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Everyone’s Irish at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

There’s just something extra cheerful about an Irish Pub and Raglan Road in Downtown Disney (aka Disney Springs ) is no exception! But Raglan Road isn’t just your average Irish Pub, it’s authentic Ireland.  Built entirely in Ireland, then shipped, lock, stock and beer barrel to Downtown Disney.

While the food is sure to please ,my advice is to start with a taste of the local beverage while you’re looking over the menu. In my case I started with a flight of Irish beers – Guinness Irish Stout, Smithwicks Irish Ale, Harp Irish Lager and Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale gave me a real taste of Ireland without breaking the bank.

Raglan Road, Downtown Disney

If you don’t fancy a flight of beers, just ask for a pint of your favorite liquid refreshment. In Ireland, pouring the Perfect Pint is considered an art form, and they’re darn serious about art at Raglan Road. In fact along with the building they brought their own unique Irish beer dispensing system with them, which enhances quality, freshness, and structure of the beers.

Of course if you’d like something a wee bit stronger or non alcoholic your server will be happy to oblige your request.

Raglan Road, Downtown Disney

One of my favorite dishes at Raglan Road is their very popular Scallop Forest, consisting of Georges Bank scallops in a golden batter served with citrus lime dipping sauce & sweet chili jam. They have an eclectic Irish menu with delicious tastes of their homeland, so don’t go expecting Corn Beef and Cabbage. Be adventurous and try some of re-invented Classic Irish dishes they serve as well as what I like to call Irish Fusion Dishes. If you still have room for dessert try Chef Dundon’s gift to America the Dunbrody Kiss.  Chef Dundon uses chocolate, chocolate and then more chocolate to make this dessert……sigh

Raglan Road, Downtown Disney

And what would an Irish Pub be without entertainment. Every night whether you dine inside or out you’ll be treated to a variety of Irish entertainers including dancers, troubadours and bands playing jigs, reels, pub favorites and traditional Irish songs.  According to management at Raglan Road since the pub is so authentic, the entertainers have no idea they’re not still in Ireland and they ask for your help keeping the secret.

So you need to act really Irish to keep them from catching on – that means drink, howl, dance on the tables, drink some more and sing as you’ve never sung before”

Raglan Road is located at The Landing, Disney Springs, 1640 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando FL 32830.  They are open from 11 am until 11 pm. serving lunch and dinner followed with a bar menu from 11 pm until 1 am .  The Rollicking Raglan Brunch Menu is served from 10 am to 3 pm Saturday & Sunday.   (gluten free menu items are available)

Live Music starts at 4 pm till late, with an Irish band and Irish dancers performing 5 pm  – 10 pm 7 nights a week. Open till 2 am every night.

Review | The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

A few months back, I learned that Guy Ritchie was directing a film version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I was obsessed with the show as a teen when I discovered it in re-runs, so I was thrilled when publicity stills of Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as the iconic secret agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin hit the internet. With new trailer I got more and more excited.

Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer, and Henry Cavill in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ((c) Warner Bros. Ent.

Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer, and Henry Cavill in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ((c) Warner Bros. Ent.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was wildly popular when it aired from 1964-1968. At the time, David McCallum (the original Illya, now a regular on NCIS) received more fan mail than any actor in MGM’s history. A certain comic book creator named Stan Lee was a fan of the show, and the agency U.N.C.L.E. (an acronym for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) inspired him to create his own organization for Marvel. You might have heard of it. It’s called S.H.I.E.L.D.

The original show didn’t take itself too seriously, and wouldn’t lend itself well to a gritty, Daniel-Craig-as-James-Bond reimagining. I didn’t want to see a Mission: Impossible-style reboot. I wanted to see Solo and Illya in the the swingin’ Sixties where they belonged. And that’s exactly what I got. Not quite a serious spy movie, not quite an Austin Powers-style parody, U.N.C.L.E. has always been something in between, and the movie was no different.

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It’s not necessary to be a fan of the show to follow the plot. If you’re familiar with early James Bond films (Ian Fleming was consulted on the original show and even contributed the name “Solo” to the project), you’ll be good here. It’s an origin story, depicting how a CIA agent (Cavill) and a KGB operative (Hammer) on opposite sides of the Cold War come together in 1963 to stop an international criminal organization, made up of former Nazis and led by the deliciously evil Victoria Vinciguerra (Elizabeth Debicki, who is outstanding in the villain role), from developing a nuclear bomb. Our guys team up with Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander, whose character is every bit as strong as the men she works with), the daughter of a kidnapped scientist suspected of helping the bad guys, to stop them.

Strap in, it’s a fun movie, with the same light-hearted, caper-y, almost bordering on silly fun the show was known for. (There’s an action sequence involving powerboats, a truck, and a sandwich. You’ll know it when you see it.) It’s also one of the more stylish films you’ll see this year: the 1960s costuming and set decoration details are worth the ticket price alone.

Henry Cavill is a smooth Napoleon Solo, with a performance that seems completely in line with Robert Vaughn’s portrayal on the TV series. Purists may be a little startled, however, by Armie Hammer’s portrayal of Illya Kuryakin. The original Illya was an enigmatic and brilliant figure. Where McCallum’s Illya was brains, then Hammer’s Illya is brawn: a 6’5” wall of muscle who is used by the KGB as a blunt weapon. But Hammer is nearly a foot taller than McCallum, so adjustments are understandable, and Illya in the film is still just as compelling a character.

While the film version isn’t performing as well as expected (only a $13.5 million take its first week), I’m hoping that word of mouth will give the film some legs and commission at least one sequel. My inner teenager was thrilled to see Solo and Illya again, and I’d love to see more.

Fork & Screen Tix
(As a Central Florida-centric aside, my current favorite place to see a film is the AMC Downtown Disney. Especially the Fork & Screen. Sure, you have to dodge tourists and Disney traffic, but you get enormous comfy chairs, a table, and your very own waitress who brings you theatre snacks, full-on entrees, or even cocktails. I had the bistro mac & cheese and some kind of blue drink while I was transported back to 1963 with this movie, and had a wonderful time.)

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – rated PG-13
Runtime: 116 minutes
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Hugh Grant

(Photo credit, featured image: Photo by Daniel Smith – © 2014 – Warner Bros., All Rights Reserved)