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 Denali Park Village 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 second seating gets booked fast, but there is often more availability at the early show.