Located smack between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, Disney’s 15th Disney Vacation Club property, Disney’s Riviera Resort, opened today at Walt Disney World. The resort offers deluxe accommodations inspired by Walt and Lillian Disney’s trips to Europe’s Mediterranean Coast.
We are celebrating the opening of the Riviera Resort with a GIVEAWAY. One lucky winner will receive a Riviera Resort-themed autograph book, a limited-edition Riviera Resort pin, and a signed copy of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids.
Riviera Resort introduces tower studios, a new room category just for couples. Other room configurations are deluxe studios, one-bedroom villas (both accommodating up to 5 guests), two-bedroom villas for up to 9 guests, and three-bedroom grand villas for a party of up to 12. The stylish European decor with subtle Disney accents is pleasing and provides the right atmosphere for relaxing after a busy day in the parks.
Walt Disney’s love for European art, architecture, and food is felt throughout the resorts. There are 40 unique pieces of European-inspired artwork displayed in the resort public space and rooms, as well as beautiful black and white photographs of Walt Disney and his family during their European travels.
Riviera Resort Dining Options
Topolino’s Terrace—Flavors of the Riviera is the resort’s rooftop dining location. Topolino offers fabulous views of the nightly fireworks shows at Disney Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Did you know that Topolino means Mickey Mouse in Italian?
In the morning, the restaurant is home to a prix fixe character breakfast featuring painter Mickey, journalist Minnie, sculptor Donald, and ballerina Daisy, stylishly dressed in outfits unique to Topolino’s Terrace.
Other dining options are Le Petit Café, located in the lobby of the resort, serving coffee during the day and transforming into a wine bar at night.
Relax at The Voyaguers’ Lounge, surrounded by a collection of book titles that Walt Disney gathered.
Primo Piatto is the quick-service restaurant of the resort and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Riviera Pool comes complete with plenty of seating areas, a slide wrapped around a tower, and S’il Vous Play, an interactive splash area with characters from Fantasia.
Bar Riva, the resort’s pool bar, is open for lunch and dinner and features European- and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, as well as made-to-order cocktails and drinks. For a quiet experience, visit the Beau Soleil Pool.
Athlétique is the resort’s fitness center, where runners will enjoy the 1.2-mile scenic trail around Barefoot Bay and the Caribbean Beach Resort. There is a giant chess game and, in another nod to Europe, guests can enjoy a bocce ball game.
At La Boutique, shop for resort-themed merchandise, including these adorable journalist Mickey, writer Minnie, sculptor Donald, and ballerina Daisy plush toys.
The Disney Skyliner has a dedicated station at Disney’s Riviera Resort, linking guests directly to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The gondola system also connects the resort to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.
The walkway to the Skyliner station is beautiful and features two spectacular mosaic murals created with over 1 million hand-cut tiles. Feast your eyes on a stunning work of art depicting a scene of London at night with Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and John flying off to Never Land on one side—and Rapunzel’s floating lantern scene from Tangled on the other.
To plan your visit to Walt Disney World, check out The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2020.