Whilst thinking of things to write about for the blog in the run up to our next trip, it suddenly dawned on me that I hadn’t posted anything about the amazing resort we stayed in in February – Disney’s Old Key West resort.
Old Key West (OKW) was the original Disney Vacation Club resort to be built, but is now available to stay at with cash, as well as the DVC points. Located in the Disney Springs area, and with the romance and charm of the Florida Keys, under a pseudonym name of ‘Conch Flats’, the sprawling Old Key West really is a tropical paradise. I’m talking palm trees, pastel hues, waterways, golf courses, sandy beaches, gorgeous pools and delicious food.
We felt so at home here.
Because of it being originally built as solely DVC, the room amenities of OKW are some of the best you will find on property, the rooms are huge, and even the studios come fully equipped with kitchenettes. At the end of the day, after the madness of the parks, spend an evening sitting on your veranda overlooking the grounds and watching the fireworks in the distance.
Another benefit of Old Key West being a DVC resort is the complimentary laundrette facilities on offer to all guests. Nobody really wants to do the laundry whilst on holiday but having this option is really beneficial, and we put it to use to give some clothes a freshen up. You do have to pay for the detergent but its only a couple of $.
As with all areas of Disney, you will find complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort buildings. We didn’t encounter any issues with the Wi-Fi, but it does work better in the buildings so if you are in transit in the resort then you might lose signal momentarily!
Old Key West is a huge resort, with four pools to choose from! The main pool by Hospitality House – the Sandcastle Pool, is home to a 125-foot slide through a giant sandcastle, a very fast slide at that! With plenty of seating and loungers, lots of fun activities going on, plus a special pool for the little ones, this really is the hub of the resort.
Also as a part of Hospitality House, you will find the community room. This is a great place to go to keep the kids entertained for a couple of hours, with lots of complimentary activities on offer such as crafts, foosball and video games. Why not sign out one of the DVD’s too to enjoy in room!
Two of the activities that we really love, that are available at a lot of the resorts, are the Campfire Activities, and Movies Under The Stars. Every evening head to the campfire and toast marshmallows with the cast members and other families, whilst chatting about your day and watching the sun set over the water. Then head to the deck, and take a seat for an outdoor screening of one of your favourite Disney movies, a perfect evening!
There is so much more that this resort has to offer that I just couldn’t write about it all! Gym, playgrounds, bikes, fishing, tennis, basketball, volleyball, running track, golf, you name it, it’s here! Just don’t forget to visit the parks too!!
Food & Drink
Old Key West has two food outlets, one table service – Olivia’s Cafe, and one quick service – Good’s Food To Go. If I was to have one criticism of this resort it is that it is lacking a large indoor quick service area, however there is outdoor seating at Good’s Food To Go, and we never struggled to get a table. There is plenty of choice of food (if you never try the bread pudding on the breakfast menu then you’re seriously missing out), however for the size of the resort you would maybe expect something a bit larger.
Olivia’s is a must visit for island-inspired dishes, and a relaxed ‘Florida Keys’ atmosphere. Plus check out the hundreds of photo frames that adorn the walls of all of the DVC families that have owned there over the years. This is a hidden gem of Disney World and even if you’re not staying at the resort, we would definitely recommend a visit.
If its just a drink you’re after, then the Gurgling Suitcase bar is where you want to be, its got a cosy Key-West feel, just make sure you try the Turtle Krawl! They do also sell dishes from Olivia’s as bar food too if all the cocktails get you a bit hungry!
OKW is in the Disney Springs Resort Area, meaning there is boat transportation (again, complimentary) between the resort and Disney Springs. The leisurely journey takes about 15 minutes, and in our opinion is the best way to reach the Springs, in the gorgeous fresh air, with views of some of the other resorts along the way. In terms of parks, your closest parks are Epcot and Hollywood Studios, with both water parks also being close by.
This is an amazing resort that we would recommend in a heartbeat, we will definitely be back!
All thats left to say is….Welcome Home!