Trip Chronicles

Where we’re staying on our next Disney Vacation

Our plans for our 2020 Disney vacation are starting to come together. We’ve booked our flights, we’ve registered for our runDisney races and now we’ve secured our hotel reservations. As DVC members, we get to book our home resort 11 months before our vacation date. 7 months out, we can book any of the other DVC resorts. 7 months before our vacation we moved our reservation from our home resort, Saratoga Springs, to the original DVC resort: Old Key West. This will be our first time staying at Old Key West.

Old Key West is located in the Disney Springs resort area and takes up a large amount of property. It hosts 4 pools, one featuring a water slide. Being the first DVC resort, there is plenty to do. Playgrounds, tennis court, beach volleyball, fun runs, bicycling, community hall. Spending some down days at the resort may be some of the best on our trip.

Old Key West is a fantastic choice for DVC members because the point cost is so low. For one night at a Deluxe Studio you’re only spending 10 points, in comparison to paying 15 per night at Boulder Ridge at Wilderness Lodge or 16 at the Polynesian. When you’re staying for 10 nights this really adds up.

We booked a Deluxe Studio for the first four nights of our vacation and a 1-bedroom villa for the final six nights of our vacation. My mother-in-law is joining us for the final half of our trip so we needed the extra space to accommodate. Originally we were hoping to spend this part of our trip at the Beach Club. With us both participating in runDisney races over the weekend, it would have been so much easier to walk through Epcot after the race to get back to the hotel. Unfortunately, many other people were thinking the same thing. The rooms were sold out for Friday evening. So we’ll have to stick with Old Key West. The positive side of this is we’ll have more points to spend on our next vacation. Which means we’ll either stay longer or at a different, more expensive, resort.

On our vacation last August, we dined at Olivia’s, the table service restaurant at Old Key West. This gave us the opportunity to wander around Old Key West and get a feel for what the resort has to offer. Looking around the feature pool’s playground area, with the sand area for young kids to play in, I think every member of our clan will have something to enjoy. So even though we’re somewhat disappointed we’re not going to be staying at the Beach Club, home to the amazing Stormalong Bay, we’re excited to stay at a resort we’ve stayed at before. Now with our accommodations settled, we’ve got dining reservations on the horizon. We’re going to be booking as though we’re going to be on the Disney Dining Plan. We still haven’t decided whether we’re going to go with that or try out Tables of Wonderland. The research is still being done on which is the better deal. So stay tuned on where we decide to dine and whether we get the reservations we want.

For more posts on our current vacations plans and past travels check these out:

Why We Aren’t Heading to Disney in 2019

How We Afforded 2 Disney Vacations in 2018

5 Mistakes We Made on our Disney Vacation