Disney’s “Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue” dinner show has been leaving ‘em laughing in their spare ribs and fried chicken for more than 35 years.

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© Copyright Disney

The Pioneer Hall Players – an ever-changing cast of singers, dancers and musicians with a passion for whimsy – have delivered some 34,400 performances, yet the guffaws remain as fresh (and silly) as they were when Disney entertainment gurus created the “Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue” as a college workshop program in summer 1974.

Guest response to the revue was overwhelmingly very favorable. So when summer ended, the show did not. On Sept. 5, 1974, a professional troupe of Disney entertainers continued the roles of Six Bits (and his bear jokes), the darlings Dolly and Flora and giggling Clair, and Johnny Ringo and Jim Handy.

The rest is hysteria. Mass hysteria, in fact – an audience in excess of 9.5 million people laughing and chowing down at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground during more than three decades.

Seatings are at 5, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. daily in rustic Pioneer Hall – where all 360 seats are routinely filled with vacationers for the first two shows. (Even the late show frequently has a big audience – folks who enjoy a late-evening repast of salad, fresh baked bread, smoked BBQ spare ribs, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and baked beans – all topped off by a memorable act that involves the cast delivering strawberry shortcake.)

The dinner show, including tax and gratuity, costs $52.99 to 61.99 for ages 10-up and $26.99 to 31.99 for ages 3-9. Reservations, which are required, can be arranged by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue Quick Facts

Debuted June 14, 1974, in Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

Show was created as a college workshop summer production.

It was received so favorably, Walt Disney World entertainment decided to continue the show with a permanent professional cast at the end of summer. The new cast performed the show for the first time on Sept. 5, 1974.

Principal parts in the show are Six Bits, Jim Handy, Johnny Ringo, Dolly, Flora and Clair.

There have been some 34,400 performances since June 1974.

More than 9.5 million guests have experienced the show.

Pioneer Hall seats 360 guests for a family-style dinner served in conjunction with the performance.

The menu includes salad, fresh baked bread, smoked BBQ spare ribs, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and baked beans topped off by strawberry shortcake – served family style, all-you-care-to-eat.

Typically there are three performances nightly – seatings at 5, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m.

Reservations are required by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Tickets for the dinner show are $52.99 to 61.99 (for ages 10-up) and $26.99 to 31.99 (for ages 3-9) including tax and gratuity