updated 7/14/2010 9:18:15 AM ET 2010-07-14T13:18:15

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Southwest Airlines to Orlando; seven nights at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort; a four-day Park-to-Park Access Ticket (a value of $145); Universal Express ride access, which allows you to skip the lines at participating rides and attractions throughout Universal Orlando theme parks (a value of $70 daily); early admission of up to one hour prior to park opening; resort-wide transportation; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $798 per person—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $36.

When: Aug. 23–Sept. 30, 2010.

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Gateways: New Orleans; add $56 for Houston; $84 for Denver; $91 for Chicago; $112 for Seattle; $126 for L.A., New York City; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Based on Saturday and Monday–Thursday departures. Breakfast is not included. Airport taxes and fees are about $36 extra per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $504. Up to four kids under 17 stay free. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Aug. 26, 2010.

Contact: Southwest Vacations, 800/243-8372, southwestvacations.com.

Why it's a deal: Considering all the extras, this package amounts to a savings of up to 40 percent. Here's a quick breakdown of the cost and value: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest fare from New Orleans to Orlando is about $246, with taxes, for travel in late August (Delta).

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Add to that $808 per person for seven nights at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, including taxes, plus $145 per person for a four-day theme park ticket with park-to-park access and $280 per person to skip the lines at the rides with an Unlimited Express Pass for four days, and you'd be paying a total of $1,479 if you booked the components of this package independently.

For $645 less, this Southwest Vacations' package includes all those elements and saves you the time it would take to book everything individually.

More: Upgrade to Universal's Hard Rock Hotel for an additional $10 per person per night or to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel for an additional $28 per person per night. It's possible to extend your stay in Orlando; rates depend on the travel period.

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Photos: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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  1. The Hogwarts Express arrives in Hogsmeade Station at Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As guests enter Hogsmeade, they are greeted by the iconic, smoke-billowing steam engine, made famous in the Harry Potter books and films for transporting students to a world of magic and wonder. (Kevin Kolczynski / Universal Orlando) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. As guests pass through the arch into Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they can explore the cobbled streets of the highly themed environment, and will encounter iconic locations from the Harry Potter books and films, like Ollivanders and the majestic Hogwarts castle. (Kevin Kolczynski / Universal Orlando) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Visitors stroll the streets of Hogsmeade in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando theme park. The attraction opens to general admission ticket holders on June 18. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Members of the Hogwarts Choir sing for guests. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter features multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A clerk, right, at Ollivander's Wand Shop, helps visitors pick out a magic wand. Park guests will have plenty of opportunities to shop for wands, broomstics, scarves and more. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Mounted on the wall of the Hog's Head pub is the hog's head, which will come alive and puff its jowls at visitors. Adjacent to the Three Broomsticks, the Hog's Head pub is where guests can enjoy a cold Butterbeer, pumpkin juice and other beverages. (Kevin Kolczynski / Universal Orlando) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. The entrance to Hogwarts Castle is seen at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Hogwarts Castle is seen at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Construction of the park was overseen by the production manager from the Harry Potter movies. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. The office of headmaster Albus Dumbledore is intricately displayed at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling, author of the Potter books, is a stickler for details, and Universal worked hard to get her OK on the park's attractions. (Kevin Kolczynski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Guests will pass by the regal Griffin statue on their way to Dumbledore's office. (Kevin Kolczynski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Just like the Harry Potter films, portraits line the walls of Hogwarts castle, the home of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. When passing through the Portrait gallery, guests will encounter several magical talking portraits created exclusively for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including the four Hogwarts founders. (Kevin Kolczynski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. An authentic replica from the Harry Potter films, guests will pass by Hagrid's hut on their way to the Flight of the Hippogriff family-friendly roller coaster. Just before they board, Hagrid instructs guests on how to properly approach and fly on a Hippogriff. (Kevin Kolczynski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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Video: Al learns about Butterbeer, pumpkin juice

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    AL ROKER reporting: I got to tell you, that looks pretty refreshing right about now, guys. But another thing that's very refreshing, butterbeer. That's right . The iconic drink that is a delicacy here in Hogsmeade was created by Mr. Steve Jason . He is the executive chef here at Hogsmeade . Steve , good to see you.

    Mr. STEVE JASON: Good morning, Al . Good to see you.

    ROKER: Now, how does a guy from Brooklyn end up in Hogsmeade ?

    Mr. JASON: Good question.

    ROKER: Hey, tell me, so butterbeer, what goes into it?

    Mr. JASON: Butterbeer is a lot of great flavors and a lot of -- we looked in the book, we tried to get a feeling for what we wanted it to be. We put all the ingredients on the table, we worked on it. After 15, 16 tries we got something really great. We flew it over to Edinburgh , we gave it to the author, she gave it to...

    ROKER: J.K. Rowling had this?

    Mr. JASON: Yes, she loved it.

    ROKER: And this is butterbeer?

    Mr. JASON: And this is butterbeer.

    ROKER: All right, cheers.

    Mr. JASON: Cheers to you.

    ROKER: Mm. That's good butterbeer. Mm, I like it.

    Mr. JASON: You like that?

    ROKER: What's the other drink you've got here?

    Mr. JASON: I got a little pumpkin juice over here.

    ROKER: Pumpkin juice?

    Mr. JASON: Another one that we had to create and take over to J.K.

    ROKER: Mm-hmm.

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