News: Raglan Road Hosts Free Beer Master Classes and Introduces New Menu Items

We have two pieces of exciting news today from Raglan Road Irish Pub!

The authentic Irish Pub, located in Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs) is celebrating their Tenth Anniversary throughout all of 2015. And they’ve got some good stuffs coming up.

The Great Irish Hooley — Featuring Limited Edition Craft Beers and Free Master Class Beer Tastings

We told you about The Fourth Annual Great Irish Hooley recently, which takes place over Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7. The “Boutique Irish Festival” offers a holiday weekend packed with authentic Irish music and entertainment.

But we’re also looking forward to the beer! Rye River Brewing Company, located in Co. Kildare, Ireland, has brewed up four limited-edition Irish Craft Beers just for the event: a Raglan Road Saison, a citrusy Raglan Road Fruit Salad Weiss Beer, a refreshing McGargles Jims CO2 Stout and a McGargles Francis Tropical American IPA. [Read more…]

Updates: Downtown Disney Transformations

There is so much happening in Downtown Disney as it moves forward in the transition towards becoming Disney Springs, the landscape seems to be changing by the day!

Disney Springs sign

Disney Springs sign

Thankfully, the @WDWDowntown Twitter account has made it easier to keep track of all the goings-on, and here are just a few of the most recent updates, from construction happenings to a menu change.

First, signage is now in place for Morimoto Asia, slated for a fall opening in The Landing of Disney Springs! [Read more…]

DFB Reader Questions Answered: Where Can I Get a Free Counter Service Refill in the Parks?

We’re tackling another question from the DFB Reader mailbag today! Our reader asks:

Which counter service locations in Walt Disney World have self serve kiosks offering free refills?

This is an especially good question from a budget perspective. Since the Resort Refillable Mugs can’t be used in the parks, you might want to know where you can go to get more than one drink from the soda fountain. Let’s check out a couple of spots where you can grab a drink when you’re extra thirsty.

Disney Counter-Service Halloween Drink Cup

Just note: you do need to purchase a drink from these locations before filling up your cup again and again! Also, our DFB team members have checked with cast members at each location to confirm that refills are, indeed, allowed during your meal at the restaurant. [Read more…]

News and First Look! Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Menu Items

Well, if you weren’t taken enough with what we can see so far of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (slated to open in Downtown Disney/Disney Springs this fall), perhaps the latest information from Disney about the upcoming location will whet your appetite…

Jock Lindey's Hangar Bar under construction

Jock Lindey’s Hangar Bar under construction

It’s story time, friends! Here’s a little background on the place… According to Disney, when Jock Lindsey (the frequent pilot of Indiana Jones) flew Indy over Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth in 1938, he noticed a charming town below and decided to build a home right there on the waterfront. He often entertained his friends from the Society of Explorers and Adventurers in his hangar where they enjoyed drinks and good times.

Jock Lindey's Hangar Bar under construction

Jock Lindey’s Hangar Bar under construction

There seems to be a no-holds-barred approach to the styles of cuisine, as the tapas and beverages will be “inspired by Jock’s globe-trotting to all continents,” which could result in fun twists on anything and everything! In the meantime, Disney has provided a glimpse at some of the eats on the way.

Not only will the decor be inspired by the location’s aviation theme, but it appears some of the plating will, too. Check out the airplane “dish” holding the Pretzels with house-made mustard and beer-cheese fondue…

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©Disney

Dr. Elsa’s She-Deviled Eggs will be topped with lumps of crab and brined in beet juice, while the “Good” Dates will be stuffed with goat cheese and topped with Marcona almonds.

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©Disney

Heavier bites will include Rolling Boulder Sliders: three spice meatball sliders drizzled with yogurt sauce.

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©Disney

But the winner for Best Name (so far) has got to go to the “Squid! Why’d It Have to Be Squid” calamari flatbread with spicy harissa.

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©Disney

Other items will include Brody Brats, Lao Che’s Revenge (spicy Asian wings), Tanis Tacos, and Snack of Ra (African-inspired salads and dips served with bread and naan crisps).

Specialty cocktails will include drinks like The Aviator’s Flight, The Scottish Professor, The Bitter Barkeep (with Peruvian Pisco), a Hovito Mojito, Anything Goes (a spicy cocktail created with an Asian spirit), The Fountain of Youth, featuring Florida vodkas, and a Cool-headed Monkey.

Me? I’ll be ordering a Reggie’s Revenge, with hopes of sipping it while enjoying the waterfront views from Jock’s old dry-docked steamboat…

"Reggie"

“Reggie”

Looks like plenty of good food and great times are coming to Disney Springs!

What do you think of some of the menu items coming to Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar? Please let us know with a comment!

Review: Italian Ice in Downtown Disney

Amidst all the construction and general day-to-day bustle in Downtown Disney (not to mention some big name restaurants on the way as the Disney Springs transformation moves forward), it’s easy to forget there are a lot of little stands and kiosks dotting the area, including stops like Wetzel’s Pretzels and the Downtown Snow Company featuring shaved ice.

There are a few, though, that don’t have a brand name of any sort. They’re simply marked as “Italian Ice” stands, and you’ll find one on the West Side (next to the Characters in Flight balloon experience) and one in the Marketplace, just by the main stage where guest musicians (often school bands and choirs) perform.

Italian Ice kiosk sign

Italian Ice kiosk sign

The kiosks are small, but the one on the West Side is especially noticeable thanks to all the bright colors.

Italian Ice Kiosk

Italian Ice Kiosk

The main sign tells you ice cold treats are the headliner, but it just so happens you’ll find a variety of Churros here as well: typically Bavarian Cream, Dulce de Leche (caramel), and King Cinnamon and Sugar. (Alas, those Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches in Disneyland never made their way to the east coast). [Read more…]

News: Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Irish Pub

It’s party time at Raglan Road Irish Pub.

Located at Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs), the authentic Irish Pub and Restaurant continues its year-long celebration of its 10th anniversary. But, as always, they’re also celebrating the halfway mark to St. Patrick’s Day with their 4th Annual Great Irish Hooley.

The party will take place over Labor Day Weekend, beginning at noon on Friday, September 4, and will continuing through Monday, September 7.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be a collection of craft beers that Ireland’s Rye River Brewing Company has created just for the Hooley! Guests can choose from four limited-edition brews: Raglan Road Saison, Raglan Road Fruit Salad Weiss Beer, McGargles Jims CO2 Stout, and McGargles Francis Tropical American IPA.

Raglan Road's 4th Annual Great Irish Hooley Will Be Held Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7

Raglan Road’s 4th Annual Great Irish Hooley Will Be Held Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7

 

We’ll have a chance to taste all four at the beginning of the Hooley; be sure to stay tuned to learn more about them! They promise to pair well with Raglan Road’s menu, which features a mix of traditional and contemporary Irish dishes. [Read more…]

Disney Springs Update: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Construction Progress

This past May, fans of the Indiana Jones film franchise were excited to learn about the plans for Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar to join the line-up of new dining venues coming to Disney Springs!

Jock Lindey's Hangar Bar under construction

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar under construction

The storyline will revolve around Indiana Jones and his pilot (who serves as the name inspiration for the location), Jock Lindsey. While the menu will feature themed tapas and specialty cocktails, the location itself will be decked out with vintage travel posters, aviation equipment, and even correspondence between Indy and Jock. The opening is anticipated for fall of 2015, and based on a recent visit to the site, progress seems to be coming along very nicely indeed! [Read more…]

Review: A Taste of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Sampler from Superstar Catering Food Truck

We’re back today with another fun stop in to the Disney Food Truck scene at Disney World’s (soon-to-be) Disney Springs!

Even with all the crazy happening in this corner of the World (and maybe because of it), the Food Trucks are going gangbusters.

You’ll usually find them tucked neatly into their homebase at Exposition Park beside Starbucks, although occasionally they’re dispatched to other spots. Sometimes, you’ll even find them at resorts.

But I found them right where I expected to the day we visited to check out some new eats. [Read more…]

Review: Lava Lounge at the Disney Springs Marketplace

Today we’re taking this blog all the way to the edge… of Downtown Disney!

We’re stopping for drinks and grub at the Lava Lounge, found just about as far as you can go to the end of Downtown Disney’s Marketplace. It’s funny — with the majority of the transformation to Disney Springs affecting the Landing, the West Side, and the parking areas of Downtown Disney, the Marketplace feels largely unchanged.

Now, I know that’s not true, considering the addition of spots like the Marketplace Causeway, the Marketplace Co-op and Dockside Margaritas. But comparatively speaking, and even with the welcome additions in the other areas, it feels nice to still have some familiar spots to enjoy in the area.

It says something about the rate of change in Downtown Disney lately that the Lava Lounge — now just over two years old — feels like one of those familiar spots. Still, being relatively young in the scheme of things, a lot of DFB Readers haven’t had a chance to explore it. So let’s make our way underneath that big ol’ volcano and check it out!

Lava Lounge

Lava Lounge

Atmosphere

You’ll experience much of the atmosphere of the Lava Lounge before even entering the Lounge itself. The hallmark of the area, of course, is the “active” volcano, and if you’ve ever been anywhere in the Marketplace when it erupts with fire (about every half hour or so, I think), you’re familiar with the almost thunder-like roar that accompanies it. [Read more…]

Review: Bongos Cuban Café Express

When you’re strolling through Downtown Disney, you really can’t miss Bongos Cuban Café.

The white building is huge, and takes up a hefty bit of space on the West Side, directly opposite Splitsville Luxury Lanes and right next to Exposition Park (home base for the Disney Food Trucks).

And, of course, part of the building is actually structured as an ENORMOUS PINEAPPLE. So that helps raise the profile a bit, too.

What’s harder to find – and indeed, most guests walk right by – is Bongos Cuban Café Express (sometimes referred to as the Bongos Walk-up Window). And it just so happens to be a great place to sit for a spell and grab a quick meal or snack.

The window is tucked into the left side (if you’re facing Bongos). So now that you know it’s there, let’s take a quick glance around!

Atmosphere

“Express” is part of the name for a reason — the setting [Read more…]