Grab and Go Food Items at Disney Resorts for Your runDisney Race

Is 2015 the year you will tackle your first runDisney race?

Artwork from the 2014 WDW Half Marathon t-shirt

Artwork from the 2014 WDW Half Marathon tee

Maybe you’ve already put some thought into where you’ll celebrate your accomplishment once the race is over. But what about before the race? You might have some questions about what’s available to nosh as you prepare to make your way to the starting line.

With Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend upon us, we thought now might be a good a time to show you some items that are typically available across Disney World Resort food courts — just some simple eats that might be similar to food you’ve eaten prior to training runs at home.

Everything Pop Food Court at Pop Century

Everything Pop Food Court at Pop Century

One thing all Disney races have in common (well, the daytime races, in any case :) ), is that they start EARLY. And you’ve got to get there even earlier. Your resort food court can be a great place to grab a few items the night before your race to have at the ready as you get dressed in the morning, or even bring to the race staging area to eat while you wait for your race to begin (at long last!).

Now, for many readers familiar with Disney Resorts, this info might be old hat. Then again, maybe it’s your first time visiting as a race participant, and you may never have looked at Grab and Go selections very carefully. So, here’s your chance to check it out!

A note before we begin: items may vary across resort food courts, but the photos below (taken at  Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors and Pop Century’s Everything Pop) are intended to give an idea of items that are typical around the food courts.

Be sure to check out both the bakery cases and refrigerated sections of the Grab and Go areas.

Bakery Case at Landscape of Flavors

Bakery Case at Landscape of Flavors

While the bakery cases are bound to have primarily dessert-style options, you can often also find muffins, bagels, and in some cases, plain white bread.

Assorted muffins

Assorted muffins

Assorted bagels

Assorted bagels

White bread

White bread

Spreadable toppings may be a little more difficult to spot, but pouches of peanut butter (not refrigerated), cream cheese, and Smart Balance (refrigerated) are usually not far away.

Peanut Butter pouches

Peanut Butter pouches

Cream Cheese and "Smart Balance"

Cream Cheese and “Smart Balance”

The refrigerated section holds [Read more…]

News! 2014 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Events and Registration Announced

Registration for the 2014 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Events opens March 4, 2014, at Noon!

Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members — booking starts today! Click here for registration.

wine and dine logo

Once again, runDisney invites you to a nighttime race that takes place during the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Our favorite time of the year!

This year’s race weekend is November 7-8, 2014!

Pre-Race Taste Party

This year, the weekend kicks off again with a Pre-Race Taste Party on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.! The party takes place at the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where guests can relax before the big race.

Wine and Dine Half Marathon!

The Pre-Race Taste will feature:

  • early entry into Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 6:00 p.m.;
  • a private party at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show;
  • four tastes from the Epcot Food & Wine Festival;
  • one “signature sip” drink coupon;
  • cash bar;
  • and Disney character meet & greets.

Tickets will be $79 (ages 3 and up). Children under 3 do not need a ticket.

Half Marathon and Finish Line Party

Join the ultimate runners night out as you race a half marathon through three Disney Theme Parks. Throughout your journey, you’ll pass entertainment and characters. Imagine running a race that circles the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, cruises down the Streets of America underneath the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and finishes near Spaceship Earth at Epcot.

Then, the party gets started after you cross the finish line! Celebrate your achievement at the Finish Line Party – an exclusive, after-hours [Read more…]

Great Places to Celebrate your runDisney Race!

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is upon us! And it got us thinking… where would we most like to relax and celebrate after a runDisney race in Disney World? There are lots of things to consider when planning your post-race celebration. So, lace up, friends, and read on!

Chef Mickey’s

Located in the heart of the Contemporary Resort, Chef Mickey’s fun-filled buffet is also character meal featuring the Fab Five… which, of course, includes the Big Cheese himself, Mickey Mouse!

Chef Mickey's!

Chef Mickey’s

• A great buffet with an abundance of choices to fill most any post-race craving;

• If your race happens during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January, this is the place where you can get your picture taken with a character that likely matches the one on your medal! (Minnie for 10K finishers, Donald for Half Marathon finishers, Mickey for full Marathon finishers, and Goofy for those just goofy enough to run both the half and the full!)

Chef Mickey

Chef Mickey

• There will be a fair bit of standing (for character pics) and walking (to and from the buffet)… something to keep in mind for tired legs;

• Chef Mickey’s is not open for lunch (when most runners will finish the full marathon), so you’ll need to wait for dinner or next morning’s breakfast to celebrate.

• Epcot’s Akershus in the Norway Pavilion: We’re thinking of all of you Princesses running the February races with [Read more…]

News! Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Merchandise

One of my BEST experiences at Disney — hands-down — was participating in the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend with my friend Todd P. a couple of years ago!

Wine and Disne Half Marathon Apparel

I bought a shirt to commemorate my accomplishment, and I still wear it all the time! :-D

Well, the half returns again this year — The Walt Disney World Resort will host this event November 8-9, 2013, as part of the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And those running in the race can get their own swag to celebrate…

Disney World Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Merch

Whether you’re shopping for apparel, pins, home goods, or other souvenirs, many of the items will feature artwork designed by Paolo Gutierrez, a Disney Design Group artist. Paolo explains “…I purposely designed the logo to resemble a bottle label.”

I LOVE this “I Did It” T-shirt with a stylized course map! Make sure everyone knows what a big deal you are!!

Wine & Dine Half Marathon Course Shirt

Participants can choose from T-shirts, long-sleeved apparel, and a navy colored polo shirt. There will also be an assortment of women’s shirts, including a [Read more…]

Review: Disney World Resort Quick Service Pasta Options

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 ;)!

Spaghetti time!

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!

Create Your Own Pasta

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.

Add-ins for Create Your Own Pasta at Landscape of Flavors

Spaghetti Carbonara with Broccoli

The Riverside Mill at Port Orleans Riverside also offers this fun option!

Riverside Mill

Create Your Own Pasta Options at Riverside Mill

Unique to the Grand Floridian’s recently refreshed Gasparilla Island Grill is a [Read more…]

Great Places to Carb Load for a Disney Race!

Alright, fellow runners! For those of you in Orlando this weekend for the Disney World marathon and half-marathon, it’s time to decide where those all-important pre-race carbs are going to be consumed!

Carb Loading Tips: Experts say the best carbs for increasing those super-important glycogen stores come from starchy carbohydrates like pasta, bread, rice, and potatoes. You should also have some protein alongside your carbs. Try to avoid sugary options, such as fruit and baked goods.

So let’s take a look at a few of our favorite carb-tastic treats!

Dinner Carb Loading

When planning for an early morning race, it’s at dinner the night before where you’ll truly pack your energy stores. And when it comes to starchy carbs, everyone knows the king of eats is pasta!

Epcot‘s Italy is THE place to find incredible dishes that will help you distribute your energy throughout the race.

My first pick? Definitely Via Napoli. This place has incredible pizza, but the pasta selection is fresh and delicious as well.

Be warned that the options here are baked and tend toward the heavier side, so you may want to make a few special orders to lighten them up a bit.

Candele from Via Napoli

Next door to Via Napoli you’ll find the more upscale Tutto Italia. You can’t go wrong with either location when carb-loading.

Magic Kingdom
If you find yourself in the Magic Kingdom the night before your big race, head over to Tony’s Town Square for a traditional dishes like their Chicken Parmigiana or [Read more…]

2012 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon! runDisney invites you to a nighttime race that takes place during the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Date: November 9-10, 2012 — note that the date has been moved from the standard first weekend in October this year!

I had an AWESOME time running the half-marathon relay last year with my friend Todd Perlmutter, and I’m hoping to be able to swing an extra Disney trip this year to run again!

Get ready to run under the stars as you race through Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. Along the way, find motivation from on-course entertainment as you set your sights on the finish line. It’s not over once your sporting that finisher medal! Celebrate your achievement at the after-hours race party at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Specially priced hotel rooms are also available for Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon participants! Stay at [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 1, 2012

Complimentary Champagne Toast at Victoria and Albert's Chef's Table

Happy New Year, everyone!! We hope your year is filled with delicious treats and lovely toasts, but most of all, we hope your year has a little Disney in it!

To start things out right, here’s a recap of the Disney Food news that’s been happening over the past week while we were all stuffing ourselves with fudge, cookies, and egg nog (oh, wait, that was just me?). ;-) Believe it or not, there were a LOT of developments last week!

Brand New Disney Food News

For more delicious food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis! And don’t forget to follow along on our 2011 Holiday Dining page!

On to the Round-Up!

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups hangs out at the Dawa Bar in the Animal Kingdom. Sigh — so relaxing!! One of my favorite places!

Tokyo Disneyland Club 33 Pins!

RocketNews24 shares six reasons Tokyo Disneyland’s secret restaurant Club 33 is awesome! I’m LOVING the pics in this one!

SamLand Disney takes a power lunch at The Brown Derby restaurant. Check out the vintage phones!

Gorillas Don’t Blog shares a vintage Disneyland photo of the Red Wagon Inn, Walt’s personal favorite restaurant in 1955. celebrated 15 great years at the beginning of December, and did so with some delicious Disney food.

Main St. Gazette celebrates the season with some Pumpkin Fudge! Great pic, Ryan!

Disney Parks Blog shared recipes for two of Trader Sam’s holiday cocktails! If you can’t make it to Disneyland, make one at home!

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Will Feature a New runDisney Race!

Fun news from runDisney today!! The Wine and Dine Half-Marathon that we’ve all grown to know and love has been moved! That’s right, it will now be taking place at the end of the festival — November 9-10!

In its place is a brand new 10-mile race under the moniker of the Tower of Terror 10-Miler! This race will take place on September 29, 2012, and will feature a course through Hollywood Studios. A private afterparty will follow this race as well!

Like all runDisney events, the race weekend will feature a variety of events, including a 5K, kids’ races, and a Health & Fitness Expo. You can register for the Tower 10-Miler on February 14th!

Source: Disney Parks Blog

2011 Wine and Dine Weekend Events in Disney World

Register now to participate in the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend events September 30 – October 1, 2011. Runners registered for the half marathon or half marathon relay will be able to eat and sip their way through select areas of the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival at a private party after the race.

The race will begin at the ESPN World of Sports Complex and travel through two Disney parks before heading to Epcot’s finish line. Along the way, you’ll enjoy on-course refreshments and Disney entertainment.

There’s lots of fun events over the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend! Click on the links for all the details on each race and event!

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
This 13.1 mile race begins at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and winds through Disney parks to finish at Epcot. The Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon is run at night (hopefully it’ll be cooler!), and you’ll encounter plenty of entertainment along the course. Runners get to enjoy the Wine and Dine Half-Marathon Finish Line Party at Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival after the race. See below how your family can join you, too!

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay
Not ready to run the whole 13.1 miles on your own? Share it with a friend in the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Relay! Runner 1 will take on the first 4.8 miles and your relay partner will finish the last 8.3 miles. Medals will be rewarded to both runners, and then it’s off to the after-hours party inside Epcot.

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Finish Line Party
Cheer for your favorite runner, then hit the after-party at the finish line! This year’s party will be tougher to get into than last year’s, but tickets will be available. Details here.

Disney Family Fun Run 5K
The Disney Wine and Dine Family Fun Run 5K is for everyone — grownups and kids alike — including children in strollers! Race through Animal Kingdom park and don’t forget to get your photo taken with the characters along the way!

Disney Kids’ Races
Kids 8 and younger flock to these races. There’s even a race for crawlers! After the Disney Disney Wine and Dine Weekend Kids’ Races, kids are awarded medals and can enjoy after-race refreshments. These races are held at the ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex.

Run to Eat!! Are you running this year? Let us know in the comments below!