We were invited to the grand opening of Disney’s Riviera Resort on December 16th, 2019 and that included several tours of villas at the newest Disney Vacation Club resort. Disney’s Riviera Resort is next to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and is on the Disney Skyliner route. The Disney Skyliner is a fanastic new mode of transportation at Walt Disney World (I ride anytime I get the chance!). The Disney Skyliner makes Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios much more convenient.
One of the villas we were able to tour was a 3-bedroom Grand Villa, which is about 2500 square feet and sleeps 12. There are 12 of these villas, so they will be very popular. Here are photos and video!
First, here is our video tour of the Grand Villa at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
There is artwork on the walls both outside and inside the villas depicting Disney characters (including Belle).
We toured villa 8406.
There was a lot of activity in the villas when we were there since it was a media tour, so I have fewer wide shots than normal. But here you can see upon walking in that there is a kitchen to the right, living area to the left and the dining room is just behind it (which I will show later). The common areas here are very spacious.
This is the microwave and stove, along with dishware. What I like about DVC villas is that the one, two and three bedroom villas do allow for cooking.
There is a large refrigerator.
Glassware is to the side of the microwave.
The dining room table is pretty large, probably a comfortable fit for about 8 guests.
Here is another view of it.
Plates on the wall include a Riviera Resort themed plate.
And nearby, the first piece of character artwork we will look at – Remy. The artwork through the resort is created for the location, and much of it is pretty subtle.
In this archway, there are hidden Mickeys. Both the Gran Destino Tower (which opened earlier this year) and Disney’s Riviera Resort have plenty of Disney touches for those who look for them.
The windows allow for a nice amount of light to enter into the dining room. And you can see the Mickeys here as well.
This is the Master bedroom – all three bedrooms are nicely sized, this one has a king sized bed.
The colors of the villa and on the bed are mostly earthy.
There is a chair in the corner.
The artwork in this room features Mrs. Potts and Chip, Cogsworth and Lumiere.
There is a large bathroom attached – Disney’s Riviera Resort does not skimp on bathroom size, even in the small Tower Studio rooms. This villa has several.
There is even a small chair here.
A tub sits nearby.
There is also a shower in this room.
Brave Little Tailor artwork is in the bathroom.
In the hallway, there is Aristocats art. I didn’t realize at first that it was the Aristocats – once I was told most of the artwork is subtle, I got it. And they are at Disney’s Riviera Resort in this piece.
Wall-E art is above these beds.
Eve and Wall-E.
These pieces have a Van Gogh feel to them.
This second room has two queen beds and a smaller chair than the master.
The Mickeys in the design can be seen here as well.
This is the third bedroom, also with two queen beds.
All have pretty large televisions as well.
I didn’t even see who was in this artwork at first – Lightning McQueen is driving down the road.
The balcony here can be accessed from several different locations and is spacious. I am actually not sure how many balconies are with the villa, I went out on one.
The views from the villa include the Disney Skyliner.
Mickey can be seen here as well.
Here are more views from the room.
To the left, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and beyond are visible.
The courtyard with the pools of Disney’s Riviera Resort is in view.
This is a look at a balcony. I would want to be out here all day!
Looking toward Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.
And Topolino’s Terrace, which has an EXCELLENT character breakfast is higher up.
Back inside, this restroom has artwork inspired by The Princess and the Frog.
It isn’t apparent at first.
But it is as you get closer to it.
I mentioned that there was a lot of activity in the rooms, but I had a chance to photograph the living room. There is a nice amount of seating and then a large television.
Will you be visiting Disney’s Riviera Resort? Even if you aren’t staying, I recommend a visit to walk around and to check out the merchandise – it currently has the widest range of Walt Disney World resort merchandise (many items with Disney characters) of any resort.
You can find more information about Disney’s Riviera Resort on the Walt Disney World site. Most guests will be booking these with DVC points – booking a Grand Villa with cash can become difficult though I see some availability now on various dates.