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Amenities at Disney’s Old Key West Resort



By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Disney’s Old Key West Resort, see this.)

AMENITIES AT DISNEY’S OLD KEY WEST RESORT

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Because the two sets of options at the Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Saratoga Springs are so different, and the Polynesian offering is so distinctive, for review purposes I count a total of twelve resorts, but rank only eleven.

Their overall ranking for first time family visitors is as follows:

  1. Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  2. Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas–Jambo House
  4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas–Kidani Village
  5. Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  6. The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
  7. Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  8. Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
  9. Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  10. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, main resort
  11. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, Treehouse Villas area

(My rankings exclude the Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, as the offerings there–except Studios–are so different from all the rest. Ranking solely among Studios, the Poly Studios would come near the top of the list.)

These resorts are available to anyone to reserve through the regular Walt Disney World website or resort reservations phone number at 407-939-7675.

They also are available to the general public at great discounts through renting points from a Disney Vacation Club member. (They are also of course available to these members themselves.)

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Disney’s Old Key West Resort is described on Walt Disney World’s website as “an island hamlet of brilliant green landscapes, pastel-colored Victorian architecture and ornate gingerbread accents…nestled among swaying palm trees, shimmering waterways and… lush golf fairways.”

Map Disney's Old Key West Resort

Its 156 acres include an area called the Hospitality House, near the top and at the right of the map. You’ll find pretty much everything here except your room itself and some quiet pools.

Bus Stop Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Bus service at Old Key West is convoluted, because of all the dead-end roads.  Currently, all buses have the Hospitality House as their last stop, and another stop a short walk away (near building 28 on Peninsular Road) as their first stop.

This means you can take any bus to the Hospitality house, and walk to the Peninsular Road stop and take any bus back to the stop nearest your room. But ask the bus driver when you get on, as things can change.

Lobby Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The Hospitality House area includes the check-in lobby, where you’ll also find concierge services…

Lobby Sitting Area Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…a comfortable lounging room off the lobby…

Gift Shop Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and a well-stocked shop…

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…with a nice assortment of groceries…

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…which makes sense, given all the kitchens here.

Olivia's Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Also in the Hospitality House area you’ll find the table service restaurant, Olivia’s.

Olivia's Outside Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Outdoor seating for Olivia’s is available too.

Here’s the review of Olivia’s from our book The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019:

olivias-review-from-the-easy-guide

Bar Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Outside you’ll find a very small bar…

Quick Service Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and next to it a very small snack bar, which is the only counter-service offering here.

Quick Service Menu Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The menu is quite limited (as always on this site, click the image to enlarge it)…

Outdoor Tables Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and there’s no indoor seating for it–just outdoor tables.

There’s another snack offering with an even more limited menu at the far end of the resort near the Turtle Pond quiet pool… understandable, I suppose, given all the kitchens, but awkward for anyone on the dining plan…or in a studio.

Boat Dock Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Also in this water-side area is the dock where you can catch a ferry to Downtown Disney.

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Further down this waterside walkway, past the pool (more on that in a minute)…

Gym Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…you’ll find this gym.

THE POOLS AT DISNEY’S OLD KEY WEST RESORT

This review continues here!

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