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Disney’s Riviera Resort – Grand Floridian’s European Cousin?

Concept Art for Disney's Riviera Resort

Surprise, the Grand Floridian’s long lost cousin, Disney’s Riviera Resort, with be joining the fun in December. That’s right, much to the surprise of most Disneyphiles, the new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort will not be the first moderate DVC offering. Instead, in mid-January 2018, we all found out that the new resort would be the next luxury resort added to the Walt Disney World lineup. Internally at Disney they’re referring to the resort as the Grand Floridian South. Let’s take a stroll through Cannes and discuss everything we know about Disney’s Riviera Resort. Don’t forget your white pants!

Concept Art for Disney's Riviera Resort Entrance
Resort Entrance

Overall Theme  

Designed with European 20th-Century architecture in mind, the resort will transport you to a mix of the French and Italian Riviera. Imagineers are using iconic finishes like the grand archways of France and famous porticos of Italy to set the scene. The exterior of the Riviera Resort will be a serene tranquil environment with bubbling fountains, copious gardens, and majestics waterfront walkways. It sounds like the perfect place to decompress after a fun filled day in the parks.

The resort will be inspired by the classic European fairy tales we’ve grown up with and love to this day. Think Snow White, Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc.

Disney's Riviera Resort next to the Caribbean Beach Resort
Location of Disney’s Riviera Resort

Where’s It At?

Location, location, location! It’s all about location, and the upcoming Disney’s Riviera Resort is perfectly situated in the middle of the action. Across from the Caribbean Beach Resort you’ll find the newest DVC resort. Rumor is walking paths will be added to connect the two resorts. The resort will have sweeping views of both Epcot and Hollywood Studios and the associated nighttime spectaculars.

With new attractions, lands, and restaurants opening around Walt Disney World in the coming years, the Riviera Resort will be in position “A” for guests to swiftly get to and fro the parks. The best part is the resort will be part of the new Disney Skyliner and will have its own station.

Concept Art for Disney's Riviera Resort Tower Studio
Tower Studio Concept Art

The Rooms

Guests will have a variety of room options when choosing to stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort. From size to view, there will be something for everyone. Similar to other DVC resorts, the Riviera will offer rooms ranging from studios to 3 bedroom villas, with one unique twist, for the first time, Disney will offer two different size studios. The first is the standard studio that we all know and love, and a new Tower studio.

Tower studio, what’s that? The new Tower studio is a concept that is smaller than a regular studio with the main space being multi-functional. Designed for two guests, the main area transitions from a living to a bedroom, via a murphy bed that is pulled down from the wall. We’ll just say it sounds cozy and intimate.

Passholder Insights: Disney has not officially announced the points per night rate, but rumor has it rooms will be begin at 17 points per night. We should get official numbers in the spring.

Concept Art for Disney's Riviera Resort Pool area
Pool Concept Art

The Amenities  

Where’s the pool? We need to work on our tan! Centered around a tower slide the family friendly pool will be surrounded by stucco fades, and a variety of seating options. Attached to the main pool is the S’il Vous Play (we see what you did there Disney) and it’s a perfect place for the little ones to splash around with characters from Fantasia. If you’re looking for a quieter pool experience, the Beau Soleil will be your speed

The resort will be the same as every other Disney resort and offer a variety of transportation options including the Magical Express, Minnie Vans, and bus transportation.

Concept Art for Disney's Riviera Resort Topolino's Restaurant
Topolino’s Concept Art

What The Duo Cares About?

You know us, we’re here for the food! The Riviera Resort will boast a variety of options, all of which we can’t wait to try out. Top of our list and situated on the top of the resort is Topolino’s Terrace which sounds like a home run already. Check out our full breakdown in the following article.

Beyond the Disney signature dining, Le Petit Cafe will be a coffee bar by day, wine bar by night located adjacent to the lobby. We know where we’ll find Nate. If you’re looking for Serena head over to Bar Riva where they’ll be mixing up cocktails and pouring some refreshing adult beverages. For a quick bite there will be a quick serve called Primo Piatto.

Overall

We’re really excited to check out Disney’s Riviera Resort when it opens on December 16, 2019. Guests looking to pay per night can already book their stays, and DVC members can begin booking on points in the spring. For us, this will be the perfect resort to hangout regardless if we’re staying at it or not. From Topolino’s to the new cocktail bar, it sounds like the DVC Duo’s speed. Guess we’ll have to buy some new pants!

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