Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Raglan Road in Disney Springs
How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Right Way at Walt Disney World
Raglan Road in Disney Springs is the Place to Be
If you happen to find yourself at Walt Disney World on St. Patrick’s Day, consider yourself lucky. An Irish pub is a fun place to be at any time of year, but it’s the only place to be on St. Patrick’s Day. I have spent many a St. Patrick’s Day at Raglan Road and it has always been a great time.
For 2019, the Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival in Disney Springs once again promises to be a rollicking good time. The 2019 festival will run three days and nights, featuring live Irish music at Raglan Road from March 15-17, 2019. The show is headlined by one of Celtic rock’s hardest working bands: the Young Dubliners. In total, nine bands will join the talented Raglan Road troupe of incredible Irish dancers to provide non-stop entertainment from morning right into late night over the course of the three-day celebration (an annual event).
Raglan Road is a family-friendly establishment and during the festival you and your family can enjoy the festive Irish ambiance, while dancers invite children on stage for a fun dance lesson. As the day moves into the evening, the grown-up crowd can grab a seat for a hearty rock- and Irish-infused live performance by Young Dubliners, who play hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the United States and Europe every year.
Raglan Road co-owner John Cooke says fans of the annual celebration of all things Irish will be sure to hear something new: “We’ll also mix it up with some unique musical collaborations by our in-house artists.”
Be Sure to Plan Ahead for the Fun
During this most festive time of year at Raglan Road, space can fill up fast. In particular, on Sunday, March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis and there will be a $10 cover charge for each guest age 18 and older. For March 15 and 16, reservations can be booked in advance (no cover) by calling (407) 938-0300.
No matter which day you attend, you can enjoy a fine selection of beers, whiskeys and craft cocktails to pair with exceptional pub grub — plus some more elegant Irish fare. All the while, musicians and dancers will be performing on multiple stages, indoors and out.
2019 Performance Hours:
- March 15: 3:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
- March 16 and 17: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. March 16 and 17
Ragland Road opens at 9:00 a.m. for seating
Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day
On Saturday and Sunday, Mighty Festival guests can add to their Irish holiday attire with complimentary face painting. This will be available on Friday, March 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Musical acts other performances throughout the three-day event include:
- Young Dubliners – One of Celtic rock’s hardest working bands, the Young Dubliners play hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the United States and Europe every year. Young Dubliners are known for their hearty rock and Irish-infused live performances.
- Ben Gunnery – Irish music superstar and multi-instrumentalist Ben Gunnery, who studied at prestigious music conservatories, has toured since age 14. Now 39, he has been soloist for high-profile productions like Riverdance and films including “Lord of the Rings” and Harry Potter movies. Ben will appear on Raglan Road stages for his first Mighty Festival.
- Briste — This inspiring all-female duo includes Emma Robinson (flute, whistle) and Joanna Boyle (banjo, vocals). Blending their rich musical backgrounds, Briste creates a fresh and exciting mix of country, folk and Irish traditional music.
- The Byrne Brothers — An exceptionally talented traditional Irish music family from Donegal. They are Luca, 14 (button accordion); Finn, 12 (banjo, mandolin and whistle); Dempsey, 9, (whistle and bodhran); and father, Tommy (guitar, Uilleann pipes, fiddle, whistles, bagpipes and bodhran). Their show combines exciting Irish tunes with modern dance beats, and they love to interact with every audience.
- The Raglan Roots Coalition – This edgy house band is known for its soul-rockin’ Celtic bluegrass with hip-swingin’, knee-shakin’ funky roots beats. Emily Furlong (guitar, vocals, banjo); Blain Curtis (guitar, vocals); Ben Roe (percussion); Keelan Kelly (bass); and Ellen Daly (fiddle) will get everyone in the St. Paddy’s spirit.
- Reel Republic – Hailing from the four corners of Ireland, Aisling Egan-Sage (fiddle); Liam O’Keefe (box, vocals); Niall McIlroy (guitar, flute); and Eleanor Roe (keyboard, vocals, bodhran) are Reel Republic 2.0, seriously talented musicians always pushing to make the next gig better than the last.
- Trad Gad – Three talented musicians from Kerry, Dublin, Colin Foley (guitar, vocals); Fionn Morrison (Uilleann pipes, whistles); and Ciara Ni Bhrian (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Uilleann pipes, tin whistle, banjo and bazouki, charm Raglan Road audiences with their vibrant performances.
- Maca – Three Irish sister-musician-songwriters dubbed “Ireland’s next big thing” are rocking Raglan Road Pub stages with their extraordinary talent. Saoise Carty (guitar,vocals); Naoise Carty (Fiddle, vocals); and Ciara Carty (Bodhran) are from Wexford, Ireland.
- High Road — Three talented musicians hailing from Galway, Kilkenny and Glasgow meet in the middle to play a crowd-pleasing symphony of traditional Irish tunes and songs. Hannah NcNeil (fiddle, banjo, vocals); Aidan Byrne (guitar, vocals); and Roisin Broderick (concertina) rock the stage.
- The Raglan Road Irish Dancers – Plucked from the cast and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows, the Raglan Road Irish Dancers perform throughout the Mighty Festival. You can even learn some traditional Irish dance steps – no experience necessary!
Don’t Forget About the Food
No festival would be complete without a tempting menu and the Raglan Road Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival is no exception.
Order from Raglan Road’s brunch, lunch, dinner and bar menus. Some of the newer menu items include Guinness-infused Bangin’ Bangers and Mighty Mash, and In Cod’s Way – pan-seared north Atlantic cod with lemon and herb crushed potatoes, garden peas with tomato and caper butter sauce. Traditionalists may prefer the pub’s loin of bacon and cabbage — the authentic Irish dish of St. Patrick’s Day — along with other hearty pub classics. In addition to the restaurant dining area, throughout the event, the restaurant’s Cooke’s of Dublin counter-service eatery will offer Irish favorites as well — including fish and chips — now available by mobile ordering.
For more details and a complete overview of the festivities, be sure to visit raglanroad.com.
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