Earlier this week, Disney Vacation Club announced that sales of the proposed, all-new Disney’s Riviera Resort are now open exclusively for Disney Vacation Club Members until April 15, 2019, when sales will then be open to the general public. The new Resort is projected to open December 16, 2019, at Walt Disney World Resort and is slated to be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property immersing its guests in the “grandeur and enchantment of the European Riviera.”
Members with an ownership interest in Disney’s Riviera Resort can begin making reservations with vacation points on April 10, 2019, for stays starting December 16, 2019. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance for Members with Home Resort priority.
Members who do not have an ownership interest in Disney’s Riviera Resort can begin making reservations with vacation points when the 7-month window opens on May 16, 2019.
Terri Schultz, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club had the following to say about Disney’s Riviera Resort:
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. 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.
These deluxe accommodations will offer approximately 300 family-friendly vacation homes with options to suit a variety of 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 brand new accommodation – Tower Studios.
The new Tower Studios are described as a “chic, space for two, located in its own tower of the resort. Tower Studios will provide an upscale studio experience that maximizes efficiency, inclusive of a queen-sized bed housed in a built-in wall unit that is pulled down for sleeping and tucked away to reveal a comfortable lounge-worthy space. This elegant area will include a sofa, quaint writing nook, a beverage center and microwave, plentiful storage, and bright and modern bathroom.”
Guests can look forward to a variety of artwork throughout the entire Resort including inside the guest rooms such as Disney concept art with European settings, posters of Disney films as released in Europe, archival photography of Walt Disney’s travels throughout the region and book titles Walt Disney gathered on his journeys. There will be more than 40 signature art pieces as well that were created exclusively for Disney’s Riviera Resort and feature unique Disney character art that was inspired by the renowned artistic heritage found along the shores of the European Riviera.
Early 20th-century elegance that can be seen throughout Europe and the Mediterranean coastline will be reflected in the palm tree-lined boulevard along with a façade that will feature grand archways, porticos, cascading water features, and towers and terraces. The pools of Disney’s Riviera Resort will extend the theming focusing on showcasing a Southern European coast inspiration.
The feature pool, simply titled Riviera Pool, will offer lounge chairs and sun umbrellas and a stone turret slide. For those traveling with young guests, an interactive water play area, S’il Vous Play will encourage playtime with a whimsical fountain that will feature several cherished characters from Disney Fantasia. For guests looking for a more leisurely poolside experience, the Beau Soleil leisure pool will feature a natural, lush-green wall surrounding the area and creating a semi-private pool experience.
Guests staying at this new resort will also have a new way to travel to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios via Disney Skyliner. Disney Skyliner will not only efficiently move guests to their location, it will also offer a whole new way to experience Walt Disney World Resort with amazing views only available from the sky — complete with some great photo opportunities. Disney’s Riviera Resort guests will pass through a tunnel archway that includes sparkling water features where they’ll be connected to a dedicated station to hop onboard a Disney Skyliner gondola. Once they’re in operation later this fall, some cabins will feature graphics based on Disney films, attractions, and characters. Once aboard, guests can take a European-inspired ride through the sky to Epcot International Gateway or Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Riviera Resort will also feature many ways for guests to enjoy dining, 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, with 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.
“Stepping into Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera, guests will be surrounded by stunning visual aesthetics of modern interpretations of Italian and French textures, colors, and carvings mingled with stonework that harkens to what can be found in ancient European villages along the coastline. And while dining, guests may then step out onto the terrace for a grand view of the resort’s stunning vistas, and possibly even enjoy the nighttime spectaculars of nearby Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Plus, guests looking to start their morning off with a breakfast experience can visit Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera for special Disney character dining, 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. Those looking for that 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 that will be a charming coffee bar by day, and transform into a stylish wine bar by night. 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.
Disney’s Riviera Resort will be the first all-new, stand-alone Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World since 2004.