‘Disney Springs’ is the new name for ‘Downtown Disney’, which years ago was called ‘Pleasure Island’. The area is located within the 40-odd square miles of the Disney World property.
Disney Springs now has a multi-story car park instead of the open parking lot. Currently there isn’t a charge for parking. New attractions have been added to the existing, probably the biggest being the Splitsville bowling alley. The Irish Pub, ‘Raglan Road’ isn’t new but is still one of the best places in Disney Springs.
You can book online, but you have to leave a late/no show deposit by credit card. If you arrive without a booking, there are two lines; one for outside, one for inside. Outside seems less popular, although it’s usually pretty good with live music on what is normally a warm evening. You’ll need to wait in line for an outside table. For inside, you’ll be given a pager that lets you know when your table is ready.
There are two types of table; high and booth. If you don’t like sitting on higher chairs, make sure you ask for a booth. Some table have views of the central stage, with Irish dancing – it can be a bit noisy there so unless you need to see that, ask for a table in one of the side rooms.
On our first visit (just two of us) we sat outside in the evening (15 minute wait) and had good food and Guinness while listening to an Irish singer.
On our second visit, there were five of us and I booked with my card. I was disappointed to be handed a pager on arrival and we had to stand at the bar having a drink for almost 30 minutes – I returned to the desk and reminded them that I’d pre-booked and if I’d been late they would have charged my card.
But we were happy to be seated and everyone enjoyed their food.
Despite the annoying wait, I’d probably go back. Remember that if you look under 30, you’ll be asked for ID. And if you are a foreign visitor that means driving licence and passport.
Here were the prices in USD:
- Guinness 8
- Fish and chips 20
- NY Strip 35
- Coke 3.50
- Miller lite 6.50
- Bud 6
- Lamb shank 29