited drinks including a few alcoholic beverages, and unlimited eats and non-stop entertainment.

Now granted, my family has the show memorized and my husband was chosen to be the "Indian" before so I dunno if we're going to top that one, but we are going again next Saturday for my daughter's 5th birthday. We definitely have a preference on the actor that plays the Six bits character but we haven't had him in 2 years now, so I'm not sure he's still there.

We do the deluxe dining plan to justify and offset costs, and even using 2 credits for this, we still save money that way. I will not be renewing my Tables in Wonderland card, we barely paid for it and that's even at passholder/Florida resident discount rate.
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