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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

There’s four pools at Disney’s Old Key West Resort.

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

The main Sandcastle pool has by far the largest set of amenities, and more are just outside.

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 SANDCASTLE POOL AT DISNEY’S OLD KEY WEST RESORT

Main Pool Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (3)
The main pool at Disney’s Old Key West Resort features an enormous sand castle with a water slide inside.

Here’s a closer look at the slide.

Some other views from around the pool.

There’s a nice variety of sunny and shaded sitting areas, with lounge chairs and tables…

…including one area with a sand base.

The pool area also features a hot tub…

…the only sauna at a Disney World pool…

…and a kids pool.

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.

Sand Play Area Main Pool Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

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…

…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.

Keep walking along the sand and you’ll find a some hammocks and 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. Also right outside are some game tables–ping pong, foosball, and the like.

The main pool is quite a hike from many accommodations buildings at Old Key West. However (double check this before you board in case things change!) 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 Hospitality House stop (red circle) is about 150 yards from the pool entrance (gold X), and the Peninsular Road stop (green circle) about 250 yards–just 100 yards more.

Sandcastle pool has about any amenity except for a modern kids splash play area you’d want, but is rather uninteresting compared to some other Disney Vacation Club main pools.

THE SMALLER POOLS AT DISNEY’S OLD KEY WEST RESORT

There’s three more smaller pools scattered around at Old Key West, in the Old Turtle Pond Road area, Miller’s Road area, and South Point Road area.

On the map, the three smaller pools are circled in green (the main pool is in red). The Miller’s Road pool is at the top left, South Point Road pool at bottom right, and Old Turtle Pond pool at lower left.

THE OLD TURTLE POND POOL AT DISNEY’S OLD KEY WEST RESORT

The broadest set of amenities among the three smaller pools at Old Key West 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.

The pool itself is simple rectangular forms, with some interest added by extra corners.

Another angle on the Turtle Pond pool.

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

…a playground…

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

…heavy on sand…

…a shuffleboard court…

…a barbecue area…

…and, uniquely among the Old Key West smaller pools, a snack bar, Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks.

There’s not a lot to the menu here (an up-to-date menu and operating hours will be on Disney’s website here), but given the distance of the buildings at this end of Old Key West from the Hospitality House, it’s nice to have the option.

THE MILLER’S ROAD POOL AT DISNEY’S OLD KEY WEST RESORT

The Miller’s Road area pool is between Buildings 19 and 20…

…quite close between them, in fact, presenting the potential for noise issues.

Another view of the Miller’s Road pool.

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

The barbecue here…

…and the hot tub. Unlike the other three pools at Old Key West, there’s not a playground here.

THE SOUTH POINT ROAD POOL AT DISNEY’S OLD KEY WEST RESORT

Another pool is back in the South Point Road area.

The pool from a different angle.

Here’s its playground…

…hot tub…

…and barbecue area.
 

MATERIAL IN THIS REVIEW OF DISNEY’S OLD KEY WEST RESORT

 

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