By Jason D
6. 2 Conch Flats Community Hall
For those who have never stayed in a deluxe Disney World resort before, there are some fun, extra features that you’ll want to explore. Certain deluxe resorts, including Old Key West, have community halls with various activities (most are free, some are provided at an extra cost) available to all guests staying there. Old Key West’s community hall is called “2 Conch Flats”, and you’ll find more than enough funtastic games and activities there to fill a rainy day or two! The hall is meant for the entire family, so there’s something for everyone, whether you’re interested in playing games (ping pong, shuffleboard, pool, foosball, and more), making some special crafts to take home with you, or maybe trying your hand at a video game. You can even sign out DVDs to take back and watch in the comfort of your own room. There are tv-watching areas the whole family can enjoy, and you can check out books and equipment for outdoor sports like volleyball, tennis and basketball. At Old Key West, a rainy day doesn’t have to get you down!
5. Water Transportation
We are always delighted when we stay at resorts that offer multiple modes of complimentary transportation, and our favorite method of travel is definitely water taxi. Old Key West offers water transportation to and from Disney Springs, as an alternative to the usual complimentary bus. The water taxi is a refreshing way to get where you want to go, while enjoying lovely water views and captain’s commentary along the way! Getting to Disney Springs has never been so easy or so breezy! Water taxis depart every 20 minutes from the main clubhouse dock, and they arrive at Disney Springs a short, relaxing ride later. Nothing like a complimentary cruise along Old Key West’s shimmering waterways to get you in the mood for some serious shopping and dining!
4. Fishing Fun
Looking for a break from the parks, but still wanting a fun, unique, family experience? Look no further! Old Key West has a beautiful marina that offers guided fishing excursions for both the expert fisherman and the novice (all ages are welcome, so this is a great way to introduce the kids to the sport!). Choose from 2- or 4-hour adventures, and embark on a guided bass fishing excursion or a bass nitro fishing excursion. Everything you’ll need, from bait, tackle, rod and reel, beverages and even a one-year Bass Angler Sportsman Society membership, is included. If you’re up for more do-it-yourself fishing fun, you can always rent fishing gear from the Fishin’ Hole at Old Man Island at Port Orleans Riverside. Just remember that only catch-and-release fishing is permitted.
3. Sports Galore
If you enjoy golf, volleyball, basketball, or tennis, then Disney’s Old Key West Resort is for you! Spend your down time working up a sweat with a friendly game of volleyball on a pretty, white sand beach, right in the comfort of your own resort. Or you can check out a basketball from Hank’s Rent ‘n Return, and practice shooting hoops at Old Key West’s basketball court, near Hospitality House. Tennis fans have their choice of 3 tennis courts within the resort; one is on Old Turtle Pond Road, and there are two lighted courts near the main pool area (tennis balls and racquets can be checked out from Hank’s Rent ‘n Return). Golfers are very close to the action because Old Key West overlooks a golf course – it’ll take you no time at all to get from your room to the green! Not only that, but those who just can’t get enough golf can actually request a room overlooking the golf course, so even when you’re not on the green, you’ll feel like you are!
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2. Room to Spare
Initially, Old Key West was built as a Disney Vacation Club resort, the first of its kind on property. For this reason, the rooms are much larger than you’d expect, and in fact, larger than rooms at other, more expensive villas in Walt Disney World. They also often have a higher number of beds than other DVC resorts, which is always a welcome surprise when you are traveling with your family. You’ll find two queen size beds in the studios here, instead of the typical one queen, one sofa design of many of the other DVC resort studios. So, feel free to come home to your spacious room and spread out! Note: many guests aren’t aware of this, but even though Old Key West is a DVC property, you definitely don’t have to be a DVC member to stay there!
There is no shortage of extra activities available at Old Key West, some complimentary, and some involving additional fees. So don’t forget to leave some time to explore the special options available to you outside of the parks, within your own resort. After a full day in the parks, why not bring your family to a complimentary campfire? You’ll roast marshmallows fire-side as the sun sets, making memories that will last long after your vacation ends. You may want to stay for another great complimentary activity – the outdoor screening of popular Disney movies, immediately following the campfire. Both activities are, of course, subject to weather conditions. You can also rent bikes for children (including bikes with training wheels) and adults, for some family cycling time along the beautiful palm-fringed paths of Old Key West. For even more fun, rent a 2-person, 4-person, or 6-person Surrey bike, to explore the resort in style! Old Key West also offers a sauna and fully equipped gym for those who need a little workout time before or after the parks.