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“Relaxing Family Fun!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Disney's Old Key West Resort
Ranked #70 of 335 Hotels in Orlando
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Relaxing Family Fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2011

This is our third time at old key west, we are not disney vacation club members, but choose this resort as it is more spacious, the rooms are larger, we upgraded to the 1 bed villa as we were staying for 3 weeks and wanted extra space. The bedroom is very large with huge bed, a double jacuzzi bath and sink off and through to shower room with large shower cubicle, wash basin and toilet. Off the hall is a utility room with large washer and dryer with ironing board and iron. The lounge, kitchen is very spacious with american size fridge, oven, plus dishwasher, everything you should need for your stay. There are 2 sofa's one is a double bed, a single chair which converts to a single bed. Coffee table and dining table for four, plus veranda with table and chairs for 4. Non club members get rooms made up each day, they come at a suitable time, not waking you early! They clean, empty bins, make beds (the sofa beds have to be made up by yourself unfortunately), clean kitchen bathroom etc. They leave washing powder washing liquid, filter coffee sugar and creamer. Although we go on the food included option at disney we also take a trip to the nearest supermarket by taxi to get things that the children like eg cereals, fruit and drinks for ourselves which can work out expensive at Disney. It's nice to sit and have a relaxing drink after a day at the parks!. The hospitality area of the resort has many activities for children and give you a weekly timetable of events. They have about 8 things going on each day eg brooch making, shark necklaces 50% of these incur a cost but the rest like pool games are good fun and the kids and adults are given small prizes, at no cost. at 6 o'clock each eve they light a fire pit and toast marshmallows and show a disney film outdoors near the pool. The club room allows children to colour, play pool, ice hockey etc whenever they want. We had a fabulous night on halloween, when they organised a sweet trail. During our stays we have visited most of the pools on site and they are all kept very clean. The resort is very clean. It is also very natural looking with lots of water and palm trees. We have never encountered hoards of people around the pools. The main one is the busiest, the others can feel as if they are all to yourselves. The buses are mostly good, you can occasionally wait as several buses go to the same place, but this is also common at other disney resorts. At the reception desk they make balloon models for the children too. Its all these special things that make it a bit different. It is not decorated up to the hills with Disney stuff but I for one can take that after you've spent all day at a disney park. Its close to the disney water parks too so its easy to send a morning at a waterpark and go back to change at the resort before setting out again. You can also catch a boat to downtown.
We have always found the resort clean and the rooms kept clean, the main bed and linen was replace every few days and when we asked for extra washing powder, seceral boxes were left for us ( young children can make a mess with lollies in the sun).
Anyway all I can say is we shall return when we can, it feels like a holiday in an exotic location as well as the busy Disney holiday. We stayed in October this year, last year and December the year before.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2011

We had a family reunion at Old Key West and had three villas, a two-bedroom and two studios. All were located in the same building and we perfect. The villas were clean, spacious, and very comfortable. Old Key West was renovated in 2010 and while I'm not crazy about everything they did, it seems to work. The on-site restaurant, Olivia's Cafe, is great. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the staff is very friendly, the food is good, and you seldom need reservations. Great bar, but the fast food place is small, with only outdoor seating and their food is mediocre at best. Bus transportation to the parks is efficient and timely, although with five stops within the resort it seems to take a while to get moving, but it is actually almost always less than 10 minutes.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2011

I stayed in OKW for 1 week in November and only chose the resort as I was purchasing a special discount deal. This would have to be the least Disney feeling place in which I have stayed and I was very comfortable overall.
I was alone in a 1 bedrm villa and it was HUGE. I think plenty of people here have described all the facilities. My room was in very good condition and beautifully clean. The atmosphere is very relaxed and casual. Because the rooms are spread out over a large estate rather than clustered around a central entrance there is not the effect of squillions of kiddies running in the corridors and clogging up the restaurants. I am lazy and felt that I needed a car. So it was very convenient to park at the door for free. My room was all the way down near South Point bus stop at Bld 51 and was no where near the pool or main hospitality house. I really needed that car - even just to duck up to Goods to Go or the store for a drink or anything. I didn't have much of a view as such - on the ground floor, looking at a bunch of bushes with a golf course and expressway in the distance.
The bed linen and towels were excellent - very new (albeit the towels are very small!). If i had others (say friends) with me this would be a great location due to the large amount of available space.
I recommend this place for people looking for a refuge from the hustle of the parks and large hotels, and people looking for space with multiple people in one room - oh and be prepared to have a car.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Telford, United Kingdom
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189 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2011

Stayed at Old Key West for 3 nights using our Disney Vacation Club points. Have stayed here several times and we love it here as it has a more relaxing feel to it than other Disney resorts.
We had a studio which was plenty big enough for the 3 of us - it was in a great location overlooking one of the small pools and with a bus stop over the road. East to park and a short stroll to the centre of the resort.
We like to spend a lot of time at the pool and choose the quiet pools as the main one is a bit manic for us!
Went into downtown disney on the boat which was fun but tended to come back on the bus as it got a bit nippy late at night.
Didnt use the restaurant but the little bar is nice for a late drink and the fast food takeaway was ok.
Overall we would definately come back again - looking forward to next time. Nothing bad to say about it at all.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Greenville, South Carolina
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90 reviews
86 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2011

I couldn't bring myself to give Old Key West an average rating, because overall we had a wonderful stay. We checked in very early, though - 9:30 - and our room was only ready at 1:30 PM because we begged for it and told them we didn't care where it was located. We ended up in a second floor two bedroom unit in building 34 thanks to a wonderfully kind and accommodating cast member.

Though the master bathroom was definitely showing the age of this hotel (chipped tiles and paint, a gigantic shower with a shower head that didn't quite fit) the room was otherwise great. Comfortable beds (if you don't count the sleeper sofa, ugh), spacious, and having the kitchen was a great option. The room was kept immaculate during our entire stay - by housekeeping, that is. However, we are not DVC members and therefore the cost of this room - approximately $700 a night with all taxes - was still a bit of a kick in the gut, even with the money we saved by not eating out all the time.

The other issue I have with OKW is the bus system. Though we never waited more than 15 minutes for a bus, once we got on the buses they drove all over the entire resort before heading to the parks - I can safely say that we never sat on one of those buses for LESS than 25 minutes. Add to that the fact that you will likely wait up to 15 minutes (at least) for a bus and that's one heck of a commute time to factor in when you want to get to the parks early. Of the Disney resorts that exist in their current form, I've stayed at 13 of them (three values, all of the moderates, Saratoga, Fort Wilderness cabins and a few deluxe resorts) and the only place with worse transportation than Old Key West is the Fort Wilderness Cabins. Just something to keep in mind.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2011

We stayed in a 1 bed villa for 2 weeks in october. I would not hesitate to recommend this resort or return for another visit.
The accomodation was spacious and well laid out. The children slept in the sitting/dinning room/kitchen and even with the beds pulled out there was lots of room to move about. The only down side was that for a family of 4 there was only 1 toilet. The bathroom facilities were good with a seperate shower and bath.
The area around Turtle pond road was great for us. Near the bus stop and the quiet pool and snack bar and not too busy.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2011

I enjoyed my stay at Old Key West, my first stay at this Disney resort. The only minus that I can give was the check-in problem. Our keys wouldn't work so we had to wait over 30 minutes in a torrential rain storm for a staff member to manually open te door for us with a metal key. Overall, our way was excellent. One caveat: Old Key West is not like a traditional hotel. The suites are laid out across a vast area surrounding a golf course. So if you have room in your vacation budget for a rental car, I highly recommend it. I was glad I did when I realized how large this resort is. Other than that, everything is what you would expect from Disney: clean, friendly staff, and beautiful landscape. Have fun!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Disney's Old Key West Resort
Address: 1510 North Cove Road, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8421
Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre 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:
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#57 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#66 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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