Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs will be offering not one, but two New Year’s Eve countdowns as 2018 draws to a close! One will be held as the clock strikes midnight in Ireland (7:00pm in Disney Springs) and the other at midnight EST. Each will offer 10 minute medleys of Irish, holiday and New Year’s tunes with the entire Raglan Road cast of bands and dancers featured. It is the first of its kind at Raglan Road! There is no cover charge, and I highly recommend securing a reservation and enjoying a full meal there. Raglan Road features a nice selection of cocktails, and champagne is complimentary during both countdowns. The earlier 7:00pm time is especially nice for families. Read below for all the details.
ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 24, 2018) — Two rousing New Year’s Eve countdowns. Two blockbuster 10-minute medleys of Irish, holiday and New Year’s tunes. Thirty musicians and dancers, audio and light technicians. And don’t forget the complimentary Champagne for all legal imbibers during both countdowns.
An Epic New Year’s Eve at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs will be an unforgettable kickoff to 2019 when the clock strikes midnight in Ireland at 7 p.m. (Eastern Time) and again at midnight (ET) says the pub’s production manager, David Hayes, a Dublin native and multi-instrumentalist who’s directed Irish television and musical productions for decades.
“Our Epic New Year’s Eve celebration will the first of its kind with the entire Raglan Road cast of bands and dancers featured in the two countdowns,” promises Hayes, who oversees all Raglan Road shows and hand picks the Irish talent who perform there. “It’s a specially devised routine to give our guests a New Year to talk about for decades.”
Ciaran Keating, show choreographer, says the two Epic New Year’s Eve countdowns and music-and-dance performances will surround guests seated at tables and the pub bars.
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“It’ll be a mix of Irish trad and holiday tunes and, in the middle of it all, we’ll ask the audience to sing along to Auld Lang Syne,” says Keating, a champion Irish dancer who’s performed on screen and Ireland’s top stages. “As New Year’s arrives, we’ll continue with the grand finale.” Anyone who’s heard the Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys perform “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” with lyrics by Woody Guthrie, will know the finale is not to be missed.
There is no cover charge to spend New Year’s Eve at Raglan Road, where sparkling holiday lights and other décor present a festive backdrop to the end-of-year party featuring live Irish bands full-on jamming with their guitars, fiddles, flutes, bodhrans and other instruments. Professional Irish dancers in colorful costumes will accompany musicians with lively Irish jigs and reels. Guests can order from the full menu of modern Irish cuisine, craft beers, cocktails, whiskeys, flights and more.
Tables can be reserved at 407/938-0300. Guests also can find seats at one of the pub’s old Irish bars.
Owned and operated by Irish partners John Cooke and Paul Nolan, Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist. The restaurant’s warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando. Live entertainment nightly includes the NEW! Rhythms of Raglan 2018 suite of shows featuring Irish bands and dancers. Guests also can enjoy shows during the weekend Rollicking Raglan Brunch. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 3-11 p.m.; Bar menu 11 p.m.-late; Saturday and Sunday Rollicking Raglan Brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fla.