It’s been awhile since I posted another Trip Report. I have so much to blog about, but life seems to keep getting in the way. Last weekend, I had to go out and buy a new computer – finally today I was able to upload my Disney pictures onto it. Going back and forth between two computers is no fun – and I’m not technical enough to be able to figure out how to get things from one computer to another (short of e-mailing them to myself, and that gets to be a pain). Anyway, now that my pictures are here, I have NO EXCUSE not to continue my posts on our recent trip!
After arrival and check-in, we drove over to Fort Wilderness Campground. We got there early enough that we had some time to just walk around and take some pictures. I love seeing the resorts and the campground is no exception. There’s so much to see and do there. I’m not sure that I’d ever want to take our camper (a pop-up) and camp there – I like indoor plumbing too much for that – but I would enjoy staying there sometime (maybe in a cabin). Anyway, back to Hoop-Dee-Doo. . .
We were seated at the table in the back row, left-hand side. It was a raised table, so even though we were in the back, we had a great view. We loved the environment – from the checked tableclothes to the clothes the waiters and waitresses were wearing. It was very much a country hoe-down atmosphere.
Since this was our first sit-down dinner on our trip – and therefore the first time we were wearing our “Happy Anniversary” buttons – we were quite impressed with all the Cast Members who stopped by our table to wish us a Happy Anniversary.
The first thing brought to the tables is the cornbread and a salad; which, I must say, totally rocked! I love cornbread. Once Ashley and I found a recipe for Hoop-Dee-Doo cornbread online; we made it and it was HORRIBLE! So, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this but it was delicious. Apparently the recipe we found was not an authentic Disney recipe. It’s served with a honey-butter. The salad is served with (I believe) an apple vinaigrette dressing (which was absolutely delicious) – I could have filled up on that alone!
We got so caught up in the main course, that we totally forgot to take any pictures. (I’m so disappointed in myself because one of my goals on this trip was to get lots of food pictures to share!) I guess Disney food is just too distracting! Anyway, the main course consists of fried chicken, barbeque ribs, mashed potatoes, and cowboy beans. While it’s not listed on the menu, we had corn as well.
Dessert is the most interesting strawberry shortcake that I have ever seen (or tasted)! If I hadn’t been so stuffed, I seriously could have eaten the entire pan full. Yes, I said “pan”. Part of what makes the Hoop-Dee-Doo experience so much fun is the presentation of the food! You can see on the picture of the salad that it was served in a cast iron bucket. Very. Fun!
If using the Disney Dining Plan, Hoop-Dee-Doo is a 2TS (table service) meal. Trust me when I say it’s worth it. We would have been pleased enough by the atmosphere and the food – but, in addition to that, there’s also a great stage show that goes on while you’re eating. It’s a hand-clapping, toe-tapping, wanna-get-up-and-dance-but-you’re-too-busy-eating show. Again, I wish I would have taken pictures. I need to go back for a 2nd chance, I guess! Ashley was able to get a video of one of the numbers:
Will we be doing Hoop-Dee-Doo again? Most definitely! Maybe even in September!
If you’ve experienced it, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please leave me a comment!