Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 18, 2009
    Jennifer from NH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    What is better for 9 & 5 yr. old boys and 1 1/2 yr. old girl, Hoop Dee Doo or Mickey's Backyard BBQ? Love the panel and read several times a day, thanks for all the help!

    Hi Jennifer,

    Both the Hoop Dee Doo review and Mickey's Backyard BBQ are great choices for ending the perfect Disney Day!  Here are some thoughts on each to help you decide which is best for your kids:

    Hoop Dee Doo - it's a country-western variety show, with dancing, singing and stand-up comedians (think slap stick).  While you are being entertained, you dine on all-you-care-to-eat bread (with really good honey butter), salad, fried chicken, ribs, mashed potatoes, beans, and strawberry shortcake.  Soft drinks, beer, wine and sangria are also included.  The show is very entertaining and there's lots of audience participation.  The waiters are a riot too!  This event takes place indoors at the Fort Wilderness Campground.  You will sit at a regular, restaurant-style table.

    Mickey's Backyard BBQ - is held in a giant outdoor pavilion at Fort Wilderness Campground.  In my opinion, this show provides kids with unprecedented access to the characters.  While you dine from an all-you-can-eat buffet of picnic food (baked chicken, ribs, cole slaw, hot dogs, watermelon, ice cream bars, lemonade, iced tea, beer, wine) you will watch a number of country-western acts while Disney favorites (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip n' Dale) dance along with the audience.  My recommendation here is to eat fast at the beginning of the evening, because once the characters come out, your kids probably won't want to sit down again!  Seating here is at picnic tables (you pick your own table) and you may sit with other families. 

    If I had to pick for your family, I'd vote for the BBQ, as two of your three kids are probably a bit young to "get" all the jokes at the Review.  As a point of reference, my kids (almost 5 and almost 7)  consistently vote for the BBQ over Hoop Dee Doo, but enjoy both.

    Whatever you chose, have a wonderful time, and thanks for writing!

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I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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