Old Key West, our second home! on 7/25/2006
We love Disney's Old Key West. We started going there shortly after it opened. We then got swayed by the BoardWalk and the Yacht and Beach club while my dear Grandmother was alive. She could only stay out in the parks so long and loved to sit on the balcony of the BoardWalk and watch the "young folks" having fun.
The year she passed on, we needed peace. We needed quiet and went back to OKW. While we love the splashy theming of the other Disney resorts, we are a work hard, pray hard kind of family and just once a year, we like to simply relax. OKW has that easy-going island vibe. It's tucked away from the rest of the world on a nice section between Downtown Disney and the BoardWalk area. If Bob Marley was a Disney fan, I think he and his family would stay here. It's very family oriented and secluded. You are away from the hustle and bu
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
AKL a child's dream on 7/25/2006
We have only stayed here once. It was our princesses' idea. She wanted to stay "where the animals are." Gotta love that marketing! So we booked a room here against my better judgement. I love OKW and didn't want to move, so we compromised and did two nights at AKL, the rest at OKW.
Was I ever surprised. AKL is one of the most exciting, elegant, and comfortable resorts I have been to and I have been to a lot. The architecture is unbelievable. The vaulted ceilings and African design are so beautiful, you feel like you are on some private safari in Kenya. I couldn't believe the lobby. It was ginourmous, yet cozy, with little seating areas placed all around cocktail tables and fireplaces. Our room was great and we got upgraded to a pool view. Fabulous. The zero entry pool was a gift for a mom of a toddler. All the lit