Today Disney has announced that the company's 15th DVC property is now open for for reservations for all guests, including non-DVC members. Riviera Resort is said to be inspired by Walt and his wife Lillian's travel throughout Europe, specifically the Mediterranean coastline. It is expected to be one the grandest hotels on Walt Disney World property with new restaurants, a wide range of rooms and close proximity to not one but two Disney parks.
Disney’s Riviera Resort brings the elegance of a modern European retreat blended with a touch of old-world glamour and Disney charm to the Disney Vacation Club portfolio and Walt Disney World Resort. With an elegant early-20th-century design, Disney’s Riviera Resort will welcome guests with a palm tree-lined boulevard and a striking façade featuring grand archways, porticos, cascading water features, towers and terraces. In the grand oval lobby that will provide stunning views of the resort lawn and lakefront, guests will encounter a mix of modern and classic furnishings. Throughout the resort and inside the accommodations, a unique art collection will celebrate beloved Disney characters and icons with one-of-a-kind pieces influenced by the works of master artists who also found inspiration along the European Riviera. This eclectic mix of art will blend Disney artistry and European storytelling with a nod to the Riviera region’s renowned art heritage.
The hotel will have approximately 300 rooms ranging from studios to grand villas. The entry-level rooms will be a new concept for DVC properties, the tower studios that sleep up to two guests and come with a private balcony. Promising to be a very romantic setting for a fun weekend getaway for couples. Next will be the deluxe studios which will sleep up to five guests and come with its own kitchenette. Then of course there will be the one-bedroom, two-bedroom and grand villas. Each will come with full size kitchens, an en-suite luxury bathroom, private balcony and of course laundry facilities. The grand villas built to hold up to twelve people!
Disney has also provided more details on Riviera Resorts dining options. The new hotel will feature up to four dining locations. The star of the show is the hotel's signature restaurant, Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera. The menu will be inspired by classic French and Italian dishes and offer spectacular views to not one but two fireworks displays; both at Epcot and Hollywood Studios. The resort's quick service restaurant Primo Piatto, will be an outdoor cafe by the resort's main pool. Which will also be adjacent to Bar Riva, a relaxing outdoor pool bar. (Which by the look of the new concept art looks amazing!) Finally there will be Le Petit Café located in the resort's main lobby. It will serve as a coffee bar by day and chic wine bar by night. Reservations for dining and menus have not been released at this time.
Finally, aside from sophisticated design and classic cuisine, the resort will also put guests in close proximity to two theme parks. The upcoming Disney Skyliner will have a station at Riviera Resort which will connect guests directly to Disney's Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway entrance to Epcot. Conveniently next to the France Pavilion.