I'd write about everything chronologically, but everything just seems like a blur in retrospect. I think a more suitable format would be what was good and what was bad on the trip. Not much was bad, so I'm splitting hairs in that respect:
Jungle Jims - One of the first things I learned when I landed, to my dismay, was that Jungle Jims went out of business in Orlando! For those of you who remember, I wrote about Jungle Jims as part of my Orlando preview, saying that I wanted to once again conquer the Headhunter burger. Well, when I drove up to it there was nothing but a sad empty building. I learned later from some locals at the Marble Slab Creamery (one of the best scoops of ice cream I've ever had) that Jungle Jims closed down after new years. The place had not been doing well in terms of customers and needed repairs, so the privately-owned franchise called it quits. R.I.P, Jungle Jims. You'll always have a place in my heart.
Magic Kingdom- I'd hate to say it, but I was pretty dissapointed with the old park. I knew that it was for youngsters, but I was completely surprised how little of it was enjoyable to those over the age of 12. The people I was with disagreed, saying that it "was alright, but didn't suck", but I had higher expectations. The few rides that actually were good were Space Mountain, Snow White's Scary Ride (which scored points for being marketed as a kiddie ride, but was non-stop child-traumatizing witch cackling), and Pirates of the Caribbean. Other than that, it wasn't worth the price of admission.
The Disney Marketplace- This area, which included a Lego store, a Christmas Store, and several Disney stores was incredibly crowded and overpriced. I had enjoyed previous trips there, but this time everything they sold was rather shoddily made and expensive. I know that is a big generality for a place with many stores, but unless you are a lego fan or a chocolate lover (they have a Ghiradelli store there) I'd say you'll probably be disappointed and broke afterwards.
The Finding Nemo and Mexico Rides At Epcot- I single these two rides out since the rest of my time at Epcot was really quite enjoyable. I had never ridden the Mexico ride before, and the Finding Nemo ride was a new one for the park (at least since I had been there last). Wow, what a pair of crappy rides. The Finding Nemo ride was just an add-on to the aquarium at Epcot, but it was just a slow trip on a clam past a few television screens. I felt like I was sliding past the television section at Circuit City. The Mexico ride was even worse as it was composed of a seemingly nonsensical mish-mash of tv screens with Donald Duck and his mexican parrot and roadrunner friends. While this ride at least had little mannequins playing instruments, as you took a boat through the TV screens they all exploded with sound, which collaborated with the mexican music to make a dense cacophony of noise. Afterward, I said aloud that it was the worst ride in the history of man and I stand firm on that claim.
Bahama Breeze- With Jungle Jims out of commission, it was time to find a suitable replacement. That replacement came in the form of a restaurant by the name of Bahama Breeze. When I went there, inside was a trickling waterfall, live music featuring steel drum players, and an area where you could smoke cigars. On top of this, the food was spectacular (I recommend the almond-crusted Tilapia), and I highly recommend trying it out.
The Orlando Ale House- If Bahama Breeze was the new, shiny place, then "old reliable" would have to be the Orlando Ale House. I ate many of my meals there, which saved me tons of money on the trip. Some of you might thumb your nose at the food they have there since it is largely bar food, but the lobster they have there is some of the best I had tried in a while. Where else can you find $1 margaritas and lunch specials that were about $4? Insanity! The Orlando Ale House consistently surprised and delighted me and those I was with with how much it offered to the customer.
The Mall at Milennia- This mall really is amazing and I had a great time there. In the midst of a bajillion outlet malls, the Mall at Milennia stays competitive with high end stores and new facilities throughout such as fountains and LCD screens. Since I am furnishing a new apartment, I spent much of my time in the Z-Gallerie store, but had plenty of time to walk around and loved many of the other stores as well.
Pleasure Island and Downtown Disney Area- One of the nights I spent in this area, and it was one of my favorite nights there. I danced at the clubs, I laughed at the comedy and adventurer's club, I shopped at the enormous Virgin Megastore, I ate at the always good House of Blues, and a ton of other things I barely remember under the influence of alcohol. The 21 bucks to get in is totally worth it.
The Hyatt Grand Cypress- This really was the best part of the entire trip. For those of you with limited cash, I even recommend taking a trip here just to spend a little time in the lobby. One of the most relaxing and wonderful places I have ever stayed, and truly the highlight of the trip.
There are plenty of other things to recount, but those will have to be saved for another time. Overall, I had a wonderful time and am already planning my next Orlando trip in my head. For those of you lucky enough to live there, slop on some sunscreen, walk outside, and admire the palm trees and beauty of the area. Once you realize how stupid you look, run inside and hope no one saw you, but still quietly realize how great a place you truly live in.