Do You Know These 6 Points About Disney’s Old Key West Resort?

Disney’s Old Key West really is a hidden gem. The resort is quiet and beautiful with great amenities, plus a great location. There are likely several facts and secrets about the resort that you don’t know, especially if you have never visited the resort. Do you know these 6 points about Disney’s Old Key West resort?:

6. The rooms are actually quite large.

Old Key West was the first DVC resort that was built at Walt Disney World. Since it was the first resort, when it was designed, the rooms were actually built to be very large. They are even larger than many of the other DVC resort villas on property that end up costing more to stay in. You definitely feel like you have more room to spread out and enjoy the space with your family, which is definitely a relaxing feeling after a long day in the parks. If you want to have room to spread out and get comfortable, then you definitely want to consider this resort.

5. The resort is in close proximity to a lot of entertainment and fun.

The resort is extremely close to Disney Springs, Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. You can expect far shorter bus ride times than many other resorts from Old Key West. That can save you a lot of precious Disney time and help you spend less time waiting for buses to get where you want to go. This is also great for when you have early character breakfasts that you are trying to get to at the parks! Don’t forget about the boat transportation directly to Disney Springs, which is a much more fun way to travel there. You actually don’t even have to leave the resort to have a ton of fun! There are tons of trails, recreation activities like bike rentals, amazing pools and a lobby equipped with balloon animals. Thereis tons to do that will keep the whole family entertained.

4. You don’t have to be a DVC member to stay there.

You may be surprised to know that many guests that stay there may not even be DVC members and you probably wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference. Guests certainly do use their DVC points to stay there, but then general public is also able to pay to stay there instead of leaving rooms empty. There are also tons of companies out there that help you rent DVC points to use for stays at the DVC resorts. This is usually at a much cheaper cost than you would pay directly to Disney to stay there.

3. There is golfing close by.

The resort actually overlooks one of the golf courses. You can even request a room that overlooks the golf course so you can watch the golfers and have views of the perfect greens from your balcony. Not only that, if you are a golfer you are super close to enjoy tee time and fun on the green while you are on vacation. For golfing enthusiasts, golf time is a requirement, so the proximity to the golf course is a huge perk.

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2. Olivia’s Café is an amazing restaurant.

This restaurant is definitely underrated and underappreciated. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and all services a delicious. At breakfast, you definitely don’t want to miss the banana bread French toast, as it is decadent and delicious. The lunch and dinner services are very similar with a few extra entrée options at dinner, like the slow-cooked prime rib that is absolutely delicious. Another favorite at both meals are the ribs. You definitely want one of the crab cake appetizers, too. Save room for dessert, as there are several delicious ones! The mascarpone cheesecake is one of our favorites! Even if you aren’t staying at the resort you should add this restaurant to your must-try list for your next vacation.

1. The resort used to have a different name.

Yep, the resort wasn’t always known at Old Key West. When the resort first opened it was The Disney Vacation Club Resort, as it was the first and only DVC resort at the time. Once other DVC resorts were added, the resort was renamed to Old Key West, and we are very glad it is. The very Florida themed resort is perfect and fits the Old Key West name.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!