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Carb Loading. Disney Style.

by Meghann on February 26, 2012

What’s your favorite park at Walt Disney World?

Mine is Magic Kingdom. Hands down. No questions. ;)

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The other parks are all great – and each have their own magical qualities and rides – but there’s just something about the original park that just feels extra special. I think it’s the castle. ;) That’s why if someone hasn’t been to Disney in awhile, it’s the first place that jumps to my mind.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of tagging along with Callie, her two adorable sisters, and Theodora (who joined us later in the day) at the most magical place on earth.

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Callie’s little sister requested we visit the princesses first. It has definitely been a princess-ful weekend, but it was good meeting Sleeping Beauty for the first time.

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And I had a chance to discuss my costume dilemmas with Belle.

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She didn’t offer much help. I guess she doesn’t have a chance to run much in her gown. Go figure.

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After schmoozing with the princesses (we’re all BFFs now ;) ), we headed to Buzz Lightyear, where Callie and her older sister kicked our butts.

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Buzz Lightyear is a laser game where you shoot targets for points. Apparently Ashlyn and I are AWFUL at it because the other two scored about 300,000 more points than each of us. Ouch.

At least we ended up with a cool photo!

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Take that! :-p

I’m not usually a creature of habit, but I have found that the Columbia Harbour House near Liberty Square is my favorite lunch spot in Magic Kingdom. I’m pretty sure I eat there every single time I come.

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We used our meal vouchers and I walked away with way too much food. Ignore the cous cous below – they accidentally gave it to me and I just had a few bites to see how it was and – FYI – it was pretty good.

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I ordered my favorite – the Lighthouse Sandwich on multigrain bread with hummus and broccoli slaw. Yum.

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I subbed out the side and requested the broccoli instead of chips.

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I chose the apple crisp for the dessert that was included with the voucher. The apple crisp was petty good. I ate about half and really enjoyed the flaky crusty and cinnamon.

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There’s Theodora! She heard how much fun we were having and wanted to join in. ;)

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Now there are some rides everyone must do when they come to Magic Kingdom. Thunder Mountain (closed for repairs), Splash Mountain (not when your evening plans require dry clothes- darn), and Space Mountain.

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Space mountain is a given. ;)

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Riding Space Mountain with your hands wrapped around your head is what all the cool kids are doing. Obviously.

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Oh! And please ride (more like sit through) Philharmagic in Fantasyland. Especially if you love Disney songs. Awesome, Awesome 3D show. :)

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We left Magic Kingdom just before 5:00 and I opened the Dry Roasted Edamame that came in our post-race snack box from the 5k. They were ok – edible, but nothing special.

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Our group had dinner reservations at Via Napoli in Epcot for our pre-race session of carb-loading.

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Via Napoli is my FAVORITE restaurant in all of Walt Disney World. They’ve won me over with their amazing wood-fired thin crust pizzas in the past and the atmosphere is just top notch.

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I needed caffeine by this point. One cappuccino please. :)

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FitFluential buddies :)

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We started with bread. I had one of the tiny slivers.

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And I was FREEZING, so I selected the Minestrone Soup as a starter. It warmed me right up.

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And the main event!

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An individual pizza with eggplant, ham, artichoke, and mushrooms. I ate 3/4s of it. A-MA-ZING.

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Birthdays were celebrate – HAPPY BIRTHDAY RENEE! (woo hoo for February birthdays!)

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And dessert was shared.

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Hello beautiful. Where have you been all day? ;)

And bellies were officially stuffed.

I got back to my room just before 10:00pm and had just enough time to set my alarm for 3:00am (!!) before crashing hard.

I’ll be back later with the full Princess Half Marathon Recap!

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