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Disney’s Riviera Resort – Your Complete Guide for Staying at this Vacation Club Resort

Disney’s Riviera Resort – Your Complete Guide for Staying at this Vacation Club Resort

Inspired by Europe with the Magic of Disney, Disney’s Riviera Resort is the perfect hotel for families looking for amazing dining, stylish accommodations within minutes to the parks. 

One of the hardest parts of planning your Walt Disney World vacation is where you are going to stay. Luckily Disney has an array of hotels onsite that will fit just about everyone’s budget. I’ve stayed in all of them from the Value to the Deluxe and they’re all just as magical as you’d image. But today I’m sharing everything you need to know about staying at Disney’s Riviera Resort – my current favorite hotel.

So let’s learn a little more about this magical resort in Walt Disney World and why it’s the perfect choice for your next Disney vacation!

WHERE IS DISNEY’S RIVIERA RESORT LOCATED? 

Disney Riviera Resort is located in the Epcot resort area. The resort offers bus and Skyliner transportation to the parks. 

While I never thought I’d like the idea of a Skyliner (a local park had one in the 80s). I was less than impressed when news broke of the Skyliner coming to Disney but I was left pleasantly surprised by it’s addition. 

In fact, I only want to stay at Skyliner resorts in the future and I like it much better than the Monorail. 

WHAT ARE THE ROOMS LIKE AT THE RIVIERA RESORT?

No matter your family size, Disney’s Riviera Resort has a room for everyone. We’ve only stayed in the Deluxe Studios and have found that is more than enough space for our family of 4 but can hold a family of 5. 

But it’s nice to know if friends or extended family travel with us, the larger rooms at this resort can accommodate us all.

The Deluxe Studio has plenty of sleeping with with a queen-size bed, a pull-down queen-size bed, and a single pull-down bunk-size bed.

The large bathroom is perfect for getting ready each morning and the kitchenette is a nice feature.

Plus there’s the private patio or balcony where you can unwind after a long day at the parks and maybe even catch a fireworks show.

RESTAURANTS AT DISNEY’S RIVIERA RESORT

There is no shortage of amazing food at the Riviera Resort. Whatever you’re craving, there’s a restaurant for that.

TOPOLINO’S TERRACE

Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera is open for breakfast and dinner daily. While I haven’t eaten dinner there yet, we did enjoy the Breakfast a la Art with Mickey and Friends.

breakfast sandwich on a white plate

eggs on a plate with potatoes

This is a on of Walt Disney World’s storybook dining experiences and one of my favorite character dining locations. 

mickey waffles on a plate with bacon

Aside from the amazing food, the character interaction was one of my favorites. Mickey and friends parade through the restaurant while stopping for autographs and photos.

This is definitely a must do on all our trips in the future.

Mickey & Minnie at Topolino's Terrace

BAR RIVA

outside of bar riva

Located out by the main pool, Bar Riva is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat and some drinks.  We’ve tried just about everything on the menu and haven’t had a bad thing yet. 

Our first trip, this location served Disney’s famous Monte Cristo Sandwich but sadly it seems it was pulled due to the cutbacks of recent years. 

Disney's Monte Cristo Sandwich

It was delicious and one of my favorite sandwiches. Definitely keep an eye on the menu in case they bring this classic back. 

LE PETIT CAFE

outside of le petit cafe

Located right off the main lobby, at Le Petit Cafe you can grab everything from your morning coffee and pastry to late-night drinks and small plates.

pastry from le petit cafe

PRIMO PIATTO

This is the resorts quick-service dining location. It offer’s grab & go options along with tasty meals. My favorite by far, and one of the only time’s I’ve craved a meal (aside from O’hana’s bacon before they changed it) is the Primo Piatto Platter. 

primo piatto platter in take out box

It may not look like much in the box, but the scrambled eggs served over mascarpone polenta and served with a sweet brioche roll, bacon and Italian sausage is absolutely delicious.
 
I ate this every. single. morning. It was that good. The Lemon Blueberry Pancakes are worth a try too! They’re just as tasty! 

IS THERE A POOL AT THE RESORT?

kids pool at Disney's riviera resort

It wouldn’t be Disney without an epic pool! The main Riviera Pool is the perfect spot to splash around and catch some of that Florida sun. While we don’t spend a ton of time at the pools on our Disney vacations, this is one pool I definitely don’t might relaxing at.

Little ones will love S’il Vous Play, the interactive water play area perfect for the younger crowd to enjoy some water time! 

CAN YOU SEE FIREWORKS FROM THE RIVIERA RESORT AT DISNEY?

YES, you actually can see fireworks from 3 different parks! When dining at Topolino’s Terrace, one of my favorite restaurants, you can see the fireworks from Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot! 

fireworks from Disney's riviera resort

During our stay back in 2019, we even saw them from the balcony of our room! It was a beautiful sight although we’re typically not in our room during the shows, were usually at the park. This night we happened to turn in early and were able to enjoy the show right from our room.

view from deluxe studio at riviera resort

If you hope to get a room with a view of the fireworks, you want to book one facing the parking lot. You can see the difference in views from our last two stays below.

OTHER RESORT AMENITIES

giant chess

  • Work out at the resort’s fitness center
  • enjoy a leisurely walk along one of the resorts walking/jogging paths
  • try your hand at chess or bocce ball at the outdoor courts
  • check out the nightly campfire held from 6:30-7:30 each night
  • nightly Disney movies at 8:30 pm 

WHAT I REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT OUR STAY AT THIS VACATION CLUB RESORT

Unlike most of our other stays at Disney’s Resort Hotels, I don’t have one bad thing to say about the resort. In fact, I loved our first stay so much that I booked it again last year. I loved that stay so much (even with all the protocols put in place – like the meals in to-go boxes), I loved it even more. I’m even booking our September trip here again.

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Have any questions about Disney’s Riviera Resort, leave a comment or send me a message! 

Dawn