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Labor Day Weekend Great Irish Hooley

Holiday weekends are great, and during the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, one festival comes to mind – The Great Irish Hooley. Taking place in Disney Springs, the traditional Irish social festival returns to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. Beginning Friday, August 30, 2019 through Monday, September 2, there are plenty of Hooley-happenings to enjoy. 2019 marks Raglan Road’s 8th year celebrating this festival (in this venue).

Labor Day Weekend entertainmentEach evening features some of the best Irish entertainment around. This year’s band lineup is very talented. Some of the highlighted acts are:

  • Strings & Things
  • HighTime
  • Billow Wood
  • The Rolling Wave
  • Maca

Experience an authentic line-up of bands featuring a lively mix of traditional Irish, Celt grass, folk, blues and soul. The only boutique Irish music festival in Central Florida, the Great Irish Hooley features shows on the Grand Room and patio stages. Check the event out on FacebookThere is no cover charge! 

Consequently, if Irish fare is what you are looking for, you’ll want to check out the dinner, lunch or brunch menu. From traditional dishes to more modern Irish cuisine, there are plenty of choices. You can even find a few gluten-free dishes including the fish ‘n’ chips and onion rings.

Raglan Road Irish DancersAdditionally, to help work off the large meal, put on your dancin’ shoes and join the Raglan Road dancers in the ceili (kay-lee) dance. The Rhythms of Raglan Dance Show entertains daily from 4:30 to 7 pm. The Raglan Dancers performing jigs and fast-paced Reels. Those 150-year-old stage boards sure get a workout!

Labor Day Weekend Fun

On the other hand, if an Irish Hooley is not what you are looking for this upcoming Labor Day weekend, the gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show will welcome you like “family.” The dames and mobsters put on a great show. So great, you’ll think you went back in time to 1930 Chicago!

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Come hungry. Mama Capone cooks up a spread like no other Orlando dinner show. It’s fresh. And hot. Plus, it’s fill-your-own-plate and unlimited drinks.

Finally, to all the workin’ stiffs out there…happy Labor Day weekend! Enjoy!

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Downtown Disney is Now Disney Springs

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Downtown Disney – Disney Springs

Downtown Disney – Disney Springs? We no longer have to bounce between the two names. Today marks the official name change of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs. The massive re-imagination is doubling the size and number of restaurants and shops. In fact, Disney Springs will grow to more than 1 million square feet, including 350,000 square feet of new leasable space. As with most Disney projects, they are doing it right and adding more parking and ease of getting to this new attraction.

Many restaurants and shops are already open at Downtown Disney – Disney Springs. The gang here at Capone’s is scrambling to keep up with all of the new opportunities. We’ve posted a new page (Disney Springs – Complete Guide) here on Al’s Blog which will keep up-to-date information on Disney restaurant openings, new shopping opportunities and helpful tips in getting to the new Disney Springs attraction. Stay informed.

For visitors to our area, you may not realize that you do not need a theme park ticket to experience Disney Springs. It is free (with free parking) to stroll and browse the area. Of course you’ll want to consume a snack or two, if not an entire meal. There will be several great restaurants to dine at when complete next year, and there are already many Lake Buena Vista restaurants and shops that we highly recommend (when you are not a guest at Capone’s Dinner & Show, of course). Downtown Disney will also have many exclusive shops to purchase unique items. Some are already open for business! Read our complete guide to Disney Springs!

Even though there is still a lot of construction taking place, Downtown Disney – Disney Springs is already a nice place to visit – now. Expect some construction hassle as Disney Springs develops its four distinct, outdoor neighborhoods. It will definitely be on everyone’s list of fun things to do in Orlando – daytime or night.

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar – New Themed Bar

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will officially open to the public on September 22nd. This new Orlando themed restaurant is just one of the many venues “springing” up in Downtown Disney, as it continues it’s final transition into Disney Springs. While Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is not an Orlando dinner show, it should provide plenty of entertainment merely by its décor.

The themed restaurant is based off the 1981 Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. The décor is meant to be reminiscent of the 80’s adventure flick, highlighting the unusual experiences of the beloved pilot, Jock Lindsey. With spare plane parts and odd travel mementos garnishing the interior, this new Orlando restaurant is sure to be a hit. Take your time and enjoy checking out the details while having a beverage or a meal.

Jock’s now dry-docked Steamboat, Reggie, also makes an appearance, offering a great outdoor view with seating just outside the hangar. Positioned between the Boathouse and Paradiso 37 (soon to be expanded) and facing the lake, the view at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will provide a great dinner show, especially for people watching and perhaps a beautiful sunset.

How to Get to this New Orlando Themed Restaurant

Because Disney Springs is still being constructed, transportation will see some changes over the next year. The best advice is to use Disney transportation, especially if staying at the Resort. If you are driving to Lake Buena Vista, follow the signs to Downtown Disney / Disney Springs. From I-4, take exit 67 and follow signs to available parking. Most parking offers less than a 5-minute walk. More parking is on the way and will remain free of charge, except for valet parking. Taxi service is also an option. Arrive early. If coming to see a show, arrive at least an hour ahead of your show time or reservation.

Themed Restaurant Menu @ Jock Lindseys Hangar Bar

Rolling Boulder SlidersThe food and beverage offerings at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar appear to be nothing to scoff at. Inspired by Jock’s worldly exploits, a range of small plates will be offered, including Dr. Elsa’s She-Deviled Eggs (topped with lumps of crab meat and beet juice) and Tanis Tacos (consists of falafel, shredded lettuce and cucumber-tomato salad), while cocktails sport fun names such as ‘Reggie’s Revenge’ and ‘The Bitter Barkeep.’ It appears guests will be getting to taste the world when they dine in the 150-seat hangar, as the menu is graced with flavors from Mexico, Asia, Scotland, and many other places Jock has explored.

While the food looks good, it’s safe to say the main draw to this restaurant/bar is the experience of immersing yourself in the world you first explored back when Raiders of the Lost Ark was released. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is an extension of the adventures we first enjoyed on screen, only this time guests will taste flavors from around the world instead of the buttery popcorn they surely enjoyed the first time they met Jock and Indy.

Attraction Food News

When it comes to good food at Orlando’s attractions, we can expect a great experience most every visit regardless of the Orlando theme park, restaurant or attraction. We can also expect lots of new food items being served and introduced. Every once-in-a-while an entirely new restaurant opens which is the case this past week at Downtown Disney’s West Side and later this summer at Universal’s Diagon Alley.

Starbucks Opens at Downtown Disney

A new Starbucks is now open serving coffee, pastries and sandwiches at Downtown Disney’s West Side. This beautiful restaurant is large with an open plan and plenty of seating. It is about 3,900 square feet, which is much larger than most Starbucks restaurants. Not only is there a lot of air conditioned indoor seating, an outdoor patio with tables and a fireplace offer more seating options with a relaxing experience. It faces the lake and within view of the Characters in Flight tethered helium balloon rides.

Other unique features at this Starbucks include a lemongrass roof! Rich with coffee compost, this grass is environmentally-friendly preventing run off into the lake. Another unique feature is the electronic chalk board. Guests will have fun doodling on the board & also see a live view of a similar screen at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA. One other extrememly unique feature at this Orlando restaurant is the long bench made of heart pine. Salvaged from the Alabama cotton mill, it is estimated to be 300 to 400 years old.

Hours for this new Starbucks are expanded too. It will be open from 10:00 a.m. to midnight every day. As with the Winter Park Starbucks, this restaurant will offer the chain store’s “reserve” coffee line. These rare coffees will be an exclusive to Disney’s Starbucks. The Magic Kingdom and Epcot Starbucks locations do not offer the reserve line. Plans for cafes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom all include future Starbuck locations.

Menu and New Food Items Announced for Diagon Alley

Later this summer new dining options at Universal Studio’s new Diagon Alley will offer a British fare. One of the restaurants at this theme park will be the Leaky Cauldron. It will feature Cottage Pie, Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew, Bangers and Mash, Split Pea Soup and a host of other dishes you’d expect to find in a British pub.

A variety of new food and beverage options which will be available in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

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Unusual new food that will be on some of the menus at various restaurants and outdoor carts include Butterbeer Ice Cream, a host of unique Elixers and various draught beers. You will, no doubt, feel as if you’ve stepped into one of the Harry Potter movies and could possibly be rubbing elbows with Harry, Hagrid or the twins! There is a lot of anticipation to experience this new theme park. The best way to keep up with the development is to regularly visit Universal’s blog.

Meat carving station at Capone's Dinner & ShowCapone’s Dinner & Show continues with it’s revamped menu which includes a delicious meat carving station. As if the delicious dinner buffet didn’t offer enough selection, this station features smoked turkey, London broil steak and herb and cheese-stuffed roasted pork tenderloin. You can also create your own pasta dish from selections including Bucatini, Spaghetti, Linguini, Cavatappi and Macaroni, topped off with a sauce of your choice – Marinara, Alfredo, Cheese and Vesuvio herb butter sauce. The pasta is made from scratch, and doesn’t get any fresher than this!

If you are a ‘foodie’ or simply like to experience an attraction along with a meal, check out the new Starbucks at Disney, or make plans to visit the Leaky Cauldron once it opens, and definitely save a night for Capone’s Dinner & Show. This speakeasy offers a unique experience unlike any other chain restaurant or movie. Enjoy the attractions and eat well!

Spotlight: Bongos Cuban Café at Downtown Disney

Created by music superstar Gloria Estefan and her producer husband Emilio, Bongos Cuban Cafe transports you to a Miami hotspot. This vibrant Orlando restaurant is a mosaic of colors and flavors set against infectious music. The internal architecture and mosaics were designed by the well known Luciano Franchi de Alfaro, and the outside was designed by Bernardo Fort Brescia. Both the interior and exterior are exquisitely themed. The ambiance is that of a lively 1950s Havana nightclub, and the bar is housed inside a 75-foot tall pineapple sculpture and features bongo drum bar stools. There’s lush greenery, a fantastic mosaic mural, and waterfall. There are two levels which offer indoor and outdoor seating. The pulsing, Latin rhythms add to the great ambiance, however, sometimes it’s so loud, it can be difficult to have a conversation. This tropical theme brings South Beach to Downtown Disney.

Each night, the official Desi Arnaz impersonator takes the stage and brings back old Havana. Along with state of the art sound systems, there is a fascinating light show every Friday & Saturday night. In addition to the two story Orlando restaurant, there are three bars featuring specialty drinks, including Mojitos, and an Express window. The Express window is open daily from 9:30am until midnight. There are live bands on Friday and Saturday nights from 9:00 to 2:00pm. There may be an entertainment venue scheduled which requires separate cover at the door or pre arrival ticket purchase.

The food consists of traditional Cuban cuisine like the delicious paella de mariscos (seafood paella) Cubano (Cuban sandwich), pan con lechon (pork sandwich), pollo asado (roast chicken), and flan de leche (traditional flan). Reservations are suggested, especially on the weekends. Although the atmosphere is lively, the food and service get mixed reviews.

$$, casual dress, Cuban cuisine, full bar, Reservations suggested, lunch and dinner
Location:
Downtown Disney West Side, 1498 East Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-8422 – (407) 828-0999
Cuisine:
Cuban
Experience:
Special & Unique Dining
Service:
A la Carte
Price Level:
$$ ($15 to $35.99)