Anytime you visit Walt Disney World Resort, it is a cause for celebration. But when your visit coincides with a holiday or special event, it creates an atmosphere of even more festivities to delight in. For instance, visiting Disney World around St. Patrick’s Day has much to offer in the way of fun follies and good times. From specially scheduled entertainment happenings that don’t usually occur regularly to delicious limited-time treats to indulge in, the best part is that you don’t even have to be truly Irish to celebrate! Irish or not, here are all the wonderful ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Disney World.
Get Your Green On
The best way to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit is by donning all your favorite green gear. By extension, any cheerful St. Patrick’s Day-themed fashions will suffice (even those that aren’t altogether entirely green). And if you happen to be on location at Walt Disney World Resort for the grand occasion, you are even luckier than a leprechaun because there are so many awesome shirts, accessories, and other merchandise specifics that celebrate the holiday in full Disney theme (oftentimes even featuring your favorite Disney Characters). Disney-related St. Patrick’s Day buys are located throughout various Disney Parks, Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs retailers. You can also get what you need online through shopDisney or at other retailers known for carrying licensed Disney products.
Head to the Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival
This is hands down the biggest way to get into the St. Paddy’s Day swing of things. An annual event hosted onsite at the one and only Raglan Road Restaurant in Disney Springs, the Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival is a multi-day all-out celebration laden with traditional Irish music, dancing, delicious food, and a host of other entertaining extras to take part in. Having been heralded as America’s most authentic Irish festival, this year’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival opens on Thursday, March 16, and runs through Sunday, March 19.
Many big-name musicians and entertainers will attend this year’s event, including the renowned U2 tribute band Elevation. Other acts to be onsite include sixth-generation fiddler Clare Sands, the band Strings & Things from Tipperary and Galway, award-winning instrumentalists One of the Foxes, Irish band Men of Aran, musical duo Gobhán, the Irish trio band Celtic Croi, and Raglan Road’s own resident stage performers.
Like any good celebration, great food and bevies are also on the festival’s agenda. Highlights include Raglan Road’s Signature Brew Flight, a Whisky Flight, craft beers, wines, hand-crafted cocktails, and menu pairings from traditional chef selections among Irish vittles. These include house classics like their dry-aged prime short rib and brisket beef OMG Burger, Shepherd’s Pie (beef and lamb version or the popular plant-based option), and even fresh-caught fish with chips. And don’t forget to check out Raglan Road’s adjoining retailer, Shop for Ireland, along with neighboring quick-service eatery Cookes of Dublin.
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Savor Special Sweets Throughout Disney Springs
While you’re still out and about Disney Springs, you may want to stop in at some of your favorite sweet treat locations to tantalize your taste buds with special St. Patrick’s Day confections, available for a limited time. From March 10 through March 18 at Amorette’s Patisserie, you can order their St. Patrick’s Day Petit Cake. This enticing confection, a new release just in time for St. Patrick’s Day 2023, comes as a whiskey-soaked spiced chiffon cake with layers of Irish cream mousse, caramel banana mousse, and candied walnuts. Amorette’s also has St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate-covered Strawberries available.
Now through March 19 at the Ganachery, you can enjoy the classic return of their signature St. Patrick’s Day Mickey Piñata filled with mint marshmallows enrobed in chocolate, white crisp pearls, and green sprinkles. They also have both Milk Chocolate Irish Cream and Dark Chocolate Irish Whiskey Ganache Ganache Squares.
Salt & Straw is presenting a lucky ice cream concoction through March 30, which comes as their Pots of Gold & Rainbows special, with hand-sorted rainbow marshmallows tossed into cereal milk ice cream.
From March 13 through 19, Sprinkles will feature their Irish Coffee Cupcake—a chocolate coffee cake filled with marshmallows, crowned with an Irish whiskey green-vanilla buttercream frosting, and finished with a clover décor. Do take note that this cupcake contains a small amount of alcohol and is therefore only for adults 21 years and older.
Now through March 31, that lesser-known Dole Whip kiosk Swirls on the Water will be presenting their brand-new St. Patrick’s Day Cone of chocolate and mint soft-serve, swirled in a black vanilla cone and topped with gold sprinkles. They will also be premiering their Bailey’s Chocolate Float, which comes as a frozen hot chocolate float with mint soft-serve and Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Not to be outdone, Vivoli il Gelato has quite a couple goodies also available through March 31. These include the Shamrock Shake—a mint chocolate chip gelato and pistachio gelato topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings; the Pistachio Bombolato—a pistachio gelato and chocolate sauce in a warm Italian donut; the Mint Cannoli—a sweet cream of ricotta cheese, sugar, mint, and chocolate shavings in a crispy pastry shell; the Marshmallow Cereal Cannoli with ricotta cheese and marshmallow cereal; the Marshmallow Cereal Bombolato, comprised of marshmallow cereal and vanilla icing, and their Marshmallow Cereal Shake—a vanilla gelato and marshmallow cereal topped with a bombolato.
Try Menu Specials at City Works Eatery & Pour House
Some favorite food haunts throughout Disney Springs are also offering limited-time menu specials in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. One such venue is City Works Eatery & Pour House, with the following features being available through March 17.
- Irish Loaded Fries: House-made corned beef, hardwood-smoked bacon, Guinness braised onions, IPA cheese sauce, green onions, and waffle fries
- Pastrami Reuben: House-made pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and bacon-braised sauerkraut on marble rye
- Irish Bangers & Mash: Grilled Louisiana hot link, smoked cheddar and horseradish potato purée, caramelized cabbage, and Guinness onion gravy
- Irish Mule: Jameson Irish Whiskey, lime juice, bitters, and ginger beer
- Dark Side of The Moon: Blue Moon and Guinness
- Snakebite: Angry Orchard Crisp Apple and Guinness
- Voodoo: Reubaus and Guinness
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Taste Poutine Done Up in Irish Fashion
The Daily Poutine is also getting into the St. Paddy spirit with a special Irish poutine feature, available through March 31. Their Irish Pork Bangers Poutine comprises traditional Irish cheddar, onion marmalade, stout gravy, and classic French Fries, which are the iconic base of all poutine presentations.
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Bite Into a Dublin Burger
The epitome of all burger places in Disney Springs, D-Luxe Burger, is also doing something special all month long. Their limited-time Dublin Burger consists of two pressed signature patties decked out with Irish cheddar, corned beef, shoestring fried onions, Irish stout barbecue, lettuce, and tomato.
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Dine at Rose & Crown
Disney Springs isn’t the only place in Disney World to get into the full, festive spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. Over in EPCOT you may know Rose & Crown Dining Room as a traditional British establishment based rightfully within the United Kingdom Pavilion of the World Showcase. But do take notice of the fact that they, too, are known to regularly feature some traditional Irish menu classics. On the food front, you have well-loved traditional Irish eats, like their regular Fish and Chips and Shepherd’s Pie features. But it’s really all those lucky libations that get extra special attention around St. Patrick’s Day. One of their most beloved favorites is the Leaping Leprechaun, comprised of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Don Q Cristal Rum, Sky Vodka, Melon Liqueur, and Sweet-and-Sour topped with Sprite. Other hits include their own Irish Whiskey Flight and Guinness.
Indulge in the St. Patrick’s Day Irish Coffee Tart
While you’re already out and about in EPCOT, you may want to take a detour over to Sunshine Seasons Food Court, based within the Land Pavilion in the World Nature neighborhood. They’re offering a special treat exclusively available on March 17 only. It’s their Patrick’s Day Irish Coffee Tart—a lovely presentation that comes in the form of a chocolate coffee tart topped with mint mousse, Irish coffee crémeux, and shamrock garnish.
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Gorge on Goodies at Disney Resort Food Courts
Many of those grab-and-go selections throughout various Disney Resort food courts are offering special limited-time bakery goods and sweet treats in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Over at Disney’s All-Star Value Resort locations, you can try a delicious St. Patrick’s Day Cake feature, which comes as an Irish cream cake with mint ganache, buttercream, fondant rainbow, and a chocolate pot of gold.
Over at Disney’s Pop Century and Art of Animation Resort, you can get the St. Patrick’s Day Parfait, presented in layers of green velvet cake, ganache, and Irish crème cheesecake topped with sweet cream and white chocolate shamrock décor. Both concoctions will be available now through March 17.
My Lucky Clover Cupcake is a special plant-based offering that’s also appearing throughout various Disney Resort food courts between now and the end of the month.
Have a Mickey Shamrock Milkshake
Over at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, on location at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, you can enjoy their limited-time Mickey Shamrock Milkshake. Presented as a mint milkshake with chocolate drizzle, shamrock sprinkles, and a specialty vanilla cupcake, this premier feature will be available through the end of March.
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Tuck into a Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
Both Centertown Market and Spyglass Grill on location at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, as well as Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory and Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside and French Quarter, are offering a savory Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake now through 17. Comprising a mint chocolate brownie topped with vanilla cheesecake, whipped mint ganache, and house-made chocolate décor, this mouthwatering morsel is sure to set your Irish eyes smiling.
Delight in a St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake
Here’s a very straightforward celebration cupcake to delight in over at Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s Contempo Café now through March 17. It’s their signature St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake, presented as a chocolate cake filled with gold crisp pearls with green buttercream, green sugar, shamrock sprinkles, and a white chocolate Minnie Mouse topper.
Find Luck with the Lucky Leprechaun
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has something scrumptious being offered now through March 17 as well. It’s their Lucky Leprechaun—a confectionary marvel consisting of whiskey coffee custard, whiskey-soaked cake, and pistachio mousse topped with a dark chocolate shamrock. You’ll find it being dished up over at Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago.
Discover Your Mickey Pot of Gold
Now through March 17, you can discover your very own pot of gold in the way of a Mickey-themed confection at either Good’s Food to Go at Disney’s Old Key West Resort or the Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. It’s the newly released Mickey Pot of Gold, and it comes as a stout-chocolate cake filled with Irish cream mousse dipped in a chocolate shell, buttercream, gold sprinkles, and rainbow gummy.
Munch on Mickey Shamrock Beignets
If you enjoy Mickey Beignets, you’ll love the St. Paddy’s spin Scat Cat’s Club at Port Orleans—French Quarter is giving them now through March 31. Here you can enjoy those classic Mickey-shaped beignets but now dressed up with chocolate-mint ganache, milkshake pipette, and shamrock décor.
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Try the New Nugget
Also making a premier just in time for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has released its new Nugget. Comprising vanilla bean mousse, Irish stout cake, and salted caramel ganache, you can sink your teeth into this enticing Irish morsel now through March 17.
Luck Out with the Lucky Irish Cone
If you head on over to the Backstretch Pool Bar at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort between now and March 17, you can try your luck with a new sweet treat premier for 2023. It’s their Lucky Irish Cone, presented as a scrumptious cake cone, packed with vanilla soft-serve, chocolate sandwich cookies, and gold sprinkles.
Cave for Caramel-Hazelnut Profiteroles
Available March 17 only when you stop in at Le Petit Café at Disney’s Riviera Resort, you can indulge in Caramel-Hazelnut Profiteroles. These morsels come as caramel-hazelnut custard-filled chocolate profiteroles with decadent chocolate ganache.
Consume a St. Patrick’s Mickey Candy Apple
Many confectionary locations throughout Disney World are famous for dishing out last-minute goods in honor of special holidays and events. So, look for any other sweet surprises possibly emerging this week. For instance, I hear of a particularly enticing St. Patrick’s Mickey Candy Apple on location at Main Street Confectionery over at Magic Kingdom Park!
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Be on the lookout for any other last-minute St. Patrick’s Day releases throughout Disney World, whether they be in the form of tasty treats or memorable merchandise. Irish or not, if you’re lucky enough to be at Disney World on St. Patrick’s Day, you’re lucky enough!