If you'll be visiting Disney World on Saint Patrick's Day, don your best green finery and check out Raglan Road at Disney Springs and other locales for some great holiday fun. You'll be able to find food, music, entertainment, and merchandise with St. Paddy’s Day flair when you visit Disney World in March.
By the way, if you love all things Irish but can't visit during March, be sure to mark your calendar for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival each fall. The Ireland booth is always a big hit and a great place to get authentic Irish fare.
The Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival at Raglan Road
Every day is St. Patrick’s Day at Raglan Road, the Irish pub and restaurant at Disney Springs, but around the actual holiday, it really pulls out the stops and embraces its heritage. Throughout the week of March 17, you'll find a packed calendar of Irish musical groups and step dancers to get visitors in the holiday spirit.
The menu is filled with Irish favorites such as Bangin’ Bangers and Mighty Mash, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie. Of course, Guinness is available on draft along with Irish stouts, Irish whiskeys, Bailey’s-infused cocktails, and a full range of other libations. Make reservations in advance as Raglan Road is especially popular around St. Paddy’s Day (as you would imagine).
Irish Merch at Shop for Ireland
Apart from the bar and restaurant at Raglan Road, there's also a boutique store called Shop for Ireland that features Celtic-themed goods and clothing. If you forgot to pack something green to wear, making sure you stop in to pick something up lest you get pinched. You can also pick up some high-end gifts such as jewelry (some with real emeralds), native fragrances, family crests, Irish cookbooks, and even ingredients imported directly from the island.
Grab a Pint and Irish Fare at Cookes of Dublin
If you missed out on reservations to Raglan Road, don't worry. Just stop in next door at Cookes of Dublin, the quick-service Irish eatery run by the same restaurant. You can order typical meals like fish and chips or go for an Isle-inspired sandwich, the Dubliner Burger. It uses ingredients imported directly from Ireland, such as Ballymaloe condiments and Dubliner cheese.
If you can nab an outdoor table, you can even enjoy some of the entertainment on Raglan Road‘s patio stage even without getting your reservation.
More St. Patrick's Day Eats (and Drinks)
You’ll find special St. Patrick's Day goodies throughout Disney World, not just at Raglan Road. At Magic Kingdom Park’s Main Street Bakery, for example, look for the St. Pat’s cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting and four-leaf clover sprinkles. Up Main Street U.S.A., Casey’s Corner celebrates the holiday with a hot dog topped with corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut.
Outside of the Magic Kingdom park, the Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort has its own Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold Cupcake. And the Rose & Crown Pub in Epcot takes it one step further by serving green beer.
St. Paddy’s Day Collectibles
Scour merchandise locations for special St. Patrick Day themed collectibles. For example, you could find collectible Disney pins with shamrocks, Irish Mickey Mouse, and more “wearing o’ the green” by other Disney characters. Disney's Vinylmation Holiday collection features a Mickey Mouse leprechaun—if you can find him.
Stop by one of the hat shops in Disney World and pick up some of the iconic Micky Mouse ears with a special St. Patrick's Day design. You can find them at Le Chapeau in the Magic Kingdom or at hat shops in Disney Springs or Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Visit the United Kingdom in Epcot
At the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot, you can get a view of St. Patrick's Day as it's celebrated in Northern Ireland. The best place in the U.K. Pavilion to experience St. Paddy's Day is the Rose & Crown Pub, which serves up all kinds of traditional Irish beers in addition to one that's not so traditional (the beer is dyed bright green). Just as with Raglan Road, expect big crowds and long lines at Rose & Crown around March 17. As they say, on St. Patrick's Day, everyone's Irish.