We love a good excuse for a celebration, don't you? Luckily, spring time -- which is just around the corner! -- offers plenty of good reasons to get together for fun family and friend time. Today, we have some delicious tips for you if you're planning to spend your spring holidays at Walt Disney World. Whether it's celebrating Irish culture, Easter, Mother's Day, or just the blooming of Spring flowers, we have just the right thing to make Spring 2013 extra special.
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St. Patrick's Day
When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick's Day, there's no better place at Disney World than Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Downtown Disney. This year, St. Patty's Day falls on a Sunday, but the folks at Raglan Road will be celebrating all weekend long with the Mighty Festival from March 14-17. Whether you're Irish or just Irish for the day, you can look forward to lots of events over the three-day period. The Raglan Road Dancers and house band Creel will perform, in addition to guest performances by The Willis Clan and U2 tribute band Elevation. Renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of Riverdance fame will lead Irish dance workshops; and guests are encouraged to participate in the Ceili (pronounced "kay-lee"), a traditional music and structured set-dancing event taking place on Saturday. We guarantee that there will be plenty of Irish-inspired food and drink as well! The menu at Raglan Road, created by Master Chef Kevin Dundon, features contemporary twists on traditional Irish fare and consistently wins rave reviews from guests. New in 2013, Raglan Road is offering Sunday Brunch as well as the new "Host the Roast", a traditional Sunday Irish lunch for a party of six, centered around premium roasts with all the trimmings. While guests can make reservations for March 14 and 15, seating will be first-come, first-served on March 16 and 17. A $5 cover will apply on March 16, while the cover charge will be $10 on St. Patrick's Day. You can make reservations by calling 407/938-0300.
If you're looking for someplace special to celebrate Easter with a family brunch, look no further than Cat Cora's Kouzzina. Located at Disney's scenic BoardWalk Resort, the restaurant brings a touch of Greek cuisine to a menu heavy with wonderfully comforting foods. Kouzzina has long been one of our favorite stops for breakfast, and I can think of no better place to spend a holiday brunch. Start your special meal with a pot of freshly Pressed Coffee, featuring the restaurant's signature robust blend. Then, you're set to order! Our favorites? The Country French Toast is an incredible sweet choice. Grilled fig and anise country bread is topped with apple-fig compote and comes with your choice of bacon or chicken sausage. It's a sweet and salty combo that's rich, satisfying, and completely worthy of holiday celebrations. If you're looking for a savory option, consider the hearty Breakfast Skillet. Piled high, this open-face omelet features eggs, pequillo peppers, Nueske's bacon, onions, and Greek cheese on sweet potato hash, before it's topped with arugula.
Looking for a way to celebrate Mom this spring? Consider Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian's Garden View Lounge. Arguably the most elegant of the Disney resorts, the Grand Floridian is the natural setting for afternoon tea. And with a lovely menu of enticing teas and delicious fare, you simply can't go wrong by treating Mom (and yourself) to tea. My favorite plate continues to be the Prince Edward Tea, which offers a wonderful assortment of savory pâtés, pastries, and English Stilton -- all served with a glass of Port. Younger guests can indulge in Mrs. Potts Tea, which includes an assortment of traditional tea sandwiches and "magical dark tea" (chocolate milk), as well as a choice of tea pastries. But for complete indulgence and an escape from the Disney hubbub, consider treating her to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando's Royal Tea! Offering a traditional British tea experience, the Waldorf Astoria also boasts their world-famous spa, and I can think of no better Mother's Day gift than spoiling Mom with tea and pampering!
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
Looking for a general reason to celebrate Spring? Head over to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival March 6 through May 19 for some brand new food experiences in 2013! We have been big fans of this beautiful festival for ages, but this year the Epcot team is introducing 12 new food marketplaces devoted to making the festival as much a foodie destination as a horticultural haven! Guests can walk through huge gardens around the marketplaces before indulging in themed specialties like Florida Fresh's Angel Food Cake with Macerated Florida Berries. Or head to the Primavera Kitchen in the Italy Pavilion for Lasagna Primavera. But the busiest stop is guaranteed to be Pineapple Promenade, where they will be serving Dole Whips -- with Spiced Rum! There is simply no better time to celebrate special holidays at Walt Disney World than Spring time. So whether you're getting your green on, celebrating Easter, or pampering Mom, we are certain that you'll find plenty to do and delight in throughout the season.
About the Author: AJ Wolfe is the owner and executive editor of The Disney Food Blog, a website covering all things food and drink in Walt Disney theme parks, resorts, and cruise ships. Check out the updated version of her best-selling e-Book -- The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013 -- for in-depth advice on Disney World dining! The Disney Food Blog is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.