Want to Buy-In to Disney Vacation Club’s New Riviera Resort? Here’s How.

Disney's Riviera Resort, Tower.

Disney’s Riviera Resort, Tower.

Disney Vacation Club Members get first crack at buying-in to the newest Walt Disney World DVC Resort

DVC Members have an exclusive opportunity until April 15; with sales open to the public after that 

With excitement building for the opening of Disney’s newest Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resort at Walt Disney World, Disney Vacation Club has announced that sales for DVC points in Disney’s Riviera Resort are now open exclusively for Disney Vacation Club Members. This exclusive window will last until April 15, 2019. After that, sales for Riviera DVC points will open to the general public.

Disney’s Riviera Resort is Expected to Open on December 16, 2019

Expected to open December 16, 2019 at Walt Disney World, Disney’s Riviera Resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property and has been designed to “immerse guests in the grandeur and enchantment of the European Riviera.”

“Not only will Disney’s Riviera Resort delight families with its gorgeous architectural details and wide range of accommodations, but members and guests will simply fall in love with the sights, sounds and flavors of Europe around every corner,” said Terri Schultz, senior vice president and general manager, Disney Vacation Club. “This new resort will pay tribute to Walt and Lillian Disney’s amazing European travels, connecting Disney artistry and storytelling to this region’s renowned art heritage and inspiration. Our team can’t wait to welcome families to this relaxing destination inspired by the world-famous sun drenched Mediterranean Coastline.”

This deluxe Disney Vacation Club resort is will offer approximately 300 family-friendly vacation homes with accommodation options to fit an assortment of travel party needs. Disney’s Riviera Resort will include deluxe studios, one- and two-bedroom villas, grand villas, that sleep up to 12 guests each, and a new, unique accommodation: Tower Studios.

Disney's Riviera Resort, Courtyard.

Disney’s Riviera Resort, Courtyard.

Tower Studios: A New Type of Room for DVC

Tower Studios will cater to Disney-loving couples. They are upscale spaces for two, located in their own tower of the resort. The Tower Studios will provide an deluxe studio experience that maximizes efficiency. They feature a queen-sized murphy bed housed in a built-in wall unit that is pulled down for sleeping and tucked away to reveal a comfortable lounge-worthy space. The elegant studio area will include a sofa, quaint writing nook, a beverage center and microwave, plenty of storage for two and a bright and modern bathroom.

A Taste of the French and Italian Rivieras at Walt Disney World

Throughout Disney’s Riviera Resort you will experience a variety of art, including Disney concept art with European settings, posters of Disney films — just as they appeared in Europe — archival photography of Walt Disney’s travels thoughout the region and book titles Walt Disney gathered on his journeys. For the art buff, there will be more than 40 signature art pieces created for Disney’s Riviera Resort. These will feature unique Disney character art inspired by the renowned artistic heritage found along the shores of the European Riviera. With any luck, print versions of some of these may be available for purchase at the resort.

Disney’s Riviera Resort was designed with the inspiration of early 20th-century elegance that was reflected throughout Europe and the Mediterranean coastline. A palm-tree-lined boulevard with a striking façade will feature grand archways, porticos, cascading water features, and towers and terraces. The pools of Disney’s Riviera Resort will continue this theming with a focus on showcasing a Southern European coast inspiration.

Disney's Riviera Resort, pool area.

Disney’s Riviera Resort, pool area.

Pools at Disney’s Riviera Resort will Reflect the European Theme

The feature pool, known as Riviera Pool, will offer lounge chairs and colorful sun umbrellas, with a winding stone turret slide, giving the feel of swimming and playing along the Mediterranean coast. For those traveling with young guests, an interactive water play area, S’il Vous Play, will be the perfect place to splash and have fun in a whimsical fountain featuring several beloved characters from Disney’s Fantasia. This area draws on Disney Imagineering inspiration from the grand public fountains seen throughout Europe with a patina and limestone-inspired design. If you’re looking for a more leisurely poolside experience, the Beau Soleil leisure pool will feature a natural, lush-green wall surrounding a tranquil area, creating a semi-private pool experience. This will be the perfect spot for enjoying the sun or resting beneath the shaded seating area in a grove of tropical palm trees.

The Disney Skyliner at Walt Disney World.

The Disney Skyliner at Walt Disney World.

The Disney Skyliner Will Offer an Extra Means of Transportation

Guests at the resort will have a new way to travel to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios via the Disney Skyliner gondola network. Disney Skyliner promises to move guests efficiently to their destination, while offering a whole new way to experience Walt Disney World Resort with amazing views only available from the sky. Be prepared for a flood of social media photos from this new vantage point once the Skyliner officially begins operation.

Disney’s Riviera Resort guests will be connected to a dedicated station where they can hop aboard a Disney Skyliner gondola. In keeping with the resort’s theming, you will pass through a tunnel archway with sparkling water features on your way to board the Skyliner. The Skyliner is schedule to begin operation later this fall. Some cabins will feature beautiful graphics based on Disney films, attractions and characters. Once on board, you can make your way to Epcot’s International Gateway entrance (near Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Boardwalk Resort) or to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, at the main gate entrance.

Disney's Riviera Resort, front entrance

Disney’s Riviera Resort, front entrance

Disney Dining Options with a European Flair

When it comes to onsite dining, Disney’s Riviera Resort will feature many great options, from signature dining experiences to quick service options within the resort and poolside. Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera, perched on the rooftop, will feature authentic dishes infused with French and Italian flavors. This one boasts an onstage kitchen featuring a wood burning grill showcasing finely prepared meats and seafood. The culinary team will be handcrafting artisanal pastas tossed with fresh pressed olive oil. A gourmet selection of cheeses from France and Italy will also be featured. This restaurant will also have an impressive collection of wines sourced throughout the South of France and Coastal Italy.

The experience here goes beyond just the tempting food offerings. When stepping into Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera, you will be surrounded by stunning visual aesthetics of modern interpretations of Italian and French textures, colors, and carvings mingled with stonework that harken back to what can be found in ancient European villages along the coastline. While dining, you can also step out onto the terrace for a grand view of the resort’s stunning vistas — and possibly even catch the nighttime spectaculars of nearby Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The inspiration here clearly came from California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and it should become a popular spot at the Riviera. Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera will also offer a  special Disney character breakfast, with exclusive character experiences, inspired by the Riviera.

For those wishing to dine closer to the pools, at Bar Riva, an open-air pool bar with a seaside décor, guests will encounter a relaxed European coast vibe with hospitality that will extend poolside. If you prefer a European café touch, Le Petit Café (taking its name from the classic Disney film The Arisotcats), will have the feel of a modern French patisserie. By day Le Petit Café will be a charming coffee bar by day, while by night it will transform into a stylish wine bar. With its modern design stylized with a traditional feel, and views of the lawns and the Riviera pool through the large windows framed by beautiful arches, for guests looking to share a casual meal or quick snack, Primo Piatto will feel like dining on along a Riviera promenade.

It’s clear that a lot of thought went into the dining options here and it sounds like they have done an excellent job in incorporating a variety of culinary tastes, styles and atmospheres to cater to the needs of every guest.

The Newest Standalone Disney Vacation Club Property since 2004

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. 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.

For Disney Vacation Club Members ready to purchase vacation points at Disney’s Riviera Resort, there is a special introductory offer available at DisneyVacationClub.com/RivieraWelcomeOffer, or by calling 855-883-0181. Guests can contact 407-W-Disney (934-7639) to make reservations for the new Disney’s Riviera Resort. To learn more about the new Disney Vacation Club resort, visit DisneysRivieraResort.com.

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