New lobby layouts coming to Disney's Old Key West and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

Jun 25, 2021 in "Disney's Old Key West Resort"

Posted: Friday June 25, 2021 11:19am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's Old Key West and Disney's Saratoga Springs will soon be updated with refreshed lobby designs and layouts.

Both resorts will offer a new layout, which will see the traditional long line of desks replaced with smaller counters, similar to the new lobby design we have seen at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.

At Old Key West, work will initially begin in the DVC den area adjoining the lobby, allowing guests to check-in as normal in the main lobby. Later, the main lobby will close for the work, and check-in will temporarily move to the den.

At Saratoga Springs Resort, work will begin on the hallway outside the main lobby, with the main lobby closing in August. Check-in at that point will move to the hallway and will also be available at the DVC Preview Center. The porte-cochere will also be closed between mid-July and late September.

Work will begin on both resorts next week and should be complete by early October 2021.

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BocabearOct 25, 2021

Not really... Yes, there are parts of Key West that are like that, but as a whole, that does not represent the island. If that is all you experienced while in Key West, I am sorry you didn't see the real island, just the lower end of Duval Street. The new Old Key West is more like a new hotel in

Club CooloholicOct 23, 2021

Well, first it's not an eternity. Second I am as critical as anyone even though I am a DVC member. The interesting thing is I can sell my contract today for more than I bought on the resale market 4 years ago, and if I ever decide the DVC value isn't there I can rent it out everytime or sell it. As it is, my kids like it so will hold for now. I also have no plans on staying at Rivera, but SSR does intrigue me after their room updates even if the lobby looks, pardon the pun "goofy" yet generic at the same time.

ObobruOct 23, 2021

That sums up a lot of what Disney is now, but it still has plenty of equity in "magic" and "Pixy dust" plus buying up other companies to keep it going for a couple more generations.

ObobruOct 23, 2021

It reminds me of a Homewood Suites I stayed in once but with more clutter. For a timeshare it's not too bad, looks better than Westgate. I am sure most of the people who stay there will think it looks amazing because the Disney timeshare owners are some of the most brainwashed people who think Disney is amazing no matter how mediocre things are as they have to keep telling themselves that so they don't think about how they have bought into vacations at Walt Declining World for eternity. I have seen people say the resort is supposed to evoke Key West but let's be honest Key West is a bit of a tacky dump for the over 60's trying to relive their youth and loads of cruise ship day visitors, so let's be glad it's nothing like Key West.

Grace1626Oct 20, 2021

I was speaking of the lobby re-do.

BocabearOct 19, 2021

I know it is... But there are/were a lot of other locations that had a more evocative feel for a turn of the century resort in Saratoga Springs... And they honestly didn't really use this example either anyway...

MovieloverOct 19, 2021

Funny since that's at the actual real life location. Saratoga Springs Spa State Park

Grace1626Oct 18, 2021

Cheap. Tacky. Generic. Sigh

YorkshireTOct 18, 2021

That’s the Springs- the Spa at the real Saratoga Springs.

BocabearOct 18, 2021

that looks like a college campus... certainly not evoking a Victorian Gilded age New York retreat... Too plain...too usual... to much like everything in anytown USA... The old Garde imagineering team would have found something unique to recreate...Something that would be recognizable to a wide audience...

YorkshireTOct 18, 2021

Saratoga Spa itself would surely make a great model for such a bar/ restaurant , perhaps facing water.?

BocabearOct 18, 2021

open sided? not sure what that means... outdoor with a roof overhead? that theme is as intangible as Saratoga Springs Resort Style... no one really knows what they are trying to do... The original pavilions in Central park with their late Victorian design and Eastlake aesthetic would be a good place to start... Abd yes there are some fountains and gazebos here and there, they just don't come together in any meaningful way...Maybe the sprawling nature of the property... maybe there just aren't enough things to make a statement... Of all things though, if the Lobby building, restaurant, and main feature pool were more heavily themed, it could carry the rest of the resort beautifully... Get rid of that corporate country club look and make it feel more period appropriate and special...

YorkshireTOct 18, 2021

Again, I think the gardens at SSR are lovely, with fountain features, things such as the gazebo with the horses in. The Grandstand pool is one of the most heavily themed on property. In the Carriage house, I would like to see the Disney Institute 1980’s style brickwork covered and improved though, the ‘lounge bar’ totally revamped (which looks like a 1980’s municipal UK golf club, with bad carpet) and the main restaurant ripped out and started again. I also think the property is ripe for an open sided ‘Upscale Upstate NY Victorian ’ themed bar / casual restaurant , imagine something like Geyser Point, but with a variation on the theme.

Sir_CliffOct 18, 2021

Not a bad plan, actually! Let them get it out of their system where the rest of us don't have to look at it!