Pack your bags and prepare to be transported to Florida, we’re headed out to the Old Key West Resort and Parking Lot.
Old Key West is another resort I’m not particularly fond of.
While I can get my head around the idea of “exploring Conch Flats,” the resort just feels too condo-y to me.
It’s basically a big parking lot with 49 guest buildings strewn throughout.
On the plus side, the rooms are extremely convenient if you’re driving.
And for the money, the rooms are the largest on property. Studios come in at 390 square feet. 1-Bedroom Villas are 942 square feet, 2-Bedrooms are 1,395 square feet, and 3-Bedrooms are a whopping 2,375 square feet. Old Key West requires the fewest DVC points to book and is often the most heavily discounted resort. I have not been inside a room recently, but they are supposed to be nicely furnished.
It’s also gigantic. I think it would be basically impossible for a family to walk from buildings 49 – 56 to the main building. I hiked from the main building to the Turtle Shack pool near building 41 and it was quite the trek.
On the plus side(?), the resort has multiple bus stops, so your walk to a stop would only be a couple of minutes.
Like the Caribbean Beach Resort, Old Key West is so large that it has an internal bus that just circles the resort all day.
I can envision staying here with a car, but it would be difficult without one. Requesting a room in building 62, 63, or 64 would mitigate the distance to the main building. These buildings are also the only ones with elevators. Amusingly(?), in 1-Bedroom Villas in buildings 11 – 29, there is only one door to the only bathroom and it’s located in the master bedroom. So if Junior has to go potty in the middle of the night, he’s coming in. I’m not sure how successful you would be requesting a room in the desirable buildings. Basically every website and guide book tells you they’re the best.
Food options are lackluster at Old Key West. Good’s Food to Go is the main quick service arm of the resort. It offers:
It’s a pretty boring menu with no indoor seating.
Gurgling Suitcase, while a great name, is itty bitty.
And is basically the resort’s only bar. We’ll run into a smaller operation at the Turtle Shack later.
But it’s a bar at least!
And it does offer some unique drinks along with Florida Beer’s Key West Sunset Ale on draft.
I forgot that I had stopped drinking and ordered a Turtle Krawl on accident. It was on point, meaning you could definitely tell there was rum in it. It seemed to otherwise be nicely balanced.
Sorry this walk around is so negative! But I don’t like Key West Sunset Ale either! This 4.8% American Amber Ale had a metallic taste to it I thought. There are not a lot of beers I would pass over for a Budweiser, but this is one of them.
I haven’t had much luck with Florida Beer. Their Swamp Ape tasted like someone had mixed medicine with it. Blame it on the 10% ABV and Florida water I guess.
The few tables outside Good’s and the Gurgling Suitcase.
The pool doesn’t seem to be particularly inspired. I love that sand castle slide though!
And it has a sauna inside of a lighthouse!
And there’s a boat to Downtown Disney!
And there’s a golf course in back!
And you can edit the pictures to make it look pretty!
And there’s this duck in the lobby!
Okay, back to food. Olivia’s is the resort’s table service restaurant:
I have never eaten here! But it gets good reviews for food and service. Pricing looks to be mostly reasonable.
The resort store is located in the main building at the front of the resort.
It offers mostly the usual, along with some resort specific merchandise:
Bagels and white wine. The breakfast of champions.
Here we are out front. The store is located on the left and then Olivia’s sits past it. Good’s, Gurgling Suitcase, and the pool are all off to the left.
“Registration” is what one might expect.
The room off the lobby would be a potentially relaxing place to spend some time.
One other positive about Old Key West is the number of recreation options.
Here inside the Community Hall, you can play pool, color, watch television, and probably do a few other things.
They also have bikes, tennis rackets, foosball, and probably other things you can rent out.
And an arcade.
The sandy playground located next to the pool is fun too.
And there’s a gym!
We’ll take a walk down to the Turtle Shack Snack Bar and Pool.
I didn’t time it, but it seemed like it took a while to get there, if that helps.
Last pretty picture, I promise.
Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks would be a convenient option if you’re staying in buildings 30 – 44. It’s most convenient to buildings 40 – 44. If you can’t get into a building close to the main building, you may want to request one near Turtle Shack.
On the downside, it does have limited hours. Menu:
$5.75/Bud Light. It could be worse.
It was around 5pm and there were two people in the vicinity.
They still gave me some weird looks as I photographed the pool. Luckily(?) I think there had been an “accident” in the feature pool causing everyone to clear out. Remember that one in five adults admit to peeing in the pool. And the other four are lying.
A few picnic tables off to the side. There are also charcoal grills guests can use.
So that’s Conch Flats. If you’re driving and looking for a less expensive Vacation Club property, Old Key West may be for you. It would be near the bottom of my list. I like to be enveloped in my Disney resort, which is why I prefer others like the Coronado Springs Resort and Polynesian. The idea here at Old Key West is that you’re in the small town of Conch Flats. But I’m not sure there’s really much to “explore” here, like there would be in a “real” small town in Key West. Anyway, that’s the Old Key West Resort.