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Old 08-08-2014, 10:11 PM   #1
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Dinner shows

Hello! I have read many a thread on the dinner shows. Could you all give your opinions to MH about the Luau vs. HDDR? He went to the luau with his family 10+ years ago and has fond memories of a good show and delicious food. Please give your opinions as I think our young boys (4, 4, 2, 7 months) would like the HDDR better.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:11 AM   #2
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You are sure to have a great time at either! Although, we prefer the HDDR. I wasn't too thrilled with the food at the Luau (we were there in 11/13) but the show was nice. My kids really had a great time at HDDR and requested we go on our next trip. Each show is worth doing once, IMO. Have a wonderful vacation
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Our Ratings of Luau: (*rev 01/22/2014*)
. . . food price value: D
. . . food quality: C
. . . food quantity per serving: A
. . . food prep speed: B
. . . food selection: C
. . . seating quantity: B
. . . seating comfort: C
. . . eatery atmosphere: B
. . . eatery convenience: C
. . . staff friendliness: B
. . . staff attentiveness: B
. . . character interaction: C (performance)

NOTE: The Luau plays upon the traditional Hawaiian or Pacific luau. However, the "play"
is silly at best and sub-par when compared to any authentic luau. If you never plan upon
attending a true luau, then this would suffice. If you have done a real luau or will in the
future, leave this unattended. As for the food: salad was OK - bread was OK - chicken
sub-average - ribs were good - rice and veggies were flavorless. Overall, not worth the
cash price or 2-TS coupons.

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Our Ratings of Hoop-Dee-Do-Review: (*rev 3/11/2014*)
. . . food price value: B (if using DDP Credits = D)
. . . food quality: C
. . . food quantity per serving: A
. . . food prep speed: B
. . . food selection: C
. . . seating quantity: B
. . . seating comfort: C
. . . eatery atmosphere: B
. . . eatery convenience: C
. . . staff friendliness: B
. . . staff attentiveness: B
. . . character interaction: B (actors)

NOTE1: HDDR is a fun, corny, lively Western show. The food is average, but quite tasty
for comfort food and is all-you-can-eat for both the food and the beverages, even the
sangria. Good show for adults and children alike. As side info, HDDR is typically cool from
air conditioning, so take a jacket or sweater for everyone. Cat-2 and Cat-3 tables may
have posts in the viewing way. For a truly unique evening, do an early show, then attend
the Campfire for the Chip and Dale meet-greet appearance, the marshmallow roasting,
the Singalong, and the outdoor movie. Buy marshmallows, Smores, and other snacks at
the campfire.

NOTE2: A quickie about transportation. You can take a direct bus from most resorts after
approx 4:00pm. Due to HDDR and Campfire, they run direct busses. You can also take the
boat from either Contemporary Resort or Magic Kingdom. Ride makes a really nice start
to the evening. On the way back to the resort, take the boat to MK and then the bus, as
direct buses to the resort are not available. If really in a hurry, take the internal bus to
the Outpost and a taxi to your resort.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:33 PM   #4
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I'd recommend the HDDR. I think it appeals to many ages, and I LOVE the food. That fried chicken is addictive.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:53 PM   #5
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We just returned, we did both, and both were wonderful, although completely different.

HDDR is a corny, but very fun show - lots of interaction with the audience, lots of laughs. The food is good, and never ends.

The luau is also lots of fun, but a totally different style. We thoroughly enjoyed the show, and they offer a slow dance for couples, bring that month's birthday folks up on stage for a short hula dance, and the little ones can go up and dance as well. The highlight, for us, was the fire show at the end - simply amazing! The food was very good, but we actually preferred the food at HDDR.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:16 PM   #6
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Wife and I got sloshed at both. All you can drink when we went. Shows are fun and corny but worth it.

I've been going to SOA since the eighties and the show has changed, the desserts have changed... But the fun has always been there.
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Old 08-09-2014, 04:07 PM   #7
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I haven't been to SOA for 34 years, so can't comment (though I loved it then and I'm taking DS7 in late August!).

HDDR is so much fun! Very corny, good food, great dessert! We went early so DS could ride a pony and, after the show, shopped in the FW store and played at the playground before taking the boat back to our resort. The whole evening was a lot of fun!
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Old 08-09-2014, 06:23 PM   #8
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Your little ones might prefer the Luau - they will actually get to go up and dance for a bit! My DH and DS also got picked to learn the luau which was hysterical and have priceless pictures of!! At HDDR the show is corny but there is no time for the kids to come up on stage. At the luau this was kind of a nice little break from sitting in their seats.

We really enjoy both shows and have done HDDR many times. I had never done the luau as it gets such iffy reviews on here. However last trip we decided to check it out to try something new and boy we were surprised, it was just as enjoyable in our opinion as HDDR! We took my parents too who also have seen HDDR many times and they also had a great time and couldn't believe we had all never done it before! We liked the Luau food.
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:02 PM   #9
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My family loves the HDDR. I give them the option of going to other dinner shows and they choose HDDR each time. The luau was good 10+ years ago but has become dated. MBYBBQ is fun for younger kids. I tried to book cirque du soleil and dinner at downtown Disney this October but they said they wanted HDDR again. The kids in our party are ages 1,3,6, and 10.
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