Thursday, January 1, 2015

Pasta Specials for Race Weekends at Disney

Happy New Year Folks!  In just a few short days many of us will be starting the new year at Disney World. That means we only have a few more days to get any last minute details nailed down.

Over the years,we have been to the Disney Pasta in the Park Party a few times during both Marathon weekend and Princess Half Marathon weekend.   You can read about the Pasta Party HERE. It's kind of fun to stand in line and wait to go into a secret door in Epcot that not everyone knows about, the food has always been good, and the character interactions are fun. Your admission to the party also includes a wrist band to get into a roped of viewing area for Illuninations.  The only negative thing about the Pasta in the Park Party  ( for us anyway) is the fact that it makes for a very long night.  I don't know about you, but we go to bed VERY early when we have a race the next day ( especially a Disney race).  We actually ended up leaving early and missing Illuminations just this past time when we went to the party.

If you want to carb up before race day but don't want to go to the Pasta in the Park Party you can certainly find some great pasta meals right at the Disney resorts. Some of the resorts offer Marathon or Race day specials. Here are the ones we've found.

1. All-Stars Resort: Last year the Food Court at the All Stars Resorts had a Marathon Special: Your choice of Pasta, sauce, salad, and breadstick and if I remember correctly it was a bargain at only $9.99. 
This was the pasta special from Picabu at the Dolphin. I had already ate half of it before I took the picture, so that shows you how large the portion was.

2. Picabu at the Dolphin Resort:  When we were there for the Tower of Terror race weekend, Picabu offered what they called a "Marathon Special" ( even though it was a 10 miler) but it was a meal they offer during race weekends. It was a large plate of pasta and bread stick. I don't remember the price but I think it was  in the high teens or 20's. it was actually pretty tasty and it was so much that I couldn't finish it.

3. The Pepper Market at Coronado Springs Resort has a make your own pasta station and it is a bargain at $9.99.  We have eaten here before and the food is very good. You can choose what sauce you want on your pasta and even add additions like chicken or meatballs.

Shrimp and scallops penne pasta from Big River Grille

4. Big River Grille ( at the Boardwalk): You have 2 great pasta choices here, Shrimp and scallops penne pasta or Chicken Alfredo.

5. II Mulino New York Trattoria  is a full service restaurant at the Swan has a entire menu of Italian fare that includes pasta.

6. Tony's Town Square (Magic Kingdom) is another Italian restaurant where you will be sure to find spaghetti and meatballs and cannelloni on the menu.

7. Trattoria al Forno is Disney's newest Italian Restaurant also located on the Boardwalk. I haven't tried this one yet but think it would make a great option during any race weekend!

8.  Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion always seems to be a favorite for pasta dishes.


One of the many pasta dishes offered at Rainforest Café.

9. Rainforest Café is always a favorite of ours. It may even be an option for a pre-race meal since it offers several pasta dishes including Rasta Pasta, Planet Earth Pasta, and Pastalaya.

10. Lastly, since we are staying at one of the resorts in the Magic Kingdom resort area for both marathon weekend and PHM, I thought I would make a list of which restaurants serve pasta meals in that area.
Grand Floridian Resort:  Gasparilla Island Grill: Create your own pasta-$12.99
                                        Grand Floridian Café: Orecchiette Pasta- $19.99
                                        Narcoossee's: Key West Shrimp and fettuccine - $39.00

Contemporary Resort: Contempo Café: Chicken Basil Pasta w/breadstick -$8.79
                                     Contempo Café: Pasta and marinara w/breadstick -$6.79

Where is your favorite place to carb up before a Disney race?

12 comments:

  1. When we were there we stayed at their cheapest resort and the cafeteria had pasta the night before, super convenient.

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    1. That sounds like one of the All stars. We ate there and it was great and very convenient like you said!

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  2. Yum,all these look so good. A bit unorthodox but I ate the veggie sushi at Kimonos at the Swan before the 10 miler and it was really good.

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    1. I thought the swan had a bunch of great options there!

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  3. We love Via Napoli. Sounds like we need to check out some of these options too. Great post!

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  4. Port Orleans Riverside has a great pasta station too that we have enjoyed at a couple race weekends!

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    1. Oh that's good to know. I like POR but have never seen the pasta station there. I will look harder next time now that I know! Thanks!

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  5. We are going to Il Miluno on Friday night before the half marathon, love their food!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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  6. The last time I ran Disney, Wilderness Lodge served a great chicken pasta dish with breadstick.

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  7. I am eating at the Liberty Tree Tavern the night before the marathon. What better way to fuel up than with Thanksgiving food?

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  8. We're doing mama melrose before the half and then eating at the pop century food court before the full!

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