As those who have stayed there will know, Old Key West Resort in Walt Disney World has a special feel all its own. It was the first Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resort, and, to many guests, it really is a home away from home.
Recently we stopped by to see the results of some recent refurbishments in the dining spots here.
Good’s Foods to Go
We’ll start with a change at Good’s Foods To Go, the Resort’s Quick Service option.
While the menu is unchanged (you’ll still find the Conch Chowder!), the beverage refill station now opens up into a hallway that allows guests to enter the area from the side coming from the pool as well as the front.
This helps the area feel less cramped and more easily accessible, and the natural light coming in brightens the overall space.
Gurgling Suitcase Updates
Our next stop is right next door at the Gurgling Suitcase. This little bar is well-loved… and with good reason.
While the general set-up is the same (the space itself remains in the same area and has retained its intimate size), the decor has gone through some changes. The difference that immediately caught my attention was the walls. The signature display of police and fire station badges from all over the country as well as the really cool DVC member license plates have quite a different feel: you can now find several of them in frames instead of peppered all over the walls as they were previously.
A bit of additional “bar space” has been added with this lower counter.
And the specialty cocktails, previously always in handwriting, are now listed on a printed sign.
The small side area which offers a bit of additional seating remains, and here you’ll see some of the “DVC Family Album.” I’ve always thought that was so cool, and lends to that “Welcome Home” feel here.
One thing that hasn’t changed is that the awesome bartenders at the Gurgling Suitcase continue to help guests feel very much at home and among friends.
I do want to mention that I’ve noticed a few small changes and additions on different visits even after the initial reopening, so everything here may not be completely final yet.
Refurbishment in the central area at Old Key West is still underway. Sections of Olivia’s (the Resort’s Table Service restaurant) are being refurbished; however, the restaurant is still operating, and that terrific outdoor seating area was open on my last visit.
So, changes are still taking place, and we’ll be stopping by to check out how things continue to change or spruce up. Especially since I’m feeling a craving for those Breakfast Potatoes from Olivia’s coming on…
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