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The "Keys to the Kingdom" tour teaches you just how much thought and skill go into manipulating your emotions and purse strings while you're in the park. It costs $45 and takes four to five hours. Wear good walking shoes (which is excellent advice even if you aren't taking the tour.) You have to book the tour in advance. 1-407-939-8687.
Join our online discussion of Orlando at http://www.startribune.com/talk. Staff writer Chris Welsch will be available to answer questions. Also, at startribune.com/travel, we've posted a review of Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure, Orlando's newest theme park, that ran in the Travel section in May.
Getting into Disney and Universal parks costs about $46 per adult, $36 per kid. Both parks have multiday passes and package deals that can save some money on admissions and lodging. Disney is currently advertising its weeklong cruise and park package, including lodging, for as low as $799 for adults, $399 for kids. More liberal park passes and nicer hotels can add considerably more. Also, food and souvenirs can easily add $100 to $150 a day for a family of four. And while meals are part of the cruise package, there are extra charges for wine, beer and liquor. On Castaway Cay, there are charges for renting bikes, float mats and snorkeling gear. Shopping in Nassau, the Bahamas, is duty-free.
Staff writer Chris Welsch contributed to this article.