View Full Version : Love or Hate Old Key West?
01-06-2011, 04:32 AM
So my husband and I just joined the DVC and chosen the BLT as our home resort. Sadly, because of the Food and Wine Festival starting as we wind down our week vacation, we are unable to stay there this year. We were given the choice of Animal Kindgom Lodge and Old Key West and because of the distance of AK from everything, we chose OKW. However, my husband found a heap of bad reviews on trip adviser. I poked around here and couldn't find too many reviews. Please help me feel more informed about my decision and let me know if you loved or hated it. Thanks everybody!!:wave:
01-06-2011, 07:48 AM
Old key west is a lovely resort, I Don't understand what people's problems are. You will have a lovely relaxing time there !
01-06-2011, 03:11 PM
Well, our visit was a mix for us.... so here are a few thoughts-
The resort is beautiful.
Our 1-bed villa was fabulous.
The CMs are very friendly and helpful.
The food selection in the shop is extensive.
The restaurant is good.
The bar is good.
There seemed to be a lot of activities for families.
The bus service is dreadful. (It wasn't just us, everyone we met was complaining)
The fast food counter is verrrryyyyyy slow and there's little choice.
The resort is very spread out so if you don't like walking, (luckily we do) you'd need to catch a bus. (See above....)
I hope that's of some help to you. :)
01-06-2011, 04:50 PM
OKW is my home resort and we love it! :worship:
The units are very spacious. If you want to be close to all of the main "services", request a room near the Hospitality House. You will be within walking distance of the restaurant, store, the main bus stop, etc. We have not found bus service there to be any better or worse than anywhere else. There is watercraft service over to DTD.
The main restaurant, Olivia's, is great and open for all 3 meals. Goods Food to Go is the "fast food" spot and it is a bit slow, I agree. They give you a beeper and you can wander a bit - go to the store or over to the pool area - and come back and pick it up. But the burgers are cooked to order and quite good.
The CMs here are wonderfully attentive and many have been there a long time. The vibe of OKW is laid-back and relaxing and the resort is very quiet....we find it restorative! :yes:
02-06-2011, 01:51 AM
Thank you guys! We're still trying to figure stuff out, but it seems like the main complaints are the lengthy bus rides and how sprawled out the resort is. Maybe I'll do more research about the bus rides. Plus, we're going in the fall when it tends to be a bit less crowded, maybe that will work in our favor. I think some people are just super picky...one person even complained about the noise of the frogs, specific to OKW resort, not just the state of florida!
02-06-2011, 01:49 PM
Plus, we're going in the fall when it tends to be a bit less crowded, maybe that will work in our favor. I think some people are just super picky...one person even complained about the noise of the frogs, specific to OKW resort, not just the state of florida!
It is definitely quieter for the first 3 weeks of September, the last week starts to pick up ready for the F&WF :yes:
I've not stayed at OKW but from what I've heard it is lovely. A dear friend has OKW as her home resort and she loves it.
You are so right, I guess you just can't please everyone all of the time :yes: sad but true, but then it's good that we don't all like the same thing as there'd never be any choice :)
Hope you find out some more information and if there's anything else you need help with please ask away :D
02-06-2011, 02:30 PM
Missus T - I don't think you should worry at all. I'm sure you'll have a lovely time there. :)
03-06-2011, 03:48 PM
one person even complained about the noise of the frogs, specific to OKW resort, not just the state of florida!
Disney does place the larger/louder frogs over by OKW, it's in the fine print. :whistle:
Just kidding of course. We love staying at this resort! The bus service is a tad slower but we had the same problems at AKL. All rooms at OKW have just finished a refurb as well and they look great.
03-06-2011, 05:22 PM
Thanks again, everybody! i can't imagine having an awful experience at a disney resort, although i know there have to be a few out there...but i'm a master of thinking positive! plus, i'll be there with people i love so i know we'll have a great time. spoke with a friend this morning who has okw as her resort home and she loves it as well and gave us some advice on where to request rooms as far as where we'd be in relation to everything. thanks for all the help! i'll start nagging again if i have questions :taunt2:
03-06-2011, 09:14 PM
Just wanted to add that when we visited every resort, we chose OKW as home because we loved it so much. Everything is great IMO but the bus service can be slow with so many stops.
Another OKW home resort owner here, and lover. :yes: We love the size of the resort and the warmth of the CMs. We don't dine there, so aren't bothered by the counter service, or Olivia's. (Olivia's is an ok restaurant, not gourmet by any means but serviceable).
It's the original Vacation Club so most who stayed there cooked! :eek: LOL. We still do, so love the full size amenities in all but the studios.
We have not had a problem with transport. I know there are many who complain, but we simply through all the years (bought in 1996) have not had a bit of an issue. Now, when we stayed at BC, BWV, ect THAT was a problem. Those buses go to more than one resort and whew! It's a madhouse.
OKW has a lovely walkway to DTD, as well as the ferry (which is considered entertainment and not true transport). The internal bus system is fine, but we love to walk so don't bother with it, ever.
It's fun to rent a bicycle there too and ride it throughout the resort and to DTD (but not "in" DTD, you park the bike at the very edge of the West Side).
OKW is beautifully landscaped (well, what golf course isn't? LOL) and has loads of wonderful birds, and rabbits! :D Oh yes, and the peepers. :D (Frogs).
We love the fact that if you drive, you park outside your resort and not miles away in some forsaken parking lot!
We enjoy all the DVC resorts, but OKW is and will always be our favorite DVC. :yes:
09-12-2011, 02:17 AM
Just wanted to update anyone looking into staying at Old Key West. it was amazing! the 2 bedroom suite was gigantic and SO beautiful. we checked in and the cast mate was amazing. we went to an un birthday party on our last day and made crafts and souveniers in their activity room. the only complaint was the horrible bus service. the worst was when we were coming back from downtown disney and waited over an hour for a bus while other resorts, and value resorts at that!, got picked up several times. not that there's anything wrong with the value resorts, but i feel like if you're paying for a deluxe resort, it isn't very enjoyable to wait so long for a bus. the trade off though, was well worth it. we will most definitely stay there again, but next time we may rent a car. enjoy!
09-12-2011, 04:34 PM
As others have said OKW is a lovely resort for sure.
It is also our home DVC resort from when we became members in 1992 and we have stayed there on several occasions.
I wouldn`t worry too much about the bad reviews you have read as some folks will moan about absolutely anything!
14-12-2011, 05:48 PM
The place looks really nice (from a visit there - never stayed there). Seems laid back. We really like Olivia's!:thumbsup:
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