Last week, I and some friends had an amazing time visiting the Walt Disneyworld and Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando. It was a fantastic opportunity to catch up on the explosion of themeparks since the last time I was there about 18 years ago.
Walt Disneyworld is of course the grand-daddy of them all, an enormous complex of four theme parks, two water parks, and a gigantic "Downtown Disney" shopping area that could take a week to explore and experience. Two of the four theme parks didn't exist last time I was there. Universal Studios, the up-and-coming competitor to Disney, has two connected theme parks (with separate admission) called Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. There are four other themeparks in Orlando as well that we didn't visit and I don't really know much about.
It's a lot to take in. If you can manage it, I recommend going for at least five days to feel like you got to adequately visit all the parks and rides you wanted to.
Here are some of my favorite experiences from the Disneyworld portion trip, roughly grouped by park.