Who is this Bob? Well he is one of the famous Residents of Walt Disney World, and more importantly, of Port Orleans Riverside. I FINALLY had the chance to catch his show on December 8th, 2011, and meet up with one of our blog readers as well. Here is my take on it, enjoy!
For the 8:30 p.m. show, I made sure to get there around 7:50 p.m. With getting there even 40 minutes early, I got one of the last tables available in the River Roost Lounge. My recommendation is to get there a comfortable hour or so ahead of time, order a pint, and relax while you wait for the show to begin. The lounge and bar area do not have an enormous amount of seating choices, so they fill up quickly. I grabbed the corner table, along the same wall he performs on, and hoped for the best.
Before hand, Bob came around the room and asked where you were from and what your name was. Apparently he has an incredible memory, including the fact that he knew me from Facebook. My friends got there just as the show was about to begin, and he was able to see Maureen’s birthday button on her, along with one of her friends as well- uh oh, trouble. By the way, Happy Birthday again to Maureen!!
What’s the show? For an hour and a half, or even longer it seems, he sings and plays piano while getting the audience involved with every note. If you came to “chill out,” you may want to come when he isn’t playing. Why? Well he is a TON of energy! He is sweet, funny, and he has a great voice, but if you have had a hard day at the Parks and you are looking for quiet, bypass this show for another day. Now, if you love a good drink in your hand, being with awesome friends, and being silly for awhile- Yee Haw Bob is your guy!
I felt he was very family friendly, but certain songs were adult enough that your children wouldn’t understand them anyways. He would sing American Pie, and then the next would be the theme from Spongebob Squarepants. Like I said, it’s a silly and fun show.
There really isn’t that much to report on him, just that he is definitely a fun one to see. Now, is he something to plan during your vacation? Well, depends on how much time you have. I can tell you with full honesty that our family stayed here for a full 10 day vacation years ago and never knew he existed. We were too busy with long park days and trying to get to our room at the end of the night without falling over on the way, so you can see how he can be missed. It is a great show, but if you are pressed for time on your WDW vacation, I wouldn’t plan on it. Keep In mind also that if you are without a car, you have to take a bus to a Park to catch another bus to Port Orleans Riverside, and repeat that after the show. For most, this is a long and tedious task, especially in the late hours when the busses are packed to the gills after the Parks have let out. If you intend on seeing it, I would highly recommend a taxi or a rental car. I was also reminded of the boat that you can take from DTD to POR as well… keep in mind that there is a wait for the boats as well, and when they are full you have to wait for the next one, which adds time to the clock.
One more thing, the drink orders. I didn’t see anything that said I was “required” to buy a drink for sitting there for the show. Maybe I missed it, and if readers know, please leave it in the comments. My group bought drinks and nachos, which were VERY yummy, but I just got a water. I know with certain show like this outside Disney World that they require a 2 drink minimum. All in all the experience was fun, and I believe if I hadn’t been busy all day I would have had more energy for it. Check it out and make sure you introduce yourself to Bob- he also has CD’s to sell and he will autograph his picture for you too!