Did we prefer the view? Ahh, the million-dollar question. On our last trip to Walt Disney World, we stayed in a Disney’s Riviera Resort preferred view studio. It was our first time staying at the newest resort in the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) family. The question we’re asking ourselves is if the preferred view is worth the extra cost (either points or cash)? Well, that’s what we are here to discuss. Let’s kick-off our Disney’s Riviera Resort preferred view studio!
At Disney’s Riviera Resort guests have the option to choose from a variety of room types and views. The rooms options consist of either a standard studio or tower studio (only holds to two guests), 1-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms, and 3-bedroom villas, for Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members and guests. Within each room type (except for the Tower Studio and 3-bedroom villas) are two different view options, standard view, and preferred view. The preferred view rooms overlook the lake and the Caribbean Beach Resort. Whereas the standard view rooms overlook the parking lot and out towards Disney Springs. Rooms can be reserved either for DVC points or cash. The rooms at the resort would be considered Disney Deluxe room accommodations. For our review, we’ll be focusing on Disney’s Riviera Resort preferred view studio.
The 423 square foot studio sleeps up to 5 people and includes one queen bed, one pulldown queen-size sofa bed, and a twin pulldown bed. The twin pulldown bed is designed for younger guests or smaller adults. Nate is six feet tall and the twin bed is too short for his height.
Opening The Door
Luxurious! For us, it was the most luxurious Disney resort room we’ve had the opportunity to step in to. Immediately, our eyes were drawn to the balcony and the grand views of the lake. After dropping our bags, we rushed to the balcony to get a better look at the view. Walking out we could see Disney Skyliner in the distance, and the sun reflecting off the lake. Truly magnificent! After a moment or two of taking in the view, we turned around to explore the room. To say the room was spacious would be an understatement.
Only Disney’s Polynesian Resort has larger studios than Disney’s Riviera Resort. As two adults we always appreciate the studios that offer a couch over two beds. It’s great to see Disney adding the couch with a full pulldown queen bed to the studios over the traditional pullout couch. Definitely an upgrade! But, we’ll chat more about the beds in a second. Filling out the living space was a small bistro styling table and chairs, perfect for a quick bite.
Let the luxury continue! What makes a great room is the bed. Are we right? Or, are we right? When it comes to Disney’s Riviera Resort preferred view studio, the queen bed was fabulous. As two people that prefer different firmness’ of a bed, we both found the mattress to be comfortable. It definitely helps that it’s brand new. We’re not sure if it was because we were tired from being in the parks all day or the mattress, but we definitely got our best sleep at this resort.
Beyond the main bed, there are the pulldown options. As we mentioned, we’re glad to see Disney switching over to the full mattress pulldown option over the pullout couches. We definitely slept on the pullout couches on more than one occasion, and let’s just say they worked well when we were younger. Our backs recommend that we don’t sleep in them anymore. In regards to the new pulldown bed, we love it! We found the mattress to be of a similar quality and comfort as the standard bed.
Or should we say bathrooms? Yes, that’s right. Disney’s Riviera Resort preferred view studio (and the standard) has two bathrooms. Well, more like two showers and one toilet. Either way you look at it, it’s a win in our books. With floor to ceiling tile, the two showers are exactly what a family needs to get ready in the morning. No more lining up for the shower! The best part is one of the showers includes a full tub for any kids or adults that prefer a bath.
In between the two showers are the sink and toilet areas. The sink is part of one of the bathrooms and the toilet is part of the other. For us, we found these to be the best bathroom/shower options in all the DVC studios. Especially, when you add in that one of the showers has a rainfall option. Yes, the rainfall option sealed the deal for us!
The Kitchenette and Storage
Did we hear you say kitchenette? Yes, yes you did. All the DVC studios have a kitchenette area that includes in a mini-fridge, coffee pot, microwave, toasts, and sink area. Additionally, Disney includes paper plates, coffee cups, and utensils. The fridge is big enough for holding a few items like a small milk container for coffee, or leftovers from dinner. It’s a bigger fridge than standard resort rooms. We found it to be just enough space to hold food for a quick breakfast before heading off to the parks.
In regards to storage, the room has a good size closet when you first walk-in. Plenty of space for hanging your clothes. Alongside the bed are two side tables with two drawers for clothes. Additionally, the bed has two drawers underneath it, as well as room to store your luggage. If you’re a larger group or have larger luggage, we recommend using the area near the closet to store your bags.
Loved it! Disney’s Riviera Resort preferred view studios quickly becoming one of our favorite studios at Walt Disney World. When you factor in the location and the easy access to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, the resort is a home run. Overall, if you’re going to spend a good amount of time in the room then the preferred view is worth the extra points or money. If you’re more a rope drop to park close type of family, than it may not be worth it. Alright, we gotta go, that balcony is calling our names!
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