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Mighty Irish Festival at Downtown Disney, Part 1: Celebrate at Raglan Road

Some scenes from the Raglan Road Mighty Irish Festival, which runs through March 17.
Some scenes from the Raglan Road Mighty Irish Festival, which runs through March 17.
Barb Nefer

Raglan Road at Downtown Disney offers an Irish atmosphere 365 days a year, but things kick into high gear when St. Patrick's Day approaches. This year, the Mighty Irish Festival is in full swing, and it culminates in the ultimate party on March 17.

In the meantime, head out to this popular restaurant and pub for a hearty meal with an Irish flair and a pint of Guinness or one of the other tasty treats. Enjoy Irish dancing and live music inside the restaurant and outdoors on the patio. The kids can join in the dancing, and you can even attend a free workshop during the Mighty Irish Festival, led by Ronan McCormack himself. He's one of the original Riverdance cast members, and he shares his expertise during the celebration. Want the whole entertainment schedule? Go to the Raglan Road Mighty Festival website.

Click the slideshow accompanying this article for a quick overview of the party atmosphere at Raglan Road. Your toes will tap, your hands will clap, and you'll feel the Irish spirit regardless of your background. If you visit over St. Patrick's Day Weekend, be sure to order up an Exploding Shamrock. This special drink has a tropical taste, but a finishing touch of Pop Rocks turns it into an explosive holiday delight.

If you're planning to celebrate right on March 17, get to the restaurant early. It's first come, first served, with a $10 cover charge on the holiday.

Even if you don't get out on or before St. Patrick's Day, stop at Raglan Road any time you want to sample a bit of the Emerald Isle right at Walt Disney World. To see the other fun holiday activities, go to this article.

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