A big smile and “welcome home” as you are greeted at the gates of Disney’s Old Key West Resort. This “home away from home” resort is designed for relaxation with its quiet, tropical, and peaceful atmosphere. The bungalows are colored in soft, relaxing pastels of blue, pink, and green, with tin roofs. The quaint villas reminding you of Key West. The lush landscaping with its flowering bushes, tropical plants, and swaying palm trees are found throughout resort. In typical Disney style, the detail extends to shell and starfish imprints in the cement walkways and Mickey heads in the ornate white railings.
Guests take a step back in time to turn-of-the-century Key West at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, located in the heart of Walt Disney World. With sun-soaked pools, fitness center, casual dining, and boat access to the community of Disney Springs, what more could you want from your resort?
Disney Vacation Club Resort also known as DVC is Disney’s version of a timeshare. There’s a new expectation of quality and consistency since it was the first DVC resort.
Old Key West is a Disney Vacation Club resort, but vacant rooms are made available to the public on a per night basis as with any other Disney resort. It allows you to have the home feeling, ample space, a kitchen area, and even a laundry room. What else can you ask for?
Whenever you stay at a Disney Vacation Club property, it’s important to note the differences between Disney Vacation Club property and a typical Disney resort.
Disney’s Old Key West Resort’s residential-style villas each afford a view of waterways, woodlands, or fairways.
- Villas range in size from one-bedroom to three- bedrooms, and come equipped with a full-size kitchen, king-size bed and whirlpool tub in the master suite, queen sleeper sofa in the living area, TV with DVD player, washer/dryer and a private porch or balcony.
- Two-bedroom vacation homes offer two queen beds and private bath in the second bedroom.
- Three-bedroom homes offer two queen-size beds and private bathroom in each of the additional two bedrooms.
- Also available are more compact studio suites equipped with a kitchenette with microwave, mini-refrigerator, wet bar, and coffee maker, two queen-size beds, TV, and private porch or balcony.
Disney’s Old Key West Resort is in the Disney Springs resort area. It is closest to Saratoga Springs resort. When it comes to the four Disney theme parks, it is closest to Epcot Center.
Top Tips for staying at the Old Key West Resort.
Hospitality House: The Hospitality House is the hub of activity at Old Key West. This is where you will find the check in area and front desk cast members available to assist you during your stay. Hospitality House also is the home to several amenities including an ATM, banking for foreign currency exchange, mail services, and other amenities.
Conch Flats General Store: This store provides options for “groceries, snacks, sundries, beverages, and hotel logo items.” There are many great souvenir options, especially if you are looking for something that celebrates the resort itself!
Pools: There are four pools available at Old Key West for guests to enjoy. The Sandcastle pool is the main pool for the resort. It boasts a 125-foot-long waterslide through a giant sandcastle and a sand beach on which to sunbathe. This area also includes a whirlpool spa, dry sauna, and a kiddie pool for little ones Additionally, there are three leisure pools located in the Old Turtle Pond, South Point, and Miller’s Road areas. These areas also include a whirlpool spa.
Recreation: Beyond swimming, Old Key West offers many excellent opportunities for entertainment! From exercising in the exercise room to playing foosball, pool, video games, and more at the Conch Flats Community Hall, there is something for everyone in your travel group to enjoy. The resort also offers campfire activities, movies under the stars near the Sandcastle Pool deck, bike rentals, surrey bike rentals, fishing, tennis, basketball, volleyball, a jogging path, three playgrounds, and two game rooms: one near Hospitality House and one near Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks.
Bike Rental: Would you like to take a ride around Disney’s Old Key West Resort? You can rent a bike or surrey at Hank’s Rent-N-Return.
Transportation: There are five different bus stops at this resort.
- Miller’s Road
- South Point
- Old Turtle Pond Road
- Peninsular Road
It does take approximately 15 minutes or so to loop around all these stops at the resort. Once a bus has completed its loop around the resort, it takes 10-15 minute to arrive at Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios and 15-20 minutes to arrive at the Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom.
Boat Transportation: Would you like to take a trip to Disney Springs? You can take a peaceful cruise to the shopping and dining location.
Online Check-In: Want to save time and go right to your room? Utilize Disney’s Online Check-In and skip waiting for your room! Your MagicBands will unlock the room door and if you arrive at Disney early, the My Disney Experience app will let you know when your room is ready.
Dining Options: There are four different dining options at Old Key West resort: one table service, one quick service, and two pool bars.
- Olivia’s Café: Offers home style comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is a hidden gem The restaurant has a nautical themed decor and celebrates the Disney Vacation Club family by prominently displaying DVC family photos from owners from years past.
- Good’s Food to Go: The quick service location at Disney’s Old Key West resort, is located close to the main pool and Hospitality House. Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, food choices include traditional fare, coffee, and other specialty beverages.
- Gurgling Suitcase: Also located adjacent to the Hospitality House and main pool, Gurgling Suitcase is a Key West-style bar. The best part of Gurgling Suitcase, however, is that you can get some of the most delicious items off of the Olivia’s menu without a reservation!
- Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks: Located near the pool on Old Turtle Pond Road, is a pool bar and food establishment on the back side of the Old Key West resort. The menu here offers pizza, sandwiches, salads, and kids’ meals as well as sweet treats, soft drinks, wine, and draft and bottled beer. This area also has a shuffleboard court and game room for further entertainment.