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Review: The Pools 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.)

THE POOLS AT DISNEY’S OLD KEY WEST RESORT

Review Pools at Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.netThere’s four pools at Disney’s Old Key West Resort.

The main pool is at the Hospitality House area near the north main entrance, and there’s three smaller ones scattered around the resort.

The main pool has by far the largest set of amenities.

The three smaller ones, on Miller’s Road, South Point Road, and Old Turtle Pond Road, have hot tubs as well as pools.

The Turtle Pond pool has other amenities as well.

THE MAIN POOL AT DISNEY’S OLD KEY WEST RESORT

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The main pool at Disney’s Old Key West Resort features an enormous sand castle with a water slide inside.

Pool Slide Main Pool Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Here’s a closer look at the slide.

Hot Tub Main Pool Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The pool area also features a hot tub…

Sauna Main Pool Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…the only sauna at a Disney World pool…

Kids Pool Main Pool Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and a kids pool.

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Here’s the main pool from another side.

Sand Play Area Main Pool Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Beyond the sand castle is an extensive sandy kids play area.

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From the other side.

Dolphins Main Pool Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s some cute dolphins on one side of this…

Tennis Courts Main Pool Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and tennis courts on the other. (There’s another tennis court on Old Turtle Pond Road).

Shuffleboard Main Pool Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Next to these is a shuffleboard area.

Volleyball Court Main Pool Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Keep walking along the sand and you’ll find a volleyball court…

Firepit Main Pool Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and a firepit.

Strictly speaking, there’s no pool bar, but right outside the pool you’ll find the resort’s simple quick service offering and a small bar right next door.

The main pool is quite a hike from many accommodations buildings at Old Key West. However (double check this before you board!) all buses at Old Key West have their last on-grounds stop at the Hospitality House, and their first at the nearby Peninsular Road stop.

This means you can take the first available bus from your area to the Hospitality House, and the first bus at Peninsular Road back to your area.

THE QUIET POOLS AT DISNEY’S OLD KEY WEST RESORT

There’s three more “quiet pools” at Old Key West.

Old Key West Miller's Road Pool from yourfirstvisit.net

One is in the Miller’s Road area.

Old Key West Miller's Road Pool Sand Area from yourfirstvisit.net

The barbecue here…

Old Key West Miller's Road Pool Hot Tub from yourfirstvisit.net

…and the hot tub.

Old Key West South Point Pool from yourfirstvisit.net

Another pool is back in the South Point Road area.

Old Key West South Point Pool Playground from yourfirstvisit.net

Here’s its playground.

Turtle Pond Pool at Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The broadest set of amenities among the three is at the pool in the Old Turtle Pond Road area.

Walway to Turtle Pond from South Point at Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

This pool is kinda hidden in a far corner of the Turtle Pond area, and is in fact more convenient to many accommodation buildings in the western part of South Point Road than it is to eastern Turtle Pond buildings, as there’s a walkway behind building 49.

Hot Tub Turtle Pond Pool at Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

You’ll find here, besides the pool, a hot tub…

Playground Turtle Pond Pool at Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…a playground…

Sand Play Area Turtle Pond Pool at Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…heavy on sand…

Shuffleboard Turtle Pond Pool at Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…shuffleboard court…

Barbecue Turtle Pond Pool at Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net…barbecue area…

Snack Shack Turtle Pond Pool at Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and, uniquely among the Old Key West quiet pools, a snack bar.

Snack Shack Menu Turtle Pond Pool at Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s not a lot to the menu here (as always on this site, click the photo to enlarge it), but given the distance of the buildings near here from the Hospitality House, it’s nice to have the option.

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10 comments

1 Lara { 04.28.15 at 4:14 pm }

hi, I have read a lot about how large the resort is, how long roughly dose it take to walk from one end of the resort to the other?

2 Dave { 04.28.15 at 7:47 pm }

Lara, I’ve never walked that far–I’ve always driven or taken a bus. My guess is that its about half a mile.

3 Will { 10.02.15 at 9:20 pm }

Are there any Old Key West buildings with views of the fireworks show from Epcot and/or Magic Kingdom?

4 Dave { 10.03.15 at 7:48 am }

Will, no on Wishes. There’s a few rooms along Bonnet Creek that have views of some of the higher IllumiNations fireworks–see this: http://dvcnews.com/index.php/resorts/old-key-west/roomfinder-85561

5 Will { 10.05.15 at 5:10 pm }

Thank you Dave, yet another great resource. Is there any information that would be helpful to you and/or the site that I could provide after my visit?

6 Dave { 10.06.15 at 10:36 am }

Thanks Will!!

7 Jason { 05.19.17 at 11:08 pm }

Dave, thanks for the work you put into this comprehensive site. I have a wife and a 3.5 year old son. Priorities would be kid-oriented pools and play areas, then room spaciousness. With this in mind, which DVC resort may be best as a DVC home resort? Do you hear many complaints about booking rooms (we prefer 1-bedroom villas/suites) through DVC? We stayed at Kidani Village just last week and I can’t imagine a nicer kid pool and water play area. We are going to buy a DVC membership in the next week. Thanks.

8 Dave { 05.20.17 at 10:01 am }

Jason, on your last question I don’t pay enough attention to availability issues to give you an authoritative response, but I believe Kidani is OK from a booking window perspective.

With a kid that age, I concur that Kidani has the most fun kids play among the DVC resorts!

9 Jason { 05.23.17 at 9:44 pm }

Well, Dave, I stayed at the Wilderness Lodge from May 21 to Today… I think I found a new favorite…and my son loved the amazing kids play area. Now I have too many options, which also means, maybe there is no wrong choice for a DVC home resort…only right decisions that vary a bit from one another. ?

10 Dave { 05.24.17 at 8:58 am }

Jason, WL will be even more attractive after the second pool re-opens!

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