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Hoop-Dee-Doo turns 40!!

by Rod Wheaton on September 5, 2014

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This week on Friday, September 5, 2014 a very special Disney Hallmark turns 40! The Hoop Dee Doo musical review will have its 40th anniversary after more than 37,000 dinner show performances in its own special corner of Ft. Wilderness campground!

Technically, The Hoop-Dee-Doo show actually started in June of 1974, but it was only supposed to be a three-month experiment, and was made up of college students working at Walt Disney World. Marilyn Magness played Dolly Drew in the original cast, and neither she nor anyone else expected to make it past that initial three months. Primarily the show was to give guests at Fort wilderness something to do in the evenings so that they didn’t need to leave Disney property. Instead, the Vaudeville-meets-Old West dinner show was an immediate hit, and was made a regular part of Disney entertainment in it’s permanent setting at Pioneer Hall on September 5, 1974.
What is the appeal? It is an upbeat, positive, and sometimes simply corny show that families can enjoy together while having a good down-home meal. Some people come back year after year to enjoy the simple fun of the singing, dancing, and obvious camaraderie among the players. The show has been so popular that it has changed very little in the 40 years it has been entertaining guests. One of the biggest changes came in 1979, when a new musical number was introduced to introduce strawberry shortcake for dessert rather than Apple pie. Still, even though the show has remained primarily the same, they still are flexible and put inside jokes and recent Disney references within the routine, most notably “Frozen” references. Today, 40 years later, one of the original cast members, Miss Marilyn Kay Magness (mentioned earlier) still works for Disney. She’s the executive creative director of Disney parks!
If you want to have an evening of family fun and good entertainment, not to mention a good meal of ribs, chicken, corn on the cob along with sangria, beer, or soda make plans to go see the Hoop Dee Doo musical review!

 

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