Walt Disney World is internationally famous. Guests flock from around the globe for vacation so they can experience the Disney difference. Two of Walt Disney World’s largest draws are entertainment and food. From the deluxe resort signature restaurants to the date-worthy lounges and eateries at Disney Springs, top chefs prepare cuisines to satisfy the most particular palates. The entertainment is all around. Backstories are intricately woven into every location. Live stage shows and spectacles burst into the night sky to be seen in and around the Disney parks. Some of the best Disney magic is in Disney’s dinner shows. That is when two Disney resort cornerstones come together for one epic night of magic.
Dinner shows at the Walt Disney World resort are the best way to spend an evening with family and friends. That’s because it’s one memorable evening filled with great Disney food and unique entertainment you can’t get anywhere else. Planning a Walt Disney World vacation means booking dining reservations and making time for other resorts and experiences. These elements are just as much a part of Walt Disney World as the theme parks are. With that in mind, don’t forget to reserve unique entertainment during your trip like these extraordinary can’t-miss Disney dinner shows.
Nestled in the woods of Fort Wilderness is a rootin’ tootin’ musical revue you must not miss. If you are staying at Bay Lake Tower or Wilderness Lodge, it’s just a boat ride away. You can also get there by boat if you are a guest at the Contemporary, the Polynesian Village, or the Grand Floridian. Of course, as a Fort Wilderness guest, you will have the benefit of having this raucous good time right in your backyard. Fort Wilderness is a very accessible portion of the Magic Kingdom resort area. It’s also very close to the Four Seasons. You can take any Fort Wilderness bus to get there. Uber or a Minnie Van powered by Lyft are also convenient methods to get to the venue.
The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review is the longest-running show in Walt Disney World. It’s an evening of music and laughter that everyone can enjoy. Plus, the evening includes all-you-care-to-enjoy fried chicken and BBQ ribs along with sides and strawberry shortcake for dessert, beverages and select alcoholic drinks come included as well. The show consists of skits and songs with a classic style of well-crafted comedy that never loses its charm. The dinner and show are fun for the whole family and are sure to be a highlight of your vacation that you will be talking about for years.
Prepay for tickets to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical review and they are available for pick up any time after your purchase is confirmed. They’re available at any concierge desk or the Pioneer Hall box office at Fort Wilderness. As with any Disney dining experience, they are prepared to accommodate special dietary requirements, provided you indicate your needs at the time of reservation. This Disney Dinner show is wild and fun for the whole family, and the food is delicious and sure to fill up everyone at the table. It’s an incredible time, but it isn’t the only Disney dinner show you must experience at Walt Disney World. There’s also a Luau!
Spirit of Aloha
The next Disney dining show you have to attend is on the beaches of the Polynesian Village on the Seven Seas Lagoon. This tropical paradise is especially accessible by monorail from the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary, the Grand Floridian, or the Transportation and Ticket Center. Using the TTC as a transfer point, you can even take the monorail from Epcot. The Polynesian village is accessible by boat and bus as well. If you travel by car, it is on the west end of the Magic Kingdom resort area.
A Polynesian Tradition
The Luau at the Polynesian village is one of many must-do activities at this original Walt Disney World resort hotel. Be sure to reserve your night and explore more of what this beautiful hotel has to offer in quick service, lounges, and character dining. At the top of all of these is the Spirit of Aloha Luau, which includes an all-you-care-to-enjoy family-style feast of Polynesian ribs, pulled pork, and roasted chicken with fruit and vegetable sides. Like Hoop-Dee-Doo, Spirit of Aloha has a signature dessert of its own: a toasted coconut pineapple cake. If that’s not your preference, there is a mocha flavored dessert as well. Nonalcoholic drinks come included in this evening of food and entertainment, and cocktails are available for an added charge.
The show is a celebration based on a going-away ceremony and includes fire dancers and hula dancers among the festivities. The entertainment takes place in an open-air theater in Luau Cove. The cultures incorporated into the content come from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, and New Zealand.
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There are other ways to get dinner and a show at Walt Disney World. See nighttime spectaculars like Fantasmic, or live concerts at the World Showcase from reserved viewing areas when you purchase a package at select table service restaurants in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Epcot. If you would like to splurge on a Dessert party, you can enjoy unlimited sweet and savory bites, and reserved viewing for the fireworks shows at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios as well.
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I have been visiting the parks annually since my parents first brought me at just a year old. Recently I was able to fulfill my life long dream of being a Florida local and moved from the wintery Northeast to the sunshine and fun of central Florida. Now I am hoping to share my Disney knowledge with you so you can have the best vacation possible!