Amid all of the excitement for the holidays, Walt Disney World Resort is opening its newest Disney Vacation Club resort — Disney’s Riviera Resort! You and your family will be able to soak up the grandeur of Europe and the casual elegance of the Mediterranean coast at this Epcot-area resort. And you don't have to be a DVC Member to stay here, either — anyone is welcome! We frogs got a sneak peek at the resort earlier this year, and we're toadally excited to stay here after it opens Dec. 16. We'll be sure and report back, but for now we wanted to dive into all of the magical details of this fairy-tale resort and share what we're most looking forward to. For those of you who just can't wait, Disney's Riviera Resort is available to book now!
Step Inside Disney's Riviera Resort
Europe, with its colorful castles and fairy-tale villages, has been the inspiration for some of Disney's most beloved stories. At Disney’s Riviera Resort, you and your family are invited to create your own magical stories. The striking architecture and theming — starting with the palm-tree lined boulevard — will help set the scene. Every detail, from the grand archways to the tower and terraces, reflects the colors and inspiration of 20th-century Europe and the Mediterranean.
The main lobby will have an elegant setting, mixed with modern and classic 20th-century decor and furnishings. It’ll also feature an art collection that highlights beloved Disney characters and icons influenced by the European Riviera. Outside, you’ll find beautiful gardens, bubbling fountains and a waterfront. We’re already imagining scenic strolls among the romantic landscaping, perhaps even without the tadpoles!
Disney's Rivera Resort Location and Transportation
Located right next to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Riviera Resort is only a short hop away from Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Disney Springs. Because of its central location, we expect it’ll be a hoppin’ spot for resort guests!
Transportation to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios will be super easy, thanks to the new Disney Skyliner transportation system! The resort features a Skyliner station along the Epcot line. Disney's Riviera Resort guests can hop on a gondola directly to Epcot, which takes about 10 minutes. Families taking Skyliner from Disney's Riviera Resort to Hollywood Studios will need to go to the Caribbean Beach station to transfer lines. You could walk — or take Skyliner from the Riviera station — to the Caribbean Beach hub. (The ride to Hollywood Studios from there takes about 5 minutes.) Complimentary bus transportation will be available for other destinations around Walt Disney World.
Disney's Riviera Resort Rooms
Whether you’re traveling with a partner or a group of 12, you’ll be sure to find accommodations that best suit your needs! You can find a wide range of room options at Disney’s Riviera Resort, including the Tower Studios, which are unique to the resort. Back in April, we had a special tour of the Deluxe Studio and the 1-Bedroom Villa models. Here's a sneak peek of what the rooms will look like!
Tower Studios - NEW
The Tower Studios are specially designed for two guests, with both efficiency and luxury in mind. Built into the wall, a pull-down queen-size bed can be easily tucked away to create more space for lounging. Amenities include a microwave, a small refrigerator, a built-in desk, a flat panel TV and a private balcony or porch.
Each Deluxe Studio sleeps up to five guests, with a queen-size bed, a pull-down queen-size bed and a single, pull-down bunk-size bed. This room type has a small kitchenette equipped with a microwave, a refrigerator and a wet bar. It also features a split bathroom with a shower-tub combination on one side and a walk-in shower on the other side.
Villas (1-Bedroom Villa, 2-Bedroom Villa and 3-Bedroom Grand Villa)
A great option for larger frog families, the Villas provide luxurious living space with a variety of convenient amenities. Each Villa has separate bedrooms for privacy, a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer set and a bubble-jet bathtub. A 1-bedroom Villa sleeps up to five guests, a 2-bedroom Villa can accommodate up to nine guests and a 3-bedroom Grand Villa hosts up to 12 guests.
Amenities at Disney's Riviera Resort
Disney's Riviera Resort will have two pool areas perfect for family playtime or relaxation. At the Riviera Pool, splash and play the day away on the featured pool slide, which wraps around the tower. Tadpoles can also enjoy some fun under the sun at S’il Vous Play, an interactive water area inspired by the grand fountains of Europe and the “Dance of the Hours” segment in “Fantasia.” Disney Parks Blog teased that you'll see an elephant filling a dump bucket and hippos splashing water into bowls and basins.
For a quieter afternoon, relax and unwind at the Beau Soleil Pool. On the flip side, you can maintain your daily workouts at the Athlétique Fitness Center.
Dining at Disney’s Riviera Resort
Some of the best dining experiences at Walt Disney World are located at the resort hotels. When we heard the news about a rooftop table-service restaurant called Topolino’s Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera, we instantly got a sneaking suspicion that it would be a hit. (By the way, "Topolino" is Mickey Mouse’s name in Italian!) In the evenings, the restaurant will offer French and Italian cuisine, including meat and seafood dishes, handmade pasta and desserts for a fine dining experience. And don’t froget about those views … you may even catch a glimpse of the nighttime spectaculars at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot!
Best of all, there will be a new character dining experience at Topolino’s Terrace! What better way than to start your day than with Breakfast à la Art with Mickey and Friends. Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy will don brand-new outfits unique to this dining experience, as they mix and mingle while you enjoy fresh pastries. Entrées include Quiche Gruyère with House-made Pancetta, Sour Cream Waffles, Wood-fired Butchers Steak, Smoked Salmon, Spiced Sausage Hash, Two Eggs Any Style, Plant-Based “Egg” Omelets and more. We’re drooling already! Advance dining reservations are highly encouraged and can be made through the My Disney Experience app up to 180 days in advance.
Other dining options include Primo Piatto, a quick-service restaurant that will offer casual meals and grab-and-go options, and Bar Riva, a pool bar with drinks and food options. At Le Petit Café, grab a coffee or pastry during the day or small plates and a drink from the bar at night.
Reservations Now Open!
Even though it's a Disney Vacation Club resort, non-members can reserve rooms here, as well. We think Disney's Riviera Resort will especially attract large families, those who appreciate a Disney hotel with a central location and couples looking for a romantic getaway (thanks to the new Tower Studios!). The resort is currently taking reservations in advance of its opening. If you're just as excited as we are about this new hotel, hop to it and book your room through us frogs for huge savings!
Will you be checking in to Disney's Riviera Resort? Let us know what you're most looking forward to in the comments below!