PROS AND CONS: Disney’s Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World

by | Mar 25, 2021 | WDW Blog, WDW Resorts

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What are the Pros and Cons of Disney’s Riviera Resort? Check here before you book your next trip to Walt Disney World!

Disney’s Riviera is the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort at Walt Disney World. This resort was inspired by Walt Disney’s travels to Europe. What’s unique about the Riviera Resort is the signature art pieces hung throughout the resort created by Disney and Pixar artists.


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Riviera Pros

Potted plants at Disney's Riviera Resort

Photo by Courtney Reynolds

Spacious Rooms

Interior of one of Disney's Riviera Resort's one bedroom villas

Photo by Courtney Reynolds

The variety of rooms can accommodate almost any group size! From 2-person Tower Studios to the 3-bedroom Grand Villa which sleeps 12! The one and two-bedroom villas are the largest on Disney property.

Skyliner

A navigation sign for the Skyliner at Walt Disney World

Photo by Courtney Reynolds

The Skyliner has a station located at Disney’s Riviera Resort. Skyliner transportation gives guests easy access to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Rooftop Dining

Topolino’s Terrace is a table service restaurant found on the rooftop of Disney’s Riviera Resort. Enjoy a character breakfast or a signature dining experience inside the restaurant which was named after Mickey Mouse– in Italian, of course!

Riviera Cons

A fountain at Disney's Rivera Resort

Photo by Courtney Reynolds

The Cost

As with any DVC Deluxe resort, the price tag is going to be high. However, the Skyliner access, compact layout, and dining options make it worth it to many guests.

Location

A sign points towards different areas of the Caribbean Beach Resort

Photo by Brett Svenson

Many of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts are located very close to a theme park or Disney Springs. The Riviera, however, sits right next to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Some people don’t mind being next to a moderate– as it provides additional walking paths and dining options. 

Subtle Theme

The understated interior of Disney's Riviera Resort

Photo by Courtney Reynolds

Some people have noticed that this resort’s theme is much more subtle than other Disney resorts– almost as if it’s lost that Disney feeling.

Other people enjoy the upscale modern look with Disney Art pieces on display throughout the resort. If total Disney immersion isn’t a top priority, this could be your resort!

Should You Stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort?

A view of Disney's Riviera Resort from afar

Photo by Courtney Reynolds

If you’re up to trying the newest resort on Disney property, with easy Skyliner access to 2 parks– give it a go! The Character Breakfast at Topolino’s is a hit, and so are the 2 swimming pools.

If you’re not into spending the money to stay at Disney’s Riviera, consider staying right next door at Disney’s Caribbean Beach. You’ll still have access to the Skyliner and can always take a stroll over to Disney’s Riviera for more dining options!

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Written by Terri Miller

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Terri Miller is creator, owner and a writer for WDW Hints. Terri enjoys all things Disney, especially researching tips, tricks and little known things about the Disney parks (and then sharing them with you!)
Terri Miller

Written by Terri Miller

Terri Miller is creator, owner and a writer for WDW Hints. Terri enjoys all things Disney, especially researching tips, tricks and little known things about the Disney parks (and then sharing them with you!)