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7 Amazing Things About Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Old Key West Resort is a Disney Vacation Club resort of Deluxe Villas that opened Dec. 20, 1991 at Walt Disney World. This was the first DVC timeshare resort on WDW property. It will appeal to guests that like an old Florida, southern feel to it. The buildings are attractive, in different shades of pastel colors, verandahs, detailed with gingerbread trim, shutters and tin roofs. The rooms have wood floors and granite countertops. There is very nice attention to detail in the architecture and furnishings of Old Key West.

7. Gift Shop

The gift shop here carries more than just Disney merchandise. Since the villas have kitchens, the shop also carries a nice selection of groceries for those guests wishing to prepare their own meals. You will find a nice selection of apparel, WDW merchandise, and merchandise specifically resort-themed to Old Key West. Plus, this gift shop has some of the best selection of Disney Vacation Club merchandise!

6. Children’s Activities

There are a lot of activities to keep kids happy at Old Key West Resort. There is a nice playground, arcade, poolside movies, poolside activities, some arts and crafts projects and even DVD rentals which you can enjoy in your room/villa. They can take a bicycle out for a spin or take the whole family on a Surry Bike ride around the property.

5. The Rooms/Villa’s

The spacious rooms are a mix of deluxe studios, and 1 or 2-bedroom villas for the most part, but also have 2-story villas that will accommodate up to 12 guests in grand style. Each villa has a great view. Choose from water, woods/garden, or views of the famed Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. There are 761 rooms/villas available for not just DVC members, but also regular guests if there is space available. Guests at Old Key West receives the same benefits as a regular Walt Disney World resort such as Extra Magic Hours, being able to charge items to your room account, Rapid Fill Mugs, delivery of items you shopped elsewhere for, and of course it has valet service or a self-laundry either in the Villa itself, or elsewhere on the property. You will also find an in-room safe, free Wi-Fi, coffee maker, iron and board, hair dryer, TV(s), and 2 bathroom sinks.

4. Dining Options

Unfortunately there is no food court available at Old Key West, but table service and quick service, along with a pool bar, indoor bar, and pizza room service is available. Olivia’s Café is a family friendly restaurant and they serve tropical foods and beverages for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Counter Service location is the Turtle Shack Snack Bar serves light fare and draft beer. Good’s Food to Go has sandwiches, snacks and drinks to go. The Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits serves both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks conveniently located near the main pool and Olivia’s Café. Grab a beverage and enjoy it inside or at the outside seating areas.

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3. Location

The resort is near Disney Springs and can be accessed via boat transportation. This puts you close to shopping, dining, movies, bowling, and more. If you do not wish to carry your purchases back to your room you can arrange for them to be delivered to your resort for no extra charge. There are 5 bus stops within the property, which gives you an idea of how large it is. The villas are in small clusters of 3-story buildings with plenty of self-parking nearby. You may also use boat transportation to get you to Disney’s Saratoga Springs, Port Orlean’s French Quarter and Port Orleans-Riverside resorts. Bus transportation is available to all of the parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. The resort is closest to Epcot out of all the parks. It sits between Port Orlean’s French Quarter and Disney Springs on the banks of the Sassagoula River.

2. Pool

The main pool slide is 125-feet long and is in a giant sandcastle. A fake Lighthouse stands nearby. There is a hot tub, kiddie pool and playground nearby as well. You will find a few additional quiet pools also with hot tubs scattered across the rest of the resort. For as large as this resort is, it would benefit from a few more pools. There is a lovely Sauna at the main pool only. Can you spot the hidden Mickey on the slide?

1. Sports

The resort borders the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course which is incredibly beautiful, and challenging for every golfer. If you need an outdoor workout in addition to the Fitness Center workout, try the jogging trail that wanders around the resort and under nice shade trees. You may also enjoy the tennis courts available at this resort. Bicycle and boat rentals, guided fishing trips, basketball, shuffleboard, and volleyball are also available.

About Cassie

Cassie L. I am a lifelong Disney fan. I attended Walt Disney World in 1971, and was there during the opening week of EPCOT, and have visited the Disney Parks for than 30 times. I have had the privilege of visiting Disneyland as a child, and then again with my children. My family recently moved from the northeastern United States to the Walt Disney World area. I now have cast members in my family and enjoy hearing the magical stories at the end of a shift. I love visiting all of the parks and getting to try more Disney food and being able to share it with you to help you plan your own magical day at Disney.