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Disney's Old Key West Resort
Ranked #74 of 336 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“OKW - Excellent Again”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Just returned from our 3rd trip in 3 years to Old Key West and it was so good we've already booked up again for next year. The resort is so relaxing yet just a bus or boat ride away from all of the entertainment of the Disney parks. It is telling that when asked by their grandparents what the best part of their recent trip to Disneyworld, the kids replied; 'The Hotel'.
The staff are extremely helpful and friendly and really contributed to an excellent stay.
Main plus points; the rooms, the ambience of the whole resort (very relaxed), the staff, pool side kids activities, community hall with (free!) kids activities, campfire with (free!) Olivia's restaurant, boat to Downtown Disney.
Main negatives; size of resort (especially if you want to be near the Hospitality area), no monorail (I suppose you can't have everything)
No hesitation on recommending this resort for your Disney stay.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

This was our second stay here and after our short stay in 2012, we knew we would return for a longer stay.
We had booked a studio, but were upgraded on check in to a one bed and I fell in love with it, so much so, I could have happily transported it home and lived in permanently.
Once again the resort was spotlessly clean, staff friendly and helpful and the accommodation top notch.
We did have a car this time, but the transportation system was efficient with never longer than a ten minute wait.
Unfortunately I fell and concierge were fantastic in sorting out various things we had booked, that I had dealt with and now my husband was trying to sort, without too much input from me.
All these little points just add to the wonderful vibe that encompasses you from the moment you arrive in the resort, and you physically feel the tensions draining away until you are laid back in your little bubble happiness.
Just very sorry it is going to be a few years before we can return.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Amanda, Ohio
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Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

The only reason my son wants to stay here is due to the high energy pool side activity leaders. So far Jo and Liz are his favorites. We've stayed at espn, all star sports, and all star music, but Old key West is our pick

  • Stayed June 2014
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

This resort is a luxurious place to stay, villas wrap round the well groomed golf course and lots of small lakes with water features, hire boats and get boat to downtown Disney. Olivia's restaurant serves great food, there's also a bar and a quick service take away, main pool is lovely, communal games room, bike hire and great walks around the resort, villas are very spacious and exceptionally clean.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We visited Old Key West in October/November 2013, our 3rd stay in a Disney hotel, the 1st time at this particular hotel.

From the moment we stepped off the Magical Express we fell in love with this beautiful resort. I had asked for a top floor apartment in a building close to Hospitality House ( as we were only hiring a car for 7 days out of 21) and we had the perfect spot at Building 64, top floor. Not all buildings in OKW have elevators, but this particular block does. We had unoverlooked views of the water and golf course.

It's a 3 minute walk from this block to Reception/Hospitality House/ Main bus stop so perfect for those with no car. It's a very spread out resort, as you will see if you take a ride around the resort on the buses that take you to the Parks.

The style of OKW is a tropical paradise, and very much reminded me of Sandals St Lucia where I got married..very laid back, palm trees, beautiful white washed buildings, and stunning views of the golf course and waterways.

We opted for a one bedroomed villa for the 4 of us (2 adults, 1 teen, 1 child) and we were not disappointed. There was a huge living area that comprised of a 3 seater sofa bed, a 2 seater sofa, and a large sofa chair. A full size dining table, and a full size kitchen that had every gadget you need including coffee machine as well as coffee, tea etc. A centre console housed a large tv and dvd player ( dvds available for free just ask at the Community Hall) The separate utility room with large washer and tumble drier was an absolute godsend, and washing powder was always there in plentiful supply from 'Mousekeeping'
The main bedroom was huge, with a superking sized bed - so comfy! Bathroom with a large jacuzzi bath, as well as another separate shower room with sink meant we could all be getting ready on a morning without getting under each other's feet.

There was plenty of cupboard and drawer space throughout, although I did take extra hangers (just squeeze them in your case and leave them there when you leave)

My children slept in the chair bed and the sofa bed (they don't like sharing a bed as one is a fidgety sleeper) and we sometimes just left the beds as they were, it didnt take up a lot of room. Mousekeeping would just make the beds up as they were, so it wasnt a problem to leave them out.

We had a large balcony with table and chairs, and it was lovely to sit out first thing with a coffee and watch the golfers in the distance.

Although the one bedroomed villa has a locked adjoining door to the next (studio) apartment, this wasnt an issue at all. There was only one night we heard our neighbours as they were having a Halloween celebration, but it wasnt enough to spoil anything, and I am a VERY light sleeper..

There are 4 pools at OKW, but we only used the main one. which the kids loved.There is actually a sauna in the lighthouse, which some people dont realise. They show movies on a huge screen that can be watched from the pool...Don't miss the nightly camp fire where you can toast marshmallows on a stick and make Smores!
My kids loved the Community Hall where for a few dollars they can design a pillowcase ( there are lots of Disney templates to help them outline their fave characters which they then colour in) and they get to keep, a nice souvenir.There is also pool, table football, constant Disney movies, plenty of other things to keep the kids occupied.

The main restaurant, Olivias, became a firm favourite of ours, so much so that we cancelled reservations at other restaurants to eat there again. Food was fresh, hot, and I had one of the nicest steaks there I have ever tasted - it even beat California Grill.

For a snack there is 'Goods to Go' which is a walk up counter service that is open early until late, serving the usual quick service meals...we used it for breakfast several times, and the odd snack. Its perfectly adequate, though they need to do something about the drinks station as it was always plagued with wasps when we tried to top up our drinks mugs.

Disney buses...on the whole these were great, though we did see one incident where there was a problem and no Magic Kingdom bus came for about 45 minutes, resulting in people getting very irate that had dinner reservations...we were there 3 weeks though and I guess there will always be the odd hiccup. The Disney buses are FREEZING. Seriously there is no need to have the air con as cold as they have it...no matter how hot it is outside, you need to take a hoodie just for the buses..its like sitting in the fridge for 20 minutes.


Water taxis..what a lovely relaxed way to travel to Downtown Disney..very chilled, we loved it.

There is a shop opposite Reception that is not too expensive and has all you need in the way of bread, cereal, fruit, drinks, snacks and groceries..as well as gifts and clothing.

I absolutely LOVED Old Key West and hope one day to return. It's laid back, beautiful styling without being 'in your face Disney, although there are plenty of touches to remind you that you are in the Land Of Mouse if you look for them ( Hidden Mickeys!)

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Tampa, Fl
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

This turned out to be the perfect place for our family birthday celebration. We were four families, 8 adults, 4 children and an infant. The facilities had something for everybody, although the main swimming pool was most used by the children.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Buford, Georgia, United States
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

The rooms are bigger and just as convenient to anything at Disney. The pools are second to none. I love Old Key West! It provides all of the privacy of a desired Disney vacation along with all of the room a family might need. The pools are awesome for the off days.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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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:
#16 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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