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This is a beautiful hotel with great dining at Topolino’s Terrace. See review photos of Disney Riviera Resort, an onsite Walt Disney World property with access to The Skyliners and Theme Parks.
What to know before you go to Disney’s Riviera Resort in Walt Disney World…
- It’s conveniently located near both Hollywood Studios and Epcot parks and other Disney Resort Hotels.
- Has direct access to the Disney Skyliner via an exit on the side of the resort.
- This hotel is a Disney Vacation Club resort property which includes onsite resort parking with an additional fee.
- They offer plenty of onsite activities such as a pool, campfire activities, a fitness center, and a free outdoor movie to watch every night.
- Four onsite dining options (more on them below!)
Getting to Disney’s Riviera Resort
If arriving at MCO (Orlando International Airport), you can book a Mears Connect bus ride which drops off at the Riviera prior to going to the Caribbean Beach Resort.
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Taking a rideshare or taxi service will be the easiest most direct route to the Riviera Resort.
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You don’t need to have a car
The Riviera has direct access to the Disney Skyliner or bus / rideshare accommodations.
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You don’t need to be a Disney Vacation Club Member to stay at the Riviera
Disney Club Memberships act like a timeshare, so there are times when someone cannot use the time given to them, so they give their resort dates away.
A Premier Location
This Disney hotel is located near most of the theme parks, so it’s a great place to stay if you’re looking for an easy commute to and from the parks.
Especially parks accessible with Skyliner transportation.
It’s also near other resorts…
See the video of dinner at Topolino’s Terrace...
So you can enjoy dinner and then resort hop, or be like us and explore Disney arcades at nearby properties after eating…
Is there an arcade at Riviera Resort
No, there is no arcade at the Riviera Resort. Instead, you can take the skyliner from Riviera Resort to Art of Animation nearby and visit the arcade near the lobby.
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My opinion of Disney’s Riviera Resort…
This resort is a great place to stay for your next Disney World vacation.
What is the Riviera hotel like?
They offer really stylish and modern accommodations inspired by Europe.
There are Disney touches, but it isn’t cartoon-oriented like other properties.
See – Mickey and Minnie are in the artwork in the Riviera, but they fit the scene.
It gives me Epcot France vibes.
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Inspiration of Riviera Resort
In case you didn’t know, the Riviera was inspired by the love of Walt and Lillian Disney.
They fell head over heels during their European riviera vacations.
Thus the Riviera was inspired after their love story.
What parks it’s near
Its location is fantastic being close to both Hollywood Studios and Epcot.
Additionally, you can easily walk to other resorts and restaurants nearby.
Is it on the Skyliner?
Having easy access to the Disney Skyliner is a real selling point for this resort.
The skyliner will get you to a ton of places on the Disney property and it’s a breeze to use from the Riviera.
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Onsite dining at Riviera Resort
Along with the lovely ambiance and upscale vibe of the resort, dining options are top tier as well.
Onsite restaurant options include…
You have your own Disney character breakfast onsite!
Did I mention that it’s a rooftop restaurant?
The Riviera has additional food options that will meet any diners request.
Outdoor activities for kids
Other fun things to do include watching a movie under the stars, hitting up the pool to relax during your rest day or starting a campfire right onsite.
If you need to burn some extra cals, there’s an onsite gym for working out.
Quick look at staying at Riviera Resort
How much is Disney Riviera Resort?
As with any resort, time of year and availability will dictate the price.
Generally speaking, here are your estimated price options - keep in mind these are anticipated Riviera Resort 2023 pricing…
- 1 Bedroom Villas ~ $900+/night
- 2 Bedroom Villas ~ $1,500+/night
- 3 Bedroom Villas ~ $2,500+/night
- Deluxe Studios ~ $700+/night
- Tower Studios ~ $500+/night
You can usually package rooms + theme park tickets at a discount.
Definitely explore your options prior to making a reservation.
Where is Disney’s Riviera Resort located at Disney World?
You’ll find this resort located in the Epcot resort area which is also close to Hollywood Studios.
You can view the resort via its Disney Riviera Resort Map.
Disney Riviera Resort address - 1080 Esplanade Avenue, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830.
Getting to the Riviera Resort
It’s really simple and you have a couple of options…
- Rent a car and park at the resort (has additional fees)
- Reserve a ride on the Mears Connect from MCO Airport
- Take a rideshare / taxi from any nearby airport
Yes, the Riviera is a Disney Deluxe Resort establishment. This European vibed resort offers some of the best resort rooms, dining, and relaxing environments in all of the Disney properties.
Yes, the Riviera offers bus service from the resort to Disney Springs. Please refer to their bus schedule for departure/pickup times and location.
The absolute best spot for quick service is Primo Piatto. This is a great spot to enjoy some fast casual food as well as a nice grab-and-go option if you’re headed out the door to a park.
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Disney dining tips from Jenna Loves Magic
Remember: for any sit-down dinner or character meal, I recommend to definitely book 60 days out, or whenever your Disney dining dates open.
If you’re staying on site, you can book dining reservations earlier as a perk.
Don’t have reservations? Check regularly during your trip, on the app, or walk up to the restaurant early in the day and request a day-of reservation. Disney reservations are often dropped day-of since sometimes people “hoard them”.
I once was a walk-up and was told there would be a 90 minute wait for a table at Steakhouse 71.
Not a problem, since it’s an interesting hotel to walk around and they have an arcade.
Anyways, within 5 minutes my reservation was ready because someone canceled. So you never know.
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Enjoy planning your Riviera Resort stay
Hope that answers all your questions about the Disney Riviera Resort in Walt Disney World.