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March 16, 2018

Walt Disney World's Raglan Road welcomes The Maguires band during Mighty St. Patrick's Day Festival


If you are looking for a family friendly way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando, get yourself to Raglan Road at Disney Springs! The restaurant’s popular party runs all weekend with authentic contemporary Irish cuisine, beers and cocktails. But perhaps the best treat is the selection of entertainment that is presented in addition to the Raglan Road Irish Dancers that are always in residence.


Raglan Road will host eight bands that perform various styles of Irish music from noon to 1 a.m. during the celebration. New this year is The Maguires, a family band from Wicklow. They play traditional Irish music and modern songs, both favorite covers and their own original music. The band is made up of Emma, 17, on fiddle, flute and whistle; Aoife, 15, on concertina and uilleann pipes; Sean, 12, on bodhran; and their father, Phillip, on guitar.

I was delighted to hear them perform during a preview of Raglan Road’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival and to have the opportunity to speak with them. Of course I wanted to know how they got started playing music together.

“I’m responsible for that, I guess,” Phillip said. “I started brainwashing them when they were very little. I used to do a lot of set dancing all around Ireland when I was in my 20s so it was a lovely way to spend time together. … Also, my dad did play and he taught me the whistle when I was young.”

From that exposure to music, Emma’s love of music was born at age 4, and she brought the family along with her.

“Very early on, it became very clear that Emma had a voracious appetite for music and she just took it away,” Phillips said. “Very quickly it became the case where we said we would stop going to lessons and practicing if they misbehaved rather than the other way around.”

And when Aoife and Sean each turned 6 years old, they had been bitten by the music bug as well and they learned quickly. The children are all classically trained musicians.

Their first stage performance was in March 2014 to a packed concert theater of 200 people in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Now, four years later, the band has performed at festivals and concerts all over Ireland. The musicians made their United States debut in the summer of 2017 with performances in Montana, Milwaukee, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Connecticut.


The Maguires will be performing at Raglan Road through April 2, so there are many opportunities to see them. Here is their schedule this weekend:

Today (March 16): Patio stage – 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday (March 17): Patio stage – 1:30, 2:30, 4:30, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday (March 18): Patio stage – 4, 5, 6:30, 7:30 p.m.

Be sure to check for times and dates for additional performances by The Maguires and for the complete lineup of live entertainment during the Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival this weekend.




Can’t make it to Raglan Road? You can listen to the infectious sounds of The Maguires in your home or car by ordering their CD on the their website, This debut album, “Little Giants and Other Oxymorons,” was released in December 2016, and six of the eleven tracks were composed by the family members. One of the songs has been picked up by Tourism Ireland and used as the soundtrack on a promotional video about Ireland and its musical heritage.

DISCLAIMER: I was a guest of Raglan Road during the preview of its Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival. My opinions are my own, and this did not affect my story.

March 14, 2017

Walt Disney World's Raglan Road hosts family-friendly St. Patrick's Day festival beginning March 16


St. Patrick’s Day is Friday and that means celebrating all things that are Irish at the nearest pub, right? We here at AllEars.Net are, of course, partial to Disney’s own authentic Irish restaurant and pub, Raglan Road at Disney Springs. Raglan Road will be celebrating the holiday Thursday through Sunday (March 16-19) with its Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival.


Deb Wills, Linda Eckwerth and I were invited to a preview of the event, where we were able to experience the entertainment and food and beverages that will be on tap this weekend. If you’re expecting green beer, you will not find it, but if you want to celebrate the Irish culture as it is done in The Emerald Isle, Raglan Road is the place to be.

First, and perhaps more importantly, the beer. Raglan Road will be serving a unique lineup that not only features traditional Irish stout beers like Guinness, but also five adult beverages that are exclusive to Raglan Road from local producers. And one beer – Paddy’s (NOT PATTY’S) Pilsner -- was crafted just for the Mighty Festival and will only be available this week.

Paddy’s (NOT PATTY’S) Pilsner comes from Orange Blossom Brewing and is the brewery’s original honey pilsner infused with blood orange extract. It has a light, citrus flavor.

Paddy’s (NOT PATTY’S) Pilsner

“We went through different flavor profiles, and we felt that blood orange would cater to the masses the most,” said Aaron Ledger, director of sales for Orange Blossom Brewing Company. “Then we experimented with different measurements to make sure we had the right balance, and the folks at Raglan Road paired it with food to make sure that worked.”

Planted Strawberry & Lime Hard Cider

We also sampled the other beverages that are exclusive to Raglan Road: Bloomsday Pale Ale, also from Orange Blossom Brewing; Tri Wishes Grand Irish Red, Crooked Can Brewing; Miriam’s Irish Coffee Stout, Coppertail Brewing Company; and Planted Strawberry & Lime Hard Cider, Keel & Curley Winery.

Bloomsday Pale Ale is a refreshing ale full of citrus and other fruit flavors. It’s the kind of beer that can be refreshing on a Florida summer. The Tri Wishes Grand Irish Red just won an award for the top Irish Red Beer in the state, and we can see why. It is a smooth red that finishes clean. Miriam’s Irish Coffee Stout tasted like a full-bodied stout that lives up to its name with more than a hint of coffee. I am not much of a beer drinker, but I did enjoy the Planted Strawberry & Lime Hard Cider, which was sweet and smooth that makes it great with for both entrees and deserts.

Braised Lamb Mini Pie
Lemon Herb Crusted Atlantic Cod and Paddy's Pilsner


Beer Battered Monk Fish Fillet with Hand Cut Chips


Shepherd’s Pie

During the Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Raglan Road will be serving its full menu created by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon. At the preview, we sampled several dishes that will be available. There was, of course, a twist on the traditional Shepherd’s Pie, which is made with beef and lamb, root vegetables, red wine jus and topped with mashed potato. Delicious! We also tried the Lemon Herb Crusted Atlantic Cod over Creamed Leeks, which is similar to the The Cushy Cod on the menu. The Braised Lamb Mini Pie with Minted Pea Puree is one of the Pies to Try on the regular menu. Finally, the Beer Battered Monk Fish Fillet with Hand Cut Chips and Tartar Sauce was a slightly different take on the traditional Fish and Chips that usually is made with cod at Raglan Road.

Bread & Butter Pudding and Trifle Sinful

And then there was dessert, each more delicious than the next. We sampled the Bread & Butter Pudding, which was served with crème anglaise and butterscotch sauce; the Dunbrody Kiss, a chocolate mousse covered in chocolate ganache with a crunchy base; and the Trifle Sinful, a freshly baked Swiss roll, Gran Marnier, fresh berries, custard and cream. All three desserts are available on the regular Raglan Road menu. (To see the complete restaurant menu, visit the AllEars.Net page.)


Raglan Road features live entertainment every night, but there will be even more acts to enjoy during the festival. There are two stages – inside the pub and outside on the patio – where native Irish (and some Americans) will perform. At the preview, we enjoyed seeing the Byrne Brothers play musical instruments (button accordion, banjo, mandolin, whistle and bodhran), sing and dance. Brothers Luca, 12, Finn, 10, and Dempsey, 7, amazed us with their talents, and they have been wowing audiences in Ireland. Don’t miss them at the festival! They are scheduled to perform at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on the patio; 1 and 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday inside the pub; 2:30 and 5:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the patio; and 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the patio.

Byrne Brothers

The Raglan Road Dancers, who perform nightly, will have patrons clapping along to their toe-tapping jigs and reels during the festival. Their fancy footwork is definitely fun to watch – and diners are even invited to join the dancers and learn some Irish dance steps. My daughter still talks about how much fun she had with the dancers on one occasion when she was younger.


And that leads me to assure other parents that Raglan Road’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival is family friendly. As I mentioned, the entertainment is appropriate and fun for little ones. Less adventurous eaters can select typical American comfort food on their menus if they are not up for trying traditional Irish fare. And complimentary Celtic face-painting will take place from noon to 8 p.m. each day during the festival.

Raglan Road is open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. each day during the Mighty Festival, March 16 through 19. A cover charge of $10 will apply to each guest 18 and older on March 17 only.

Click HERE for the Official Press Release from Raglan Road!

DISCLAIMER: I was a guest of Raglan Road during the preview of its Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival. My opinions are my own, and this did not affect my story.


December 29, 2014

Ideas for celebrating New Year's Eve outside the theme parks at Walt Disney World


Walt Disney World's theme parks certainly know how to host splashy New Year's Eve parties. It would be difficult to top the lavish food, top-notch entertainment and spectacular fireworks. But if your family has younger kids who might not make it until midnight or you're looking for a less crowded celebration, here are some suggestions for other ways to ring in 2015 Disney-style. Most of these do not require advance planning, so you can even decide on Dec. 31 what your family wants to do.

Raglan Road

At Downtown Disney, Raglan Road offers live entertainment on two stages, plus dinner and late-night menus inside the restaurant and on the patio. But what makes this especially appealing to families may be the complimentary champagne toast at midnight in Ireland (7 p.m. EST) and again at midnight in Orlando. Obviously those under age 21 won't be partaking, but the celebration itself is fun. My daughter and I have had several enjoyable experiences at Raglan Road and definitely recommend it. Parking in the new parking garage is complimentary, and there is no cover charge for the evening.

Dinner and fireworks viewing at a resort hotel

Although it may be tough at this late date to get a reservation at one of the table-service restaurants at the hotels on the monorail loop - Contemporary, Polynesian or Grand Floridian - it is still possible to dine there and then view the fireworks. To do so, you'll need to park at the Transportation and Ticket Center, which costs $17 for the day if you're not staying on property or are an annual passholder, and then take the monorail or a bus to the hotel of your choice. (Because of the heavy holiday crowds, guests who are not staying at the hotels or those who don't have dining reservations will not be allowed to park in those lots.) Guests can eat in the quick-service restaurants at the three hotels and then view the fireworks from various public viewing areas, such as the fourth floor lobby or monorail platform at the Contemporary. Be aware that some hotel viewing areas are restricted to patrons of specific high-end restaurants.

Walt Disney World kids activity centers

If the adults in your group want to experience their own celebrations at Walt Disney World, the children can spend a fun evening in one of the resort's activity centers, which will have extended hours on New Year's Eve. The four locations open at 4:30 p.m. and will have the last pickup at 1:30 a.m. (Children will be able to rest or sleep when they get tired.) I'm told that the centers will not have special activities for the holiday. Still, when my daughter has spent time in the centers, she thoroughly enjoyed all the choices of entertainment. The centers welcome children ages 3 (must be potty-trained) to 12. The cost is $15 per hour per child, with a two-hour minimum. Dinner is included for those who are in the club during the time it is served. At the time of this writing, there still was space available in all four locations, but reservations are recommended. For more details, see the AllEars.Net resource page.

Celebration Town Center

The town of Celebration, located just outside the gates of Walt Disney World, hosts "Now Snowing Nightly" -- a flurry of soap bubbles -- through New Year's Eve, and it's open to the public at no charge. The last "snowfalls" of the season happen on Dec. 31 at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. on Market Street. There's no need to queue up to experience the snow - just step into the street, which is blocked off from traffic. This event does not have a New Year's Eve countdown, but it does offer a last taste of the holiday season with gorgeous decorations, ice skating, "snow flurries," carriage rides and a variety of restaurants for dinner.


For the last several years, DisneyQuest, which houses five floors of video and virtual games at Downtown Disney, has hosted a family friendly event on Dec. 31. Unfortunately, that is not the case this year, and there is no word on whether the party will resume next year. Still, the attraction is a fun place to let pre-teens and teens spend time enjoying electronic gaming fun while parents check out some of the more adult offerings at Downtown Disney.

Celebrate early

The Magic Kingdom displays its New Year's Eve fireworks on Dec. 30, as well as Dec. 31. Fantasy in the Sky starts at 11:50 p.m. both days. Although it still will be crowded in the Magic Kingdom on Dec. 30, it definitely will not be as bad as it is on New Year's Eve. This might be a way to see the fireworks early and then enjoy a quieter New Year's Eve. If you are staying at a Disney resort, there also usually are family friendly activities planned for guests.

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone!


September 3, 2012

Great Irish Hooley wraps up today at Raglan Road at Downtown Disney



At Walt Disney World, you don't have to wait until March to celebrate everything Irish. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Downtown Disney is hosting its first Great Irish Hooley this holiday weekend and there are lots of fun family activities on tap for today, the final day.

My 8-year-old daughter and I were invited to experience the Hooley, a traditional Irish social celebration, on Saturday, and it was something we both enjoyed. Despite being Orlando residents, we had never been to Raglan Road. Many of the festival's offerings are available on a nightly basis, but there also is some special entertainment for Labor Day.


When you first approach the restaurant at the front of Pleasure Island, you'll notice that it is huge and includes an outdoor patio and a gift shop. One of the best things about Pleasure Island is that many of the restaurants have the outdoor spaces for guests to have a drink and listen to live performances, and Raglan Road is no exception. It's a casual atmosphere, where parents can feel comfortable bringing their children.

Today's patio stage musical lineup:

12 to 2 p.m.: Danny Burns, performs a unique blend of Irish ballads and contemporary Irish music.

3 to 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.: The Raglan Rogues, a Dublin band that plays Irish folk and traditional tunes.

6 to 10 p.m.: FullSet, an Irish band kicking off its U.S. tour promoting its debut album.

The main stage inside Raglan Road features:

12 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.: Johnny "Snaggs" Norton, Dublin entertainer who has toured worldwide with Riverdance. Performances include sing-along songs.

8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.: Creel, the popular house band that normally play Mondays through Saturdays.


But even better than the music, in our opinion, are the Irish dancers. They perform nightly at the restaurant and invite guests to join them. During the festival, guests will have even more opportunities to learn some fancy footwork. Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast leads dancers and guests through different traditional and contemporary styles of Irish dance during the "From Our Roots to Riverdance" workshops. These sessions take place today from 2 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. on the patio stage and really are not to be missed. I found the demonstrations fascinating and beautiful. My daughter was not shy about hopping up on stage when McCormack asked for volunteers to try a broom dance.


Inside the restaurant, guests can participate in a Ceili -- a structured set-dancing event that was the precursor to today's popular country line dancing -- from 3 to 5 p.m. The area in front of the main stage is cleared out so more guests can join the fun. My daughter jumped at the chance to try this as well, and she discovered that the professional dancers were very patient with the amateurs of all ages.


For those wanting to display their Irish spirit, complimentary Celtic face-painting is offered inside the restaurant from noon to 10 p.m. during the festival.

Appetizer sampler: Scallop Forest, Heaven on Earth, Nom Nom Wings and Dalkey Duo.

And that's just the entertainment! This is a restaurant known for its authentic Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist. Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon serves up popular entrees such as beer-battered fish and chips, Shepherd's pie with a contemporary twist and Kevin's Heavenly Ham. There also are plenty of options for those with special dietary needs, such as vegetarians, those who need gluten-free dishes, and guests looking for lighter dishes. Children can pick from traditional Irish fare and typical American comfort food on their menus. Raglan Road also boasts an extensive collection of beer, whiskey, wine and specialty cocktails. (See the complete menu on AllEars.Net.)

Beefy Murray: Beef curry pie with spinach, potatoes, mushrooms & apple chutney.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner is 3 to 11 p.m. with a bar menu available after 11 p.m.

Beer flight for tasting.

DISCLAIMER: I was a guest of Raglan Road during its Great Irish Hooley. My opinions are my own, and this did not influence my review.

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