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Kill, Refurb, Marry: World Showcase Counter Service Spots

Kill-Marry-RefurbIt’s time for another Kill, Refurb, Marry!  I’m excited about this month because we are talking about my favorite thing…FOOD!   Yes, that is a huge topic when looking at all of Walt Disney World, so we are narrowing it down to World Showcase Counter Service Spots.  Ooooh that’s a good one, right?!  I love World Showcase for its diversity and the food really is the best part…you know how I love the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 🙂  So let’s dive in!

Kill – Refreshment Port

I don’t understand the Refreshment Port.  It really seems to have no identity.  The current menu consists of chicken nuggets, a soft serve waffle cone, croissant doughnut, and various beverages.  That’s a little random…  If I was a newbie to WDW and walked past there, I would have no idea what they served.  To me, refreshments are cool and well, refreshing.  Chicken nuggets aren’t refreshing.  This spot would be much better utilized as a character meet  & greet area, or simply put some benches and tables down for people to rest their weary Epcot touring feet in the shade.

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Refurb – Tied: La Cantina de San Angel and Liberty Inn

I had a tough time deciding which location I would want to refurb, so I decided to go with two.

First is La Cantina de San Angel.  Yes, I know it went through a refurb not too long ago, but I wish it would’ve been just a bit better.  The tacos are a great start, but they definitely leave something to be desired.  And really, nacho cheese on the nachos?  Come on…  Plus, those red chips really freak me out.  That color can’t be natural!  Give us simple carnitas, real cheese and basic yellow corn tortilla chips!  Give us a real taste of Mexico!

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And then there is Liberty Inn.  This was a strong contender for Kill, but I think there is a real opportunity here to showcase some great American cuisine!  American food should not be defined by a chili-cheese dog, chicken nuggets and a burger.  Wouldn’t it be great if they could focus on local cuisine?!  Maybe a combination of the Florida Local from the Food & Wine Festival and The Smokehouse from Flower & Garden.  Sounds good right?  Or maybe a dish from various regions of the US.  There are so many options!

Marry – Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie

Now this is what all World Showcase Counter Service Spots should strive to be!  First, the exterior is so incredibly inviting.  You really escape into a small French village.

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But when you enter the building, it is spacious and more importantly smells delicious.  There is a large variety of options from the basic croissant, to sandwiches, quiches, and the most delectable desserts. Good luck trying to pick just one thing!

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And if all of that isn’t enough, you can head over to L’Artisan des Glaces next door for some artisan ice cream or sorbet.  You can even get an ice cream martini!!  It really is the perfect place to grab a snack and take a break.

So those are my choices…what about you?  What World Showcase Counter Service Spots would you Kill, Refurb & Marry??  Make sure to visit This Happy Place BlogMouse on the Mind and all of the other great blogs participating in Kill, Refurb, Marry today!

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Pre-Race Stress Leading to Vacation Bliss (Hopefully)

For some reason, my life becomes incredibly hectic prior to my races.  For my last half marathon in June, the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon, I had a 3-day conference I was coordinating right before the race, which was insanely stressful and exhausting.

This week has been no different.  I have the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler coming up on Saturday and this week has been less than simple.  Not only have I been dealing with my health issues of having a UC flare, but I had to travel overnight to Boston this week for a planning meeting on that same conference!  Maybe this conference is trying to give me a sign…  Also, my ongoing issue of procrastination as led me to me driving all over the state of CT (thankfully it’s a small state) to pick up business cards, buttons and everything else I need for the trip.  Oh…did you hear there will be buttons?? 🙂

So that brings me to now.  Thankfully, I’ve gotten this packing thing down for my Disney trips, but it still stresses me out because I’m not the best traveler.  I’m also one of those people who has to bring EVERYTHING with me…this drives B nuts.  These are just my things.

Now if I can fit all of this into my suitcases, I will be MCO bound in the morning.  The next few days are jam packed with events, meet-ups, food and most importantly running!!  You’ll be able to find me all of the World this weekend and I would love to meet everyone who will be down for an event.

I will be at the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run Saturday morning to cheer everyone on.  Keep an eye out for the Be Our Guest Podcast Chear Squad signs.  Then Saturday afternoon is the big Running at Disney Meet Up!!  We’ll be meeting in the outdoor seating area of The Liberty Inn of the America Pavilion at 2:00 pm.  Not only will you get to meet a ton of fellow runDisney enthusiasts and grab your RAD swag, but we will also be joined by my friend Carrie from Kingdom Magic Vacations who will have information on how you can win $100 off your next Disney vacation!  Then we’ll finish off the day with the main event…The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler!!  Just a little hint, but I will be wearing zebra stripes 🙂  I’m starting in Corral C, so keep an eye out for my stripes if you’re around.

Safe travels to everyone making the trek to WDW and I can’t wait to say hi soon!