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    Magical Blogorail Red: St. Patty’s Mighty Festival at Downtown Disney

    ***This article was originally published on March 5, 2014, as part of the Magical Blogorail Red loop. As it pertains to today’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I’m re-posting it, so you can know all the special holiday happenings at Walt Disney World Resort. Please be sure to click through the entire loop for lots of St. Patty’s Day fun!***

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    Disney knows how to kick any occasion up a great big notch. This year’s planned St. Patrick’s Day events at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney will be no exception!

    The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival opens tomorrow, March 7, and lasts through the holiday itself, March 17, 2014. Get your Irish groove on at a number of musical concerts, kick up your heels with clogging tutorials, delight your tastebuds with Irish food and beverage, and see if it’s easy being green with Kermit the Frog!

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    Schedule via Raglan Road

    Music and Dance
    Rock out to high-energy sets showcasing live musical performances (listed below) or take a step-by-step workshop on how to dance like the Irish. Shows occur 5:00 PM-1:00AM March 7 through 14, and then noon-1:00AM March 15 through 17, at Downtown Disney’s Raglan Road™ Irish Pub and Restaurant.

    • Elevation – U2 tribute band—March 15 and 17, 2014.
    • The Willis Clan – Tennessee family of performers merges their Irish roots with other popular music and dance genres—March 7 – 9 and 13 – 17, 2014.
    • We Banjo 3 – Quartet that combines Irish sounds with old-time American and Bluegrass tunes—March 7 – 9 and March 15 – 17, 2014.
    • Goitse – 5-piece band making a fast name for themselves among connoisseurs of old-fashioned Irish melodies—March 11 – 17, 2014.
    • 3 Dollar Band – A unique blend of folk songs inspired by Irish and Appalachian influences, with just a dash of French and Bulgarian rhythm—March 14 – 17, 2014.
    • Nova Celtic – Nova Celtic puts their own twist on a collection of popular songs—March 7 – 17, 2014.
    • Creel – Lock your arms for sets from Raglan Road’s resident house band, with their near-endless repertoire of reels, songs, ballets and more—March 7 – 17, 2014.
    • The Brayzen Heads – Duo who put their own spin on traditional Irish and modern music—March 7 – 17, 2014.
    • The Raglan Rebels – Prepare to be blown away by the energy, excitement and incredible abilities of a popular Raglan Road house band—March 7 – 17, 2014.
    • West Coast Trio – Trio hailing from Ireland’s West Coast, as accompanied by accordions, flutes, and whistles—March 7 – 17, 2014.

    The Raglan Road Dancers troupe will be roaming about the Downtown Disney area in search of all-new audiences. Watch for one of their 15-minute pop-up performances. Irish Dance Workshops will be offered from March 15 to March 17, 2014, taught by Ronan McCormack and the Raglan Road Dancers at Raglan Road.

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    Good eats
    Look for the Superstar Catering Disney Food Truck, serving a St. Patrick’s Day cupcake and Fisherman’s Pie, a favorite from the Ireland kiosk at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Raglan Road favorites are on the restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus, along with beers on tap. For a quick bite, stop by Cooke’s of Dublin for fish and chips, battered sausages, and deep-fried candy bars. Paradiso 37, Planet Hollywood, Bongos, T-Rex, Portobello, Fulton’s Crabhouse, Wolfgang Puck Café, and Forty Thirst Street restaurants will also feature special St. Patty’s fare too.

    If you plan to attend the celebration ON the big day March 17, seating at Raglan Road is first-come, first-served basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest age 18 and older. Reservations can be booked for other festival days by calling 407-938-0300 or by visiting Disneyworld.com/StPatricksDay.

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    Mighty Family Fun Zone and Shopping
    Guests of all ages are invited to Mighty Family Fun Zone presented by Disney’s MUPPETS MOST WANTED, where you can capture the memory with a Muppets-themed backdrop photo opportunity, learn how to draw some of your favorite Muppets characters, and take part in games, giveaways, and DJ dance parties. Many other magical experiences, like roaming stilt walkers, living statues, face painters, and tattoo artists will be on-hand too.

    Follow the shamrocks as they take you on an Irish history lesson—from the Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle to the Rock of Cashel. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn while you play and pick up some fun facts about several famous landmarks. Raglan Road’s Shop for Ireland will have a wide selection of St. Patrick’s Day merchandise available, including Raglan Road t-shirts, souvenirs, Celtic jewelry, and more.

    Today’s Takeaway:
    Visit Adventures in Homeschooling to access a wonderful Ireland Unit study covering
    Geography of Ireland
    Animals of Ireland, including Irish setters and Connemara ponies
    Famous places, including the location of the Blarney stone and the Giant’s Causeway
    Irish words
    Saint Patrick
    St. Patrick’s Day
    Leprechauns
    Sports in Ireland

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    For an authentic Irish meal, create and serve the Glazed Loin of Bacon with Colcannon Mash (aka Kevin’s Heavenly Ham) dish from Raglan Road.

    SCHOOL SUBJECT: Geography, history, language, physical activity, home economics
    SKILL LEVEL: Elementary, Middle Grades

    ©2014 Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, your Disney homeschool resource!

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    • DisneyDonnaKay

      This sounds like so much fun Jodi! I am sure that Raglan Road fills up pretty early on St. Patrick’s Day, what other DTD restaurants would you recommend if we can’t get in?

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Wolfgang Puck is another favorite of mine, but I bet most of the restaurants will be full. I would definitely try the food truck if you can’t get into a table service restaurant. They’re suprisingly delicious!

    • http://www.mydreamsofdisney.com Mickey

      You all have great information to share! I’m wondering what my off the wall post will feel like in comparison! Thanks for sharing, Jodi!

      • Lee Beatens

        Do you do any other kind of post, Mike???

        • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

          You know Mike, Lee! ;) I love your find-the-green post, Mike! It’s fun & refreshing!

    • ReturnToDisney

      How crowded is Downtown Disney on St. Patrick’s Day, compared to the Parks? Is it a good alternative – or are the parks less crazy?

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        This will be my first time to be here ON St. Patrick’s Day. I expect Downtown to be pretty full. Touring Plans predicts 7-8 crowd levels at the Parks.

    • Lee Beatens

      Very comprehensive, Jodi! Must be the homeschooler in you. Just a quick question: Is there any Irish themes playing out anywhere else in the Parks, like Epcot?

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Not so much, Lee. Epcot has the Flower & Garden Festival going on, and there’s a lot of green over there ;) And you’ll find a few pieces of merchandise, but most of the excitement is at Downtown Disney.

    • http://www.capturingmagicalmemories.com Capturing Magical Memories

      Sure sounds like there is enough to do and something for everyone.

      • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Yes, it does! I’m really looking forward to experiencing the fun in person this year!

    • http://www.frontierlandstation.com/ Kimberly @Frontierland Station

      The Mighty Family Fun Zone sounds pretty fun!

    • JenniferLissak

      They have so much going on – can’t wait to see your first hand posts of all the fun now that you’re living down there!

    • Lin @ DisneyMamas

      Recipe looks relish! Have you tried making it?

    • Lisa Cameron

      So much happening! It would be hard to choose what to to first. I love that they even have activities for families to do together.

    • http://thedisneypoint.com/ Rosanne Mottola

      Oh man, I just love food trucks. But I still just love the food at Raglan Road. What’s your favorite dish?

    • http://heidi-strawser.com Heidi Strawser

      I’m excited to see those food trucks when we’re in the area this May! I don’t know why, but the thought of them really excites me. So much food, so little time, though – that is the problem.

    • http://www.adisneymomsthoughts.com Beth Green

      The Elevation (U2) band would be so much fun!! I’d also love to watch the Ragland Road dancers! what talent. Thanks for this info.

    • DIStherapy

      I love reading that Raglan Road will be reaching beyond “its borders” for the Mighty Festival. Who wouldn’t want to see the Raglan Road Dancers traveling around Downtown Disney! (Darn, I missed the chance to practice my Irish step dancing.) Wouldn’t it be sublime to be there ON St. Patrick’s Day??