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Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree

 More Focused on the Magic Flashback Friday
Welcome to Flashback Friday! Whenever we can we enter the Wayback Machine to another magical time and place in our Disney past. The Wayback Machine is an Internet archive of history.
It's amazing what I find by simply entering the url of the website I'd like to explore. The Wayback Machine stores everything! Here's an example of Paul's (DH) website The Hall of Forgotten Presidents from the '90s. 
This week we discovered (unearthed) some new old photos to share with you from The Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree. So, sit back relax and let's begin our journey back in time to 1991 in The Magic Kingdom at The Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree. Here DS is trying to read the sign in front but can't quite make out what it says. Dad is helping with some of the words.... 

By Reservation
The Grandest
Most Spectacular Show
The Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree
The One and Only
Miss Lily
And Her Traveling Saloon Show
A Jumpin' Jamboree of Song and Dance
Featuring Lily's Girls performing the fabulous CAN-CAN. 
This entire musical extravaganza is hosted by your jovial proprietor Sam The Bartender
Come on in! Belly up to the bar.
Meet Sam and his slap happy country boys and join The Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree.
Sorry,  Full House

The Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree with Miss Lily and The Girls was an entertaining lunch show, serving up cold sandwiches and soft drinks four times a day. 
It was one of the hottest shows in The Magic Kingdom. Guest would reserve seating in the morning at Town Hall or line up for a rare "no show" later in the day. Reservations went quickly for "The Shoe" lunch as they could only serve a 1,000 Guests per day. The Diamond Horseshoe is still being used now for meet & greets, seasonal lunches and special events. 

The lunch was simple foodie fare. Sandwiches, chips and a drink but that wasn't why you went to "The Shoe". The highlight was the humorous western/vaudeville/baudy G show with Miss Lily & Her Girls.

The story unfolds with Miss Lilly returning to the bar of  Sam the bartender whom she is madly in love with.  Miss Lilly and her girls are traveling Can Can performers. Throughout the show Miss Lilly swoons at many of the men in the audience while singing and dancing.

 Here DH was part of the entertainment when Miss Lily sat right down on his lap causing riotous laughter from all. The normally reserved Mr. Conservative played along. DS just about jumped out of his seat when Miss Lily approached. 
You can see the video camera on the table so I had to take stills. The problem was I was laughing so hard I couldn't hold the camera steady while snapping away.
Miss lily would also find a bald man to rub the top of his head or plant a big kiss with her lipstick while she sang.  It was hysterical!

One of the hit songs of the show was the Belly Up to the Bar act when Miss Lilly's Girls, and Sams Slap Happy Country Boys got together and danced on the bar. 
Another highlight was when Sam, trying to convince Miss Lilly to let him become part of her show, performed Old McDonald with a few members of the audience.  
The audience members would follow Sam's cues, and sure enough when he told Mrs. Old McDonald to drop her baby (a doll of course) on the floor, she did it, soliciting wild laughs from the audience.

The show ended with Lily's Girls doing the Can Can, and Miss Lilly allowing Sam to become part of her act.
This was a must do for us every year until it ended in 2003.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed our Flashback Friday and hope you'll stop back again real soon:)

Did you ever get a chance to see The Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree? What did you like most?


  1. What a riot! That would have been so fun and funny! Great flashback! I also love how detailed you were with it. :)

  2. Thanks Sarah,
    I wish they'd bring the show back to The Diamond Horseshoe. For now, you can always go to The Hoop De Doo Review which is a much bigger production and serves dinner.

  3. That looks like so much fun, I wish I could have attended. Maybe the'll bring it back until then I guess I can head over HDDR. Great flashback!

  4. Great Flashback. Thanks for sharing :-)

  5. I missed this show, bummer. It looked liked it was great fun and your great pictures show that.

    thanks Deb.

  6. Thanks, I was really surprised to see Yeehaw Bob in the video. He's been working for Disney a long time!

  7. Now that looks so fun! 2 bad I missed it! GREAT FLASHBACK!!

  8. That looked like so much fun! I never did see it. I do remember for a while after there was a show with Goofy and some others there...you could dance and such...it was a lot of fun!

  9. Great pictures! I would love to go to a show like that!! I didn't see that the last time we were at Disney!

  10. Thanks everyone:)
    Alicia, they don't have the Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree anymore:( You can see a similar albeit longer show called The Hoop De Doo Review at Fort Wilderness:)

  11. Oh wow! That looks like it would have been a hoot!


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