Disney's Old Key West Resort Review

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1510 North Cove Road, Lake Buena Vista FL

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Editor’s Review of Disney's Old Key West Resort

Jackie Perrin Editor’s Rating 4/5 Deluxe Villas

When the setting sun sinks into shimmering waters of the Trumbo Canal, Disney's Old Key West Resort transports visitors to a South Florida sunset celebration. The vista shows a parade of pleasure boats, palm trees and a bustling street scene as its backdrop, complete with hurricane drinks, lighthouse views and steel drum music.

Encompassing 156 acres in the Downtown Disney neighborhood, the 549-unit resort overlooks Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. The hotel debuted in 1991 and is among the oldest, most spacious and most affordable Walt Disney World Deluxe
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By day, visitors can rent bikes or boats and enjoy a scenic ride to Downtown Disney along the Trumbo Canal and the Sassagoula River. When the mercury rises, kids can splash and swim in one of four resort pools, including a fun-filled feature pool with a sandcastle-themed slide.

When evening comes, extended families can convene on expansive porches for snacks and sunset-viewing, or meet on the "Turtle Krawl" (the resort promenade) for cocktails and conch chowder. Those with more time on their hands can board a boat to Downtown Disney for a full night of shopping, dining and merry-making.

Villa accommodations range from Deluxe Studios, which sleep four guests, and a child under 3 in a crib, to three-bedroom Grande Villas which sleep up to 12 people. One- and two-bedroom villas accommodate five and nine family members, respectively. One-bedroom and larger accommodations feature full kitchens, separate laundry rooms and expansive living rooms. Porches with extra elbow room are a space-stretching bonus for extended families.

While many families favor the resort for its "getaway" atmosphere, the downside of its remote location is ease of transportation throughout Disney World. If you're typically in a hurry, it's best to have a car. less

Our Editors Love
  • Boat ride to Downtown Disney
  • Huge pool complex with kiddie pool and slides
  • Two onsite arcades
Family Interests
  • All Inclusive
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Parks
  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Meal Plan
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Located in 56 pastel two- and three-story buildings, accommodations at Disney's Old Key West Resort are among the most spacious and affordable in the Disney Deluxe Villa category. Designed to reflect a South Florida scene, rooms display linens, artwork, accent pillows and accessories that feature images of seashells and the Florida Keys.

One-Bedroom, One-Bathroom Villas
One-bedroom, one-bathroom villas sleep up to five guests, plus a child under 3 in a crib, and feature a Jacuzzi tub and a shower in an adjoining bathroom off the master bedroom. Two-bedroom, three-bathroom villas sleep up to nine guests and an infant.

Three-Bedroom, Three-Bathroom Grand Villas
Three-bedroom, three-bathroom Grande Villas accommodate up to 12 family members, boasting bonus features, like an extra dining table and a second floor. Grande Villas are in limited supply and may be reserved up to around nine months in advance by calling central reservations at 407-934- 7369.

In villas, open and expansive kitchens adjoin inviting living rooms in what may be the homiest Disney Vacation Club accommodation layout. Families will appreciate easy-to-clean wood floors, large dining tables and kitchen islands that double as TV cabinets.

Villas with one or more bedrooms feature dedicated laundry rooms containing full-size washers and dryers. All accommodations feature a Pack 'N Play and a balcony or a patio. High chairs are stocked in all villas, and bed rails are complimentary upon request. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

Deluxe Studios
Deluxe Studios sleep up to four, plus an infant. In addition to a kitchenette with a microwave, a toaster, a coffee maker and a mini-fridge, these accommodations contain two queen beds. Most other Deluxe Disney Villa properties feature the sofa bed and traditional bed combination in similar room-types. For Studio guests, laundry rooms are located in all four resort pool areas. Use of the machines is complimentary.

Besides peaceful golf course and canal views, of particular note at this property is the generous size of the patios. If the weather is fair, these inviting outdoor sitting spots can serve as an extension of living space, allowing older relatives some extra elbow room while the kids play or watch television.

For maximum convenience, request lodging near the Hospitality House, which will afford you easy walking access to the resort's main pool and recreation complex. For a quieter, but still entertaining experience, consider a stay near the Turtle Pond Pool. Most buildings lack elevators, so request a ground floor villa if you're traveling with stroller-age children. less
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1. Good bus transportation by Disney. 2. Accommodations were fine except that the furniture needed updating or renewal. 3. The purchase of anything was super expensive at the different parks or hotels. 4. The employees were ... more
Old Key West is the oldest and first Disney Vacation Club resort. Created to resemble a village in Key West Florida, Old Key West gives renters the feeling that they are renting homes dotted in pastel colors along a river ... more


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