Each week we’ll review one of Disney’s DVC Resort locations and provide our readers with an overview of the resort, it’s rooms, amenities, and dining options. We’ll also offer our pros and cons list of the resort to help DVC members and renters make the best choice for their future family vacation.
Disney’s Old Key West
As Disney’s first DVC Resort, Old Key West has seen its share of changes throughout the years. Originally built in 1991, Old Key West is the second largest DVC Resort and to this day offers one of the best values for your money if you’re looking to stay in a Deluxe accommodation at Walt Disney World. The latest renovation of the resort was completed in mid-2019 and brought a more modern look to guest rooms while maintaining the resort’s original charm and appeal.
The sprawling resort is themed to resemble Key West’s Conch Republic with quaint wooden buildings, pastel paint colors, large balconies and lush landscaping. The resort consists of 49 three-story buildings as well as the Hospitality House which is located along the boat dock area. Hospitality House serves as the main guest area where guests will find check-in, dining, shops, community hall and the fitness center.
If you’re looking for a vacation with a tropical feel, paddle fans, steel drums and all, look no further, Old Key West is the perfect choice for a relaxing, Florida-themed vacation.
One of the best perks about Old Key West are the sizes of the rooms. Rooms at this resort are significantly larger than other resorts. Additionally, guests tend to love the oversized balconies that are big enough to comfortably lounge on a sunny afternoon or enjoy a family breakfast before hitting the parks.
3-Bedroom Grand Villas (2 stories)
All Old Key West rooms have a view of the water, woodlands or fairways.
Although there are no view options when booking into Old Key West, guests can choose to book rooms near the Hospitality House. Because Old Key West is such a large resort, some guests find it much more convenient to stay close to the main amenities areas. This is especially true for guests without a car and who plan to use Disney’s complimentary bus service.
If you’d like to stay near the Hospitality House, be sure to book a room that is labeled “Near Hospitality House.”
As the main restaurant at Old Key West, this casual, seaside themed eatery serves classic American cuisine with a Key West twist for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is plenty to choose from on the menu for any meal you decide to enjoy at Olivia’s. However, while Olivia’s Cafe has great reviews and is a great spot to enjoy a meal for the whole family, it is the only table-service dining option at Old Key West.
Also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Good’s is a counter service dining option serving classic casual American food. The menu mainly consists of sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs and salads. Located at the Hospitality House just before entering the Main Pool area, Good’s is the perfect place to grab a quick meal to enjoy poolside.
Located directly opposite the boat docks at the Hospitality House, Gurgling Suitcase is a pool bar/lounge serving lunch, dinner and late-night drinks. With a similar menu to Good’s Food to Go, Gurgling Suitcase is a great place to stop in for a quick, delicious meal or better yet, a fun and fruity cocktail. With a full bar and friendly bartenders happy to whip you up your favorite vacation drink, Gurgling Suitcase is the perfect place to head to get your vacation started on the right, sandal-wearing foot.
For guests staying on the other side of the resort and not within a quick stroll to Hospitality House, Turtle Shack will be your best bet for an easy lunch. Turtle Shack is located at the pool in the southwest corner of the resort, near the buildings 41-43. On the menu you’ll find classic lunch items such as salads, burgers and sandwiches.
Being such a large resort, Old Key West has a wide assortment of amenities and recreation activities for any kind of guest.
- 4 Resort Pools
- Conch Flats General Store
- Boats with transportation to Disney Springs and Saratoga Springs
- Fitness Center
- Bike Rentals
- Arcades with video games as well as foosball, pool and ping pong
Enjoy an afternoon out on the water with an experienced guide on a Guided Bass Fishing excursion. Guests can book 2-hour or 4-hour catch-and-release tours at Old Key West throughout the year.
Pros And Cons Of Staying At Old Key West
- Large rooms
- Large, usable balconies, larger than most other DVC resorts
- Wide open spaces with trails perfect for jogging, walking or biking
- Moderate pricing
- Small buildings which allow driving guests to park directly outside their units, making checking in and out a breeze.
- Long walks to and from the main guest area where the boat dock and Hospitality House are located
- Limited dining options available on property
- Limited transportation options, Disney buses and boats are available but some feel inconvenient.
Have you stayed at Old Key West? Tell us about your experience and what you love about this DVC Resort in the comments below.