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Raglan Road’s Great Irish Hooley Returns This Labor Day Weekend

by on August 17, 2017

Great Irish HooleyLooking for something fun to do at Walt Disney World this upcoming Labor Day Weekend? Consider visiting Raglan Road for their Great Irish Hooley! The Hooley is a unique Irish festival that is packed with some of the best Irish music you’ll hear, as well as other entertainment opportunities.

Guests who attend The Great Irish Hooley will be able to also enjoy contemporary Irish cuisine, Irish craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails. The Great Irish Hooley promises a fantastic music festival for all who drop by or reserve a table. This year’s Hooley entertainment include:

  • Elevation: Appearing at Raglan Road for the first time in four years, Elevation is a U2 tribute act who will play two special nighttime shows on September 2 and 3. The band will be paying homage to the U2 world tour celebrating 30 years of the ground-breaking Joshua Tree album.
  • Lisa Canny Band: Combining traditional Irish, R&B and Hip Hop, the Lisa Canney Band will appear at Raglan Road for three weeks beginning August 30 and will perform nightly during the Hooley.
  • Gary O’Meara Band: A traditional Irish banjo player with a prolific career as a solo artist and as a member of multiple legendary Irish music acts.
  • The Raglan Roots Coalition: This authentic Irish house band will be performing Roots style. Think soul-rocking Celtic bluegrass with some funky roots beats.
  • Jake Richardson: A singer-songwriter-musician from Dublin whose passion for music inspires audiences as he entertains with unique vocals and catchy songs.
  • Over the Bar: A vibrant four-piece, predominantly Irish traditional group that includes folk, blues and soul.
  • Rollickin’ Rua: This fresh traditional Irish music ensemble from Ireland and Scotland create a cacophonous crescendo of music and song with their clash of Celtic cultures.
  • Aaron O’Sullivan: A singer-songwriter and guitarist from County Cork who mixes traditional Irish ballads and modern Irish songs.

In addition, The Great Irish Hooley will include The Raglan Road Irish Dancers. And champion Irish dancer Ciaran Keating, Raglan Road’s show choreographer, will host an entertaining event that traces the origins of Irish dance from earliest jigs and reels through contemporary times.

The event will also include Celtic face painting.

The Great Irish Hooley kicks off beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1, and continues each day and night through late Monday evening.

To book a table for the event, click here. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

The Best Disney Springs Table Service Restaurants

by on March 27, 2017

Best table service restaurants at Disney Springs

TouringPlans gets thousands of user surveys each year from Disney guests. In recent posts, we shared the best restaurants at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Epcot and the best restaurants at the resorts. Today we’re talking about the best Disney Springs table service restaurants. Disney Springs has definitely seen the most new restaurant openings in recent history, but how do they fare?

To note, Fulton’s closed in 2016 and reopened as Paddlefish in 2017. Planet Hollywood was closed the entire year and reopened in February as Planet Hollywood Observatory. Homecomin’, BOATHOUSE, Morimoto, Frontera Concina, and STK are all part of the “new” Disney Springs. BOATHOUSE opened April 2015, Morimoto October 2015, the others in the last year. Paddlefish has not had enough responses to make the list yet.

In this chart, restaurants shown in green did significantly better the average Walt Disney World restaurant, while those in red did significantly worse.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Style at Disney Springs’ Raglan Road

by on March 8, 2017

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Make sure you’re wearin’ your green as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend at Raglan Road’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Disney Springs!

This year’s event will last from March 16 through March 19 and the celebration will feature great Irish cuisine, live music, Irish dancers, complimentary face painting, and more!

The highlight is the music courtesy of the fantastic bands that will take one of two different stages. This year, bands will include the very best of native Irish talent – Young Dubliners, The Byrne Brothers, HanaLena Band, The Raglan Roots Coalition, Swingin’ On the Gate, Rollickin’ Rua, and Jennifer Lyons. Guests will also be able to catch performances by the award-winning Irish dancers.

The full schedule of events can be found here:

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The Great Irish Hooley to Occur at Raglan Road This Labor Day

by on August 29, 2016

The Great Irish Hooley

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Did you know that we are close to the halfway point of St. Patrick’s Day? How would I know something like that? Because once again, it is time for The Great Irish Hooley. The Great Irish Hooley is a celebration of that halfway mark and it will be taking place at Raglan Road this Labor Day weekend at Disney Springs.

This year is the fifth year for this fun-filled event that consists of traditional live music, dancing, and delicious Irish cuisine. Festivities begin at noon on Friday, September 2 and will run through the evening of Monday, September 5.

This year’s party will included performances by nine top Irish bands, authentic step dancing, and first-rate contemporary Irish cuisine.

The entertainment line up for this year’s event includes:

  • Screaming Orphans
  • The Raglan Roots Coalition
  • Flat Out
  • The Marianne Fraser Band
  • The High Road
  • Cooney & Ryan
  • Swingin’ On The Gate
  • The Flyin’ Marys
  • Jake Richardson

Guests will also be able to enjoy the Raglan Road Irish Dancers. The infamous dance group will be found performing throughout the weekend. They will also teach Guests some traditional Irish steps. The Hooley also will feature Celtic face-painting Saturday through Monday.

For more information visit raglanroad.com/great-irish-hooley

This event is certainly packed with the best of Irish music and entertainment. If you’re in Disney Springs this weekend, you don’t want to miss this unique experience!

Dani’s Best Week Ever March 17, 2016: Disney Springs, The Ganachery, and Raglan Road

by on March 17, 2016

Top o’ the morning to ya! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Just in time for the greenest of all holidays, I made a visit to Disney Springs to check out the Mighty Festival at Raglan Road, and made a few shopping diversions along the way. I visit Disney Springs about once a month it seems, if not more frequently, and I enjoy my visits much more than any visits I can remember at Downtown Disney (excluding any and all romps around Pleasure Island’s amazing night clubs). This particular trip I enjoyed a little bit of shopping and soaked up as much Irish fun as I could.

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Getting to Disney Springs has its struggles at times, however lots of improvements have been made, the greatest of which is the Orange Parking garage and the direct from Interstate 4 Westbound ramp leading straight to Disney Springs. On this visit I arrived on property via Lake Buena Vista and enjoyed using the exit ramp the splits of Lake Buena Vista Drive just after Typhoon Lagoon.  Within moments I found a parking spot thanks to the available space signage and lighting at each space. Above each parking space on all floors except the rooftop there is a light, green means “yay this spot is open” and red means “nothing to see here, move along.”

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Along the rooftop of the parking garage you can check out some cool views of Disney Springs. From this vantage point you can get a bird’s eye view of the remaining construction of Disney Springs. The most notable construction projects are the Town Center, which will be the Spanish architecture laden area in front of The Landing, the massive bus terminal, and Planet Hollywood’s extreme makeover.

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Don’t Miss the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road

by on March 1, 2016

Raglan Road Mighty St Patricks Day

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Wow! March is here and that means we’re just days away from the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival that’s held annually at Raglan Road in Disney Springs!

This festival is a rollicking, frolicking good time and you don’t have to be Irish to be entertained! (Though you may want to make sure you’re wearing green so you won’t get pinched!)

This year’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival kicks off on Friday, March 11th and will run straight through to St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. Guests will be able to enjoy music, Irish Dancers, amazing Irish dining and beverages, face painting, giveaways, and more!

This year’s festival will once again feature some of the best Irish bands you can find! Performances will take place on both the Raglan Road Pub Stage and the Raglan Road Patio Stage. Performers for this year’s event include:

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The Great Irish Hooley Returns to Raglan Road Labor Day Weekend

by on September 2, 2015

Well, we are halfway to St. Patrick’s Day! Know how I know that? Because The Great Irish Hooley is taking place once again this Labor Day weekend at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney?

This year marks the fourth annual event of traditional live music, dancing, and delicious Irish cuisine. Festivities begin at noon on Friday, September 4 and will run through the evening of Monday, September 7.

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This year’s party will included performances by seven top Irish bands, authentic step dancing, and first-rate contemporary Irish cuisine.

Also, in addition to the restaurant’s featured menu of beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails, Raglan Road will spotlight four limited-edition craft beers brewed just for the Hooley by Ireland’s Rye River Brewing Company. These will include Raglan Road Saison, Raglan Road Fruit Salad Weiss Beer, McGargles Jims CO2 Stout, and McGargles Francis Tropical American IPA.

The entertainment line up for this year’s event includes:

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever July 30, 2015: Drizzling Disney Springs

by on July 30, 2015

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Take a drizzly tour of Disney Springs in this Best Week Ever (photos by Seth Kubersky)

The end of July 2015 has certainly earned a spot on my Best Week Ever list, because just days ago my brand new book, The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando, emerged from the printer on actual dead trees, and will be available for purchase early next month. What better way to celebrate such a milestone than with a wet walk around the worksite known as Disney Springs?

 

Unlike Derek Burgan, I’ve been avoiding the area formerly known as Downtown Disney like the plague since construction began on its massive re-imagining. This week, I picked a blustery afternoon to make my return to Walt Disney World’s shopping and entertainment complex in the hopes of experiencing some of its newest additions.

 

The changes began long before I landed at Disney Springs, as electronic traffic signs detoured me away from my usual direct route to the parking lot behind Cirque du Soleil.

 

Instead, I found myself on a “scenic route” behind Old Key West and Saratoga Springs, in a land where golf carts roam,…

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Raglan Road with the Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival

by on March 6, 2015

©Raglan RoadSt. Patrick’s Day is in about a week and a half and if you’ll be visiting Walt Disney World from March 13-17, then there is only one place where you should be to get your Irish on and that’s at Raglan Road for the Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival!

The five day event is an authentic St. Paddy’s Day celebration featuring great Irish cuisine, live music, performances by award-winning Irish dancers, complimentary face painting, and of course, lots of green everywhere!

Raglan Road guests ready to “get their green on” can participate in festivities that run from 4 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. March 13 and from noon until 1:30 a.m. March 14-17.

The highlight is the music courtesy of the fantastic bands that will take one of three different stages. This year, bands will include the very best of native Irish talent – Drops of Green, Reel Ó Gránde, The Brayzen Heads and The West Coast Trio. Topping off the Festival are Scythian and $3 Band — two of the very best Irish bands in America.

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SATURDAY SIX: Six of our Favorite WDW Snacks Outside of the Theme Parks

by on January 31, 2015

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six of our Favorite WDW Snacks Outside of the Theme Parks. Let’s get this out of the way: we love theme park snacks. We think you know we love theme park snacks, but did you know that there are just as many great treats – if not more – outside of the parks? Today, in part one of planned 27 part series, we’re looking at six of our favorite WDW treats available at the Disney resorts, water parks, and Downtown Disney, starting with…

# 6 – Zebra Domes (Animal Kingdom Lodge)

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Zebra Domes from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Zebra Domes are synonymous with the Animal Kingdom Lodge and one of its signature restaurants, Boma. Thankfully, these tasty treats are also available elsewhere at AKL including The Mara and Johari Treasures at Kidani Village. The base of a Zebra Dome is a small layer of cake with a dollop of Amarula liqueur mousse on top of it. The Dome is then coated with white chocolate, while dark chocolate is used to create the zebra stripes. Run, don’t walk. to try this one on your next WDW vacation.

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