Disney’s Riviera Resort: The Newest Disney Vacation Club Property

Disney's Riviera Resort, front entrance

The 15th Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resort was inspired by the Rivieras of France and Italy

Disney’s Riviera Resort began accepting guest reservations in January 2019 for stays beginning in December 2019. This all-new Deluxe resort at Walt Disney World will become the 15th Disney Vacation Club property. The hotel aims to immerse guests in the grandeur and enchantment of what Disney describes as the “European Riviera.” As someone who used to live in Nice, France (the heart of the French Riviera), I’m very much looking forward to how this Riviera-inspired resort actually captures the essence of the area.

“Disney’s Riviera Resort is inspired by Walt and Lillian Disney’s travels throughout Europe and the Mediterranean coastline —from France to Italy,” said Terri Schultz, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club. “Walt fell in love with European art, architecture, food and stories, and his extended tours of the region continue to influence Disney storytelling and theming. We look forward to welcoming our members and guests later this year to this new resort inspired by Europe and imagined by Disney.”

Disney's Riviera Resort, aerial view.

Disney’s Riviera Resort, aerial view.

According to Disney promotional materials, Disney’s Riviera Resort will bring the elegance of a modern European retreat blended with a touch of old-world glamour and Disney charm to the Disney Vacation Club portfolio and Walt Disney World Resort. With an elegant early-20th-century design, Disney’s Riviera Resort will welcome guests with a palm tree-lined boulevard and a striking façade featuring grand archways, porticos, cascading water features, towers and terraces.

The grand oval lobby will provide views of the resort lawn and lakefront and guests will encounter a mix of modern and classic furnishings. Throughout the resort and inside the accommodations, a unique art collection will celebrate beloved Disney characters and icons with one-of-a-kind pieces influenced by the works of master artists who also found inspiration along the European Riviera. This eclectic mix of art will blend Disney artistry and European storytelling with a nod to the Riviera region’s renowned art heritage.

Disney's Riviera Resort, pool area.

Disney’s Riviera Resort, pool area.

A Full-Suite of DVC Accommodations, Plus New Tower Studios

With approximately 300 family-friendly vacation villas, Disney’s Riviera Resort has approximately the same number of rooms as Bay Lake Tower and Disney’s Beach Club Villas. Room options include deluxe studios, one- and two-bedroom villas, and grand villas that sleep up to 12 guests each. Plus, the Riviera will also feature a unique all-new room category: tower studios, which sleep two guests each. Each charming, bright tower studio will include a private balcony with scenic views and seating for two, offering a more intimate setting. The deluxe studios, which sleep five, will also feature kitchenettes. One-bedroom, two-bedroom and grand villas will feature large, fully equipped kitchens with dining space open to a living area. Villas will also feature an en-suite luxury bathroom, including a freestanding soaking tub and walk-in shower, as well as a private porch or balcony and a laundry area with a washer and dryer.

Topolino: Italian for Mickey Mouse (and there will be character dining too)

Topolino is the Italian name for Mickey Mouse and in honor of this, the new, signature table-service restaurant on the rooftop of Disney’s Riviera Resort will be called Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera. The restaurant, featuring authentic dishes infused with French and Italian flavors, is set to become one of the most stunning dining experiences at Walt Disney World, offering picturesque vistas of the nighttime spectaculars of nearby Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The experience here sounds quite good, as Disney describes it that guests can watch their meal being prepared just for them at the exclusive expo kitchen or wood burning grill. The idea of a wood burning grill is excellent. Guests looking to pair their meal with a glass of wine can choose from an impressive collection of wines sourced from the Mediterranean coast. Throughout the restaurant, a stunning visual aesthetic is created through modern interpretations of textures, colors, carved details, and stonework found in ancient villages along the Riviera. Plus, families looking to start their morning off with a breakfast experience can visit Topolino’s Terrace for exclusive Disney character dining inspired by the Riviera.

Other dining options at the Riviera resort include Le Petit Café, an inviting lobby locale with fresh-brewed coffee aromas by day and a bustling wine bar by night. The new quick-service location, Primo Piatto, reminiscent of chic dining venues found along Riviera promenades, will be conveniently located near the feature pool, and Bar Riva, an open-air pool bar with a seaside vibe featuring crisp white tiles and cool blue accents, will offer guests a place to relax as they enjoy a cold beverage and poolside views.

The Disney Skyliner at Walt Disney World.

The Disney Skyliner at Walt Disney World.

The Disney Skyliner will Make a Stop at Disney’s Riviera Resort

Guests at Disney’s Riviera Resort will also be able to travel to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios via the Disney Skyliner, the new gondola system that will begin operating in the fall of 2019. In addition to a dedicated Disney Skyliner station at Disney’s Riviera Resort, the system will conveniently connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

Offering the flexibility, value and world-class service families expect, Disney’s Riviera Resort will be the first all-new, stand-alone Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World since 2004. The grand opening date of the resort has yet to be announced. Current Disney Vacation Club members will have an exclusive window to purchase Disney’s Riviera Resort.

Staying at a Disney resort hotel like Disney’s Riviera Resort, or any other Walt Disney World vacation ownership accommodation, puts guests inside the magic for the entirety of their vacation. Guests staying at any of the Disney resort hotels experience special features including legendary guest service and unique theming, along with other benefits such as access to FastPass+ selections up to 60 days prior to arrival and the Extra Magic Hours at the theme parks (both FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours require valid theme park admission). In addition, Disney resort hotel guests receive complimentary transportation around Walt Disney World, complimentary theme park parking, complimentary airport transportation via Disney’s Magical Express service, the convenience of MagicBands, and the ability to purchase Disney Dining Plan packages.

To make reservations at Disney’s Riviera Resort, contact 407-W-Disney (934-7639). To learn more about this new Disney Vacation Club resort, including additional photos, visit DisneysRivieraResort.com.

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