Old Key West refurbishment to last more than 2 years

Yet another Disney Vacation Club property is scheduled to receive some TLC, but this project is going to be a long one.  

Old Key West

Disney's Old Key West Resort

Renovations to guest rooms at Disney's Old Key West Resort are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017 with the project lasting into the 2019 calendar year.  Our sources indicate that this will be a full room renovation, impacting most areas of the unit including the bathroom and the kitchen.  

Old Key West last went under the knife back in 2010.  At the time, the modifications were the most extensive in the history of the then 20-year old property.  However, many aspects of the room were left largely untouched.  During that previous refurb, rooms received updated flooring, kitchen counters, upholstry and the addition of the fold-out sleeper chair.  However bathrooms were left untouched and many furniture pieces were simply painted or otherwise refinished.

At the 2015 Condominium Association Meeting, executives revealed that DVC transitioned to a plan which would bring complete renovations to resorts every 14 years.  From the outset, original projections had resorts operating for 24 years before any major renovations were performed.  

Vero Beach Kitchen

Vero Beach renovated kitchen

The scope of the 2017 Old Key West refurbishment should more closely resemble work currently underway at Disney's Vero Beach Resort, a project which features complete bathroom renovations including new shower stall and the addition of a pedestal tub.

The Old Key West refurbishment is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017 and last throughout 2019.  Expect individual buildings to be removed from service one-at-a-time in order to minimize guest impact.  

Vero Beach Tub

Vero Beach tub

Throughout 2016, Disney Vacation Club plans to renovate no fewer than five of its thirteen resorts.  Work is currently under way at Vero Beach, Disney's Beach Club Villas, Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort and Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas. Later this year, the Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are scheduled for a soft goods refurbishment including updates to floor coverings, wall coverings, bedding and upholstry.

Reader Comments
Re: Old Key West refurbishment to last more than 2 years -- denlo
2016 Aug 19 11:58:55 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if OKW has a large TV setup added similar to the one at VB in the photo of the article. It will be shame to lose the kitchen island but the room is so large it could use the big TV. OKW really needs new tile in the bathrooms IMO too and new appliances in the kitchen, doesn't it still have the old electric burners? I hope they still keep the full washer and dryer.
Re: Old Key West refurbishment to last more than 2 years -- simbasmom
2016 Aug 19 12:41:01 PM
They say the last one was 2010, but our pictures from 2012 clearly show the "old" style, pre-the last renovation. To me, it seems so early to do another, like "Didn't they just do one? Yet they waited over 12 years to do a significant one at BCV. Kind of strange.
I just hope they keep the ceiling fans and ice makers at OKW.
Re: Old Key West refurbishment to last more than 2 years -- TimK
2016 Aug 19 01:18:52 PM
denlo wrote:
OKW really needs new tile in the bathrooms IMO too and new appliances in the kitchen, doesn't it still have the old electric burners? I hope they still keep the full washer and dryer.

Current appliances include a ceramic top stove, but they are not stainless steel.

No reason to get rid of the full washer & dryer since they have space for it. Most newer resorts just don't have any room.
simbasmom wrote:
They say the last one was 2010, but our pictures from 2012 clearly show the "old" style, pre-the last renovation. To me, it seems so early to do another, like "Didn't they just do one? Yet they waited over 12 years to do a significant one at BCV. Kind of strange.
I just hope they keep the ceiling fans and ice makers at OKW.

Renovation was definitely 2010-2011:

http://dvcnews.com/index.php/resorts/old-key-west/news-63166/1137-old-key-west-refurbishment-details

http://dvcnews.com/index.php/resorts/old-key-west/news-63166/1379-another-look-at-old-key-west-renovations

But changes weren't dramatic. The kitchen countertop was replaced, but the tile backsplash and cabinets all remained. Bathrooms were completely untouched.

Until now, DVC was only budgeting for a top-to-bottom refurbishment every 24-25 years. That's why OKW got more of a refurb-lite back in 2010. This is playing catch-up.
Re: Old Key West refurbishment to last more than 2 years -- simbasmom
2016 Aug 19 05:09:35 PM
I just looked more closely at my 2012 photos, and found the dreaded "new" balcony curtain-you know, the one where you pull it up over and over because it's so slow. It was our anniversary that year, so I guess I wasn't looking around the villa much. And although we go to OKW for our anniversary almost every year, we missed OKW in 2011 (our anniversary was Easter Sunday-not a good WDW time, IMO). So it could have been refurbished any time between 4/2010 and 4/2012. Sorry!
OKW refurb -- mickeymorse
2016 Aug 22 11:01:57 AM
Great news. We just came back from OKW 2 weeks ago and my DW and I were both commenting on how rundown it had become. The bathroom tile is in terrible shape. It would definitely not help in selling DVC to prospective buyers. Don't flame me but compared to the last 2 Marriott stays we had, the difference is night and day. Now to see how much impact all the construction has on my home at VWL.

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