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We are just back from only our second 2 week onsite stay at Walt Disney World only this trip was slightly different to normal as we stayed at a deluxe category resort!
For this years trip we spent 14 nights at the most beautiful resort we have yet stayed in; Old Key West.
It is located in the Disney Springs resort area and is only a boat ride away from the beautiful night (and day!) life of Disney Springs itself.
We booked a standard studio room which we would always book whichever resort we stay to be fair only this one was slightly different as it was more of an apartment! It had a small kitchenette area with coffee maker, fridge, sink and a microwave, which although was extremely handy particularly with children we didn’t actually use anything! If our kids were smaller it would’ve really have been a god send!
The room had two double beds, a table and chairs, ample storage from drawers to a built in cupboard and even a balcony! I didn’t realise how much I had missed a balcony until we got one this trip! The resorts and hotel rooms we usually stay in are motel style; one way in one way out and that’s it; but this had an actual balcony that overlooked the on-site golf course which my 7 year old absolutely loved!
You can see a brief room tour via our Disney travel day over on our YouTube channel if you want to check it out.
The resort itself was actually undergoing some renovations whilst we were there but we heard nothing. No trucks, no workmen no nothing! We passed the site where they were working whilst on the bus one night from Epcot but it was all fenced off so high you couldn’t even see over it if you wanted too!
We were housed in block 18, a bus trip or 2 minute drive away from the main hospitality house (check in) the main pool. It was walkable but it would’ve taken a while to be fair especially with the kids. We found out afterward that we were actually in an newly renovated room which was cool.. although at the time I wasn’t sure because the beds were a little squeaky for a newly renovated room I felt.
We did have a bus stop literally outside our room though that could take you to the hospitality house or to a park but we had a car so only used it once… totally ideal for those that didn’t. We took the bus to Epcot one night which didn’t take long at all to be fair…. it did take us longer to walk from the bus stop to the Epcot entrance than the journey itself though!!
We also had nearby access to a small pool too being in block 18 (I mean clearly everyone has access but it was just a minute or two walk from us!) We used this more times than the main sand castle pool to be fair that’s at the Hospitality House (HH) mainly due to the easy access but also it was quieter. It had a sand pit and a hot tub too (who wants to sit in a boiling hot hot tub in Florida though I’ll never know… hubby said it was hot and I mean hot!!)
The sandcastle pool is, although busier, bigger. It’s where they have the fun and games organised by cast members along side a cool water slide. We didn’t venture much further than the pool and it’s slide but I did notice what I think was a tennis court and another sand pit/play area for the kids.
Located near the dock was a couple of little beanbag type games and a stall where my youngest had her hair braided.
A little further up between the pool and the hair braiding was a line of benches where you could just sit under an umbrella and chill which was nice (or eat!). Just past the drinks area where you filled up your drink was also a little games room. Not massive but big enough.
Located in the same area was the rental station where you could hire bikes or surreys to take you around the resort or even a boat which we’ve done numerous times but around the Seven Seas lagoon never around the Disney Springs area.
Nearing the end of our holiday we ate at the quick service restaurant at the HH which is also where we filled up our free refillable mugs. I have to say we were very unimpressed which was disappointing. We hadn’t heard the best things about the one quick service place on property to be fair but we wanted to give it a go for ourselves. Although it seemed from the menu it was just a typical regular Disney quick service meal it wasn’t freshly made at all. It seemed warmed up and was certainly one of the worst quick service meal we’ve probably ever had.
There was also a table service restaurant on site too called Olivias. We didn’t actually eat here as we had reservations elsewhere but apparently it’s an amazing restaurant. So many people have said so I haven’t heard a bad word about it!
We would 100% head back to Old Key West. It’s classed as a DVC resort though meaning those that own DVC have priority before it becomes available to the public. I’ve already noticed it’s not yet available for next years dates which is a shame so we may have to think of an alternative (if we end up going again!).
Thanks for reading!