For nearly 25 years, Disney has been providing old Florida charm to those staying at Old Key West Resort. Even though the place has been around since 1991, I bet there are still a few things you might not know about it! Below, you will find nine lesser-known tidbits I recently discovered. I hope this list helps you make the most out of your next Disney adventure!
9. You can take a ferryboat to Disney Springs from your resort!
Don’t worry about braving the traffic or trying to find a parking spot. Disney Springs is just a quick boat ride away! The ferryboat runs every 20 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to about 11:30 p.m. If you intend to stay a bit longer, no worries. Bus transportation runs for about an hour after Disney Springs closes, so you will still have a way to get back. Like the ferry, the busses also run every 20 minutes.
8. You don’t have to lug your shopping bags back to the resort!
If you find yourself doing a lot of shopping during your trip, whether at the parks or Disney Springs, the idea of lugging everything all the way back to your car (or onto the ferry) sounds like some kind of cruel punishment. Fear not. Disney has your back. You can do all the shopping you want and your bags will be sent to your room at Old Key West – for free! This is Disney magic at its finest, friends.
7. In-room celebrations
If you are in Disney to celebrate a particular occasion, let the party start upon arrival to Old Key West! Disney offers a TON of surprise packages to choose from, even matching the theme of your favorite Disney movie! But, if you have your own ideas about the perfect surprise, you can put together a custom package! The pre-packaged surprises range in price from about $36 to $550, so there’s basically a plan for nearly any budget. Check out Disney Floral and Gifts for all of the details needed to plan the perfect surprise!
6. Resort Airline Check-in
When you are in the Happiest Place on Earth, it’s pretty easy to forget all of life’s little obligations. If you forsee yourself getting so swept up in the Disney magic that you forget to check into your flight, let the front desk staff at Old Key West Resort help you out! You can actually check in to your flight, collect your boarding pass and even check your bags before leaving the resort! When you get to the airport, you can head straight to security with the knowledge that every detail has been attended to. Leaving Disney is never easy, but this service will definitely soften the blow.
5. They have bigger rooms than the other Disney Vacation Club resorts!
If you are traveling with a large party and want to use your DVC points, Old Key West Resort is the place for you. The rooms are actually the biggest of any of the DVC resorts, which will give you plenty of space to lounge around after a long day at the parks. Not only are the rooms bigger, but the studios actually have more beds than you will find in most of the DVC resorts! Most DVC resort studios have one queen bed and a sofa combination, while the studios at Old Key West have two queen beds! This is an excellent way to make your money (or your points) work for you.
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4. Perks for parents of small children
Anyone who has travelled with small children can tell you how much of a nightmare it is to pack for said adventure. You’ve got diapers, bottles, wipes, blankets, that toy they can’t sleep without, pacifiers, strollers, clothing, and the list goes on and on. With this in-mind, Disney has tried to lessen the load a bit for parents. Everyone knows you can rent a stroller at the parks, but did you know that each room at Old Key West Resort includes a pack ‘n play crib? And, if mom and dad want a night to themselves, you can even get an in-room babysitter for kids between the age of 6 months and 12 years.
3. Guided fishing excursions
If you have a fisherman in your party, why not plan a guided bass-fishing excursion? The catch-and-release outings can be booked for 2 or 4 hour sessions and includes an experienced guide, rod and reel, tackle, bait (artificial and/or live), non-alcoholic beverages, and a one year membership to the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, which includes 11 issues of Bassmaster Magazine! Follow the link below for more info!
2. Old Key West is (almost) new again
The resort last underwent renovations in 2010, but there are even more upgrades coming in 2017. January through February, the Sandcastle Pool will be closed for refurbishments, but the pools at Old Turtle Pond, South Point and Miller’s Road will still be open for your use. This seems to be the beginning of more extensive renovations in the coming years that will focus on updating the rooms themselves. Sounds like great things are on the way for this already charming resort!
1. Taxi to your tee time
Did you know that you can take a taxi to a Walt Disney World golf course… for free? Just check with the front desk to get your taxi ride set up and then the pro shop at the golf course will arrange a return taxi for you! How cool is that?