Thanks to DFB Author Wendy for a look at some great counter-service carb-loading options for your runDisney races this year!
Are YOU running the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler (or any of the other runDisney races this year)? If so, you might be interested in participating in a good old-fashioned carbo-load before your race!
Even if you’re not tackling those ten on October 5th… odds are good you’ll be putting in plenty of miles at the Parks at some point, no matter what.
It’s time to fuel up, people ;)!
For those running one or more of the east coast races this season, there are plenty of places all over Disney World property where you can take part in the time-honored runners tradition of a pasta “carbo-load.”
Today we’re going to focus on some of your pasta options in the resort Quick Service restaurants.
Counter Service Pasta Options at Walt Disney World Resorts
Let’s start with this terrific trend: Create-Your-Own-Pasta stations are cropping up in a few of your favorite Quick Service restaurants!
Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors already has a reputation for innovative and delicious dining, and you can read a full review of the Create-Your-Own-Pasta experience here.
The Riverside Mill at Port Orleans Riverside also offers this fun option!
Unique to the Grand Floridian’s recently refreshed Gasparilla Island Grill is avegan option for protein in their Create-Your-Own Pasta Bar.
Beyond “Create-Your-Own,” you can get your fill of some traditional pasta dishes at Pasta Stations featured in the following Resort food courts: World Premiere Food Court at All-Star Movies and All-Star Music’s Intermission Food Court are still serving up some hearty plates of pasta, while End Zone Food Court at All-Star Sports continues its refurbishment.
Old Port Royale Food Court at Caribbean Beach Resort offers a Vegetarian Lasagna alongside their meat options.
And there’s one more… Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Port Orleans French Quarter.
I went with the perennial favorite: Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Simple? Sure. But this definitely does the trick for those who rely on the tried-and-true prior to Race Day.
The meatballs and sauce were wonderfully fresh and tasty, if not particularly unique. And the portion size is terrific for those hoping for a hearty meal prior to scaling back on heavier eating in the hours closer to the race. I arrived quite hungry, and still couldn’t finish my whole dish.
My only disappointment in the meal came from the breadstick. It tasted just fine, but in my head, it’s not a proper breadstick unless it is practically reflecting light thanks to a good drench in melted butter. Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly what the experts would call “proper fueling,” but someone’s gotta be with me here ;)!
No matter where or what you eat before your race, may you run well and enjoy :). We’re rooting for you!
Where do you enjoy having quick service pasta at Walt Disney World? Any plans for your next pre-race meal?