Thrifty Thursday: Free Fun at Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Old Key WestWant to visit the Florida Keys at Walt Disney World? Then check out Disney’s Old Key West Resort. If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of Disney, you’ll find this to be a lovely and peaceful resort…..with some awesome little freebies, such as:

Conch Flats Community HallConch Flats Community Hall
A lot of Disney resorts have Community Halls now, but Old Key West’s is just a cut above the rest. It’s a really great place to hang out and enjoy a board game and get out of the heat for awhile, plus they have a ton of free or low-cost movie rentals. My husband and I totally rented a Disney classic and let it lull us to sleep one night during our most recent stay. 

Warm Up Around the Fire
One of the best things about Old Key West is its small community feel–it really does seem like you’re staying in an upscale neighborhood. Part of that charm is the nightly fire pit, which is just a short walk from the main feature pool. Pull up a comfy chair and settle in for some snacks and good conversation with fellow Disney vacationers. It’s much more low key and less-trafficked than some of the other fire pits on property.  

Electric Eel GameroomGames, Games, Games
In addition to the games at Conch Flats, Old Key West also has lots of options for folks who want to be more active. There are tennis, shuffleboard, basketball and volleyball courts, which are all free to use. (You can pick up balls and other items at the Hospitality House.) There are also two pretty awesome arcades. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon at the resort when you need a break from the Parks.

Laundry Day 
This is my favorite thing about Old Key West: because it’s a DVC resort, the laundry is completely, totally free with your room key! Like at most resorts on property, the laundry is right next to a pool, so you can throw your clothes in and wait with a nice cold beverage poolside. Lazy days are the best kinds of days at Old Key West!  

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Melissa Sue works in higher education communications in upstate New York, where she lives with her cavapoo George (as in King George). Melissa began visiting Disney World when she was six and today owns a piece of the magic at Bay Lake Tower. She blogs at Mouse on the Mind and tweets @msorrellsgalley

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