Opening Date: December 16, 2019
Deed Expiration: Jan 31st, 2070
2020 Annual Dues per Point: $8.39 (See Dues History)
Direct Cost (Feb 2021): $201 / point
Average Resale Cost (2020): $130 - 145 / point
Next Expected Refurb date: New Resort - not scheduled
Most DVC resorts start with Rumors - and as far back as 2015 there were rumors about building a DVC resort at the Caribbean Beach Resort. However, the first concrete information on the Riviera resort was when construction permits were filed in January 2017 to remove a part of the Caribbean Beach Resort. It was speculated whether this would continue to be a deluxe DVC resort as those in the past had been or would the new DVC formed with a lower price point.
In July of 2017 at the DVC Expo Disney confirmed plans to build a new DVC resort called Riviera. This would be the first stand-alone DVC resort constructed since Saratoga Springs, and the first to not be connected to a park in some way since Animal Kingdom Villas...or so we thought. Because at the same time - a gondola system was announced that would take guests from Carribean Beach, Pop Century, Art of Animation and Riviera directly to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The resort was planned to have 300 total units at the time.
Although eventually planned to be an entirely DVC resort, initially only a portion of the resort is declared for DVC. In a rare move, in January 2019 - Disney announced resort cash bookings available at the Riviera resort starting in February. Eventually - they announced sales for existing owners in March and new owners starting April 15, 2019. At the same time a resort opening date of December 16th, 2019 was announced. (Technically the "Fall 2019" date they had been going with all along.) Points opened for sale at $188 per point, with incentive pricing for 125 points or more.
The point chart was also released in March 2019, and the first notice besides the high point price of rooms was that there were both standard and preferred room categories. It had already been announced that there would be a low-priced "tower studio" room available as well. While the distribution between standard and preffered has not been announced, the total number of points at the resort comes to 6,743,910 points. This makes Riviera one of the larger resorts in point price, even if it's not the larger resort in rooms. Size is slightly smaller than Old Key West or Animal Kingdom Lodge.
While these numbers have not been confirmed by anyone, it is expected that about 25% of the resort rooms are considered standard view - which is mostly parking lot view. The rest are considered preferred view, overlooking the lake, the gondola, or the pool. Some of the standard view rooms have a very good view of the Epcot fireworks. Generally we at DVCHelp only provide the facts - the following table is speculative based on approximately 25% of the rooms being standard view and 75% being preferred. When the facts are available to enter the true number of rooms, this chart will be updated. The room totals on the chart are correct though.
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Riviera is one of the few resorts that offer fixed weeks. Here is a list of the weeks they created for purchase and what days they fall on.
Riviera resort is the first resort to have the two person Tower Studios. Tower Studios are unique in that they only have a pull-down murphy style bed. All DVC studios have a kitchenette which containers a small coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, small sink, and dorm-sized refrigerator. Paper plates/bowls and plastic utencils are usually provided.
All DVC 1-bedroom and larger have a complete kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink. Also provided are dining ware and cook ware in basic amounts. DVC 1-bedroom and larger also have a free washer and dryer in the room, while studios have free access to a common laundry facility.
1 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Lock-off Villa:
3 Bedroom Grand Villa:
The below lists only the dining that is directly available at the Riviera resort. In additon, there is a short walk to the Caribbean Beach Resort and also the convenience of having a gondola that can take you to Art of Animation, Pop Century, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot and the Boardwalk area. However, the dining at the resort is prety thin for a deluxe resort.
There is one laundry location at Riviera on the fourth floor of the resort (note that only studios do not have in-room laundry). It contains 3 washers and 6 dryers. Washers and Dryers can be monitored by using the website Laundryview.com (or their app).
The only shop at the resort is off the lobby and is called La Boutique. It is rather on the small side, but has merchandise for the resort. You can also purchase the artwork that has been placed around the resort and in the rooms.
The Skyliner gondola system will take guests to Epcot/Boardwalk or to the Caribbean Beach Switching station. At that station, guests can transfer to a gondola to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Pop Century/Art of Animation. Most of the time waits are very short, and the travel times are anywhere from 5 minutes to Epcot, to 10 minutes to Hollywood Studios.
Bus Transportation is also available to Epcot & Disney's Hollywood Studios - but because of the Skyliner these buses run MUCH less frequently, scheduled once an hour. It is recommended that if you are afraid of heights or otherwise uncomfortable on the gondolas that you may want to choose a different resort.
Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom, as well as the two water parks and Disney Springs are all accessable only by bus transportation - though the buses are currently running exclusively to Riviera resort not stopping at other resorts. Riviera is very central and generally bus rides are not lengthy.