With all of the construction at Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Disney transportation, the newest Disney Resort to be added to the Walt Disney Resort family has really slipped under the radar. Disney’s Riviera Resort is slated to open Fall 2019 and construction for this 300 unit Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort, is underway! This will be Disney’s 15th DVC property
Disney has, I would say purposefully, but that is just my assumption, not based in fact, distanced itself from the Caribbean Beach Resort. And I think the reason for that is, there has never been a DVC resort at a moderate resort and I wonder if that wouldn’t be as well received as a DVC resort at a deluxe resort.
The Riviera Resort will be available for both DVC members and non-DVC, just as the other resorts are. The resort will also play host to a gondola station, which will provide access to Hollywood Studios and also Epcot and of course bus transportation will be available as well as the Minnie Van service.
Construction has already begun on this resort and at this time there is quite a bit of construction going on at Caribbean Beach Resort and all of the resort amenities. This can be good and bad. There is not a lot of food available at the resort right now and there is a lot of construction noise and partitions but it also means that you can stay here at a discounted rate so if you only use your resort as a bed and don’t spend a lot of time there, this is a great opportunity to stay at Caribbean Beach Resort.
Disney Riviera Resort was announced at the D23 expo and is expected to have a variety of accommodation types across several price ranges and is expected to open Fall 2019. Similar to several other Walt Disney World Resorts, it has been announced that the Disney Riviera Resort will feature a rooftop restaurant which will have views of both Epcot and Magic Kingdom and their nighttime extravaganza’s.
Back in 2014, rumors began to circulate that Walt Disney Company was toying with the idea of a DVC resort as part of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Permits were submitted for major changes to the existing buildings in January 2017, this included complete demolition and removal of nine of the thirty-three buildings at Caribbean Beach Resort. Permits also showed changes to the water areas surrounding the existing resort including at least one new pond.
The theming for this newest DVC addition has been kept under wraps by Walt Disney Company. I would expect the theme to include elements of the Mexican Riviera to fit with the Caribbean Beach thematic elements.
What is Disney Vacation Club?
DVC is a vacation timeshare company. Now, before you roll your eyes, this timeshare company is a little different because Disney is constantly striving to update and improve the DVC member experience. DVC members receive special perks in and out of the parks and has customized options that can fit within your budget and travel needs/desires.
With your DVC membership, you are purchasing real estate interest in one of the fourteen (soon to be fifteen once Disney Riviera Resort opens) DVC properties. With your real estate interest purchase, you are provided a certain amount of points per yeat to be used on your Disney Vacation. This can be used at your home resort or at any other DVC property. Important to note, your points do not transfer to resorts that are not a part of the DVC family.
You can learn more about DVC HERE!
I scoured the internet for information on Disney Riviera Resort and like many other Disney projects, there is a lot about this upcoming resort that Disney is keeping under wraps. Stay tuned for more information as it is released about this new and exciting Walt Disney World property.
That’s it for this post! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed it; we’ll see ya’ real soon Disney family and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.