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Disney’s Old Key West Resort is located just South of Port Orleans Resort off of Bonnet Creek Parkway. The actual resort entrance is on Community Drive which is a small one-lane road that runs between Bonnet Creek and Buena Vista Drive. Old Key West is right in the middle of Walt Disney World. The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney/MGM Studios, Downtown Disney, and the other attractions of the resort are all within a short drive or shuttle bus ride.
The theme at Old Key West Resort is themed to represent the flavor of Key West during the romantic days that Earnest Hemingway lived and wrote there. At night, a brightly burning lighthouse warns passing vessels of the “shoals” around the area. During the day, playful dolphins frolic in the salt waters of the harbor. “Turtle Krawl” is a pier with a collection of resort service facilities. Immediately in front of the Krawl is “Trumbo Canal” and it’s marina. Here you can rent catamarans, paddle boats, and other craft for expeditions down the canal. Incidentally, the canal connects up with the Sassagoula River, that runs from Dixie Landings, past Port Orleans, and south to the Disney Village Marketplace. A boat rented here at Disney’s Old Key West Resort marina can take you on a visit to the other resorts or to the marketplace.
Along “Turtle Krawl”, to the left as you walk from the marina toward the sand volleyball court, you walk past the “Gurgling Suitcase” pool bar, which serves pop, many specialty drinks, and adult beverages. Opposite the Suitcase is the resort’s themed pool. It’s not as extravagant as some WDW resort pools. It does have a nice children’s sand play area and a fountain with dolphins for atmosphere. The exercise room is the next facility on the Krawl. It is well equipped with Nordic track and nautilus equipment for weight and resistance training. The volleyball court, shuffleboard courts, and tennis courts are at the eastern terminus of the Krawl.
Toward the land side of the Krawl is Hospitality House which contains the check-in facilities, guest services, and the resort library called “Papa’s Den” (a small tribute to Mr. Hemingway). Across a covered breezeway is the Conch Flats general store (a “Conch”, pronounced “konk”, is the Key West term for a native Key West resident). The store sells typical Disney store items, character merchandise, some reading material, snacks, and a small selection of grocery items (at exorbitant prices). Next to the store is “Olivia’s”, the resort’s sit-down restaurant which serves up sea food and other specialties (including Key Lime pie, of course).