DVC’s 15th Resort Announced: Disney’s Riviera Resort
At the D23 Expo on July 15th, 2017 it was announced that Disney’s Riviera Resort would be the 15th Disney Vacation Club Resort. The approximately 300 unit resort will be near Epcot and will be linked on the new Disney Skyliner gondola system. Additionally, the new gondola system is to connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and the Caribbean Beach resorts to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot. Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, stated at the D23 expo, “Our Vacation Club Members are among our most loyal fans, and we think that they will love what we have planned, especially the rooftop restaurant that will offer unbelievable views of nighttime spectaculars at both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.”
Admittingly, when rumors were starting about a new DVC Resort that might be a part of a moderate resort (Caribbean Beach), excitement was tempered as in recent years DVC has only been going to premium resorts including the famed three monorail resorts (i.e., Bay Lake Tower, Grand Floridian and Polynesian). So almost anything that would be next would be a let down, right? However, with the announcement of a gondola system and a rooftop restaurant with views of the spectacular shows from Epcot and Hollywood studios, excitement is back on the rise!
The resort is to have a variety of accommodations and is expected to open in the Fall of 2019. Given we are more than two years away from opening it could be another year and a half or longer until we know details such as point charts, price, booking dates and date sales will start. The timing seems right as Polynesian is nearing a final sell-out, and Copper Creek will become the primary DVC resort on sale for WDW. This timeline should provide Copper Creek the main WDW spotlight for almost the next two years, and this is roughly the same amount of time Polynesian has experienced since the Grand Floridian sell-out in May of 2015.