PHOTOS, VIDEO: Watch the New ‘Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue’ with Cultural Sensitivity Alterations, Full List of Changes to Show
After being suspended due to COVID-19, “Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue” is back at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort after over two years. The experience has seen quite a few changes, some probably long-overdue. We already reported that they were no longer using their signature buckets to serve food. Here’s everything else that has been altered about the show:
As promised, the lighting was greatly updated and it is very noticeable. There are a few times where it may take you a bit out of the time it is supposed to exist, but it is probably long overdue to keep the show relevant.
The “Pioneer Hall Players” backdrop on stage was completely replaced. The former had several depictions of Native Americans, while the new one has instruments and a stagecoach.
While not seemingly for cultural sensitivity, every other backdrop in the show was changed as well. The backdrop with wagons heading towards a river was replaced with a new backdrop that is not wildly different as it features wagons along a river again, but from a closer perspective.
The line where Six Bits offers to help a woman in the audience loosen “whatever is a-binding” her has been seemingly replaced, although it could have just been an improvisational choice.
The Strawberry Shortcake number is perhaps the most heavily altered:
The actors no longer come out with handkerchiefs on
The servers no longer come on stage to dance with the desserts in hand, but are instead mentioned at the end of the song where guests are encouraged to applaud them
With the handkerchiefs gone, there is no appearance of the American flag in the shortened number
The Ballad of Davy Crockett was also heavily modified:
A repeating stereotypical impression of Native Americans chanting was removed from the act
The three female singers no longer carry out choreography that was also an offensive portrayal, with new choreography representing cowboys and various lyrics in the song
“Fought single-handed through the Injun War, ‘Til the Creeks was whipped and peace was in store” lyrics were completely removed
Backdrop with a teepee was replaced with a charming one more prominently featuring a tent and Big Thunder Mountain from Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom
The part of the Indian Scout (portrayed by a guest) was changed to a Wilderness Scout
The Battle of the Alamo is no longer referenced and actors no longer come onto the stage with guns in war regalia, despite the fact that the coats still appear in an earlier gag in the show. The Texas Ranger (guest) now simply scares off the bear chasing Claire.
The Texas Ranger no longer receives a kiss on the cheek for their heroism.
The woman looking for “Mr. Crockett” and his educated bear no longer has a rifle
“Let’s see if they can dance?” was met with a “Who cares?” from the male actors originally, a reference to the fact that the can-can dancer chosen from the crowd was typically an attractive woman. This has been removed.