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Disney's Old Key West Resort
Ranked #71 of 340 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 26, 2013

2br villa is fantastic! Love every minute here! 2nd bedroom has a walk in closet, 2 beds, & private bathroom. Master bedroom is welcoming and has Jacuzzi garden tub area along with its own bathroom. Fully equipped kitchen has everything you need. We even baked cupcakes! Patio has plenty of room for the whole family. Spacious, clean, great views, quiet. Always great service, can't go wrong. Don't miss the Key Lime Pie at Olivia's... Save room for it!

Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

5 of us stayed in a large family suite and the accommodations could not have been better.
We had what felt like our own private pool! We had a great stay- the only negative experience was having to wait an hour for the bus to go to Animal Kingdom.

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1  Thank islamonroe
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Bottom line: by Disney standards, these rooms are massive. Our 2 bedroom was at least 1000 square feet. We had 6 adults, one child, and one baby, and we were all comfortable & not hovering over one another all week. They've renovated the rooms & they are nice with new TVs and new laminate floors. Service is usual Disney wonderful. We had our car so the sprawl of the resort was not an issue for us. But if you don't have your car, getting to the hospitality house by the bus might get annoying. But if you're a large family with a car & you don't mind not having a multitude of Disney dining options at your fingertips, you'll enjoy OKW. Olivia's is the only table service restaurant on site & the only quick service is a little stand by the water & they hAve very little choices. We stayed in building 20, which has very little parking in front. This was fine with us bc we went in January, hence not very crowded, but if you are going in peak time & you have a car, building 20 is not ideal due to this lack of pArking.

Here are some negatives of the room: water pressure in the shower is poor, there are no robes for your use, & many mornings I could hear the kids running around upstairs at 7 am. We were on the ground floor, & that was good bc building 20 had no elevators, but then you do hear all above you too. Positives: it's a huge nice room. You felt like you could breathe. We felt cramped last year in a 2 bedroom at wilderness lodge. So in the future, we would return to OKW over another Disney resort due to the size of the rooms. But we did miss simply walking downstairs to eat quick service meals or refill your Disney mug. Therein lies the trade off.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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1  Thank amieingeorgia
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Four of us (all adults) stayed in a one bedroomed villa (block 56). The villa is really spacious with a large open plan living/dining/kitchen with a comfortable double sofa bed, a bathroom with double shower, a further bathroom with large Jacuzzi bath and additional sink (no additional toilet), a bedroom, laundry room and large balcony. All immaculately clean and nicely themed. We had dishwasher and clothes washing powder provided, as well as some Disney toiletries. Kitchen is fully stocked with plates, glasses, pans etc. Maid came every day. Free in room wifi (also in the parks).

The resort itself is very spread out but this didn't really bother us. We were as far away from the hospitality house as you can get. It was around a 10 minute walk along the waterside.

There was a heated pool and hot spa which was well used at night by us and other adults using their Disney refillable mugs for some 'evening refreshments'! Very sociable - most nights we were out till midnight chatting to other guests.

Hotel is very quiet, small lobby, one grocery/gift store, one table service restaurant (Olivias) which was very good, and a quick service place that did hot dogs, burgers etc. If you're looking for full on evening entertainment this isn't the place for you but if you just want a quiet place to go to after the parks then it's perfect. There is a water ferry every 20 mins that takes you to Downtown Disney in around 15 mins if you want something more lively.

The whole place is really well themed (e.g. crushed shells mixed with cement to make up the pavements/sidewalks) and we enjoyed the relaxed Key West atmosphere.

We didn't hire a car and used the regular buses to the parks. The Old Key West bus only does that resort so it was never too busy (only had to stand once and that was coming back from Magic Kingdom right after the fireworks).

Seems to be fairly cheap compared to the other Deluxe resorts. We went to Animal Kingdom Lodge one night for dinner and far preferred Key West (you can get to other hotels by getting bus there from parks or from Downtown Disney). I guess it depends on what you like. If you want lots of space, comfort and a quiet, relaxed atmosphere in the evenings then this place is great. When I come back I'll certainly look at staying here again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

I am a DVC member and stayed at Old Key West for the first time in probably a decade. I was in a one-bedroom unit in building 36. The layout in Old Key West is a bit more spacious than in the newer resorts. There is a large living area with a love seat, fold-out couch, and fold-out chair, a kitchen with an island, and a circular table for four. It looked like there were some new updates, with a laminate floor and nice counters. The fold-out chair had a foam mattress and was fairly new and passably comfortable. The fold-out couch had a tired, saggy spring mattress that was not at all comfortable for adults. It is probably fine for smaller children. It appears that there are renovations in other parts of the complex, so it is possible that some of the couches have already been swapped. Some of the two-bedroom units have two beds as opposed to one bed and a couch, and since Old Key West is the oldest resort, it is relatively inexpensive in terms of points to get the bigger units.

Other positives at this resort are the parking (right in front of your unit) and multiple bus stations instead of one large parking log and one bus stop located quite far from your room. I believe there is also a boat to Downtown Disney, which is great when you consider how bad the parking situation is there. As with all of the larger units, the full kitchen and large dining area allow you to prepare meals with relative ease.

The main negatives are the location (a bit of a drive to the parks) and the restaurant options. There are no indoor counter service restaurants and the resort is so sprawling that chances are high you'll have to drive or take a bus if you want to eat at Olivia's.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is the oldest of the DVC timeshare resorts, but it has a fresh sparkle, and loved feel that make it seem timeless. HUGE rooms and patios, even the studio suites are very large for a Disney resort. The only downside is that some rooms are a LONG way from the main building. internal bus service helps guests get around, but I was glad we had a car.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank bonaireguy
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed at a 2 bedroom villa at Disney's Old Key West the second week of January. Unit was very large, well appointed, and comfortable. We traveled with 4 adults and 2 children under 4. Our unit was 4623 on the second floor overlooking the river that connects to Downtown Disney.

Only 5 min leisurely walk to South Point bus station. Main pool is very nice, large, and great slide for the kids. On our last day, we were there for the slide opening and participated in a pirate adventure, with balloon swords and pirate bandannas. It was a lot of fun and the kids loved it!

Overall, unit was great and modern. Balcony could have had better furniture than the plastic table and chair set. Seemed cheap for such a classy resort. The ferry's to Downtown Disney are nice, convenient, but soooo loud! It's hard to talk to each other en route. The engines are under-powered for the size of boats and so the captains must rev them up to open throttle.

Bus service is OK. If you are heading to Magic Kingdom, use the bus. All other parks, use your own car (parking is free for Disney resort guests) and save time and hassle. It's much easier and you don't have to ride around the property and waste time. The bus to Magic Kingdom leaving from South Point and stopping all over property took us too long, made us miss opening ceremonies, and then screwed up our plans to go straight to Encounters with Belle...we had to wait in line which we wouldnt have needed to if it weren't for the bus dropping us off late!
Recommendation for bus to MK - drive to Hospitality House, park in parking lot, and take bus from there. It will be the last stop before departing for the park. On the return, the driver will get off at first stop and walk back to the car, the rest take the bus to South Point (2nd stop returning). This seemed to work the best.

Overall a great stay and can't wait to go back. Building 46 is very quiet but convenient.

Room Tip: Buildings 45 and 46 are great, nice river views and quiet yet convenient.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 1510 North Cove Road, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8421
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#57 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#66 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range: $336 - $1,045 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Disney's Old Key West Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 761
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the romance of the Florida Keys at this tranquil community of Conch Flats-a sprawling island hamlet with shimmering waterways, swaying palm trees and manicured golf-course fairways. Delight in sun-soaked pools, casual dining and such amenities as fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes. A peaceful tropical paradise, Disney's Old Key West Resort is also just a boat ride away from the excitement of the Downtown Disney area. ... more   less 
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