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Mile 238.5 Parks Highway
Denali National Park, AK 99755
You first day in Denali can be exhausting, whether you've been busy getting here, or spending the whole day exploring the park. This lively dinner theater on the grounds of the McKinley Chalet is a great way to kick back that evening, and it carries only two small risks: your teeth turning temporarily blue (from the blueberry cobbler), and getting kissed on the cheek by one of the ruby-lipped actresses in the gold-rush-themed show.
Performed twice nightly during the summer, the Alaska Cabin Nite tells the story of Fanny Quigley, a real pioneer in Kantishna back in the gold-rush days of the early 1900s—the same area that is now deep inside Denali National Park. The story is performed in an authentic, log-paneled roadhouse, and the actors and actresses do double-duty as your servers for the all-you-can-eat dinner of Alaskan salmon, barbecue ribs, vegetables, old-fashioned baked beans, drop biscuits—and that berry cobbler.
People love this show because they can tell that the actors themselves are having a great time with it, and the zany sense of fun is infectious. Just be sure to book in advance if you can—the first seating gets booked fast, but there is often more availability in the later show.
By Car: From the Parks Hwy, turn into the parking lot at McKinley Chalet at Mile 239. As you face the resort, there are two roads leading down behind the lodge. The road on the left leads to the Cabin Nite performance. Parking is limited below, so your best bet is to walk from the upper parking lot. If you are not driving into Denali, check with the front desk for a shuttle.
Advance reservations are required. Children under 3 are free.
The all-you-can-eat meal is served family-style and includes:
•Old-Fashioned Baked Beans