The Riviera Resort - A New DVC Property Announced

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The Riviera Resort - A New DVC Property Announced

"We're thrilled to announce plans for a new Disney Vacation Club property called Disney Riviera Resort coming to Walt Disney World Resort," Chapek said. "Our Vacation Club Members are among our most loyal fans, and we think that they will love what we have planned, especially the rooftop restaurant that will offer unbelievable views of nighttime spectaculars at both Epcot and Hollywood Studios."

For those that were paying attention Disney Skyliner (the new Gondola transportation system) was also announced during the DVC portion of the Parks & Resorts panel. The Riviera, Disney's Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts with Disney's Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot will all be connected by the Skyliner.

Estimated to open in fall 2019, this new resort experience is slated to be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property with approximately 300 units spread across a variety of accommodation types. This luxury tower is the rumored Caribbean Beach Resort DVC property.

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This will open just about the time my original contract is paid off. Hrmmm...... laugh

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Very interesting, but if we do buy more points, I think we would just add on to our existing Poly contract. But, this is close to Epcot, so who knows? I'll be very interested to see how this one comes along over the next couple of years.

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I already have an EPCOT DVC contract, (Beach Club) and a monorail DVC, (BLT) as well as Animal Kingdom, (Kidani is my favorite vs Jambo) but you can never have too many points!! I just might need a gondola resort! laugh laugh laugh

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Sounds awesome! Can't wait to see more info unfold!

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So - I'm going out on a limb here and taking a guess that this is going to have a French Riviera theme vs. Riviera Maya. The reason... Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo. The concept art give a couple of clues in the architectural elements, and I feel like the new DVC resort exterior is inspires by the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo.

Check out the pictures of it below for these points:


  • White/cream stone building exterior

  • Grayish roofing

  • Black metal balcony railings

  • Dormers in roofing

  • Semi-domed elements in roof line

  • Portico on the Disney property reminds me of the enclosed space coming off the front of the Hotel de Paris

What do you think? Could the DVC resort be inspired by the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo??
Do you think they would do a French Riviera theme so close to the Caribbean Beach?

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How big are the gondolas? Originally, the rumour made it sound like they were the large ones that they use in the Alps. But, the video I saw as part of D23 made it look like small ones that hold only a few people, like one family at a time kinda thing.

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I think that this give the best look at what size the Skyliners are going to be. I too thought that they would be larger gondolas, but the image makes it seem like they are more of a single family thing.

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Kristen K. wrote:
I think that this give the best look at what size the Skyliners are going to be. I too thought that they would be larger gondolas, but the image makes it seem like they are more of a single family thing.

Thanks for the photo Kristen. It makes sense the more I think of it. Having those huge mountain gondolas probably would be just impractical because they would take much longer to load and unload plus they could only have a few. In fact, the large ones would probably only allow them to run one at a time per line.

The smaller ones will allow them a quick load cycle and they can have many more going on the line at once, almost like an omnimover really. They can also have them run much lower to the ground vs the large ones. Visually, they will also look better as you will see multiple colored gondolas moving back and forth along the lines.

I've always liked theme parks that feature those hanging gondolas. I just think it looks cool. Plus, this will give people something to look at above the horizon other than those planes spelling "LOVE" in the sky. laugh

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I like the idea of a French riviera theme simply because there's already a Mexican-themed WDW resort.

We won't buy there, but I could see using our points to stay there someday.

I am not riding in those gondolas.

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crazycatperson wrote:
I like the idea of a French riviera theme simply because there's already a Mexican-themed WDW resort.

I agree completely. That's one of the reasons I'm leaning towards it being French Riviera. Disney doesn't have any European themed resorts with that lavish look. I'm almost wondering if they are going to try and have this compete with the Four Seasons and go super luxe. We shall see.

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I am not riding in those gondolas.

Yes!! awesome
I try to never say never. However the last time I was in a small gondola like that I had a full on ugly crying panic attack. It was not pretty. My family can take the gondola, I'll hire a Minnie Van and meet them there.

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While I think that the gondolas are wicked cool, I can't see myself wanting to buy points here. I really want our next set of points to be either Poly or Beach Club, with an outside chance of Wilderness Lodge. Nothing about the resort itself excites me really. Like I said, the gondolas look cool, but if I'm going to locate myself between Epcot and DHS, I want to walk to the parks.

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