Ok..now before I begin I just want to say this is my opinion only as I know some people rave about HDDR so no flames please. I dont know where to begin except this just was not our cup of tea. Hubby and I are pretty easy going and will laugh at about just anything. We like good slapstick and corny jokes but this place was just a complete nightmare. We booked to go as a Mothersday treat and had the 5pm reservation. We has with us our son 8yrs old and baby 22 months. I had called ahead of time like some people on here advised me to ask for something for the kids as they are pretty picky eaters. The lady I spoke to wasn't very nice and explained to me that they would not make them anything other than a Peanut butter jelly sandwich and that if my kids were picky then it was my problem. True yes it is my problem but not the answer I was expecting on the phone at all from her. Oh well. We were told to come 30 mins before hand so thats what we did. Only to find out we had to wait in the scorching hot sun (it was 94deg that day). The only reason they tell you to come early was to take photos outside and charge you extra money. We politely declined as we were in a tight budget so had to hang about in the heat till the doors opened. When the doors did open there was no orderly queueing...everybody just ran for it..the poor baby got about crushed to pieces I had to pick him up. The thing was too...you are already assigned your seat table so there really was no rush to get in at all...I guess it was to get cool. The food itself wasnt bad..it wasnt brilliant but just ok. The chicken was really nice but the ribs...well the meat just didnt fall off the bone like it should have. My hubby ordered beer and I ordered a coke, the kids had sprite. After a while the server brought a big pitcher of beer to the table but no more soda for me or the kids despite me asking 3 times!! I really felt like I was bothering him. We did not get asked if we wanted any more food either. The kids took a little bit of bread but that was about it. They did offer mac and cheese but I was told that I should have called the previous day and asked for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well gee...it just wasnt worth arguing about was it.. Now onto the show. This was the worst bit...seriously..this was the worst 2 hours of my trip. The actors were terrible, the singing was awful, the supposed jokes were non existant...the guy that played sixbits looked like he just didnt want to be there. It was the most boring thing ever. They only interacted with 2 people in the front row and failed to even mention it was Mothersday when they were acknowledging birthdays and anniversaries. It was like it wasnt in the script so they couldnt mention it. Really..I just cant see what others see in this show...my DS8 constantly begged me to leave and the baby just wasnt interested at all. The performers looked like they were just going through the motions and alot of the so called jokes were lost as the audience just didnt laugh at them. I hate to pick on anyone but there was this one actress..she had this scary face..wide eyes and big scary teeth...terrible laugh that we figured was put on for the show. I prayed to the heavens to never let me see or hear her again as long as I lived. Little did I know the heavens had a warped sense of humor...she later appeared in Playhouse disney as a presenter 2 days later...and guess what...that was her REAL laugh!!!!! There was one saving grace that amused me and hubby. This kid at the next table from us that looked like he hadnt been fed for a week. We were mesmerized with him shoveling in his food. He would constantly keep shoveling without stopping, swallowing only every 6 shovels until the plate was empty and only breathing at the end, sitting back in his chair out of breath holding his stomach. Another couple were laughing at him too..he was sitting with what looked like a big family so Im guessing he had to be fast or last! The bit that really irked me tho was the end...I waited patiently for my strawberry shortcake all night...the kids did too as they had nothing to eat really. They bring it out and then tell us we had to share one between two!!! What??????? Im not a big eater and normally do share a dessert but no way were these sized to share..Im sorry..but they just werent big enough for our family to consider doing that.. we ended up giving a whole one to my DS8 and hubby, me and the baby shared the other one. The show came to a close right after the shortcake..ahem! and the actors left very quickly. I noticed some people wanting photos but they didnt hang around for them..they just waved and left. Upon reflection Im glad we did try it but NO way would I ever go back again. It was mothersday and I had my family around me so I cant say it was a washout. I do urge people to go to You tube though and see it for yourself to decide. I did go check it out before hand but though they had just recorded the boring bits,,,no folks..what you see on you tube is the funniest it gets. I know some people love it and go every year but it just wasnt our cup of tea...we found it mega boring with mediocre food and actors that looked like they really didnt want to be there and were just running through a lamely written script. As i said though...just our opinion..if you ask us...we just Hoop Dee wouldnt again.