Disney’s Old Key West is the original property for the Disney Vacation Club. (Disney’s ownership program similar to a timeshare). Themed as a community in the Florida Keys, this resort is relaxing and very unique. There are various buildings and parking lots throughout the property, giving guests the feel of staying at their own condo rather than a hotel room. The entire resort consists of villas in studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations. Rooms boast private balconies, and beautiful views, some of a golf course or the river that both run through the well-kept property.
Old Key West is one of the two Disney Vacation Club Properties that is not attached to a Deluxe Resort. It was the first DVC property and because of that the rooms are much bigger than the others. While it is considered Deluxe Villas I would put it more in line with a Moderate Resort in terms of amenities, but the price is usually less than the villas at Deluxe Resorts. It does not enjoy the same privileged location as some of the other options, but I do love the boat to Disney Springs. Olivia’s Cafe is also one of my favorite hidden gems.
Even if it is still a bit higher to stay onsite, the benefits can far outweigh the added cost. I have laid out those benefits for you to see how staying at a Disney resort is a good value for you in my blog “Benefits to Staying at a Disney Resort.”
Offers multiple room configurations
Not attached to Deluxe Resort
Food and Wine Guests
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Studio- Sleeps up to 4 guests. 2 Queen Beds plus a crib.
1 Bedroom/1 Bath Villa- Sleeps up to 4 guests. 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper, and a crib.
2 Bedroom/2 Bath Villa- Sleeps up to 8 guests. 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, 1 Queen Sleeper, and a crib.
3 Bedroom/4 Bath Villa- Sleeps up to 12 guests. 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, 2 Double Beds, 1 Queen Sleeper.
Olivia’s Cafe (Table Service)
This hidden gem is a fan favorite with a nautical-themed eatery that has the friendly, familiar feel of a neighborhood institution. Olivias is a must-see spot for breakfast, serving up traditional favorites as well as several of Olivia’s own specialties.
Gurgling Suitcase (Pool Bar)
Belly up to this cozy little Key West-style bar and try the Turtle Krawl or your drink of choice inside or by the pool. Wine and domestic and imported beer are also served. Hungry, too? The lunch and dinner menu from Olivia’s Cafe is available!
Good’s Food to Go (Quick Service)
It’s all good! Burgers, salads, desserts, snacks, and beverages are all ready to grab ’n’ go—perfect for when you just want to find a shady picnic table near the main pool and enjoy a cheeseburger.
Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks (Quick Service)
Crawl onto dry land for pizza, sandwiches, hot dogs, and salads. Sweet treats, soft drinks, wine, draft, and bottled beer are also available at this seasonal venue. A shuffleboard court and game room offer further diversions.
If you are staying in a one, two, or three-bedroom villa you will be equipped with a full kitchen. You can order groceries delivered to be able to prepare meals in your room.
Whether you’re hungry for a late dinner or you just want some breakfast when you wake, private dining is the ticket. With Disney Resorts Private Dining, you can choose from a variety of American favorites—along with some specialty items particular to your Disney Resort hotel! Available 5pm to Midnight
It is impossible to get bored at Old Key West. There are 4 pools, 4 whirlpool spas, a Children’s playground, Arcade, and Community Hall. You can play tennis, shuffleboard, volleyball, basketball, or board games. Water cruises and fishing excursions are available as are bike rentals or enjoy time in the health club or massage/spa services.
Nightly Disney movies under the stars at the Family Tree.
Activities and programs are subject to change.
Check your tv for the schedule during your stay.
Old Key West has centralized many of its services and amenities into two adjacent areas. The Hospitality Area includes Hospitality House for resort registration; Olivia’s Cafe restaurant and Gurgling Suitcase bar; and Conch Flats General Store for gifts and sundries.
The Recreation Area sits next to the Hospitality Area and includes Community Hall for socializing, a modest fitness center, and a marina.
Conch Flats General Store stocks Disney character apparel and souvenirs as well as Old Key West and Disney Vacation Club logo merchandise and general sundries. There is also a supply of food and beverages (including adult beverages) for use in the villas.
Disney’s bus service is available to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom, as well as Disney Springs and the Disney water parks. There are five bus stops throughout the resort.
Boat service is also available to Saratoga Springs Resort and Disney Springs.
These times are approximate, provided to give you an idea of average travel times. Please plan on up to a 20-minute wait for Disney transportation in addition to walking time to resort or theme park transportation stops.
Magic Kingdom – 25 minutes by bus, 36 minutes by car (with transfers)
Epcot – 18 minutes by bus, 18 minutes by car
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 14 minutes by bus, 18 minutes by car
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 20 minutes by bus, 18 minutes by car
Disney Springs – 15 minutes by bus, 18 minutes by boat, 9 minutes by car
Blizzard Beach water park – 19 minutes by bus, 14 minutes by car
Typhoon Lagoon water park – 19 minutes by bus, 8 minutes by car
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