Feb 15

2015 St. Patrick’s Day Event Schedule for Raglan Road at Downtown Disney

St. Patrick's Day at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney

Award-winning Irish and American bands and quick-stepping Irish dancers will showcase their Irish roots during the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney March 13-17. The most authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Central Florida also will feature inventive cuisine by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, host of the TASTE Award-winning PBS and Create TV cooking show, “Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food.”

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, including complimentary face painting for guests, and live music. The diverse band lineup headed by Scythian — playing gypsy-infused American Celtic tunes — offers something for everyone:

  • Reel Ó Gránde, the newest Raglan Road house band playing traditional Irish ballads, jigs and reels and modern Irish and country music.
  • The West Coast Trio from Connemara, playing traditional and contemporary Irish songs on accordion, flute and guitar with plenty of reels and jigs.
  • 3 Dollar Band, three extraordinary musicians inspired by Irish and Appalachian music.
  • The Brayzen Heads, a popular duo on guitar and banjo playing Raglan Road regularly.
  • Drops of Green, an exciting new ballad group from the heart of Ireland.
    The Raglan Road Dancers, seven full-time champion dancers, performing daily

Feb 15

Another New Starbucks Location Officially Opens at Walt Disney World

Trolley Car Cafe Starbucks at Disneys Hollywood Studios

Themed to a classic trolley car station from early 20th century Hollywood, the new Starbucks location at Disney’s Hollywood Studios serves popular Disney baked goods, Starbucks La Boulange pastry items and Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages. Trolley Car Cafe is the third in-park location serving Starbucks products at Walt Disney World Resort, along with other locations at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as Downtown Disney.

Feb 15

Video Walk Through of the New Interactive Queue at Peter Pan’s Flight in the Magic Kingdom

Interactive queue at Peter Pan's Flight in the Magic Kingdom

Inside the new interactive queue at Peter Pan’s Flight, Magic Kingdom guests are immersed in the storyline of ‘Peter Pan’ as they await their journey to Neverland. Accompanied by the mischief-causing Tinker Bell, guests can enter the home of the Darling family and tour the children’s nursery as the room comes to life.

Check out this video walk through from my friends Jeff and Denise.

Feb 15

Construction Walls Down at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Reveal New Animals on Tree of Life

Tree of Life Animal Kingdom Buffalo

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the park’s iconic Tree of Life has grown new roots. Featuring new animals that make up the circle of life, from tiny bugs to large crocodiles, the expanded roots also offer a widened walkway for guests visiting Discovery Island. The 145-foot tall structure is covered in more than 103,000 leaves and debuted as the park’s icon at the park’s opening in 1998.

Feb 15

How Your Child Can Become Junior Mayor of Main Street USA at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Main Street USA Junior Mayor at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Did you know that every afternoon one special little boy or girl is awarded the Main Street USA Junior Mayor status?

That’s right…every afternoon around lunchtime the Mayor of Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom selects one special recipient to become Junior Mayor for the day.

Where does this special coronation take place? Why at the foot of Main Street in the Plaza Restaurant.

The perks of becoming Junior Mayor include a special blue ribbon for the elected official to wear throughout their day at the Magic Kingdom as well as a “No Strings Attached” Certificate.  This “golden ticket” if you will, entitles the bearer to front-of-the-line access to any one attraction.

Main Street USA Junior Mayor at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

This beautiful cherub is named Bossy (yes…that’s her nickname) and she belongs to my girlfriend Candy. She was one of the most recent recipients of the coveted title of Junior Mayor. She proudly wore her ribbon and marched herself right to the front of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train that day bypassing a ninety minute wait. You go Bossy! You go girl!

Main Street USA Junior Mayor at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Big thanks to Candy and Bossy for allowing me to share these photos with you.