Formerly known as The Disney Vacation Club Resort, Disney’s Old Key West Resort was the very first DVC resort. Located just a boat ride away from Disney Springs, the Florida Keys-inspired villas are among the largest of the DVC resorts, and they truly make guests feel at home. Disney’s Old Key West Resort opened in 1991, and some of the DVC contracts there end on January 31, 2042, the original deed date. However, in 2007-2008 owners were given the opportunity to extend their contracts by 15 years for an additional cost. Any contracts that were extended will end on January 31, 2057.
In 2019, the villas at Old Key West underwent a full renovation. The main lobby (Hospitality House) was also renovated in 2021.
What DVC Fans Have to Say about Old Key West
It feels like a real neighborhood…a home as opposed to a hotel. I love the peaceful, relaxing vibe. I’m never stressed when I’m at Old Key West. It’s the perfect escape from the theme park chaos! –Diane G.
I love the unique shaped rooms, not a standard rectangle room in the entire resort. The rooms are large and the atmosphere is relaxing. Whether you get a room with a view of the golf course or the water, taking a break and sitting on the veranda will reduce my stress level immediately. While I’m not fond of the third floor without an elevator I do like the layout of multiple buildings instead of a large tower structure. It really does feel like a neighborhood! –Jane W.
It’s such a quaint, quiet resort. The buildings are beautiful, the rooms (even studios) are spacious. Olivia’s has great food and I think it has one of the best stores on property. You can always find a bench to just hang out in, whether it’s at your building/area or up near the Hospitality House. The transportation to Disney Springs, when running, is so relaxing and beautiful, unless it’s downpouring. LOL. –Chris A.
It’s hard to not have a good view (unlike BCV [Beach Club Villas] with almost all bad views), great sit down restaurant, pulled pork nachos, great outdoor bar, nice pool, huge rooms, beautiful tropical feel, awesome staff, very chill vibe. Boat transportation to DS [Disney Springs]. –Tammy P.
This resort really feels like HOME. Not like a hotel, not like a resort, but somewhere that you could live forever. The cozy “neighborhoods” and plenty of sidewalks to enjoy long walks add to that. This results in a total escape from the parks and the ultimate laid-back vibe. We love that we park our car directly outside of our unit and that there are plenty of bus stops near to every building. The ferry to Disney Springs is sublime! –Jennifer T.
The resort is pretty spread out and so the buses can take forever. Also, the quick service option is pretty pitiful. –Kristen B.
The biggest con to me at OKW [Old Key West] is the QS [quick service] food options. –Bruce U.
Found my studio to be oddly shaped and in need of an refurb…even after it had been. –Peter G.
Feels like a rando apartment complex in anywhere, USA. –Rob B.
The studios are kind of meh. Very roomy, but reminiscent of a standard room. The kitchenette is right outside the bathroom in these units. Just odd placement. Some of the units are located on the bus loops, and these can get rather noisy. Depending on room location, you may be able to detect the exact moment of post-loop acceleration right outside of your window. The resort can be taxing when relying on bus transportation. The whole loop can take about 20 minutes, and that additional time really needs to be factored into any planning. The lack of elevators can tax you even further if you are in a second or third floor unit. –Lori Y.
Room categories at Old Key West include Standard and Near Hospitality House, which are the villa buildings that are closest to the main lobby and its amenities. Both categories are worth the same number of DVC points, but the Near Hospitality House villas, which are in buildings 11-14 and 23-26, tend to book up first. A map of the Old Key West buildings can be found on the DISboards. Only buildings 62, 63, and 64 have elevators.
Villa types at Old Key West include Deluxe Studios, One-Bedroom Villas, Two-Bedroom Villas, and Three-Bedroom Grand Villas. One-Bedroom Villas and larger have full size kitchens stocked with pots, pans, and kitchenware and washers/dryers. Detergent is provided. Deluxe Studios have kitchenettes with a microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, mini-fridge, and sink. They also have paper plates, bowls, towels, and cups as well as plastic cutlery and dishwashing liquid.
At 390 square feet, Deluxe Studios accommodate up to 4 guests with 2 queen-size beds, and they have 1 bathroom. There are 230 Deluxe Studios at Old Key West. The ones Near Hospitality House are typically the first rooms to book up while the Standard ones are often available at the 7-month mark.
These 1,005-square-foot villas can accommodate up to 5 guests. One-Bedroom Villas have a king-size bed, a queen-size sleeper sofa, and a single sleeper chair, and there is 1 bathroom. There are 230 One-Bedroom Villas at Old Key West, and they tend to have better availability than Deluxe Studios.
Old Key West has Dedicated Two-Bedroom Villas as well as Two-Bedroom Lock-Off Villas. Lock-Off Villas consist of a One-Bedroom Villa and an adjoining Deluxe Studio.
The 1,395-square-foot Dedicated Two-Bedroom Villas can accommodate up to 9 guests with a king-size bed, 2 queen-size beds, a queen-size sleeper sofa, and a single sleeper chair, and there are 2 bathrooms. There are about 274 Dedicated Two-Bedroom Villas. The Standard ones tend to have availability at the 7-month mark though the ones Near Hospitality House are more limited.
The 1,364-square-foot Two-Bedroom Lock-Off Villas can accommodate up to 9 guests with a king-size bed, 2 queen-size beds, a queen-size sleeper sofa, and a single sleeper chair, and there are 2 bathrooms. There are about 230 Two-Bedroom Lock-Off Villas. Since these villas partly consist of Deluxe Studios, the availability patterns for Two-Bedroom Lock-Off Villas follow those of Deluxe Studios.
Three-Bedroom Grand Villas
There are 27 Grand Villas at Old Key West. Each is about 2,375 square feet and can accommodate up to 12 guests with a king-size bed, 2 queen-size beds, 2 double-size beds, and a queen-size sleeper sofa. There are 3 bathrooms. Note that the Grand Villas have 2 floors. Grand Villa availability at Old Key West is often limited at the 7-month mark.
Magic Kingdom: Bus
Hollywood Studios: Bus
Animal Kingdom: Bus
Disney Springs: Bus or Boat
- Good’s Food To-Go (Breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, and salads)
- Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks (Pizza, sandwiches, salads, snacks, beer, and cocktails)
Casual Table Service
- Olivia’s Cafe (Enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner at this Florida-inspired eatery that features favorites like banana bread French toast, conch fritters, buttermilk-fried chicken, and shrimp and grits.)
Bars and Lounges
- Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits (This bar serves up cocktails, beer, wine, and select lunch and dinner items from Olivia’s Cafe.)
- Sandcastle Pool (This feature pool is near the Hospitality House and has a waterslide, whirlpool spa, and dry sauna.)
- 3 Leisure Pools (These quiet pools have whirlpool spas and are located near Millers Road, Old Turtle Pond, and South Point.)
- Barbeque Area
- Community Hall
- Electric Eel and Flying Fish Gamerooms
- Fitness Center at R.E.S.T. Beach
- Hank’s Rent ‘N Return Bicycle and Covered-Cycle Rentals
- Jogging Path
- Movies Under the Stars
As of 2023, the Annual Dues at Disney’s Old Key West are $9.3570 per point.