4 reasons to stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort

Curious about the newest Disney Deluxe Villa resort offering? Here are 4 reasons why you should stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort.

When I think of going on vacation, I imagine relaxation. Of course, sometimes a Disney vacation can be anything but, between visiting all the theme parks and doing everything I can while I’m there.

Luckily for me, Disney has a head start. They created a new kind of experience at Disney’s Riviera Resort.

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Disney’s Riviera Resort is the Newest Disney Vacation Club Resort which features luxurious and relaxing touches. From Le Petit Cafe, a quaint lobby cafe to Primo Piatto, the quick-service spot that smells anything but The Riviera is a place of escape. Imagine a touch of the Mediterranean right in the center of Florida.

Inspired by Walt & Lillian Disney’s trips to the Mediterranean, the resort is filled with touches of Italian and French flair. The tranquil, almost family-like feeling continues through the photos of Walt’s travels lining the walls and film posters in French and Italian.

But, if all that doesn’t sound amazing enough, here are my 4 reasons to stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort on your next trip to Walt Disney World.

1. Location/Transportation

Entrance to the Riviera Resort at the Skyliner

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Disney’s Riviera Resort is considered a EPCOT Area Resort, which means you’re in a fairly convenient location during your stay here. Nestled next to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, you can easy access to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. How could you ask? Well, Disney’s Riviera Resort has its own stop on the Skyliner! On the Côte d’Azur, you can head straight to EPCOT without transfer.

If you’re headed to Hollywood Studios, it’s just a quick transfer to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

The transportation terminal displays various bus arrival and departure times for various WDW locations

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Plus, you can easily access Disney bus transportation to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. If you’re totally averse to a bus, you can always take the Skyliner to EPCOT and take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. Your transportation options are endless on the Riviera.

Another benefit of being on the Skyliner route is that you can easy access to other resorts and their restaurants. For example, do you want breakfast at Trattoria al Forno on the promenade? You can easily hop on the Skyliner to EPCOT and walk to the boardwalk.

2. Food

Primo Piatto main entrance at Disney's Riviera Resort

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As someone who has family in Italy and is a New Yorker, food is extremely important to me. It’s a big part of my culture. Luckily for me, the Riviera is home to a few pretty amazing food options. Whether you’re looking to grab something fast or take your time, there are options for you.

Primo Piatto, Italian for the first course, is a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Breakfast options include Croque Madame, the famous Blueberry Lemon Pancakes and Primo Piatto Breakfast. All of the options are delicious and a cut above what you would expect for fast service. For lunch and dinner you can enjoy different pizzas, sandwiches and salads. It is also easy to order through the My Disney Experience app.

Inside the Topolino Terrace at Disney's Riviera Resort

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Another amazing option on the Riviera is The Topolino terrace. Topolino’s Terrace offers breakfast and dinner in a beautiful setting. To eat lunch is a single character experience, where painter Mickey, poet Minnie, sculptor Donald and ballerina Daisy greet guests as they savor their breakfast favorites. Although dinner is not a character experience, it is definitely an experience not to be missed.

Plus, be sure to take in those beautiful views from their exclusive balcony that overlooks all of Walt Disney World and beyond. If Topolino’s is a place where you would like to dine, be sure to do an ADR as it is a very popular place.

Petit Café counter at Disney's Riviera Resort

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If you’re looking for a quick drink or a cup of coffee, there are options for you too! Bar Riva, located next to Primo Piatto, serves delicious drinks as well as wings, salads and sandwiches. Pro tip: you can even order Primo Piatto’s favorites at Bar Riva! Le Petit Café, located in the lobby, is a popular place to grab a Riviera Cold Brew or a delicious cappuccino and a tasty treat like madeleines.

3. Thematization

Paintings of various Disney Princesses decorate the interior of Disney's Riviera Resort

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I would be remiss to talk about a Disney Resort without mentioning a resort theme. The Côte d’Azur is inspired by the Mediterranean, more specifically France and Italy. Parts of the resort such as the pools and lobby all have subtle Mediterranean touches. But just because you’ve moved to a Mediterranean retreat doesn’t mean you won’t see Souvenirs or Disney touches. As I mentioned earlier, on the lower level of the Resort, you can find Disney movie posters in French and Italian for movies like Frozen, Moana, and Finding Dory.

Rapunzel's Tower Mosaic at Disney's Riviera Resort

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One of my favorite things about the Riviera is the beautiful murals at the foot of the Skyliner station. There are two mosaic murals lining the walkway. One is themed around Rapunzel and her floating lanterns while the other is themed around Peter Pan, Wendy and co, flying in Neverland. Besides being amazing works of art, they make great photo ops.

Speaking of art, art plays a big role in the thematization of the Riviera. From portraits of the princesses to other Disney characters and locations, Disney fits easily into the look of the resort without being too obvious. Plus, in the gift shop, you can even order and take home your very own piece based on artwork from across the resort.

4. Rooms

A view inside one of the rooms at Disney's Riviera Resort

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The last reason I think you should stay at the Riviera is the rooms. I have stayed in many Disney rooms at different resorts, but the Riviera’s rooms are quite special. They are modern with a Mediterranean flair and feature those special artwork accents. During my stay at the Riviera I stayed in a 1 bedroom villa and boy was I spoiled.

Besides a typical king bed that most DVC rooms offer, this room has unique alternatives for your additional guests. You can lower the Murphy bed to reveal a regular bed. Gone are the days of a lumpy pull-out couch. This bed was extremely comfortable. There is also another bed hidden under the TV which can be lowered.

Disney's Riviera Resort One Bedroom Folding Bunk Bed

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In terms of size compared to other Disney Vacation Club One Bedroom Villas, this one is extremely spacious. The kitchen and living area take up their own space, as does the living room, TV and sofa bed. In addition, the bedroom is large and spacious, as is the bathroom.

The bathroom of one of the rooms at Disney's Riviera Resort

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Amenities also abound in this room. You have access to a full kitchen and living area, washer/dryer and vacuum cleaner plus all the amenities you expect from Disney. Plus, when you walk into your room, they put your name on the TV! It’s not just me who finds it cool, right?

Views from a room can vary from a standard view to a preferred view, i.e. a view of the Skyliner. But, I prefer a standard view that could become a theme park view depending on your room location. During my stay on the Riviera, I was lucky enough to have a breathtaking view of Spaceship Earth as well as World Showcase and Test Track!

Reasons to stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort

A view of the pool at Disney's Riviera Resort

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Besides my experience in a T2, the Riviera is home to very special and exclusive rooms, the Tower Studios. These rooms are small, only have a Murphy bed and can only accommodate 2 people.

Overall I find the Riviera to be one of the most relaxing and beautiful resorts on Disney property. It has a great location, delicious food, an amazing theme, and some pretty special rooms and views.

Want to test my 4 reasons to stay? Be sure to visit Disney’s Riviera Resort on your next stay!

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