Located on-site at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort is one of the resort’s Deluxe Resort Villas and is the 15th Disney Vacation Club (time share) property to be constructed. This spectacular property originally opened in December 2019, features 300 villas & suites and is open to both vacation club members as well as traditional overnight hotel guests.
Located in Epcot Resort Area of Walt Disney World directly across from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, this property is themed after the French and Italian Riviera. It is a short distance to all four Walt Disney World theme parks, the water parks and Disney Springs. The Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando are both less than 30 minutes away.
Amenities at this hotel are quite good for a property of this price point and includes two resort style pools, the Athletique Fitness Center, complimentary resort wide transportation, organized recreational activities / entertainment and complimentary Wi-Fi service.
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Frequently Asked Questions – Disney’s Riviera Resort
What are the hotel rates at Disney’s Riviera Resort?
Prices for Disney’s Riviera Resort typically range from over $200 per night to more than $500 per night for the family suites depending on the time of year. See our price chart below for rates during specific nights.
Does Disney’s Riviera Resort provide transportation to the Walt Disney World theme parks?
Disney’s Riviera Resort offers complimentary bus transportation throughout Walt Disney World including the theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs and the Resort hotels. There is also a Disney Skyliner station adjacent to the resort which provides access to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Is there free transportation from the Orlando International Airport to Disney’s Riviera Resort?
Complimentary transportation from Disney’s Magical Express is no longer offered. However, Mears Connect shuttle service provides transportation from the Walt Disney World Resort to the Orlando International Airport at a cost of around $32.00 per person.
Is there a Resort Fee or Parking Charge at Disney’s Riviera Resort?
There are no resort fees or parking charges at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
How many pools are there at Disney’s Riviera Resort?
There are two pools at Disney’s Riviera Resort – the main Riviera Pool is a family-friendly pool that features a zero-entry as well as a water slide. The Beau Soleil Pool is a quiet pool that is perfect for relaxing.
What are the food & beverage options at the Disney’s Riviera Resort?
Disney’s Riviera Resort features four food & beverage options including the Toppolino’s Terrace which is the resort’s rooftop dining experience.
What is the check-in and check-out time at Disney’s Riviera Resort?
The check in-time at the Disney’s Riviera Resort is 4:00 pm and check out time is at 11:00 am.
What is the pet policy at the Disney’s Riviera Resort?
With the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed at Disney’s Riviera Resort. However, Disney’s has an ongoing pilot program that allows pets at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort.
About Disney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s Riviera Resort originally opened in December 2019 and is one of the newest resorts constructed at Walt Disney World. The property is one of the “Deluxe Resort Villas” and is one of the Disney Vacation Club properties. The resort is highly themed after the French and Italian Riviera and has outstanding lake views.
There are 300 rooms ranging from studio suites to one-, two- and three-bedroom resort villas.
This vacation club resort is located on-site within the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida in the Epcot Resorts area. Access to the resort is provided by East Buena Vista Drive which connects to Epcot Center Drive and Interstate 4 just a few miles to the east.
Disney’s Riviera Resort
1080 Esplanade Avenue
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
It will take about 30 minutes to get to Disney’s Riviera Resort from the Orlando International Airport. Guests can either take SR-528 (Beach Line Expressway) to Interstate 4, west to Osceola Parkway or SR-417 west to the Osceola Parkway. Both routes are similar in mileage and fairly easy to navigate for out-of-area travelers.
From Disney’s Riviera Resort, the time / distance to the visitor toll plazas at the Disney theme parks are as follows (per Google Maps):
- Magic Kingdom Park: Approximately 10 minutes
- Epcot: Less than 10 minutes
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Less than 10 minutes
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Approximately 10 minutes
- Disney Springs (Orange Parking Garage): Less than 15 minutes
The time / distance to other popular Orlando area attractions is as follows:
- SeaWorld Orlando: Approximately 15 minutes
- Universal Orlando Resort: Approximately 19 minutes.
- Downtown Orlando: Approximately 30 minutes
- Orange County Convention Center: Approximately 15 minutes
- The Mall at Millenia: Approximately 25 minutes
Amenities at Disney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s Riviera Resort is a full service “Deluxe” resort which includes a number of amenities and features.
Resort Pool Areas
There are two separate pool areas at Disney’s Riviera Resort. The main pool is The Riviera Pool which is the larger of the two pools and offers family-family fun. There is a children’s splash park (S’il Vous Play), water slide and a beach entrance surrounded by plenty of lounge chairs.
The more tranquil Beau Soleil Pool is the perfect place to relax with a good book or tropical drink.
- Entertainment and Recreation
- Athletique Fitness Center
- Jogging Trail
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
There is also complimentary transportation provided throughout the entire Walt Disney World Resort. The hotel features shuttle bus service outside of main lobby to the theme parks as well as Disney Springs and a station for the Disney Skyliner is located at the side of the property. Guests can use the Skyliner to travel to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Boardwalk area.
Dining Options at Disney’s Riviera Resort
Dining options are what you would expect for a high quality property like Disney’s Riviera Resort
- Bar Riva: Light bites and cocktails are available at this open-air poolside bar from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
- Primo Piatto: Quick service & grab-and-go offering American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM
- Le Petit Cafe’: Enjoy coffee, pastries, small plates and late-night drinks from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
- Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera: Rooftop dining for breakfast (character dining) and dinner service. Open daily from 7:30 AM to 12:15 PM and 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Topolino’s serves French and Italian Cuisine.
The Rooms at Disney’s Riviera Resort
There multiple types of rooms at Disney’s Riviera Resort ranging from studio rooms to three-bedroom villas. All rooms feature a small refrigerator or kitchenette / full kitchen, free wireless internet service, flat panel televisions a coffee maker, iron / ironing board, in-room safe, telephone with voicemail, hairdryer and bathroom products.
Deluxe studio rooms sleep up to 5 adults with 1 Queen bed, 1 Queen-size pull down bed and 1 single pull down bed. Kitchenettes are including in the Deluxe Studio rooms.
Deluxe studio rooms sleep up to 2 adults with Queen-size pull down bed. A small refrigerator and a private balcony is including with the Tower Studios.
1 Bedroom Villas
One-bedroom villas sleep up to 5 adults with 1 Queen bed, 1 Queen-size pull down bed and 1 single pull down bed. A fully equipped kitchen is including in the one-bedroom villas and select rooms have lake, pool or Disney Skyliner views.
2 Bedroom Villas
Two-bedroom villas sleep up to 9 adults with 1 King and 2 Queen beds, 1 Queen-size pull down bed and 1 single pull down bed. A fully equipped kitchen is including in the two-bedroom villas and select rooms have lake, pool or Disney Skyliner views.
3 Bedroom Grand Villas
The three-bedroom Grand Villas sleeps up to 12 adults features a fully equipped kitchen, 3 full bathrooms, 4 flat panel televisions, a private porch or balcony with lake views and stacked washer & dryer. The villa includes 1 king bed, 4 queen beds and 1 queen-size sleeper sofa.
Hotel Rates for Disney’s Riviera Resort
Like most hotels in the greater Orlando area, rates at Disney’s Riviera Resort are highly seasonal and we have found that rates and availability do vary quite considerably throughout the year. The rates shown below are the best available rate in both room types offered at this hotel.
The following rates were obtained from the hotel web site at the time of publication. Please note that nightly rates can change at any time.
|Rates 2023 – 24
There is a 6% resort tax on top of a 6.5% sales tax. The property does not charge resort fees or overnight parking charges. Disney is constantly running special offers and there are always discounts for annual passholders and Florida Residents.
What We Liked about Disney’s Riviera Resort
There are a number of things to like about Disney’s Riviera Resort. Following are some of the highlights:
- Large / spacious villas
- The view from the rooftop deck
- Great theming and decor
- Complimentary Disney resort wide transportation include the Disney Skyliner
What We Did Not Like about Disney’s Riviera Resort
There are a few things about the Disney’s Riviera Resort we do not like which include:
- Limited on-site dining options
- Expensive nightly room rates
- Limited amenities
What We Think Disney’s Riviera Resort is Perfect For
We were very happy with our stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort and find that it is perfect for:
- Long-term Disney vacations
- Large families (families suites)
- Vacation travelers seeking a premium experience
Our Endless Summer Hotel Rating
Disney’s Riviera Resort is a very high quality resort and a great place to stay during your next Walt Disney World vacation. As Florida residents and annual passholders, we try to take advantage of special offers for any on-site Disney hotel and would definitely stay at this resort when rates are less than $500 per night for a studio or suite. Otherwise, we think there are better options above that price point.
Since typically we drive to Orlando, Disney’s transportation service to the theme parks as well as Uber / Lyft for off-site restaurants is not a concern. However, without a vehicle guests are not fully able to explore the Orlando area outside of Disney (this of course is by design). Outside transportation service costs can add up if you are looking to visit non-Disney theme parks or off-property restaurants so keep that in mind for your next visit.