Minnie Van Service Expands to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort

Beginning February 19, Disney’s Minnie Van Transportation Service will be available at both Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter at Walt Disney World Resort.

In case you aren’t familiar, the Minnie Van Service is a collaboration with Lyft, allowing guests at Walt Disney World to arrange their own private Disney vehicle right from the Lyft app on their smartphone. With Minnie Van Service, Disney cast members will drive you to wherever you want to be at Walt Disney World Resort. This service accommodates up to six guests and provides two versatile car seats so even the tiniest of passengers can travel in style!  The cost is $25 for a one way trip.

To use this service, simply visit the front desk at a participating resort to activate the Minnie Van Service through the Lyft app.

Below are the Disney hotels who currently use the Minnie Van Service:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Old Key West
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club


Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival Returns to Raglan Road at Disney Springs March 16-18

Raglan Road’s annual Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival will return to Disney Springs for 3 days, March 16-18, 2018.  This popular festival features Irish music,  dancers,  food, an enormous range of craft beers and cocktails, a dedicated Irish store, face painting and much more.

Festival Times:

Friday, March 16:  12.00pm – 1.00am

Saturday, March 17: 10.00am – 1.00am

Sunday, March18:   10.00am – 1.00am

Entertainment includes:

Young Dubliners

Young Dubliners are quite possibly Celtic rock’s hardest working band, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and Europe every year. Known for their exciting live performances, the Young Dubliners bring their hearty rock and Irish infused tunes to the Raglan Road stage. www.youngdubliners.com

Elevation

Back by popular demand, Elevation is without question the most successful U2 tribute band in the world. With their huge repertoire and unparalled experience, Elevation is the only band to call when you want to bring the most authentic sights and sounds of U2 to your audience without actually having to bring in U2 themselves. You think this all sounds too good to be true, seeing is believing.

http://www.u2tributeband.com/

The Maguires

This traditional Irish family band from Wicklow comprises Emma, 17, on fiddle, flute and whistle; Aoife, 15, on concertina and uilleann pipes; Sean, 12, on bodhrán; and their dad, Philip, on guitar. The band’s repertoire includes traditional favourites and modern tunes with syncopated, infectious rhythms sure to wow Mighty Festival crowds. Catch them performing at Raglan Road March 14th – April 3rd. http://maguireband.com/

The Byrne Brothers

An exceptionally talented traditional Irish music family from Donegal. They are Luca, 13 (button accordion); Finn, 11 (banjo,mandolin and whistle); Dempsey, 8, (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, and they love to interact with every audience. http://www.thebyrnebrothers.com

The Raglan Roots Coalition

10 years down the Road, Raglan felt it was time to shake its boogie – Roots style. Cue The Raglan Roots Coalition. A coming together of Ireland’s obnoxiously fine young talent – set fare to blow the cream off your pint. Think soul-rocking Celtic bluegrass with some hip-swingin’, knee-shakin’ breath stealin funky roots beats and your only half way there. www.facebook.com/RaglanRootsCoalition/

Briste

This inspiring all -female trio includes Emma Robinson (flute, whistle), Joanna Boyle (banjo, vocals) and Alison Crossey (bodhran, guitar). They grew up listening to and playing traditional Irish music, winning numerous awards at County, Ulster and All Ireland competitions, quickly gaining themselves a fine reputation in traditional music circles. Blending together their rich musical backgrounds, Briste creates a fresh and exciting mix of country, folk and Irish traditional music. https://www.bristemusic.com/

Reel Republic

Hailing from the southwest corner of Ireland, Aisling Egan-Sage (fiddle); Liam O’Keefe (box, vocals); and Coin Foley (guitar, vocals) are Reel Republic, three seriously talented musicians always pushing to make the next gig better than the last. They will keep you entertained with a mix of traditional Irish ballads and modern Irish songs https://www.facebook.com/reelrepublic/

Out The Gap

Niall McIlroy (guitar, ukulele bass, whistles and flute); Deordre Ni Mheachair (fiddle); and Aidan Byrne (guitar, vox, keys and percussion) make up the pub’s newest house band performing a sweet combination of innate musicianship, beautiful tine playing and fairly outrageous virtuosity. They love putting on a vibrant and energetic show for their fans. 

The Raglan Road Dancers

The Raglan Road Dancers plucked from the stages of the most famed Irish Dance shows perform throughout the Mighty Festival.

Cover charge of $10 will apply to each guest 18 and over on March 17 only.  Check out the schedule below:

For more information, please visit RaglanRoad.com.

Celebrate Mardi Gras All Month Long at House of Blues at Disney Springs

Celebrate Mardi Gras all month long at House of Blues at Disney Springs.  Enjoy $5 Gumbo or a $10 Bourbon Street Mule.

The restaurant menu draws its inspirations from across the South. The menu includes iconic dishes such as New Orleans jambalaya and gumbo, Lowcountry shrimp and grits, house-smoked Carolina pulled-pork barbeque, Memphis-style baby back ribs, and Delta fried chicken. The menu also offers signature Southern-inspired recipes such as Voodoo Shrimp and Carolina Mess, as well as a wide range of burgers, sandwiches and salads. The House of Blues bar is dedicated to showcasing a unique blend of classic and contemporary specialty cocktails, spirits and craft beer.

Join them tonight for live music, beads, masks, drink specials and giveaways!

Disney Announces Official Opening Date for Toy Story Land

This morning Disney announced the highly-anticipated Toy Story Land will officially open on June 30, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

From Disney:

When it opens, guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, guests can take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie.

Families will also be able to take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here, adorable little green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.

Guests can also walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!, which has been a guest-favorite attraction at the park since it opened in 2008. Now expanded with a third track, the popular attraction will put even more guests in the action taking aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games.

Check out the time-lapse video below of one of Slinky Dog Dash’s first test runs.


New Animated Series ‘Fancy Nancy’ Coming to Disney Junior This Summer

Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Rob Riggle (“Modern Family”) star as Nancy’s parents Claire and Doug Clancy in Disney Junior’s animated series “Fancy Nancy,” premiering this summer on Disney Junior and the new DisneyNOW app. Mia Sinclair Jenness, the 12-year-old Broadway sensation who starred in “Matilda,” stars as the voice of Nancy, a lovable young girl whose zest and enthusiasm for all that is fantastic transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Newcomer Spencer Moss voices Nancy’s younger sister, Jo Jo.

Based on the New York Times bestselling books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Disney Junior’s “Fancy Nancy” is an animated family comedy centered around six-year-old Nancy, a girl who likes to be fancy in everything from her advanced vocabulary to her creative, elaborate attire. Excited to experience what the magnificent world has to offer, Nancy uses her ingenuity and imagination as she learns that while life doesn’t always go as planned, it’s important to celebrate the differences that make everyone unique. Geared towards kids age 2-7, each episode contains humorous and heartfelt stories which highlight themes of self-expression, originality and love of family.

Extensions for the series will include a line of products through Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI); such as dolls, role-play items, accessories and apparel; which will be revealed at the New York Toy Fair this weekend. The book series “Fancy Nancy” includes over 100 titles, with more than 30 million books sold, that have been translated into 20 languages.

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