I love being a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) member. Currently, there are nine DVC resorts to choose from at Walt Disney World. Each resort offers amazing amenities and reasons to stay. In my last article, I gave you my reasons for loving Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out here. Following the suggestion of a friend, here are my five reasons for staying at Disney’s Old Key West Resort.
1. Villa Size
Disney’s Old Key West was the original Disney Vacation Club resort. Opening in 1991, it was originally called Disney Vacation Club Resort until its renaming in 1996. In addition to its distinction of being first, it is also known for having the largest villas at Walt Disney World. The average square footage for a deluxe studio at Old Key West is 390; at Bay Lake Tower it is 339. Deluxe studios also offer two queen beds rather than a queen bed and a sofa-bed. A one-bedroom villa at Old Key West is approximately 942 square feet; at Bay Lake Tower it is 803. In one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas there are also a full-size washers and dryers, rather than the apartment-style stacked washer/dryer units offered at other DVC resorts.
Olivia’s Cafe is a table service restaurant at Disney’s Old Key West Resort serving American favorites with a Caribbean influence. Because it is “tucked away” at Old Key West, it’s easy to overlook. But trust me, it’s worth a visit. It has a very relaxed feel, the food is very good and there is a a full service bar. For a detailed review, please check out Lisa McB’s review here.
3. Relaxed surroundings
As the name suggests, Disney’s Old Key West Resort wants you to feel the relaxation and romance of the Florida Keys at the turn of last century. There are beautiful waterways, tropical plants, palm trees, and manicured golf-course fairways. Even the colors will make you will feel like you are in the Florida Keys.
The main themed pool is called Sandcastle Pool, but there are 3 additional “neighborhood” pools throughout the Resort. The 149,000-gallon feature pool is located near the Hospitality House. You can also explore 3 leisure pools in the Old Turtle Pond, South Point and Miller’s Road sections of the Resort.
5. Boat Transportation to Disney Springs
One of my favorite amenities is the boat transportation to and from Disney Springs! Disney Springs has an eclectic mix of unique boutiques, one-of-a-kind eateries and excellent entertainment. Take a relaxing boat ride down the waterways to take you to the heart of the action.
I have covered two of the DVC resorts at Walt Disney World. Would you like to know my five reasons for staying at another? If so, which one? Let me know and perhaps it will be the next one that I cover! What’s your favorite and why?
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