Touring the Riviera

Working for Disney comes with perks and today it was being able to explore the new Riviera Resort.  In Disney terms, I attended an “Open Mouse”.   I was not expecting much from the Riviera but was completely blown away.  The resort is elegant yet inviting and there are so many Disney touches and tributes to Walt.  It is already my new favorite Epcot-area resort.

The Riviera is a Disney Vacation Club resort, but fear not, you can stay here even if you are not a DVC member!  We got to tour all of the room types the Riviera offers including the Studio, Deluxe Studio, 1 Bedroom Villa, 2 Bedroom Villa, and 3 Bedroom Grand Villa.  The rooms are all beautifully designed with white marble and blue and gold accents.  The artwork throughout the resort was my favorite!

If you are fortunate enough to get a room with a preferred view, you can watch the Skyliner from your room! My only dislike was that the Studio room was really small and felt like a room on a cruise ship with a Murphy pull-down bed.  On the flip side, the 3 Bedroom Grand Villa shown below was so beautiful (and over 2,500 square feet) that I was ready to pack up my apartment and move right in!

There are plenty of options here for foodies!  From the upscale Primo Piatto quick service restaurant to Topolino’s Terrace on the roof – you really can’t go wrong.

Primo Piatto features quick service options like Salads, Pizza, Pasta, and Hot and Cold Sandwiches.  My favorite part of the dining area was the back wall which displays many pictures of Walt. The Bar Riva Pool Bar is just outside and offers more food and drink items there too! I was extremely excited to see that Il Gelato (the gelato shop at Disney Springs) is going to have a pop-up location at the pool!  Gelato at the pool?! I think YES!

For those of us that want a coffee in the morning or cocktail in the evening, there is also an adorable coffee/cocktail shop Le Petit Cafe located in the lobby.   My favorite room on the property was just through the cafe called Voyageurs’ Lounge.  Maybe I love it because it looks like a cozy library, but there are also many Walt artifacts on display from his many trips to the Riviera that make it so special.

The view from the top of Topolino’s Terrace is quite breathtaking and will be the perfect place to view the Epcot firework show.  This restaurant will feature Character Dining with Mickey & Friends for breakfast and a table service restaurant for dinner with fresh pasta and wine. It reminded me a lot of California Grill which is one of my favorite places on property, so of course I am already dying to try it!

Besides delicious food options, Riviera also features other amenities like a pool with a waterslide, fitness center, event room, outdoor campfire with “elevated” s’mores (shortbread, chocolate ganache, and homemade marshmallow), and other things like…wait for it…MOSAICS!  These mosaics feature over 500,000 hand-cut tiles.  I tried to take some pictures, but they just don’t do them justice…you need to go check them out in person! The last amenity to mention is that Riviera also hosts one of the few Disney Skyliner hubs which makes this resort a great choice as you can easily hop on to visit Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Imagineering did an incredible job giving this resort a European touch.  Along with the Walt memorabilia and gorgeous art work, a Cast Member told us that there will be familiar Disney songs playing at the resort but in both French and Italian languages!  I hope you all enjoy this resort as much as I did today – and if anyone is renting out the 3 Bedroom Grand Villa – please invite me 🙂

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