Construction for Disney’s next big Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort is already underway. The Riviera resort will be new construction located in parts of what was the Caribbean Beach Resort, located behind EPCOT’s World Showcase. One of the highlights of the hotel will be a new rooftop restaurant that will offer views of nighttime fireworks spectaculars of both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Estimated to open in fall 2019, this new resort experience is slated to be the 15th Disney Vacation Club. The 300 room resort will have its own stop on the new Disney Skyliner gondola network. Meaning guests will have quick and easy access to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which will be a great perk.
Ken Potrock, Senior VP & General Manager of Disney Vacation Club, said, “The opening of Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in just a few days and the announcement of our next planned development, Disney Riviera Resort, demonstrate the incredible momentum underway at Disney Vacation Club. Our members tell us over and over again how much they love the outstanding accommodations and the value and flexibility of a Disney Vacation Club Membership, as well as the unique location to our growing and evolving theme parks and the exclusive member experiences and benefits they get from our Membership Extras program.”
While I don’t really mind Disney building more DVC resorts, I’m sad to see Disney closing rooms at a Moderate level resort to make way for more DVC rooms. I feel this takes options away from the more casual guest. I hope the design of the new resort is at least as fancy as the concept art implies. Part of Walt Disney World vacation is the charm of the themed resorts, this new resort risks looking too much like a Holiday Inn if Disney cuts the budget at all. With a name like Riviera it should have more obvious Mediterranean elements, not look like something you could find on International Drive.