Get ready to (Ramen) Rumble! Back by popular demand, Morimoto Asia is proud to host this year’s fourth annual Ramen Rumble in partnership with event founders, Jason & Sue Chin of Seito Sushi (Good Salt Restaurant Group) on Tuesday, September 28 with two sessions from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Six of Orlando’s best and brightest chefs will compete for the championship title, bragging rights, the coveted “Broth Belt” trophy, and a sizable check to donate to charity partner, Give Kids the World.
Each contestant will man their own soup station, presenting their unique style of ramen filled with creative toppings and interesting textures for guests to sample and vote on in order to crown the next Ramen King or Queen of Central Florida.
Tickets are $80++ per person and include six steaming bowls of tasty ramen with Sun Noodles (one bowl from each chef’s entry), one beverage, and a Japanese mochi donut, a traditional Asian dessert provided by dochi.
Want to take the Rumble to the next level? Private Dining Rooms are available! Each private dining room will hold six guests. The price is $475 plus tax and gratutity per room and each person in the room must also purchase a ticket. You’ll want to contact OrlandoEvents@patinagroup.com for more information.
A cash bar will also be open and souvenir t-shirts will be for sale.
In keeping with the current Disney safety guidelines, masks will be required upon entry for all attendees. Guests can also expect assigned seating. Those who would like to be seated with another attendee or party can email the restaurant to fulfill their request.
Grab your ticket today to slurp up the best ramen in town while watching Orlando’s culinary masterminds battle it out for ultimate noodle glory!
Central Florida’s only authentic Irish and roots music festival, the Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley, will return for the long Labor Day weekend at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs.
Never heard of a “Hooley?” It’s a Gaelic term for a lively party with music, entertainment, and fun for the whole family, and from September 3-6 guests can enjoy performances from top Irish bands alongside food and beverage offerings.
Great Irish Hooley Entertainment
This year’s Hooley entertainment headliners are a rare collaboration of luminaries from the traditional Irish music world playing everything from trad and folk to Celt grass and blues:
Raven’s Rock—All-Star Band Featuring Members of Lúnasa – These unique one-off daily performances at the Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley will bring together Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford, current members of Lúnasa, one of Ireland’s most renowned progressive traditional Irish music acts of the past 25 years. They are joined by Matt Mancuso (Eileen Ivers and Lord of the Dance) and Allan Murray (Ivers and Paul Brock). The Raven’s Rock happens to be the title of Cillian Vallely’s solo CD.
The Gothard Sisters – This dynamic sister trio, performing throughout the Hooley, are making waves on the major Irish festival circuit, touring, writing and performing contemporary Celtic folk music with an optimistic style that resonates with their loyal fan following. Their latest album, Dragonfly, features the sisters playing an assortment of acoustic instruments combined with vocals and modern production that explore themes of resilience and adventure.
The Byrne Brothers – This exceptionally talented trad Irish music family from Donegal is back for an encore on the Raglan Road stage. American Celtic Radio listeners voted them “Rising Stars of 2021” and “Best CD cover of 2021” for Living the Dream. Dempsey, 12, is an Irish dancer who sings and plays bodhran and whistle while revving up the crowd with his jokes and on-stage antics. Finn, 15, dances and plays banjo, mandolin, and guitar. Luca, 17, dances and plays button accordion. Dad Tommy sings and plays Uilleann pipes, bagpipes, fiddle and whistles. They’ll perform Sept. 4-6.
The lineup is complete with Raglan Road house artists Slygo, Aaron O’Grady, and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers.
The Raglan Road kitchen will offer dishes to pair with the De Fesht and other Raglan Road brews including a Grilled Lollipop Pork Chop with spiced pineapple chutney, purple kale, parsley mashed potato, and smoked butter sauce.
“We created this dish to complement the festival beer,” Sean Griffin, Director of Operations at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, says. “De Fesht would pair best with pork and smoked flavors. Of course, there are many other dishes to try if you prefer fish, beef, or a vegetable-forward dish.”
Another new entrée is the pub’s Florida Key Lime Salmon—whiskey cured, lightly smoked Atlantic salmon, Florida key lime and herb crushed potatoes, peas, shaved horseradish, and crispy salmon skin.
Veggie lovers can try the new all-plant-based Shepherd’s Pie.
The Re-plugged Great Irish Hooley will include Hooley-crafted cocktails plus creative new bites by the pub’s inventive culinary team.
The pub also will feature a new local craft beer and will serve the delicious Rollicking Raglan Brunch Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the regular menu will be available for the Hooley from 3-10:30 p.m.
To kick off the Re-plugged Hooley, Raglan Road will introduce a limited-release craft beer in collaboration with The Tank Brewing of Miami (since 2014).
De Fesht (which translates to “festival”) is a full-flavored medium-bodied amber lager with lighter malting that contributes to underlying notes of hazelnut and honey. The brew’s dry finish enhances its drinkability, says Raglan Road general manager Alan Delahunt. “It’s a seasonal, one-batch brew perfect for the end of summer into fall. It’s a traditional-style Marzen which would be consumed by the liter at Munich during Oktoberfest,” he says.
There’s no cover charge to join the Great Irish Hooley fun, which begins at 4 p.m. Friday, September 3, and continues into the wee hours of Labor Day, September 6.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant invites guests to raise a pint in celebration of International Beer Day on Friday, August 6, 2021.
During the festivities, the pub, located at Disney Springs, will offer a special $5 deal on all Signature Brews, which normally sell for $9.50.
The Raglan Road Signature Brews are crafted in collaboration with local brewing partners and are exclusively available at the Disney Springs watering hole.
“Our signature beers are internationally inspired and crafted by some of the finest brewers in Central Florida,” says Alan Delahunt, Raglan general manager. “There’s a beer for everyone at Raglan Road.”
The Raglan Road Signature line of brews includes:
Raglan Irish Stout (Coppertail Brewing Co.)
Bloomsday Pale Ale (Orange Blossom Brewing Co.)
Tri Wishes Grand Irish Red Ale (Crooked Can Brewing Co.)
Blagger Organic Blonde Lager (Orlando Brewing)
King of Shoals NE Style IPA (Crooked Can Brewing Co.)
Guests who prefer a good cider, and really who doesn’t, can order the signature DeCider Belgian Witte Cider (Vermont Cider Co.) for the $5 special deal.
International Beer Day was established to celebrate the craft of brewing and to show appreciation for those involved in the making of beer.
“Every day is a great day to celebrate beer at Raglan Road. But this provides an extra occasion to raise a pint. Our unique signature brews are a perfect tipple to celebrate International Beer Day,” Delahunt says. “Cheers! Come on in!”
Disclosure: I was invited by Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant to check out their World Whiskey Day offerings, but all opinions are my own. I have spent many an evening enjoying the food and dancing with my family on my own dime. It is my family’s favorite Disney Springs spot, and it should be yours, too!!!
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant is known for their celebrations that are the perfect mix of delicious dishes, delightful libations, and world-class entertainment…but their new World Whiskey Day offerings, available through May 15th, are some of my favorites.
Since it’s whiskey we’re here for…let’s start with a Rosemary Maple Whiskey Sour!
This was a great way to start the evening, because it was really refreshing with a pour that was strong enough to do the job without drowning out the layers of flavor.
But the star of the show is their four whiskey flight of small-batch, premium, limited release whiskeys for $25 (normally $45).
The Raglan Road World Whisk(e)y Day flight takes you around the world to celebrate the unique flavors of whiskey…and this is one flight you are sure to enjoy!
Irish: Powers. Johns Lane Release – 12 yr.
An abundance of earthy aromas like leather and tobacco, with layers of charred wood, dark chocolate, and treacle toffee. Taste of spice up front followed by vanilla, honey and dried apricot
Japanese: Mars Shinshu, Iwai Tradition
A blended whisky of single malts, grains, and blended whiskies. The whisky is then aged in a combination of ex-bourbon, ex-sherry, and ex-wine casks, creating a perfect harmony of flavors. Iwai Tradition is a special tribute to Iwai and Japanese Whisky
American: Whistle Pig – 10 year Rye
This 10-year-old, 100-proof rye whiskey is robust and distinctive in character. The nose offers a decadent mix of toffee apples, candied orange, and oak, with stone fruit and subtle spice arriving on the back end. The palate continues the rich, luxurious journey, but finishes drier and spicier than the nose suggests.
Scotch: Laphroaig Select. Single Malt.
This special award-winning Laphroaig is created from carefully selected casks from a final maturation in new, American oak casks. It represents a subtle blending of peat, oak and sweetness.
“It offers the punters a chance to try something they might not have tried before, and also to compare global tastes side by side,” says Raglan Road General Manager Alan Delahunt. “It’s an exceptional whiskey experience.”
Now that we’ve got a good base…let’s take a look at the exceptional food (that I have my fingers crossed will make their way to the Raglan Road menu)!
World Whiskey Day Starters
Let’s start with the Whiskey BBQ glazed chicken lollipops, Roasted Corn & Bacon Crumble with corn puree!
Our second starter was Whiskey glazed pork cheek, smoked potato terrine, apple espuma & pork crackling crumb.
I’ve never had pork cheek before…but I will absolutely order it again when I find it on a menu!!!
World Whiskey Day Mains
Our first entrée dish tasting was the Whiskey cured house-smoked salmon, lemon & herb crushed potatoes, pea texture & horseradish with crispy skin.
The crispy skin and pea texture combination was the perfect way to cut the luscious smoked salmon.
And the smoky and just fabulous Whiskey braised beef cheek, triple cooked duck fat chips, whiskey & vinegar salt, mushroom ketchup & crispy onions was our last entrée bite.
Don’t sleep on mushroom ketchup…I know I won’t!!!
World Whiskey Day Desserts
I’m more of a appetizer girl than a dessert girl…but that all changed with these two new desserts that absolutely NEEEEEEEED to be made a part of the Raglan Road menu!
If you have ever wondered what the perfect apple dessert was…look no further than the apple baked dumplings, whiskey butterscotch Jameson sauce, and milk ice cream!!!
And if you are a chocolate enthusiast, you will dream about the whiskey chocolate caramel brownie, Guinness marshmallow, and graham cracker crunch!
If you like sharing a dessert I would suggest opting for this decadent brownie, but if you are like me desserts aren’t for sharing so stop looking at my apple baked dumplings!!!
If you are heading to Disney Springs, I will ALWAYS suggest visiting Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant…but now I will ESPECIALLY suggest you visit to celebrate World Whiskey Day!!!
In 2021, Raglan Road Irish Pub’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Disney Springs will be a festival like no other with the Mighty Festival-Unplugged.
Think more acoustic than electric. More intimate than boisterous. The same great live entertainment, with all bands imported from Ireland. The same delicious Irish food and drink. It’s the most authentic Irish celebration in America, and it’s putting safety first for guests with a reservation-only event.
“Everyone can enjoy the usual lively happenings and practiced hospitality, which includes gift competitions and loads of giveaways,” says pub co-owner John Cooke. “And it remains the best Irish hospitality experience in America.”
On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, Raglan Road will open at 10 a.m. with a $10 cover charge for guests. Reservations are strongly recommended due to limited space.
Guests can book a two-hour slot to join the Raglan Road Irish Pub festivities at Disney Springs, with numbers strictly managed to guarantee social distancing is respected. This year, gathering around bars or stages will not be permitted.
The pub requests that guests respect their two-hour booking to ensure that as many of Raglan Road’s loyal fans have the chance to enjoy America’s finest St. Patrick’s festival.
Raglan Road guests can sip from a huge range of Irish whiskeys, local craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails while choosing from the chef’s selection of authentic Irish dishes, including fresh-caught fish with chips. Those authentic fish & chips also are available to go at the adjacent Cooke’s of Dublin counter.
The Mighty Festival – Unplugged! entertainment lineup will begin with the Raglan Road Irish Dancers, plucked from the casts and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows. This troupe of extraordinary dancers will perform throughout the festival.
Entertainment on the main stage will include:
11 a.m.-1 p.m.— The Byrne Brothers – This exceptionally talented traditional Irish music family from Donegal plays to their audience with vibrant charm. They are Luca (button accordion); Finn (banjo, mandolin and whistle); Dempsey (whistle and bodhran); and father, Tommy (guitar, Uilleann pipes, fiddle, whistles, bagpipes and bodhran). Their show combines exciting traditional Irish tunes with modern dance beats.
From 1:30 p.m.– Slygo – A talented, energetic trio, Slygo combine their youth and heritage to perform a vibrant, uplifting mix of trad and contemporary Irish tunes and songs. Signatures of this talented group are their lively arrangements of renowned songs.
From 5 p.m.-Close– Men of Aran – These two legends of the traditional Irish music world, Colin Farrell and David Curley, have toured, performed and recorded with numerous trad Irish music luminaries. They are gifted entertainers and masters of their craft.
On the Patio Stage, guests can enjoy:
From 12:30 p.m. – Aaron O’Sullivan — A singer-songwriter/guitarist from County Cork, O’Sullivan entertains with a mixture of traditional Irish ballads and modern Irish songs.
6:30 p.m.-Close –Slygo
At the pub’s Shop for Ireland boutique, guests will find an array of Irish gifts including Celtic jewelry, apparel, hats, home goods, and toys.
“While we’re taking precautions to focus on safety, we want to hold on to the fun and purity of a good old Irish festival,” Cooke says. “Whether this is your first, or one of many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we encourage you to join us for The Mighty Festival – Unplugged!”
It is going to be a big party at Disney Springs when Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant celebrates its 15th anniversary on Wednesday, October 21st.
On that day Raglan Road will offer guests a bevy of food, beverage, and retail specials:
Entrees reduced to $15 to include Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s To Die For Pie,
Bangin’ Bangers and Mighty Mash, and the OMG Burger
$15 15-year-old Irish Whiskey Flight
$15 Beer Flights for Two
15% off Cooke’s of Dublin meals
off Shop for Ireland retail purchases
You can’t celebrate what’s to come without
looking back at how it all started!
The dining, shopping, and entertainment district Disney Springs was still called Downtown Disney in 2005 when the authentic Irish pub, owned and operated by Irish partners John Cooke and Paul Nolan, opened its doors offering a lively mix of authentic Irish entertainment, contemporary Irish cuisine, and a warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando.
Now situated at The Landing at Disney Springs
and having garnered multiple dining and entertainment awards through the years,
Raglan Road features daily choreographed Irish stage shows by talented bands
and an award-winning step-dance troupe. A dining destination for travelers and
locals, Raglan Road last month earned Orlando magazine’s 2020
Reader’s Choice first-place Dining Award for Best Live Music Entertainment. The
pub’s popular annual Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival and its Labor Day weekend
boutique Irish music festival, the Great Irish Hooley, have welcomed many
thousands of festival-goers each year.
Initially featuring lunch, dinner, and late-night pub grub, Raglan Road in 2013 introduced its Rollicking Raglan Brunch on Sundays, eventually expanding to Saturdays, as well. The popular weekend brunch last month also earned an Orlando magazine Reader’s Choice 2nd place Dining Award for Best Brunch.
A Traveler’s Choice award winner for
consecutive years, Raglan Road in 2020 also earned the exclusive honor of
placing in the top 10 percent of restaurants worldwide thanks to travelers’
reviews and ratings.
In addition to the pub’s modern Irish cuisine,
the menu features a wide selection of craft beers and ales, hand-crafted
cocktails, Irish coffee drinks, plus wine and bubbly, too. The Raglan Road
children’s menu offers options for every young palate.
Raglan Road closed in mid-March due to pandemic-related restaurant shutdowns and reopened in June after incorporating a long list of safety measures throughout the restaurant. Guests can book socially-distanced tables for dinner and for the Rollicking Raglan Weekend Brunch. Drop-in guests may find distanced seating at one of the pub’s bars, in one of three dining rooms, or on the patio, but reservations are highly recommended.
Currently, Raglan Road also features live entertainment nightly including a suite of shows featuring Irish bands and dancers. Guests also can enjoy shows beginning at noon during the weekend Rollicking Raglan Brunch. Dinner is served from 4-11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Brunch is served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The pub’s Shop for Ireland boutique is open daily and packed with everything from cookbooks and kitchen wares to a wide selection of apparel, jewelry, flat caps, ball caps, and foodstuffs. Cooke’s of Dublin, the Irish quick-service restaurant adjacent to the pub, offers traditional favorites like Dublin-style fish & chips, burgers, and savory pies to carry out, eat in or devour at an outside table from noon to 10 p.m.
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I was really excited to share the Disney Parks Blog’s Fall Treat Guide for the Disney Parks, and now it’s time to look at the yummy treats that are available at the Walt Disney World resort hotels and Disney Springs.
The treats being offered this season look ghoulishly good and are available on various dates throughout the fall.
Enough talking…let’s get to the good stuff!!!
Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Springs Fall Treat Guide
WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT HOTELS
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Mike Wazowski Dome Cake (Available Sept. 20-Oct. 31 at Capt. Cook’s) – Milk chocolate cake dome with white chocolate icing
Halloween Minnie Cupcake (Available Sept. 20-Oct. 31 at Capt. Cook’s) – Chocolate cupcake with milk chocolate “rocky road” filling
Poisoned Apple Cocktail (Available through Nov. 1 at Barefoot Pool Bar) – Vodka, melon liqueur, blue curaçao, and pineapple juice with a novelty glow cube
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Spooky Rum Punch (Available Through Oct. 31 at Banana Cabana) – Caribbean rum, sour apple liquor, and cranberry juice garnished with a Purple Poison Apple Novelty Glow Cube
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Monster Cupcake (Available at Contempo Café Oct. 29-31) – Confetti cupcake filled with candy bar custard and purple buttercream
Pumpkin Pie Tart (Available at Contempo Café Oct. 26-29) – Pumpkin pie tart with cinnamon whipped cream
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (All Items Available at Roaring Fork Sept. 27-Oct. 31)
“Going Batty” Halloween Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake with cookies and cream filling and ganache icing
Spooky Mickey Brownie – Classic brownie topped with a dark chocolate spider
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Pop’s Potion Cocktail (Available through Oct. 31 at Petals Pool Bar) – Coconut rum, melon liqueur, pineapple and orange juice, Sprite, and blue curaçao floater with gummy worm garnish and purple Poison Apple Novelty Glow Cube
Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (All Items Available Oct. 1-Nov. 1)
Monster Cookie Bag (Available at The Artist’s Palette, Good’s Food To Go, and Conch Flats General Store) – Sweet and salty chocolate chip, pretzel, and candy-filled cookie bites
Pumpkin Spiced Whoopie Pie (Available at The Artist’s Palette) – Chocolate whoopie pie filled with a pumpkin-spiced marshmallow and garnished with a spider web chocolate decor
Caramel Cauldron Cupcake (Available at The Artist’s Palette, Good’s Food To Go, and Conch Flats General Store) – Chocolate cupcake filled with a salted caramel buttercream and sauce garnished with chocolate flames and a witch’s broom
Disney’s Riviera Resort – Le Petit Café
Pumpkin Mousse (Available Sept. 17-Nov. 28 starting at 12pm daily) – Pumpkin mousse with pumpkin cheesecake and autumn-spiced sable
Jack O Lantern Mousse (Available Oct. 30-31 starting at 12pm daily) – Pumpkin mousse with pumpkin cheesecake and Autumn spiced sable
Pumpkin Glacé Coffee (Available through Nov. 28) – Frozen blend of coffee, pumpkin purée, and fall spices topped with cinnamon whipped cream and salted caramel crispy pearls
Candy Corny Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake filled with white chocolate candy corn mousse and decorated with orange and yellow buttercream swirls, yellow crispy pearls, and a white buttercream ghost
Ghostly Mickey Brownie – Mickey-shaped brownie topped with chocolate ganache and garnished with meringue ghosts
Witch’s Mallow-Hat – Breton cookie topped with a marshmallow witch’s hat, coated in dark chocolate, and garnished with Halloween sprinkles
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club (All Items Available Sept. 22-Oct. 31)
Tiramisù (Available at The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace) – Classic tiramisù with coffee flavor, a chocolate pretzel skeleton, and marshmallow skull
Candy Corn Cupcake (Available at The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace) – Vanilla cupcake with chocolate Mickey ears
Pumpkin Whoopie Pie (Available at The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace) – Pumpkin cake with brown butter cream cheese filling and sprinkles
Pumpkin Spiced Butter Pecan Shake (Available at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop) – Pumpkin-spiced butter pecan shake with chocolate sauce and orange icing topped with a pumpkin cupcake and decorated with assorted chocolate crispy pearls
Candle Petit Cake (Available through Nov. 2) – Layers of chocolate biscuit, vanilla chiffon and cookies and cream mousse with a layer of cookie cream
Halloween Minnie Mousse (Available through Nov. 2) – Carrot cake with pumpkin mousse and marshmallow mousse
Pumpkin Crème Brûlée (Available through Nov. 27) – Pumpkin custard, leaf cookie, and candied pecans
Novelty Pumpkin Tire Straw (Available through Nov. 2)
Minnie Frankenstein Piñata (Available through Oct. 31) – Dark 65% chocolate sphere decorated with modeling chocolate and edible “bolts” filled with milk chocolate-covered vanilla bean marshmallows and crispy pearls
Caramel Ganache Skulls (Available through Oct. 31) – Dark 65% chocolate skulls filled with creamy caramel ganache
Hot Sipping Chocolate (Available through Nov. 2)
Pumpkin Spice Latte Ganache Squares (Available through Nov. 2)
Oogie Boogie Worms in Dirt (Available through Nov. 2) – Mint ice cream, chocolate cookie crumbs, and gummy worms
Bug Juice (Available through Nov. 2) – Vodka, raspberry liqueur, melon liqueur, and blue curaçao with house-made sweet-and-sour and topped with cranberry juice and gummy worms
Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket
Pumpkin Milk Shake (Available Through October) – Vanilla gelato, caramel, pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie baking spices, whipped cream, and pumpkin pie baking spices on top
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Poison Apple Glow Cube (Available Through Nov. 2)
The Daily Poutine(All Items Available Through Nov. 1)
Oktoberfest Poutine– French Fries with stout gravy, bratwurst sausage, sauerkraut, and cheese curds
Canadian Apple Slushy – Apple whisky with Odwalla Lemonade, caramel, and apple topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle
Dockside Margaritas (All Items Available through Nov. 2)
Black Magic Margarita – Tequila, orange liqueur, house-made sweet-and-sour, and black cherry purée
Poison Apple Glow Cube
Outdoor Bars (All Items Available Through Nov. 2)
Witch Way– Vodka and blue curaçao with pineapple and orange juices
Jack-O-Lantern– Rum, dark rum, orange liqueur, lemonade, and orange juice with a float of grenadine
Shimmery Star Cosmo
Tire Pumpkin Novelty Straw
Select Outdoor Vending Locations (All Items Available Through Nov. 2)
Oogie Boogie Premium Popcorn Bucket
Halloween Novelty Glow Cubes
Halloween Novelty Straws
Mickey Pumpkin Premium Popcorn Bucket
Halloween Base Popcorn Bucket
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Spring Fall Treat Guide!
City Works Eatery & Pour House at Disney Springs announced it will reopen Wednesday, June 10.
City Works is located next door to the NBA Experience and is Disney Springs’ premier sports restaurant and bar with its high-definition TVs; 90 local, regional, and global craft beers on tap; and a menu offering brilliant twists on American classics.
With a video wall that features a 168-inch, high-definition video screen complemented by four 110-inch and 12 65-inch screens, City Works is the perfect place to watch sports as professional leagues begin to announce their returns.
To celebrate its reopening, City Works is “gettin’ cheesy” with new menu items as part of its limited menu featuring:
Queso Dip that offers hot chorizo and pepper jack cheese to give it a subtle kick.
Rigatoni with goat cheese to make it creamy and delicious. Gluten-free pasta is also available.
Smoked Cheddar Mac is an adult version of classic mac and cheese, enhanced with bacon lardons and smoked cheddar cheese.
Their Tex Mex Mac is topped with crispy tortilla strips, providing a crunch to balance the creaminess of the dish.
In addition to the new menu items, City Works is constructing a new canopy over its outdoor dining area that will soon be available for guests who prefer dining outside.
City Works offers 30-40% of its draft beer taps dedicated to local breweries and eight wines on draft. Guests can enjoy Happy Hour specials, including $2 off well drinks, local craft beers, glasses of wine, and $7 bar bites Monday through Thursday 3-6 p.m.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Sunday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Rock and Roll Brunch will return on weekends soon.
City Works will implement a number of safety measures upon reopening. This includes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all team members and increased cleaning protocols and precautions, including scheduled sanitizing of all shared surfaces evey 30 minutes, required hand washing every 20-30 minutes and seating following social distancing guidelines. City Works has created a Shift Safety Manager position to ensure these protocols are being followed. Hand sanitizer stations also will be located throughout the restaurant for guests.
If you are looking to make reservations to visit, make sure to visit their OpenTable page!
Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort is now open, and currently operating in Phase 1 of their reopening strategy.
I was really excited to be there to see what everything was like, and to share my experience with you!
Here’s what I learned from my visit to Disney Springs that you might find helpful for your next visit!
Disney Springs is managing their parking a little differently than you would expect from their initial announcement.
The Orange and Lime garages will both open however, they are opening the orange garage first to help manage the flow of guests into Disney Springs.
Upon entering the garage be sure to pay attention to new signs and to watch for additional directions from Cast Members.
Currently they are not staggering parking spaces, so be prepared to park as normal.
Pro-Tip: If you want to avoid the crowds, your best access point will be the Hotel Plaza Boulevard Walkway as it has the least amount of foot traffic entering Disney Springs.
Don’t be intimidated by Temperature Check
After you have parked, it’s time to make your way to your Disney Springs pre-admission health check.
Advent Health employees are administering temperature checks at all points of entrance to Disney Springs, and any guest with a temperature over 100.4 will not be granted entrance.
Pro-Tip: This is where they will have disposable masks if you do not have one. You will have to sign a form to receive one, but they are available.
Wearing a mask takes some getting used to
Here’s the truth…
I visited Disney Springs from 9 AM until 3 PM, and it was a pretty hot day (it got up to around 97 degrees).
I wore my mask the entire time, aside from the hour I was eating my lunch, and while it did get a little uncomfortable at times I walked for a while without stepping into a store I wouldn’t say it was unbearable.
The best thing you could do is listen to your body, and if you are getting overheated or overwhelmed step into a store or carry a small fan with you to get a little extra cool air on your face.
Wearing masks reduces the spread of germs, but it only works if everyone participates. Let’s start to change the paradigm of wearing a mask to an act of kindness! Think of it as your way to help others stay safe and healthy.
Pro-Tip: Don’t carry a drink or wear your mask incorrectly, because not only could you be stopped by security…other guests aren’t shy about speaking up. Just wear the mask. Don’t be that person!!!
Speaking of Food
One of my favorite parts of visiting Disney Springs is grabbing a bite to eat because they have so many great options!
If you are planning to have a meal, make sure you make a reservation for full-service dining locations in advance to ensure you have a table as seating is limited.
Also most dining locations are not offering their full menus, so be sure to check in advance online to make sure that they have the dish you have been craving.
If quick service is more your thing, be patient as there have been long lines, especially at Chicken Guy. If you want to cut down on your wait, try eating an hour before or after a ‘typical’ mealtime.
Pro-Tip: Disney is waving 24-hour cancellation fees for missed reservations, so if you change your mind about going out or aren’t feeling up to it you can cancel up to the last minute.
Many shopping locations are open for business, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you start your shopping spree!
First is that you will need to be be prepared for cashless transactions, since they are encouraging customers to pay with apps like Apple Pay over cash transactions.
If you do make a purchase, be a little extra patient as you are waiting in line as most locations are taking extra time between transactions to wipe down keypads between uses.
Make sure that you pay attention outside of stores for queues and social distancing markers. Busier stores, like Sugarboo & Co., are having their employees help regulate the flow of guests in their stores.
Pro-Tip: If a store you want to visit has a long queue to get in, enjoy a walk around D Springs visit when people would typically be eating.
I had an amazing time at Disney Springs, and I’m excited about more stores & restaurants to open!!!
As part of the reopening, SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando will honor the tireless work of local medical professionals by providing complimentary tickets to healthcare heroes.
For every guest who shares a photo of their visit and tags the attraction in a social media post during their visit, SEA LIFE Orlando and Madame Tussauds Orlando will donate one ticket to a local healthcare worker from a health care partner to be announced soon.
Saturday: 2pm – 10pm
The times for operation vary per day, so make sure to check out their website before you go!
14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837
Just make sure you stay on the lookout for their Social Distancing Skunk Ape!!!
Fun Spot Orlando
5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando FL 32819
Friday: 2pm – 10pm
Saturday and Beyond: Noon – 10pm
Officials said masks are not required but encouraged.
Saturday thru Monday: 10am – 5pm
Fun to Experience as You’re On the Go in the Parks
It was really great to have a portion of the Walt Disney World Resort open again for guests, and even better that I had the opportunity to visit!!!
If you are going to make your way to Disney Springs, make sure that you bring your mask, make any dining reservations you would like in advance online, and take the time to be patient as Cast Members are still getting used to new cleaning procedures.
Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort is opening tomorrow with new guidelines for guests, and I am really excited to share the official list of dining and retail locations that will be opening!
Disney Springs dining locations opening May 20th include:
Disney Springs shopping locations opening May 20th include:
The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group
Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Royally Yours by Arribas Brothers
Savannah Bee Company
Sosa Family Cigars
Sugarboo & Co.
It was announced last week, and you can read more about it here, but here are dining locations opening May 22nd include:
Morimoto Asia Street Food
Vivoli il Gelato
And the Walt Disney World Resort Announced that select locations operated by Disney will be opening May 27th, and they include:
World of Disney
DLuxe Burger – mobile ordering
This is an ever-changing list and things could be different up to the last moment, so make sure to stay up-to-date by subscribing to our YouTube Channel and following @onthegoinmco on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
You know it is going to be a great day when we can start it off by sharing additional openings coming soon to Disney Springs!!!
The Patina Restaurant group announced that four of the Disney Springs dining locations that they operate will open on May 22nd with a new “Dine Safe” program.
The dining locations that will be resuming their operations with limited menus for lunch and/or dinner service include:
Vivoli il Gelato – Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Morimoto Asia (Main Dining Room Dinner Service) – Open from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Morimoto Asia Street Food (Outdoor Dining Lunch & Dinner Service) – Open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Pizza Ponte (Indoor/Outdoor Dining Lunch & Dinner Service) – Open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Please keep in mind that the operating hours listed are tentative and could change.
Now, let’s take a look at their new “Dine Safe” program that is being implemented across all of their locations.
The “Dine Safe: Commitment to Care” program is a comprehensive set of reengineered operating procedures to minimize contact risk and bolster hygiene protocol that meet or exceed the best-practice guidelines recommended by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“These heightened sanitation standards will help us manufacture a dining environment that keeps guests and our team members as safe as possible,” said Kyle Collins, Director of Marketing for Patina in Florida. “The health, wellbeing, and peace of mind of our guests, team members, and the community remain our highest priorities.”
The key components of the Dine Safe program include:
The Dining Room and Guest Experience:
To enhance health and safety measures, guests will be required to wear face coverings at all times except while eating and drinking.
Ensuring current social distancing procedures are upheld via the redesign of table layouts for seating guests as directed by local and state regulators and in compliance with the CDC.
Enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols, including hourly disinfecting as needed for all high-touch surfaces.
Multiple hand-sanitizing stations strategically placed throughout our facilities.
Controlled access to the facility to carefully monitor incoming and outgoing patrons and employees through clearly designated entrances and exits.
Using single-use menus to limit contact.
Team Member Safety Measures:
Undergo a health check when they report to work.
Sanitize their hands when they report to work and are required to wash and sanitize their hands every 20 minutes throughout the shift.
Wear masks while on duty.
Undergo a comprehensive “Dine Safe” Training Program.
“We look forward to welcoming our guests back very soon and are dedicated to continuing to deliver an unparalleled dining experience,” Collins said.
The remaining Patina Restaurant Group-operated locations at Disney Springs including Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and The Edison will also be resuming their operations soon, and we’ll be sure to share that news as soon as it becomes available!
A phased reopening of Disney Springs will begin on May 20. Following the guidance of government and health officials, a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase. The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and resort hotels.
As we continue to monitor conditions, and with the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of our planning, we are making several operational changes. Disney Springs will begin to reopen in a way that incorporates enhanced safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both cast members and guests, limited-contact guest services and additional safety training for cast members.
While the announcement wasn’t full of details, there were 5 key takeaways to note.
Disney Springs Reopening:
5 Things to Know
1. What we know about the locations opening on May 20, 2020…
When Disney Springs reopens guests will find, “a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase. The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and Disney Resort hotels.”
So when it initially reopens, Disney Springs guests will not be able to shop at stores or dine at locations operated by Walt Disney World.
While not listed in this announcement, examples of these Walt Disney World operated locations include stores like World of Disney and the Co Op as well as dining locations like Jock Lindsey’s and D-Luxe Burger.
2. What we know about planning your trip to Disney Springs in the initial reopening phase…
When you think about planning your trip to Disney Springs in this phase, it is important to note that there will be limitations on capacity, parking, and operating hours.
While no specifics were given in this initial announcement about any of these three important details, it will be important to watch for these details to make planning easier.
3. What will be different when Disney Springs begins reopening…
Disney Springs did note in their announcement that they would be making several operational changes that would include enhanced safety measures including increased cleaning procedures, limited-contact Guest Services, and additional safety training for Cast Members
We will apply learnings and ideas from leaders in the health and travel industries, and we’re also talking to our unions as we prepare for some Cast Members to return to work.
Safety is ALWAYS at the forefront of operations at the Walt Disney World Resort, and I am beyond confident that they are going above and beyond to ensure the safety of guests and Cast Members.
4. What will guests need to have to visit Disney Springs…
Included in the many safety measures that Disney Springs is taking is, “…the use of appropriate face coverings by both Cast Members and Guests…”
This isn’t meant to spark debate…just know that you will need to wear a face covering to visit Disney Springs in this phase of reopening.
5. More Information
As we get closer to May 20, 2020, more specific information will be coming out, but I would encourage everyone to stay patient, understanding, and most of all kind as we continue to figure this out together!!!
We are really excited about the reopening of Disney Springs, and will be sharing information as it is released!
Get out your finest green outfit and head to Disney Springs for the return of the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant!
Celebrate five days of fun, March 13-17, with non-stop Irish-infused entertainment from morning until night, a mighty selection of beers and cocktails and of course, the most authentic Irish food.
My favorite part of the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival is the fantastic line-up of live entertainment hand-picked straight from Ireland.
Here’s a look at this year’s line-up:
Strings & Things will bring their contemporary Irish Trad/Folk/Roots crossover talent from Tipperary and Galway to the festival stage. Their unique sound and powerful stage energy promise a raucous evening of music and song.
TradGad features three talented musicians from Kerry, Dublin and Galway charming guests with their vibrant performances on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, uilleann pipes, tin whistle, banjo and bouzouki.
Maca an Irish sister duo dubbed “Ireland’s next big thing” will rock the Raglan Road Pub stages with their extraordinary talent.
Fia Rua featuring band members from Ireland and Scotland, will blend their musical backgrounds to perform and wow guests with a unique Celtic sound.
Mike Waters, from the southeast of Ireland, will perform Irish songs and ballads from traditional to contemporary with a good measure of chat and humor.
Emily Furlong an extraordinary singer and entertainer from Wexford, Ireland will captivate guests with her stunning voice.
No Half Measures an exciting, fresh and vibrant four-piece band from Scotland, Cork and Kilkenny will spin their youthful, contemporary sound for the Mighty Festival audience.
And you can’t talk about Raglan Road without talking about their fantastic food!!!!
While the entire menu will be available, guests dining on Monday, March 16 can enjoy a new whiskey pairing dinner from 3-11 p.m. featuring a special prix fixe menu with locally sourced dishes like Whiskey Cured House Smoked Salmon and Apple Baked Dumplings paired with the finest Irish whiskey cocktails.
Of course, don’t miss the popular Raglan Road Irish Dancers plucked from the cast and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows! They’ll be performing intermittently during the festival and ready to teach you an Irish jig – no experience necessary! Kids will also have a blast at this family-friendly party so be sure to bring everyone dressed in their best green garb and enjoy complimentary face painting.
For those planning to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to plan ahead for the fun!
On March 17, guests will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest 18 and older. Reservations can be booked online for other festival days, including brunch by calling 407-938-0300.