News: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Fun Options at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

St. Patrick’s Day is TODAY! (Are you wearing green??) And if you’re looking to join in the celebration of all things Irish, we have some great suggestions for observing the holiday at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District!

Say cheers with green beer!

Say Cheers with Green Beer!

Whether you’re after delicious St. Paddy’s Day-inspired dishes, or entertainment to stoke the festive spirit, here’s what you need to know to celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish at the popular spot!

Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar started the party earlier! During the entire month of March, guests can enjoy their homestyle Corned Beef Reuben served on a rustic Marble Rye Roll. The sandwich comes with Uva’s Garlic Shoestring French Fries. Pair the platter with Red Trolley Irish Red Ale by Karl Strauss.

Shaved Corned Beef Reuben

Shaved Corned Beef Reuben and Trolley Irish Red Ale at Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar

Crossroads Restaurant at House of Blues will offer lots of options for hungry guests in search of a hearty Irish feast. Look for menu additions such as Corned Beef Sliders, Cheese Soup featuring Guinness, Fish and Chips, and a Reuben Sandwich made in the traditional style with Corned Beef. Add [Read more…]

What’s New Around Disney World and Disneyland for March 8, 2014!

There’s lots new to see all over the World and the Land! So settle in, friends, and read on!

Hollywood Studios

We’re starting this round at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant!

Sci Fi Diner

“…It came from the snack bar”

The House-made Sci-Fi Candy Bar has hit the dessert menu: a white and dark chocolate mousse layered between sponge cake and dipped in chocolate ganache.

Sci Fi Dessert Menu

Sci Fi Dessert Menu

There have been a couple of additions to 50’s Prime Time Café as well.

50s Prime Time Sign

50s Prime Time Sign

Another vegetarian entrée has been added to the menu: Sissy’s Vegetarian Favorite Multigrain Spaghetti! “Vegetable Protein and Mushrooms tossed in Marinara Sauce, just like Spaghetti and Meatballs.”

And don’t forget dessert! All your favorites remain, but Old-fashioned Handmade Milk Shakes are listed, featuring the famous “Peanut Butter & Jelly” and the limited time “Red Velvet Cupcake.”

Magic Kingdom

Okay, this next update isn’t about food… it’s just next to food ;) . But I couldn’t resist [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 2, 2014

One of the most beloved restaurants in Disney World, Casey’s Corner, has emerged from a controversial revamp! Read all about it — and let YOUR thoughts be known — here!

Casey's Corner

Casey’s Corner

There’s even more fun food news from Disney; click on the links below!

Disney Food News

Of course, there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including restaurant closures, Refurbishment at Captain Cook’s in the Polynesian Resort, and more!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

Let’s look at some eats from the BoardWalk Bakery! MrTomMorrow tweeted this green cupcake creation.

St. Patrick's Day Cupcake

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake

And how about breakfast? This sandwich with turkey sausage was enjoyed by DFB Reader Katie.

Breakfast Sandwich from BoardWalk Bakery

Breakfast Sandwich from BoardWalk Bakery

As always, we can’t get enough of your Disney food finds. We can’t wait to see what our readers share with us next!

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News! March Signature Dining Events Highlight the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road

Fun news out of Raglan Road Irish Pub today if you’re counting down the minutes to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!

raglan road st patricks week

Everyone’s favorite spot to get their green on will host not one, but TWO special dining events during their upcoming Mighty Festival!

The festival, which takes place from Friday, March 7, to Monday, March 17, will feature a stellar line-up of talented musicians and dancers, all celebrating the culture and arts of the Emerald Isle. Fan favorites The Willis Clan will be back again this year, and U2 tribute band Elevation will also be on hand for the party. The award-winning We Banjo 3 also joins the lineup! Creel, Raglan Road’s stellar house band, as well as others, will also appear. Two stages — one at Raglan Road and one at WestSide — will play home to the musical acts.

Guests can also learn the art of Irish dance during “From Roots to Riverdance” workshops, led by renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast.

Other festivities at the family-friendly event will include face painting, stilt walkers, and children’s activities.

But we are most excited about the food, of course!

In addition to Loin of Bacon and Cabbage, the authentic Irish dish of St. Patrick’s Day, both Raglan Road and Cookes of Dublin, located adjacent to the pub, will be offering lots of traditional Irish fare on the brunch, lunch, dinner, and bar menus.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Raglan Road!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Raglan Road!

Raglan Road will also offer two special dining events during the Mighty Festival. A special luncheon featuring a culinary demonstration will take place on Wednesday, March 12, at 1 p.m. The menu will feature dishes inspired by Chef Dundon’s cookbook and PBS series Modern Irish Food.

Raglan Road Lunch Information -- Click to Enlarge

Raglan Road Lunch Information — Click to Enlarge

Guests can also enjoy a Signature Dinner, also hosted by Chef Dundon. The event takes place on [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 17, 2013

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Cupcake at Disney's Hollywood Studios

I hope you’re having an awesome celebration (and, just so you know, hanging out and eating cake would be a perfectly acceptable “celebration” as far as I’m concerned) and enjoying your green-tinted holiday!

We showcased a few St. Paddy’s Day treats that have popped up in Disney World yesterday, and we can’t wait to hear about everything you’re finding as well. Also, DisneyStore.com is having a sitewide sale TODAY ONLY! Use code “green” at the check-out for 17% off. Seems like a good day for shopping… ;-)

But, in the meantime, let’s head out to explore a bit of the Disney Food News that’s been in the headlines this week!

Disney Food News

Find out what’s been happening this week in the world of Disney Food!

We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, Extra Dates for Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Reader Finds!

If you find a fun new food — or other awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday! This week we have some goodies that our readers sent in from home!

First up, Erin at OPKitchen sent us these friendly faces. She exclaimed, “we came as close as we could!” Looks great to me!!

Homemade Mickey Waffles!

Check out this classic original Mickey Waffle maker in the original box! Wow! Sent in by Tiffany L. — thanks for sharing! Let us know how they turn out!

Classic Mickey waffle maker!

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On to the Round-Up!

Orlando Sentinel highlights the career of Sushi Chef Yoshi Cabral from the California Grill. Happy retirement!

Disneyland News talks with the Carthay Circle Restaurant’s Executive Chef Andrew Sutton!

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Ever After Blog highlights alternative wedding desserts – it’s not just about cake anymore!

Candy Industry shares that Jelly Belly has partnered with Disney.

AllEars reviews the Grand Floridian’s Citricos restaurant.

Main Street Gazette gives a little redemption to Pinocchio Village Haus in Disney World.

Disney Every Day reviews menu items at Splitsville in Downtown Disney Orlando.

Have a great week, everyone!

St. Patrick’s Day Food (And Drink!) Finds in Disney World

Disney World is always ready to celebrate a holiday, and they’ve been gearing up for St. Paddy’s Day for weeks now! On my last trip in February, I snapped a few shots of the green goodness you have available to you this weekend…

Drink Your Greens!

Any veteran Epcot fan knows that some of the best drinks in the World Showcase are beers and ciders from the Rose and Crown Pub in the UK pavilion, and luscious slushes from the France Pavilion. But on St. Patrick’s Day, these staples get glammed up!

Go green when it comes to your cider in the UK… . Note that lines at the pub and the outdoor beer tap get veeeeeery long on St. Patrick’s Day here!

Green Cider in Epcot for St. Patrick's Day

And consider greener pastures for your Grey Goose Citron Slush in France!

Grey Goose Citron Slush in Epcot's France Dresses Up for St. Patrick's Day

Greenified Cookies, Krispies, and Caramel Apples!

The bakeries and candy shops in Disney World have splashed the display cases with green this time of year!

Disney St. Patrick's Day clover-shaped cookies

Check out clover-shaped cookies, decorated caramel apples, and St. Patrick’s Day Mickey rice [Read more…]

Get Your Green On!! St. Patrick’s Day Events at Downtown Disney’s Raglan Road

I had an AWESOME time when I headed to Raglan Road in Downtown Disney for St. Paddy’s Day a couple of years ago, and since then the celebration has only gotten bigger and better!!

THIS year, Raglan Road is making plans for their four-day (!!!!) festival from March 14 – 17, featuring music, dancing, awesome food, and Irish traditions.

Festival Details

Get your green on! Guests can participate in festivities March 14 and 15 from 6 p.m. until 1:15 a.m. and March 16 and 17 from noon until 1:15 a.m.

On Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Saturday, a cover charge of $5 will apply to each guest 18 and over; on Sunday, the cover charge is $10. Reservations can be booked on March 14 by 407-938-0300.

Top musicians and dancers will be performing on multiple stages creating a fun festival atmosphere, and there will be PLENTY of eats and suds to make your week even better! Let’s start with the good stuff…

Food and Beverages

With a selection of beers and authentic cuisine by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, the “Mighty Festival” is not-to-be-missed!

Lunch Demonstration

In a mighty culinary experience, Master Chef Kevin Dundon and Michelin star Chef Derry Clarke will showcase a lunch demonstration on Wednesday, March 13th, at 1PM. Cost is $55 per person with wine pairings; $45 without wine pairings, plus tax and gratuity. Tables in Wonderland Members will receive a 20% off discount!

Lunch Demo!

I can’t wait to see how that Poached Pear is!!

Poached Pear with Creme Brulee Foam and Beetroot Macaroon

A Tale Of Two Chefs: Signature Dining Experience

And on Thursday, March 14th, at 6:30PM, Chefs Kevin Dundon and Derry Clarke will present a culinary extravaganza! Cost is $105 per person plus tax and gratuity. Tables in Wonderland Members will receive a 20% discount!

A Tale Of Two Chefs!

Check out the goodies — Rack of Spring Lamb and Braised Cottage Lamb Pie, Farm Fresh Vegetables with Twice-Cooked Roast Potato!

Rack of Spring Lamb and Braised Cottage Lamb Pie, Farm Fresh Vegetables with Twice-Cooked Roast Potato

Call 407-938-0800 to book culinary events. Check out www.raglanroad.com for upcoming details.

Music and Dance

Each day over 35 musicians and dancers will perform! Headliners include the most successful U2 tribute show in the world, Elevation!

Elevation Lead Singer on stage at Raglan Road

Plus The Willis Clan, Girsa, Three Dollar Band, Creel, Johnny Snags Norton, and Justin Murphy.

The line-up of Irish band performances will begin with a festival preview March 8-10 by The Willis Clan. Mark your calendars for these performances:

  • The seven full-time champion Raglan Road Dancers will perform daily.
  • Renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast, will lead Irish Dance Workshops Friday through Sunday.
  • Distinguished Dublin-born multi-instrumentalist Declan Masterson, recent touring musical director of Riverdance, will lead Irish Music Workshops.
  • Ceili (kay-lee) traditional music and structured set-dancing event on Saturday, including guest participation.
  • “The Electric Ceili,” will bring a host of Irish musicians and dancers on the Waterfront Stage on Sunday evening.
  • Performances by Raglan Road house band Creel, The Willis Clan, Girsa, Three Dollar Band, and Johnny & Justin.
  • World-famous U2 tribute band Elevation will be playing Saturday and Sunday.

Other Activities

Guests can also enjoy face painting, stilt walkers, competitions, giveaways and St. Patrick’s Day memorabilia.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Raglan Road!

It’s truly an incredible atmosphere and a fun experience for everyone, young and old!! Head out to RR for a rockin’ St. Paddy’s day!

Have you attended an event at Raglan Road? Let us know in the comments below!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Raglan Road Pub

Looking for somewhere in Orlando to get your green on?! Raglan Road Pub in Downtown Disney is putting on some serious green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend!

I was there last year for the festivities, and I can honestly say they’re AWESOME! Here’s the schedule for tonight and tomorrow:

Friday 16th
“Open air performances on our Tonsil Tickler patio from 6pm with the wonderful Murphy’s Law and The Irish Rogues, all the way from Ireland!! Creel performs on our Main Stage from 7pm with special guest appearances!!…. A not to be missed performance!”

Elevation -- U2 Tribute Band

March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day!
“Doors open from 11am with live entertainment from 12pm. Creel and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers will perform throughout the day. Guest musicians all the way from Ireland include Murphy’s Law & The Irish Rogues. Elevation, the worlds best [Read more…]

St. Patrick’s Day at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland Resort

Celebrate St. Patrick’s day at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District!

Start out by toasting your friends with Green Beer at this fun New Orleans-themed restaurant! You can get your tinted beer for $6.00/Small and $8.00 for a Large. And if you’re not seeing leprechauns yet, green Jello shots will be offered all day. ;-)

Say cheers with green beer!

Executive Chef Darrin’s Corn beef and cabbage will be a menu highlight. Follow it up with an Irish coffee, and don’t forget to indulge in Ralph Brennan’s famous beignets!

Share the luck of the Irish (Creole style) with Kenny Sara and the Sounds of New Orleans performing 7:00 – 11:00pm in the Flambeaux Room.

In a hurry to get back to the Magic of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure? Visit Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express downstairs for Corn Beef and Cabbage Slaw Po’boys!

Will you spend St. Patrick’s Day at a Disney destination? Let us know your party plans!

Easter and St. Patrick’s Day Holiday Treats in Disney World

Thanks to Reader Joey Beyer for sending these yummy snack pictures from Goofy’s Candy Co.!

Clearly Disney World is gearing up for the upcoming holidays — St. Patrick’s Day and Easter! Check out these green-inspired treats for St. Paddy’s day!

St. Patrick's Day Treats

Green Snacks

And with Easter right around the corner, check out these cute [Read more…]