Apr 14

Car Masters Weekend Returns to Downtown Disney in 2014

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Looking for something fun to do with dad this Father’s Day?

Car Masters Weekend is the perfect way to celebrate it as Downtown Disney hosts a classic car show with a modern twist June 14-15, 2014. Now in it’s third year, and featuring all things “Cars,” the event showcases over 150 classic, muscle and exotic vehicles from across the country; a chance for guests to meet favorite “Cars″ characters such as Lightning McQueen and Mater; and special celebrity appearances including automotive designer Chip Foose and Disney-Pixar “Cars” filmmaker Jay Ward.

Completing the car-filled weekend, fans may purchase tickets for a ”Cars” & “Cars 2″ movie marathon at AMC Downtown Disney 24 and enjoy face painting, themed food and beverage, live entertainment and more.

Mar 14

Hundreds Celebrate in Grand Disney Style at Downtown Disney for St. Patrick’s Day

downtown disney 2014 saint patricks dayHundreds of revelers donned ‘Glow with the Show’ Ear hats recently to celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day in style as DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park turns a fun shade of green during the ‘Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival’ at Downtown Disney and at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. Downtown Disney is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Mar 14

Downtown Disney 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Schedule of Events

2014 downtown disney st patricks day

Music and merriment abound when the most authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Central Florida comes to Downtown Disney March 7-17.

The celebration at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant and throughout Downtown Disney pays homage to Celtic culture with nearly 10 top Irish bands and pro dancers performing on three stages during select days of the festival. With performances starting nightly March 7-14 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and daily 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 15-17 on stages indoors and out, guests can don their finest green duds and join in a jig or two.

Highlights of the celebration across Downtown Disney will include:

  • Performances by The Willis Clan, world-famous U2 tribute band Elevation, Goitse, Three Dollar Band, We Banjo 3, The Ragland Rebels, The Brazen Heads and Raglan Road house bands Creel and The West Coast Trio
  • The Raglan Road Dancers — seven full-time champion dancers, performing daily
  • Renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast, leading Irish Dance Workshops “From Roots to Riverdance”
  • Ceili (kay-lee) traditional music and structured set-dancing event, during which host Ronan McCormack invites guest participation

Additional entertainment inspired by the Emerald Isle will include more than 50 musicians and dancers, face painting, stilt walkers, living statues and giveaways. Guests will find it’s easy being green at The Mighty Family Zone on the West Side, a new offering during the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival. Guests can snag a photo with Kermit, learn how to draw everyone’s favorite frog, take part in games and DJ dance parties, and more.

Also new this year: the four Disney Food Trucks (Fantasy Fair, Namaste Café, Superstar Catering and World Showcase of Flavors) will serve delicious eats each evening of the festival at Downtown Disney West Side, including a special St. Patrick’s Day-themed cupcake. Guests can also purchase Fisherman’s Pie, a favorite dish from the Ireland kiosk at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, at the World Showcase of Flavors Food Truck.

Guests can order from the popular Raglan Road lunch, dinner and bar menus throughout the event. Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon of Raglan Road will bring traditional Irish flavors to Downtown Disney with dishes such as loin of bacon and cabbage, and guests will find a hearty selection of beers on tap.

The restaurant’s Cooke’s of Dublin counter-service eatery will offer Irish favorites like fish and chips, battered sausages and deep-fried candy bars, and guests will discover additional food and specialty drinks created just for the festival at select Downtown Disney restaurants.

On Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, guests will be seated at Raglan Road on a 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.

Feb 14

New Food Trucks Open Nightly at Downtown Disney

food trucks downtown disney

Four new Disney Food Trucks will roll out at Downtown Disney serving delectable bites from around Disney Parks every Wednesday through Sunday from 5-11 p.m. Guests can sample from the many variations on hearty meatballs at Superstar Catering, such as a spinach and feta meatball sandwich or meatball sliders for kids. At Namaste Café, options include tasty butter chicken, tandoori spiced shrimp served with basmati rice, naan and pickled veggies and more. The Fantasy Fare truck lets guests try legendary hand-dipped corndogs from Disneyland Resort, among other dishes. Or, nosh on festival favorites such as lobster rolls or pierogies at World Showcase of Flavors truck. The Disney Food Trucks will be parked at Downtown Disney West Side near Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues.* Prices vary from $8.99 to $16.99.

Jan 14

First Look at the New Smokehouse at House of Blues Downtown Disney West Side

The Smokehouse House of Blues Downtown Disney

House of Blues has opened a new Smokehouse, a quick-service window where it’s easy for Downtown Disney West Side guests to grab a smoked beef brisket sandwich, pulled pork or chicken sandwich, smoked turkey leg, St. Louis half-rack of ribs or an all-beef hot dog.

The Smokehouse House of Blues Downtown Disney

Sides of cole slaw and baked beans are featured, and the meat is smoked right inside the House of Blues kitchen.  Seating is available just outside of Crossroads at House of Blues on the “Front Porch,” an expanded area with a stage for live, local music seven nights a week. The Smokehouse is open 11:30 a.m. to around 10 p.m. Prices range from $6.99 to $12.99 and items are not on the Disney Dining Plan.

Here’s a look at the menu:

The Smokehouse House of Blues Downtown Disney menu

The Smokehouse House of Blues Downtown Disney menu

The Smokehouse House of Blues Downtown Disney menu

The Smokehouse House of Blues Downtown Disney

Are you excited to try out this new Downtown Disney dining location?

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