Downtown Disney will once again be the site of Walt Disney World’s (WDW) extended St. Patricks Day celebration. On Feb. 21, WDW released information about the music, live, entertainment and food that make up the “Wearin’ of the Green” fun at Downtown Disney (DTD) March 7–17.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant throws its Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival (The Mighty Festival), and fittingly serves as central location for the festivities, but much of DTD will “get their green on.”
The Mighty Festival boasts Celtic entertainment for DTD’s St. Patrick’s Day event
Nearly 10 top Irish bands and professional dancers will take to three three stages during select days of the festival. In addition, there are Irish dancers and dance lessons, street performers, and The Mighty Family Zone at DTD’s West Side for family fun.
Performances start nightly March 7-14 from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Then the Mighty Festival kicks into high gear for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, March 15-17, with all-day performances (noon to 1 a.m.) on both indoor and outdoor stages.
Planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Downtown Disney with The Mighty Festival? Disney includes among the event’s highlights the following entertainment:
- Performances by The Willis Clan, world-famous U2 tribute band Elevation, Goitse, Three Dollar Band, We Banjo 3, The Raglan Rebels, The Brayzen Heads and Raglan Road house bands Creel and The West Coast Trio.
- The Raglan Road Dancers — seven full-time champion dancers, performing daily.
- Renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast, leading Irish Dance Workshops “From Roots to Riverdance.”
- Ceili (kay-lee) traditional music and structured set-dancing event, during which host Ronan McCormack invites guest participation.
Additional entertainment during The Mighty Festival includes 50 musicians and dancers, street art and performances (e.g. face painting, stilt walkers, living statues, chalk artists, storytellers), competitions and giveaways.
DTD does make it “easy being green” for the St. Patrick’s Day event, even for Kermit the Frog. The 2014 event features Kermit and other Muppets at The Mighty Family Zone, the family friendly area on DTD’s West Side. There, Disney guests of all ages can enjoy a photo op with Kermit and take a quick animation lesson to learn how to draw him – all to promote the upcoming Muppet film, “Muppets Most Wanted.” The Zone also is the site for games and DJ dance parties.
Downtown Disney highlights Irish food and drink as part of The Mighty Festival
Guests can order from the popular Raglan Road lunch, dinner and bar menus throughout The Mighty Festival. Raglan Road’s Kevin Dundon, celebrity chef, will serve his contemporary twist on Irish dishes such as loin of bacon and cabbage. There’s also a selection of beers on tap, as well as Irish whiskey and cocktails, for adults looking for something worth raising a glass or two.
Raglan Road also will offer a St. Patrick’s Day Festival Lunch Demonstration on March 12, offering four courses and with optional wine pairings. Price is $49.94 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 407-938-0300.
For quick service, Cooke’s of Dublin serves Irish favorites like fish and chips, battered sausages and deep-fried candy bars. (Doh-Bar, that is.) Select DTD restaurants will feature food and specialty drinks related to the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
DTD’s new-ish Disney Food Trucks (Fantasy Fair, Namaste Café, Superstar Catering and World Showcase of Flavors) also add a touch of festival flavors. The trucks, located at West Side, will offer a taste of the holiday – including a special St. Patrick’s Day-themed cupcake. Disney guests with heartier appetites may order the Fisherman’s Pie from the World Showcase of Flavors truck; the Ireland Marketplace Kiosk, of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, popularized this dish with many return Disney guests.
A note about St. Patrick’s Day: Raglan Road will be very busy on Monday, March 17. Seating is first-come, first-served. Come early, wear green, and be prepared to say, “Erin go bragh!” On Monday, a $10 cover will apply to each guest 18 and over. Raglan Road reservations may be made for other festival days by calling 407-938-0300.
Visit Walt Disney World’s website for more information about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Downtown Disney.