Disney’s Old Key West, the first Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort, has all of the features of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts. Overall, Old Key West is a sprawling yet cozy resort with large rooms in warm, quaint dwellings. It accommodates larger families and longer stays very well.
Olivia’s Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Good’s Food to Go is available for a snack or light meal and is accessible from the main pool. The main pool provides a water slide, kiddie pool, and hot tub. The Conch Flats General Store has groceries, snacks, sundries, beverages, and hotel logo items.
But as the first dedicated DVC resort, it also has some special features. Here are six features that distinguish Old Key West from the other deluxe resorts.
1- Just Like Home
The serene island resort has quaint seaside dwellings tucked away on their own streets with parking near the villas.
The villas are inviting to families with studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom villas. The studios are slightly larger than a standard hotel room at 390 sq. ft. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas, with one, two, and three bathrooms respectively, have separate living and dining rooms with fully equipped kitchens and a laundry room. The three-bedroom villa is 2375 sq. ft.
2- Four Pools
Old Key West has four heated pools with the largest near the main building known as the Hospitality House. There is a sauna in the lighthouse adjacent to the main pool. Next to one of the quiet pools is the Turtle Shack, which serves food like burgers, hot dogs, and other American standards similar to Good’s Food to Go.
3- Two Arcades
There are two arcades at Old Key West. The Electric Eel game room is part of the Hospitality House complex. Near the Turtle Shack at a quiet pool is another game room, the Flying Fish.
4- Recreation Abounds
There are many recreation opportunities that are unique to Old Key West.
Renting a bike, including safety equipment, to explore the extensive resort is available near the Hospitality House.
Not found as a group at other Disney Vacation Club resorts are a basketball court, tennis courts, volleyball, and shuffleboard. These are part of the R.E.S.T. complex (Recreation, Exercise, Swimming, Tennis). Fitness centers are part of most DVC resorts for members.
5- Ferry to Disney Springs
A unique transportation experience at Old Key West is the ferryboat to Disney Springs. The only other resort to offer this is Disney’s Saratoga Springs, which is next door to Old Key West. This is a relaxing twenty-minute cruise terminating in the heart of the Disney Springs shopping and dining area. On your return, you will appreciate the nautical flag alphabet greeting of “Welcome Home Members” on the dock flagpole.
6- Golf Course
The Lake Buena Vista Golf Course plays right through Old Key West. The first tee is nearby for the avid golfer while others can enjoy watching golfers pass their villa.