First look inside Disney World's Riviera Resort

December 5, 2019, 3:18 PM · Before we left town after this week's epic Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opening, Walt Disney World invited reporters to tour its upcoming Disney's Riviera Resort.

Disney's 15th Disney Vacation Club property, a Deluxe-level resort, opens on December 16. Featuring 300 rooms — including deluxe studios, one- and two-bedroom villas, and grand villas that sleep up to 12 guests each — the resort carries a theme of European-inspired artwork throughout its decor. The most impressive installation, for me, was a duo of tile mosaics that frame the resort's Disney Skyliner station.

But just as impressive might have been the panoramic view from the Riviera's Topolino's Terrace, atop the hotel.

Disney has created dozens of European-inspired, Disney-themed works for the resort, of which copies will be available for sale in the resort's gift shop. I posted some photos of 10 examples on our Instagram.

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Some of the European inspired Disney themed art at the new DVC Riviera Resort. #waltdisneyworld

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And if you're curious about the rooms, Disney took us through the top-of-the-stock, one of its 12 grand villas... at 2,500 square feet.

Again, Disney's Riviera Resort opens December 16.

Replies (5)

December 5, 2019 at 4:34 PM

Very impressive! WDW Resort is spending money to make money.

December 5, 2019 at 5:10 PM

>>Before we left town after this week's epic Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opening, Walt Disney World invited reporters to tour its upcoming Disney's Riviera Resort.

Not even the press can avoid the timeshare spiel...

December 6, 2019 at 12:42 AM

Pretty good post. I will come back and follow you street view

December 6, 2019 at 8:32 AM

The resort looks very nice, but I still question the viability and stability of DVC, especially since Disney never reports details regarding revenue, liabilities, and ownership numbers (aside from resorts that are "sold out") for the program. Yes, Disney seems to be signaling that the timeshare is healthy, but I've read numerous articles that the initial wave of DVC buyers are getting close to the end of the initial contracts, and most do not plan to reinvest. If this is true, there's going to be a lot of DVC inventory available over the next 10-15 years (most initial investors signed 35-year contracts), with the newest units subject to the more strict usage rules (i.e. limited resort portability). Disney always puts on a happy face when talking about DVC, and their investment in thousands of additional units around the world would suggest that the program is wildly successful. However, in the end, we're still talking about a timeshare where families are committing to a vacation with limited options pretty much every single year. I don't see Millennials buying DVC, and with initial investors either finishing their commitment or dying off, I wonder if there will be a reckoning in the next decade or 2.

December 6, 2019 at 1:05 PM

Chad H... I laughed. Truth!

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