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    Great detail on the new Riviera Resort from the Disney Parks Blog last month:

    The deluxe Disney Vacation Club resort is slated to offer approximately 300 family-friendly vacation homes, including deluxe studios, one- and two-bedroom villas, and grand villas that sleep up to 12 guests each. Disney Vacation Club continues to offer the widest range of accommodations found at Walt Disney World, and adding to these unique accommodations will be an all-new room category — tower studios, which sleep two guests each. Each charming, bright tower studio will include a private balcony with scenic views and seating for two, offering a more intimate setting. The deluxe studios, which sleep five, will also feature kitchenettes. One-bedroom, two-bedroom and grand villas will feature large, fully equipped kitchens with dining space open to a living area. Villas will also feature an en-suite luxury bathroom, including a freestanding soaking tub and walk-in shower, as well as a private porch or balcony and a laundry area with a washer and dryer.

    Topolino is the Italian name for Mickey Mouse, and the new, signature table-service restaurant perched on the rooftop of Disney’s Riviera Resort will be aptly called Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera. The restaurant, featuring authentic dishes infused with French and Italian flavors, is set to become one of the most stunning dining experiences at Walt Disney World, offering picturesque vistas of the nighttime spectaculars of nearby Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Inside, guests can watch with wonder as their meal is prepared just for them at the exclusive expo kitchen or wood burning grill. Guests looking to pair their meal with a glass of wine can choose from an impressive collection of wines sourced from the Mediterranean coast. Throughout the restaurant, a stunning visual aesthetic is created through modern interpretations of textures, colors, carved details, and stonework found in ancient villages along the Riviera. Plus, families looking to start their morning off with a breakfast experience can visit Topolino’s Terrace for exclusive Disney character dining inspired by the Riviera.

    Other dining options at the resort include Le Petit Café, an inviting lobby locale with fresh-brewed coffee aromas by day and a bustling wine bar by night. The new quick-service location, Primo Piatto, reminiscent of chic dining venues found along Riviera promenades, will be conveniently located near the feature pool, and Bar Riva, an open-air pool bar with a seaside vibe featuring crisp white tiles and cool blue accents, will offer guests a place to relax as they enjoy a cold beverage and poolside views.



    Guests at Disney’s Riviera Resort will also have a new way to travel to Epcot or on to Disney’s Hollywood Studios via Disney Skyliner, a state-of-the-art gondola system that will begin operating this fall. In addition to a dedicated Disney Skyliner station at Disney’s Riviera Resort, the system will conveniently connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

    Offering the flexibility, value and world-class service families expect, Disney’s Riviera Resort will be the first all-new, stand-alone Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World since 2004. The grand opening date of the resort will be announced at a later date, as will the start of Disney Vacation Club sales and the date when Disney Vacation Club members can begin booking the resort with vacation points using an exclusive, protected member inventory. Current Disney Vacation Club members will also have an exclusive window to purchase Disney’s Riviera Resort.

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    We'd imagined we'd be keen to stay here during our next visit but based purely on the information released so far we're leaning towards a return to the Villas at Grand Floridian. We're keeping an open mind and it'll be interesting to see the reality once it opens.

    The Tower Studios are bizarre—initially I though April Fools Day had arrived early—but I guess they do provide a "cheaper" option for couples and singles (I use the term advisedly because they're still eye-wateringly expensive for what they are if you're not a DVC member). To me they look like a glorified caravan.







    The Deluxe Studios do look very elegant but, in line with the way Disney seems to be going, lack theming.







    It's difficult to tell whether or not the rooftop restaurant will have a bar. That could well clinch it one way or the other for us.



    I'm not entirely convinced about the concept of Le Petit Café. If it works, it's a stroke of genius. Knowing what I do about DVC resort lobbies they'll have to work on getting the ambiance spot on.



    As of yesterday, Disney has announced another bar to lineup—the Voyageurs Lounge. "Featuring décor inspired by a collection of book titles that Walt Disney gathered, including Walt’s 1935 European “Grand Tour,” this lounge will showcase some of our unique Disney connections to Europe."

    https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/bl...resort-part-3/

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    Good points (and photos), Deb. And yes, that Tower Studios look is distinctly odd. I do like the sleek look of the Deluxe Studios, though, a bit like a contemporary makeover of the Ritz-Carlton. It's definitely going to have to be good to meet the price points, though. The Tower Studio rates START at $335/night (excluding tax), while the Deluxe will run from $503, which is practically Four Seasons territory, so they had better be very good indeed!

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    Wow, that is a lot of money for a very small room!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spencem View Post
    Wow, that is a lot of money for a very small room!
    Yes, even though it does come with a balcony, that is not a lot of room if you're there for more than a few days. You have to wonder if they will prove popular (especially at that price point).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Veness View Post
    Yes, even though it does come with a balcony, that is not a lot of room if you're there for more than a few days. You have to wonder if they will prove popular (especially at that price point).
    I do think these rooms will be popular with DVC Members. The "cheapest" rooms points-wise are always the first to get snapped up.

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    Yes, I'm forgetting this is primarily DVC territory, and people just like to be 'in' a DVC resort at the lowest price point. It will certainly have novelty value to start with (especially being on the Skyliner route), but such a small room is definitely not designed for stays of a week or more!

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    I may have missed this, but where is it being built?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggers Friend View Post
    I may have missed this, but where is it being built?
    It's on land formerly part of the Caribbean Beach Resort, TF (where Barbados and part of Martinique used to be, I think!). It will have a view over towards Epcot across the road.

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