Darcy Clark

Fuel Up for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Downtown Disney®

I've got a few runDisney races under my belt, and though I'll never be an elite runner, I've come to really enjoy the sport and all that goes along with it … the feeling of accomplishment, the friendships, and fitness, and of course, the food! While it's always important to strive for healthy, balanced eating, it is especially true during race week.

As someone who gets to experience Downtown Disney® on a daily basis, I thought I'd share some of my favorite meals to get you ready for your big run (or walk!). WARNING: The list below will likely make you hungry, so read responsibly:

AMC Dine-In Theatres – Bistro Chicken Mac & Cheese: it's as decadent as it sounds – a creamy blend of cavatappi pasta, Cheddar Jack cheese, bistro cheese sauce and juicy chicken slices, served with a warm soft pretzel breadstick. (This is a great post-race option, too, if you want to give your legs a chance to rest while you take in the latest big-screen flick!)

Bongos Cuban Café – The Gluten-free Penne Primavera with Lemon Butter Sauce is overflowing with vegetables, and the Linguine with Cuban Style Meat Sauce is a great choice for meat lovers who crave some extra protein.

Crossroads at House of Blues – Options abound… whether you choose the Cajun Chicken Pasta, Jambalaya, Lobster Mac & Cheese or Linguini Primavera, you can't go wrong. (I'm not a huge fan of too much spice, but the Jambalaya gets it just right!)

Fulton's Crab House – Like linguini? You'll love Fulton's version featuring shrimp, scallops, calamari, littleneck clams and mussels simmered in a tangy tomato and crab broth.
*Show your race bib or finisher's medal to save $5 on this dish all weekend long.

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – There's only one word to describe the sausage and Parmesan covered Rigatoni Calabrese: Delizioso!
*Show your race bib or finisher's medal to save $5 on this dish all weekend long.

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant – Take spaghetti pasta and add Irish smoked salmon, shrimp and spinach tossed in a light tomato gin sauce and you've got this delight from my favorite authentic Irish pub.

Rainforest Café – Planet Earth Pasta: Italian sausage and cavatappi pasta lightly tossed with olive oil and garlic in marinara sauce, then topped with fresh mozzarella cheese. Even better? Gluten free pasta is available upon request.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes – Steak Alfredo: the newest pasta dish on the menu is already a huge hit with guests and with 20% off for runDisney athletes all weekend long, it's a real winner.
*Show your race bib or finisher's medal to take advantage of the 20% off discount.

Wolfgang Puck Express – For a fast casual option, the Cavatappi Chicken Alfredo with crimini mushrooms, baby peas and goat cheese or the gluten-free Half Rotisserie Chicken with garlic butter, rosemary and mashed potatoes from this Marketplace hot spot can't be beat.

Wolfgang Puck Grand Café – Shrimp Pesto: a simple and delightful dish that's impeccably prepared. I can't promise it will make you run faster, but I do know it will leave you satisfied.
*Show your race bib or finisher's medal to save $5 on this dish all weekend long.

I hope you make it out to the Downtown Disney® area for the Happily Ever After Party to celebrate your accomplishments during Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, but also, for a meal or two leading up to your race day. I've finished 13.1 miles and I know you can, too (especially with the right fuel) – good luck out there!

Darcy Clark is a Marketing Manager for Downtown Disney® at Walt Disney World® Resort here to share how you can enhance your race weekend!