EPCOT at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida now has multiple festivals throughout the year with special food booths, activities, merchandise, and entertainment. The International Festival of the Arts is one of the newest. This year it runs from January 17, 2020 through February 24, 2020.
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We spent the holiday weekend in Orlando at Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Resort. We wanted to have a relaxing weekend away and stay at a hotel with great amenities. There are several restaurants to choose from, shops, pools, and entertainment. The Swan and Boardwalk are right next door within walking distance.
After arriving Thursday night after work, we checked in and headed next door to the Swan Resort for dinner. Il Mulino is a beautiful Italian restaurant. We really enjoyed the food!
On the 4th of July, I worked out with Shaun T in the hotel room and blended up a Shakeology drink and then got ready to head down to the pools. The view from our room was beautiful! We ate lunch at the Cabana Bar and waited out the afternoon rain looking through the shops between the two resorts.
Once the sun came back out, we spent the rest of the afternoon between all of the pools at the Dolphin. Even though it was crowded, we were able to enjoy the sun and water and a nice afternoon! I even got some personal development time in on the pool deck.
Later, we went over to the Mall at Millenia for a quick shopping trip. This mall is dangerous! There are so many great shops. Luckily, we had a dinner reservation so we were on a time limit. We didn’t do too much damage!
That evening, we had dinner at Bluezoo. The menu is full of interesting food combinations. I LOVED my meal! I had seared scallops over a braised beef short rib with a cauliflower puree. Even though it was an appetizer, it was the perfect size for me!
After dinner, we walked along Disney’s Boardwalk and were able to watch both Epcot’s and the Studio’s 4th of July fireworks shows from the bridge. They were beautiful and it was the perfect location!
We got a late night treat at the Fountain in our hotel. A chocolate milkshake and a root beer float. Yum! It’s okay to indulge once in a while and this was more than enough for me. I couldn’t even finish mine.
I did another Shaun T Focus T25 workout bright and early on Saturday with a Shakeo. We got a quick breakfast at Picabu in the hotel; eggs and a coffee. Some friends met us and we lounged at the pool for the rest of the afternoon before the rain hit again.
I have a difficult time shutting my brain down. I’m always making lists in my head (and on paper) of things I need to do, ideas, projects, etc. It is not easy to turn that off and just relax To say I was in need of some down time would be an understatement! We had massages scheduled for late afternoon with strawberries and champagne. It was nice to have some time to just relax and my muscles definitely appreciated it!
Dinner Saturday night was at Shula’s Steak House and it was incredible! So much food though, we definitely could have shared. Our steaks were cooked perfectly! I think that was our favorite meal of the trip.
Sunday morning, my parents came up to Orlando to meet us for brunch at Keke’s Breakfast Cafe. We had to wait for a bit since it is so popular. It was definitely worth the wait though! I had a waffle with a cup of fresh fruit. It was so nice to get to see my parents even if it was just for brunch. I appreciate them so much, especially the fact that they will get up super early and make the drive to come spend some time together. I am lucky to have them in my life and supporting any decisions or plans I make.
I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July and enjoyed a little break. Today was back to reality and preparing for a very busy work week!