Disney World splurges that are worth it

Walt Disney World is expensive. No two ways about it.

Thirty years ago, when I was a kid, you could get into the Magic Kingdom for just $18. Now, tickets cost $99 and up. But if you want to take the plunge, you might find that a few splurges are worth it.

If you can splurge a bit on the luxury details, you’ll get the luxury benefits, which can really pay off.

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It’s long been the advice of every Disney travel guru on the planet that staying at a Disney World property improves your trip a thousand-fold.

You get early access to the parks and easy transportation there, plus you’re eating and breathing Disney 24/7, that wraparound experience that really makes it feel like vacation.
Wanna go the extra step? Check out Disney World’s newest on-site hotel, the Four Seasons Orlando. This gorgeous property blends Four Seasons luxury style and service with Disney fun. Rooms start at $545, pricey but only a small jump from other luxury Disney properties, and you’re getting a much fancier room and hotel.

Plus, the Four Seasons hotel has arguably the coolest swimming pool complex in the resort. Forget paying extra for the water parks. As a guest of the Four Seasons, you can take full, and free, advantage of a family pool, a castle-like kiddie pool with shooting jets of water and other surprises, an 11,000-square-foot lazy river, two water slides and an adult pool.
There’s also a supervised kid’s club open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a clubhouse, well-thought-out games and activities and almost more staff than kids. My 6-year-old tried out the kids’ program and didn’t want to leave. And it’s free with your stay at the Four Seasons.