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Greater than the Destination

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

On the last night of my family’s recent vacation, I snapped this picture from the Turtle Walk at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. The Turtle Walk is typically busy—people checking in and out, looking for a cocktail (the Gurgling Suitcase), or experiencing the activities available at the resort. On our last night, the sun was setting as we headed back to our room, resulting in this beautiful scene. I was struck by the beauty of the destination at that moment, but the memories of the journey are what will stick with me. Regardless of where we go on our travels, the process of travel and the moments along the way are what remain.

What destinations do you want to be part of your journey? We would love to talk with you about your bucket list, your favorite places or anywhere that interests you. We know that life is about the moments and the connection of all the destinations along the way. How can we help make those moments and the greater life-long journey more special? Let us start working with you today.

‘The Legend of Conch Flats’ Among Special Tours Engaging Members

‘The Legend of Conch Flats’ Among Special Tours Engaging Members

Members are learning more about the places they call “home” through a variety of special tours at Disney Resorts, including “The Legend of Conch Flats” tour of Disney’s Old Key West Resort.

This complimentary, 45-60-minute walking tour for Members and guests of all ages explores resort’s Hospitality House, revealing how Walt Disney Imagineers blended historical fact and charming fiction to create this tropical oasis. The tour departs Papa’s Den (adjacent to the lobby) on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. No advance registration necessary. Participants receive an exclusive pin (pictured above) celebrating Conch Flats, the imagined setting of the resort that put Disney Vacation Club on the map.

Other resort tours at Walt Disney World Resort range from special safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to an art-and-architecture tour of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

The Starlight Safari experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is reminiscent of a nighttime drive through an African game reserve, leading Members and guests on an open-sided safari vehicle through the resort’s wildlife-filled savannas. The hour-long expedition departs daily at 10 p.m. as is priced at $74.17 a person plus tax.

Also available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the Sense of Africa experience, a three-and-a-half-hour tour and breakfast that begins with an exploration of the resort’s cultural inspirations, continues with a special breakfast at Boma – Flavors of Africa and culminates with private savanna and backstage tour. Priced at $249 a person plus tax, the Sense of Africa experience begins on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 7 a.m.

The “Wonders of the Lodge” art-and-architecture tour of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a complimentary, hour-long experience that highlights the creative details and classic craftsmanship of this majestic resort. Tours begin at 9 a.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and no advance registration is necessary.

At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the “Floridian Express” experience is an hour-long walking tour that examines the resort’s inspirations and takes a behind-the-scenes look at its AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Victoria & Albert’s. Available at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the “Floridian Express” tour is priced at $15 a person plus tax.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Experience the romance of the Florida Keys at this tranquil community of Conch Flats—a sprawling island hamlet with shimmering waterways, swaying palm trees and manicured golf-course fairways. Delight in sun-soaked pools, casual dining and such amenities as fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes.

At Disney’s Old Key West Resort, there are 4 pools for your enjoyment. The Sandcastle Pool is 149,600-gallon pool with a 125-foot-long waterslide that flows through a giant sandcastle and features a sand beach that is waiting for you to lounge around on. Nearby is a whirlpool spa and a dry sauna where your cares will melt away.

There are 3 leisure pools all located at their own sections of the resort: Old Turtle Pond, South Point, and Miller’s Road. These pools offer a quiet spot where you can lounge the day away.

There’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy at this resort. From sports such as volleyball, basketball, tennis, and fishing to bike rentals and movies under the stars, there is something for everyone! There is also a community hall where you can play foosball, video games, check out equipment for sports, and rent DVD’s to take back to your room.

While you’re lounging around the pool, you’ll need snacks and beverages which is why there are 3 quick-service pool bars at this resort. Good’s Food to Go, Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks, and Gurgling Suitcase are your go-tos. Options include burgers, hot dogs, pizza, salads, desserts, and plenty of beverages – alcoholic and non alcoholic.

Olivia’s Cafe is a casual dining restaurant that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, you absolutely can’t miss the banana bread french toast. Lunch options include conch fritters, conch chowder, stacked sandwiches, and their signature burger, while dinner offers heartier choices such as pan-seared scallops and barbecue pork ribs.

Disney’s complimentary bus system is available to take you from the resort to all the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. You can also get to Disney Springs from the water taxi.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort is a peaceful tropical paradise awaiting you and your family. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are your concierge to the magic and much more!