Disney World is home to over 30 resorts. Each of these resorts is uniquely themed, with the theme running through the design of every element of the hotel. From the rooms to the pools, every part of the resort works together to put the guest in the theme of the hotel. Old Key West does just that. This resort is found in the Disney Springs resort area. It’s a Deluxe Villa resort, home to the Disney Vacation Club. Old Key West places guests in the Key West region of Florida. And the huge resort gives guests plenty to do without even heading to the parks. It’s got a tennis court, shuffleboard, multiple playgrounds, and one of our favourite restaurants: Olivia’s Cafe. The sprawling resort is on our list of resorts with the most pools. Its main pool is what we’re looking at today and its coined the Sandcastle Pool. The pool has this name because of the huge Sandcastle slide that is the focal point of the pool.
This pool is deep, 3 ft at the shallowest end of the pool. There are several areas of entrance, a couple with pool ladders into the pool and the main entrance with large steps going into the pool.
This pool is manned by lifeguards during pool hours. There are lifejackets available to any who need them. The waterslide is 125 foot long, not long enough to be put on our list of biggest waterslides at Disney World but still long enough to be thrilling for youngsters. To get to the top of the waterslide guests take a winding staircase to the top that is inside the sandcastle.
The pool is found in a gated recreation area, a stones throw away from the main building. The pool itself is surrounded by lounge chairs as well as tables and chairs for enjoying pool side meals. Just behind the sandcastle waterslide is a children’s play area. Which includes a wading pool, or a kiddie pool. There’s a large play structure that is imbedded in sand. Making it a fun spot for kids to build their own sandcastle.
Close by there are washrooms which have showers and changing rooms. Giving guests the chance to change and get cleaned up before enjoying other activities around the resort. This is also very handy for any guests taking advantage of pool hopping. On our last vacation we spent some time in the pool, cleaned up in the changing rooms before enjoying a meal at Olivia’s Cafe for dinner. Having the changing rooms right there is fantastic, because your room can be situated so far away from this main area.
The pool itself isn’t anything extraordinary, not like the pool you’d find at Kidani Village, or Stormalong Bay at the Beach Club. But our kids really enjoyed themselves, going down the waterslide multiple times. They were disappointed we hadn’t carved out more time to spend at the pool during our vacation. Which is a lesson in planning much needed non-park days to enjoy the many amenities found at the Disney World resort hotels.
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