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A look back at Disneyland’s future (circa 1985)

Jim Hill unearths a transcript of a video press kit that was released to the media back in July of 1985, just in time for Disneyland’s 30th anniversary. This transcript talks about yet another version of “The Happiest Place on Earth” that never quite happened.



As we get ready for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary (and all the promises that Disney’s current management team will invariably make about all the great new shows & attractions that the corporation will build at the Anaheim theme park over the next 50 years), I think it’s important to remember that — as often as not — most of these “Coming Attractions” never come to pass.

Case in point: Disneyland’s 30th anniversary celebration. Back in July of 1985, I was one of those lucky reporters who actually got to cover that 30 hour long party. And while I was out back at the press tent loading up on caffiene, I’d regularly get press kits foisted on me by Disneyland’s crack PR staff.

Well, I recently came across one of those old DL press kits while I was downstairs cleaning up the basement. And inside of that press kit was a transcript for Disneyland’s 30th anniversary video press kit. You know, the text that accompanies a pre-recorded story that Disneyland’s PR department has put together? With the hope that some TV station might then want to use this video press kit as the jumping-off point for their own report about the Anaheim theme park’s anniversary celebration.

Sadly, the tape that once accompanied this transcript disappeared ages ago. So I really don’t have any visuals to go with this story. But — even so — I think this transcript will give you a unique snapshot of what was going on within the Walt Disney Company during the summer of 1985. What sort of direction Disneyland seemed to be headed in ‘way back then.

Here. Rather than having me continue to explain what’s on this transcript, why don’t I let you read it for yourself:

NARRATOR: When Disneyland opened 30 years ago, Walt Disney promised it would always be in what he called “a state of becoming.” True to his word, he invested the park’s attraction with the most futuristic ideas imaginable.


NARRATOR: Disneyland’s tomorrows are now the responsibility of Disney’s new chairman, Michael Eisner.

MICHAEL EISNER: Disneyland is like a movie theater, because 50% of the people that come to Disneyland live within let’s say a 500 mile radius. You must, like a movie theater, put in a new movie periodically so peopel will want to come back. So we have plans for the next 30 years and I think we’ll make the park, you know, that much more contemporary.

NARRATOR: Some of those plans belong to Disney designer, Tony Baxter.

TONY BAXTER: We have the New Orleans Square and Bear Country area and there’s a lot of property out behind that and we’re thinking about unifying that so we have maybe a “Dixieland,” and strengthening that with maybe – we have a great property both in music and characters called “Song of the South,” we might find ourselves back in the swamps of Dixieland, plummeting down into the old Briarpatch or the Laughing Place to the music of “Zippity-Doo-Da” and those characters. Discovery Bay is a kind of a once-only place in time, it’s a Victorian place that occured at the turn of the century. It’s the kind of place that Jules Verne or H.G. Welles might have inhabited, there’s like I said, a flight on an aerial suspended monorail system that looks like a dirigible and a time machine. So that’s one of our key excitements for the future.

NARRATOR: Tomorrowland, 1955, was a primitive echo of the high tech attractions being planned today.

*** NUNIS: One of the attractions we’re going to be putting in for 1986 is taking the principle of a simulator, that pilots train in, and adapting a show to it, and it’s going to be extremely exciting. You know, Walt Disney was a great visionary. He always thought past his lifetime and probably the great stretch of our company is just that.

MICHAEL EISNER:Well most of the major movie directors today are in their twenties to late forties. All of whom grew up as kids on “The Wonderful World of Disney” and “The Wonderful World of Color” and “Disneyland,” and they are very interested in what happens to Disneyland. And we’ve had conversations with everybody from George Lucas to Steven Spielberg and other young directors who want to help us with Disneyland. So I think you can see what will happen in the next ten years is a big input from those kinds of people.

NARRATOR; Disney’s kind of people, the creative kind, shoudl insure that Disneyland’s next 30 years are as magical as the past.

Okay. Now there are a couple of Disneyland projects mentioned here that never made it off the drawing board. Dixieland for one, and Discovery Bay for another.

Now Dixieland … The idea here was that the Imagineers were going to reconfigure Bear Country so that now this part of the Anaheim theme park would celebrate the world that Mark Twain wrote about in his best selling books. Toward that end, the Imagineers wanted to move the docking area for the rafts over to Tom Sawyer’s Island up to where Bear Country’s Indian War Canoe dock was located. So that the rafts could then help re-enforce the new backstory that WED was trying to tell with Disneyland’s newly renamed Dixeland area.

Another part of this puzzle involved creating a clone of the Mark Twain AA figure that the Imagineers had created for the “American Adventure” pavilion at EPCOT Center. Then installing that Audio Animatronic in one of the “Country Bear Playhouse” ‘s two theaters, where this AA figure (with the help of acclaimed Sam Clemens impersonator Hal Holbrook) would present a severely condensed version of Holbrrok’s one man show, “Mark Twain Tonight!”

Unfortunately, guest surveys showed that too many Disneyland visitors associated the name “Dixie” with the more negative aspects of the Civil War. IN particular, slavery. Which was why Disney executives lost all enthusiasm for renaming Bear Country “Dixieland.”

Mind you, for the very same reason (I.E. That film’s unfortunate association with slavery & the Civil War), Mouse House officials also initially shied away from the idea of building an entire attraction around Walt Disney Productions’ 1946 release. Which was why (for a brief time, anyway) the Imagineers’ plans for “Splash Mountain” were spiked in favor of another flume-based attraction, “The Moonshine Express.”

“And what — pray tell — was the ‘Moonshine Express’ supposed to be like?,” you asked. Well — in this proposed version of a flume ride for Disneyland — there are the good bears that live in Bear Country (I.E. The bruins who live in town and perform at the Country Bear Playhouse) and the bad bears. You know, those bruins who live ‘way out in the woods and brew moonshine.

Well, the local sheriff (Who — if I’m remembering correctly — was supposed to be a brother of Henry’s? You know, the MC of the “Country Bear Jamboree”?) is asking for our help. Which is why we all eventually wound up in hollowed out logs, floating through the swamps out behind Bear Country, trying to find us some moonshiners.

Now the really intriguing part of this attraction is that — just like on “Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin” — all the guests who would ride on the “Moonshine Express” were supposed to be packing heat. As in a long rifle. Which we were supposed to use on any of the stills that we’d spy along our journey.

Of course, where this would get interesting is — about halfway through the attraction — the bears who were brewing this moonshine would begin to realize that we were shooting up their stills. Which is why they’d begin shooting back at us. Now imagine the fun of being inside a Disneyland shooting gallery where the Audio Animatronic targets can actually shoot back.

That sounds like a fun idea, doesn’t it? Sadly, the whole “shooting back at the guests” thing gave Disney execs pause. They worried that the Disney Company might be sending the wrong message to Disneyland’s younger visitors (I.E. Shooting at stuff is fun). Which was why “Moonshine Express” eventually got tabled in favor of another controversial concept. A flume ride based on the characters & settings featured in “Song of the South.”

Which obviously still upset a lot of folks within the Walt Disney Company. But even so, the conventional wisdom was: “Okay, the whole Uncle Remus thing may be too controversial for some Disneyland visitors. But at least we’re not putting long rifles into kids’ hands and telling them ‘ Have fun shooting up all those stills.’ “

As for Discovery Bay … I’m actually working an epic length version of the story of that proposed Disneyland addition. Which all the people who contributed to JHM’s fundraiser back in March have been waiting for oh-so-patiently for the past six months now. (You gotta hang in there just a little while longer, guys. I’ve almost got the debut issue of the JHM newsletter buttoned up.)

As for all that talk by *** Nunis (Who was then the head of Disney Attractions) of Disneyland getting a simulator-based attraction … I find it kind of interested that *** never mentions the “Star Wars” franchise by name. But then here’s Michael Eisner — just a few moments later — talking about the Mouse House’s new close ties to George Lucas & Steve Spielberg. So the info’s all there, if you’re willing to dig for it.

Speaking of Eisner: You know what I really find intriguing about this transcript? Here’s Michael Eisner — less than 9 months on the job as Walt Disney Productions’ new CEO — talking about all the plans that he has for the Anaheim theme park for ” … the next ten years” and “… the next 30 years.”

Me? I can’t help but notice Eisner’s “Disneyland is like a movie theater” analogy and then think about all the movie-based attractions that Uncle Mike has had built at the Anaheim theme park over the past 19 years. I guess that once you’re a studio head, you always think like you’re a studio head. You’re always looking for additional ways to plug your upcoming releases.

Anywho … I thought you folks might enjoy taking a peek at what Disneyland was once supposed to be like (circa 1985). Your thoughts?

Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Jens Dahlmann of LongHorn Steakhouse has lots of great tips when it comes to grilling



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Sure, for some folks, the Fourth of July is all about fireworks. But for the 75% of all Americans who own a grill or a smoker, the Fourth is our Nation’s No. 1 holiday when it comes to grilling. Which is why 3 out of 4 of those folks will spend some time outside today working over a fire.

But here’s the thing: Though 14 million Americans can cook a steak with confidence because they actually grill something every week, the rest of us – because we use our grill or smoker so infrequently … Well, let’s just say that we have no chops when it comes to dealing with chops (pork, veal or otherwise).

So what’s a backyard chef supposed to in a situation like this when there’s so much at steak … er … stake? Turn to someone who really knows their way around a grill for advice. People like Jens Dahlmann, the Vice President and Corporate Executive Chef for Darden Restaurant’s LongHorn Steakhouse brand.

Given that Jens’ father & grandfather were chefs, this is a guy who literally grew up in a kitchen. In his teens & twenties, Dahlmann worked in hotels & restaurants all over Switzerland & Germany. Once he was classically trained in the culinary arts, Jens then  jumped ship. Well, started working on cruise ships, I mean.

Anyway … While working on Cunard’s Sea Goddess, Dahlmann met Sirio Maccioni, the founder of Le Cirque 2000. Sirio was so impressed with Jens’ skills in the kitchen that he offered him the opportunity to become sous-chef at this New York landmark. After four years of working in Manhattan, Dahlmann then headed south to become executive chef at Palm Beach’s prestigious Café L’Europe.

Jens Dahlmann back during his Disney World days

And once Jens began wowing foodies in Florida, it wasn’t all that long ’til the Mouse came a-calling. Mickey wanted Dahlmann to shake things up in the kitchen over at WDW’s Flying Fish Café. And he did such a good job with that Disney’s Boardwalk eatery the next thing Jens knew, he was then being asked to work his magic with the menu at the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill.

From there, Dahlmann had a relatively meteoric rise at the Mouse House. Once he became Epcot’s Food & Beverage general manager, it was only a matter of time before he wound up as the executive chef in charge of this theme park’s annual International Food & Wine Festival. Which – under Jens’ guidance – experienced some truly explosive growth.

“When I took on Food & Wine, that festival was only 35 days long and had gross revenues of just $5.5 million. When I left Disney in 2016, Food & Wine was now over 50 days long and that festival had gross revenues of $22 million,” Dahlmann admitted during a recent sit-down. “I honestly loved those 13 years I spent at Disney. When I was working there, I learned so much because I was really cooking for America.”

And it was exactly that sort of experience & expertise that Darden wanted to tap into when they lured Jens away from Mickey last year to become LongHorn Steakhouse’s new Vice President and Corporate Executive Chef. But today … Well, Dahlmann is offering tips to those of us who are thinking about cooking steak tips for the Fourth.

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“When you’re planning on grilling this holiday, if you’re looking for a successful result, the obvious place to start is with the quality of the meat you plan on cooking for your friends & family. If you want the best results here, don’t be cheap when you go shopping. Spend the money necessary for a fresh filet or a New York strip. Better yet a Ribeye, a nice thick one with good marbling. Because when you look at the marbling on a steak, that’s where all the flavor happens,” Jens explained. “That said, you always have to remember that — the higher you go with the quality of your meat — the less time you’re going to want that piece of meat to spend on the grill.”

And speaking of cooking … Before you even get started here, Jens suggests that you first take the time to check over all of your grilling equipment. Making sure that the grill itself is first scraped clean & then properly oiled before you then turn up the heat.

“If you’re working with a dirty grill, when you go to turn your meat, it may wind up sticking to the grill. Or maybe those spices that you’ve just so carefully coated your steak with will wind up sticking to the grill, rather than your meat,” Dahlmann continued. “Which is why it’s always worth it to spend a few minutes prior to firing up your grill properly cleaning & oiling it.”

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And speaking of heat … Again, before you officially get started grilling here, Jens says that it’s crucial to check your temperature gauges. Make sure that your char grill is set at 550 (so that it can then properly handle the thicker cuts of meat) and your flattop is set at 425 (so it can properly sear thinner pieces of meat).

Okay. Once you’ve bought the right cuts of quality meat, properly cleaned & oiled your grill, and then made sure that everything’s set at the right temperature (“If you can only stand to hold your hand directly over the grill for two or three seconds, that’s the right amount of heat,” Dahlmann said), it’s now time to season your steaks.

“Don’t be afraid to be bold here. You can’t be shy when it comes to seasoning your meat. You want to give it a nice coating. Largely because — if you’re using a char grill — a lot of that seasoning is just going to fall off anyway,” Jens stated. “It’s up to you to decide what sort of seasoning you want to use here. Even just some salt & pepper will enhance a steak’s flavor.”

Then – according to Dahlmann – comes the really tough part. Which is placing your meat on the grill and then fighting the urge to flip it too early or too often.

“The biggest mistake that a lot of amateur cooks make is that they flip the steak too many times. The real key to a well-cooked piece of meat is just let it be, “Jens insisted. “Of course, if you’re serving different cuts of meat at your Fourth of July feast, you always want to put your biggest thickest steak on the grill first. If you’re also cooking a New York Strip, you want to put that one on a few minutes later. But after that, just let the grill do its job and flip your meat a total of three or four times, once every three minutes or so.”

Of course, the last thing you want to do is overcook a quality piece of meat. Which is why Dahlmann suggests that – when it comes to grilling steaks – if you’re going to err, err on the side of undercooking.

“You can always put a piece of meat back on the grill if it’s slightly undercooked. When you over-cook something, all you can do then is start over with a brand-new piece of meat,” Jens said. “Just be sure that you’re using the correct cut of meat for the cooking result you’re aiming for. If someone wants a rare or medium rare steak, you should go with a thicker cut of steak. If one of your guests wants their steak cooked medium or well, it’s best to start with a thinner cut of meat.”

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As you can see, the folks at Longhorn take grilling steaks seriously. How seriously? Just last week at Darden Corporate Headquarters in Orlando, seven of these brand’s top grill masters (who – after weeks of regional competitions – had been culled from the 491 restaurants that make up this chain) competed for a $10,000 prize in the Company’s second annual Steak Master Series. And Dahlmann was one of the people who stood in Darden’s test kitchens, watching like a hawk as each of the contestants struggled to prepare six different dishes in just 20 minutes according to Longhorn Steakhouse’s exacting standards.

“I love that Darden does this. Recognizing the best of the best who work this restaurant,” Jens concluded. “We have a lot of people here who are incredibly knowledgeable & passionate when it comes to grilling.”

Speaking of which … If today’s story doesn’t include the exact piece of info that you need to properly grill that T-bone, just whip out your iPhone & text GRILL to 55702. Or – better yet – visit prior to firing up your grill or smoker later today. 

This article was originally published by the Huffington Post on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heifers is a sincere if somewhat surreal way to spend a summer’s day in Vermont



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Some people travel halfway ‘around the planet so that they can then experience the excitement of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. If you’re more of a Slow Living enthusiast (as I am), then perhaps you should amble to Brattleboro, VT. Where – over the first weekend in June – you can then join a herd of cow enthusiasts at the annual Strolling of the Heifers.

Now in its 16th year, this three-day long event typically gets underway on Friday night in June with a combination block party / gallery walk. But then – come Saturday morning – Main Street in Brattleboro is lined with thousands of bovine fans.

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They’ve staked out primo viewing spots and set up camp chairs hours ahead of time. Just so these folks can then have a front row seat as this year’s crop of calves (which all come from local farms & 4-H clubs) are paraded through the streets.

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Viewed from curbside, Strolling of the Heifers is kind of this weird melding of a sincere small town celebration and Pasadena’s Doo Dah Parade. Meaning that – for every entry that actually acknowledged this year’s theme (i.e. “Dance to the Moosic”) — …

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… there was something completely random, like this parade’s synchronized shopping cart unit.

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And for every piece of authentic Americana (EX: That collection of antique John Deere tractors that came chugging through the city) …

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… there was something silly. Like – say – a woman dressed as a Holstein pushing a baby stroller through the streets. And riding in that stroller was a pig dressed in a tutu.

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And given that this event was being staged in the Green Mountain State & all … Well, does it really surprise you to learn that — among the groups that marched in this year’s Strolling of the Heifers – was a group of eco-friendly folks who, with their  chants of “We’re Number One !,” tried to persuade people along the parade route not to flush the toilet after they pee. Because – as it turns out – urine can be turned into fertilizer.

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And speaking of fertilizer … At the tail end of the parade, there was a group of dedicated volunteers who were dealing with what came out of the tail end of all those cows.

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This year’s Strolling of the Heifers concluded at the Brattleboro town common. Where event attendees could then get a closer look at some of the featured units in this year’s parade…

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… or perhaps even pet a few of the participants.

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But as for the 90+ calves who took part in the 2017 edition of Strolling of the Heifers, once they reached the town common, it was now time for a nosh or a nap.

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Elsewhere on the common, keeping with this year’s “Dance to the Moosic” theme, various musical groups performed in & around the gazebo throughout the afternoon.

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While just across the way – keeping with Brattleboro’s tradition of showcasing the various artisans who live & work in the local community – some pretty funky pieces were on display at the Slow Living Exposition.

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All in all, attending Strolling of the Heifers is a somewhat surreal but still very pleasant way to spend a summer’s day in Vermont. And that’s no bull.

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Well, that could be a bull. To be honest, what with the wig & all, it’s kind of hard to tell. 

This article was originally published by the Huffington Post on Sunday, June 4, 2017

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Looking to make an authentic Irish meal for Saint Patrick’s Day? If so, then chef Kevin Dundon says not to cook corned beef & cabbage



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Let’s at least start on a positive note: Celebrated chef, author & TV personality Kevin Dundon – the man that Tourism Ireland has repeatedly chosen as the Face of Irish Food – loves a lot of what happens in the United States on March 17th.

“I mean, look at what they do in Chicago on Saint Patrick’s Day. They toss all of this vegetable-based dye into the Chicago River and then paint it green for a day. That’s terrific,” Kevin said.

But then when it comes to what many Americans eat & drink on St. Paddy’s Day (i.e., a big plate of corned beef and cabbage. Which is then washed down with a mug of green beer) … Well, that’s where Dundon has to draw the line.

Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon displays a traditional Irish loin of bacon with Colcannon potatoes and a Dunbrody Kiss chocolate dessert. Photo by Tom Burton. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved

“Green beer? No real Irishman would be caught dead drinking that stuff,” Kevin insists. “And as for eating corned beef & cabbage … That’s not actually authentic Irish fare either. Bacon and cabbage? Sure. But corned beef & cabbage was something that the Irish only began eating after they’d come to the States to escape the Famine. And even then these Irish-Americans only began serving corned beef & cabbage to their friends & family because they had to make do with the ingredients that were available to them at that time.”

And thus begins the strange tale of how corned beef & cabbage came to be associated with the North American celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. Because – according to Dundon – beef just wasn’t all that big a part of the Irish diet back in the 19th century.

To explain: Back in the Old Country, cattle – while they were obviously highly prized for the milk & cheese that they produced – were also beasts of burden. Meaning that they were often used for ploughing the fields or for hauling heavy loads. Which is why – back then — these animals were rarely slaughtered when they were still young & healthy. If anything, land owners liked to put a herd of cattle on display out in one of their pastures because that was then a sign to their neighbors that this farm was prosperous.

“Whereas pork … Well, everybody raised pigs back then. Which is why pork was a staple of the Irish diet rather than beef,” Dundon continued.

So if that’s what people actually ate back in the Old Country, how then did corned beef & cabbage come to be so strongly associated with Saint Patrick’s Day in the States.? That largely had to do with where the Irish wound up living after they arrived in the New World.

“When the Irish first arrived in America following the Great Famine, a lot of them wound up living in the inner city right alongside the Germans & the Jews, who were also recent immigrants to the States. And while that farm-fresh pork that the Irish loved wasn’t readily available, there was brisket. Which the Irish could then cure by first covering this piece of meat with corn kernel-sized pieces of rock salt – that’s how it came to be called corned beef. Because of the sizes of the pieces of rock salt that were used in the curing process – and then placing all that in a pot of water with other spices to soak for a few days.”

And as for the cabbage portion of corned beef & cabbage … Well, according to Kevin, in addition to buying their meat from the kosher delis in their neighborhood, the Irish would also frequent the stores that the German community shopped in. Where – thanks to their love of sauerkraut (i.e., pickled cabbage) – there was always a ready supply of cabbage to be had.

“So when you get right down to it, it was the American melting pot that led to corned beef & cabbage being found in the Irish-American cooking pot,” Dundon continued. “Since they couldn’t find or didn’t have easy access to the exact same ingredients that they had back in Ireland, Irish-Americans made do with what they could find in the immediate vicinity. And what they made was admittedly tasty. But it’s not actually authentic Irish fare.”

Mind you, what Kevin serves at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs (which – FYI – Orlando Magazine voted as the area’s best restaurant back in 2014) is nothing if not authentic. Dundon and his team at this acclaimed gastropub pride themselves on making traditional Irish fare and then contemporized it.

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“Take – for example – what we serve here instead of corned beef & cabbage. Again, because it was pork – rather than beef – that was the true staple of the Irish diet back then, what we offer instead is a loin of bacon that has been glazed with Irish Mist. That then comes with colcannon potatoes. Which is this traditional Irish dish that’s made up of mashed potato that have had some cabbage & bacon mixed through it,” Kevin enthused. “This heavenly ham – that’s what we actually call this traditional Irish dish at Raglan Road, Kevin’s Heavenly Ham – also includes some savory cabbage with a parsley cream sauce as well as a raisin cider jus. It’s simple food. But because of the basic ingredients – and that’s the real secret of Irish cuisine. That our ingredients are so strong – the flavors just pop off the plate.”

Which brings us to the real challenge that Dundon and the Raglan Road team face every day. Making sure that they actually have all of the ingredients necessary to make this traditional-yet-contemporized Irish fare to those folks who frequent this Walt Disney World favorite.

“Take – for example – the fish we serve here. We only used cold water fish. Salmon, mussels and haddock that have been hauled out of the Atlantic, the ocean that America and Ireland share,” Kevin stated. “Not that there’s anything wrong with warm water fish. It’s just that … Well, it doesn’t have the same structure. It’s a softer fish, which doesn’t really fit the parameters of Irish cuisine. And if you’re going to serve authentic food, you have to be this dedicated when it comes to sourcing your ingredients.

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And if you’re thinking of perhaps trying to serve an authentic Irish meal this year, rather than once again serving corned beef & cabbage at your Saint Patrick’s Day Feast … Well, back in September of last year, Mitchell Beazley published “The Raglan Road Cookbook: Inside America’s Favorite Irish Pub.” This 296-page hardcover not only includes the recipe for Kevin’s Heavenly Ham but also it tells the tale of how this now-world-renown restaurant wound up being built in Orlando.

On the other hand, if you happen to have to the luck of the Irish and are actually down at The Walt Disney World Resort right now, it’s worth noting that Raglan Road is right in the middle of its Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival. This four day-long event – which includes Irish bands and professional dancers – stretches through Sunday night. And in addition to all that authentic Irish fare that Dundon and his team are cooking up, you also sample the fine selection of beers & cocktails that this establishment’s four distinct antique bars (each of which are more than 130 years old and were imported directly from Ireland) will be serving. Just – As ucht Dé (That’s “For God’s Sake” in Gaelic) – don’t make the mistake of asking the bartender there for a mug of green beer.

“Why would anyone willingly drink something like that?,” Dundon laughed. “I mean, just imagine what their washroom will look like the morning after.”

This article was originally published by the Huffington Post on Friday, March 17, 2017

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