Old Key West Resort

Old Key West might actually be my favorite place in the world. Based in the warmth and tranquility of the Florida Keys, this Deluxe Villa resort welcomes you to your home away from home. 


Address:
1510 North Cove Road
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8421


Accommodations:
As a Deluxe Villa Resort, Old Key West offers only one type of standard room, the deluxe studio, which can accommodate up to 4 adults and one child under the age of three. These rooms include a two queen beds (no pull outs!) and a kitchenette with a microwave, small fridge, coffee maker, and toaster in addition to your standard WiFi, flat screen tv, iron board, hair dryer, etc.


Old Key West also offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom villas for larger parties or those who just enjoy a little more room. All of the villas have full kitchens and a washer and dryer in unit in addition to all of the standard Disney amenities.


1 bedroom villas accommodate up to 5 adults plus a child under the age of three with a king bed, a queen sleeper sofa, and a twin-size sleeper chair.


2 bedroom villas accommodate up to 9 adults with a king bed in one room, two queen beds in another room, and a queen-size sleeper sofa and twin-size sleeper chair in the living room/kitchen area.


3 bedroom grand villas accommodate up to 12 adults with one king bed, two queen beds, two double beds, one queen-size sleeper sofa, and one twin-size sleeper chair. 


All rooms have a clean beachy vibe with views of water, woodlands or the beautiful and well kept Buena Vista golf course.


Transportation:
Disney’s Magical Express bus service is complimentary to and from all Disney resorts and the Orlando International Airport. 


Old Key West has two primary modes of transport - buses and boats. Because Old Key West is rather spread out, it’s important to remember which one is your bus stop and note where it is in the route. It can sometimes be faster to walk to a different bus stop and jump on the bus you just missed at your stop. 


Magic Kingdom - Bus (20 minutes)
Epcot - Bus (20 minutes)
Animal Kingdom - Bus (20 minutes)
Hollywood Studios - Bus (15 minutes)
Disney Springs - Bus (10 minutes) or Boat (10 minutes)


Minnie Vans, Uber, Lyft, and Taxis are also available at an additional cost. If you rent a car or drive yourself, overnight parking at this resort is $25 and will be charged to your room. 


Pools:
There is one main pool at Old Key West called the Sandcastle Pool, which can be found near the check-in building. The sandcastle is a water slide, there is a splash and sandy area for the littler ones, and activities like trivia and water games are hosted by this pool throughout the day. Check your resort schedule, which you should receive at check-in for more details about activities during your stay. There is also a whirlpool spa, and you can find a dry sauna in the lighthouse!


Old Key West also offers 3 leisure pools if you just need to catch some rays or prefer a quieter pool and don’t need the waterslide. They’re located at Old Turtle Pond, Miller’s Road and South Point. They each also have a whirlpool spa.


Recreation:
Conch Flat Community Hall is where you and the kiddos can find complimentary foosball, pool, video games, shuffleboard, and ping pong. There are also three tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, bike and surrey bike rentals, 3 playgrounds, and you can even go fishing! Plus, there are two arcades. The Electric Eel Gameroom is located near the hospitality house, while the Flying Fish Gameroom can be found near Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks. This resort also has an exercise room as well as a jogging path. If that’s not enough, there are also movies under the stars every night by the Sandcastle Pool and campfire activities just before them so you can roast your marshmallows and then settle down for one of your favorite Disney films.


Dining:
Olivia’s Cafe is the primary dining option at Old Key West. Located near the main pool and check-in building, Olivia’s serves up home-style cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Good’s Food to Go and the Gurgling Suitcase are very near each other and the main pool at this resort. This is where you can grab a quick service meal - your standard burgers, sandwiches, chicken nugget, etc. - and beverage with your resort mug during your stay for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The “Gurg Gurg” as my family fondly calls it, offers some great adult beverages to enjoy poolside and is also open later in the evenings.


Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks is at the pool at Old Turtle Pond and open just for lunch. You can find your standard quick lunch fare here including chicken nuggets, hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches, and salads. 

Gift Shop:
There is one gift shop at this resort. Conch Flats General Store is connected to Olivia’s and where you can find your souvenirs and grab anything you may have forgotten at home. It’s not a huge shop, but has all of the necessities. This is also where you’ll pick up any packages your purchased in the parks and sent back to the resort. 


Cons:
Because this resort is so spread out, wait times for buses can be rather long
Depending where your bus stop is in the route, you may have trouble getting on a bus at peak times or getting a seat during those times
This is a Disney Vacation Club resort, so it can be a little more difficult to book a room here if you’re not a DVC member
There aren’t as many dining options as many of the other resorts


Pros:
The rooms are so spacious and you always have at least a kitchenette
Deluxe studios have two real beds instead of a bed and a pull out so when you’re traveling with all adults/grown kids, you don’t have to draw straws for the less comfy bed
I personally think it’s a pro that this resort is so spread out. It makes it feel like you have your own space and guests tend to be a little older so it’s very quiet and relaxed
It feels like home. Honestly? I texted my family group chat about pros and cons and they said “pros: literally everything” so the Henkle fam has spoken.


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