I love holidays. I love Disney. So when I can figure out a way to combine the two I’m a happy girl. Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon I wanted to share a few ways you can add a little Disney to your celebration at home if you can’t make it to the parks.
A frisky old storyteller named Darby O’Gill is desperately seeking the proverbial pot of gold. There’s just one tiny thing standing in his way: a 21-inch leprechaun named King Brian. In order to get the gold, Darby must match his wits against the shrewd little trickster – which proves no small task, indeed!
This movie isn’t on a lot of people’s radars but it’s one of my favorite Disney films. It was released in 1959 and stars a pre James Bond Sean Connery and Janet Munro who’ll many of you will recognize from Swiss Family Robinson. It really is a great Disney movie and I recommend watching it even if you aren’t celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
If you don’t have time or want to watch something in addition to Darby O’Gill and the Little People Walt Disney devoted an episode of his Disneyland television show to promote the film. The episode is titled I Captured the King of the Leprechauns. In the show Walt discusses his love of Ireland and decides he needs to visit to find the little people for his film. The episode is included on the Darby O’Gill DVD and you can also track it down on YouTube.
One way we tend to add a little Disney to our holidays is to recreate drinks from the restaurants in the parks. For St. Patrick’s Day you can take a look at the Rose & Crown menu and try something that sounds good to you. One option that we love is the Half & Half Imperial Pint. You fill a pint glass about half way with Harp and then pour the Guinness slowly over the back of a spoon to get a nice mixture.
Another one of my favorites, the Snake Bite. It’s cider topped with Harp. I typically use Strongbow since it’s my favorite cider. You can also try a Black and Gold which is half Guinness, half cider.
You also can’t go wrong with the Leaping Leprechaun from the Rose & Crown. It’s a mixture of Myers’s Platinum Rum, Skyy Vodka, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Melon Liqueur, and Sweet-and-Sour topped with Sprite®.
If you are going to be visiting Walt Disney World this year the week of St. Patrick’s Day you can attended the Mighty Festival at Raglan Road in Disney Springs. We love the atmosphere at Raglan Road and I’m sure it’s even better around St. Patrick’s Day
“The mightiest of mighty Irish festivals, Raglan Road’s Mighty Festival kicks off on Thursday March 16 running thru Sunday, March 19. Brace yourselves for a cacophony (big word that) of music so Irish that’s it’s more Irish than any other found in this fair land. Throw in (tho not literally please) a troupe of Irish Dancers with more talent in their big toes than most possess in their lifetime and you have the ingredients for an fun, feisty and fantabulous Festival. A Mighty festival. The only Road to the best of Irish is Raglan Road. With sublime Irish food, an enormous range of craft beers and cocktails, a dedicated Irish store, face painting and much much more.”
If you can’t make it (like me!) The Young Dubliners have a playlist on YouTube that you can enjoy at home. They are performing at the festival this year.
Will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year at the Disney Parks or will you be adding some Disney flare to your celebration at home?