Disney to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Raglan Road festival

Model Kathy Ireland with an very Irish looking Mickey Mouse

Literally everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day including Mickey Mouse apparently. The “wearin’ of the green” will be celebrated in Raglan Road Irish Pub, in Disney World in Florida.

According to reports in LaughingPlace.com the multi-media conglomerate which was founded by Irish American Walt Disney will host a festival in celebration of Irish food, music and dance. The pub is certainly celebrating in style with an excellent U2 tribute band, Elevation, as well as house band Creel, Murphy’s Law and the Irish Rogue.

Also on Friday (15th March) Irish chef Kevin Dundon will create a four-course luncheon along with a culinary demonstration.

It’s fitting that should a large celebration should be planned for St. Patrick’s Day at Disney World. Only recently genealogists discovered that Disney’s family rented 33 acres of land in County Kilkenny.

Walt Disney’s great-grandfather Arundel Elias Disney was born in Kilkenny c.1801. In 1832 Arundel Elias married Maria Swan who gave birth to their son Kepple Disney, Walt Disney’s grandfather, on the 2nd of November of the same year. Arundel and Maria would go on to have 16 children, including Kepple.

In 1834 Arundel and his family reached America and eventually settled in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Elias Disney, Walt’s father, was born to Kepple and his wife Mary Richardson in 1859.

Eventually the Disney family arrived in Marceline, Missouri where Walt Disney was born on 5th December, 1901. At the age of 16 he served in the Red Cross as an ambulance driver in WWI. His ambulance would have been hard to miss as he had decorated it with his own cartoons.

When he got home he stayed in Kansas and worked as an advertising cartoonist. In 1920 he created and marketed his first cartoon.

Just twelve years later, at the outbreak of WWII Disney had built his own studio in Burbank, California. He employed over 1,000 artists, animators, story-men and technicians. The rest as they say is history. His studio created some of animations greatest hits including “Pinocchio”, “Fantasia”, “Dumbo” and “Bambi”.

Source: Bernie Malone, irishcentral.com


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