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Amenities at Disney’s Riviera Resort

By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Disney’s Riviera Resort, click here.)


Disney’s Riviera Resort is a standalone Disney Vacation Club resort, so largely has its own amenities.  Guests share a Disney Skyliner station with next-door Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and are also welcome in the shops, dining, playgrounds, jogging trail etc., of Caribbean Beach.


Arrival at Disney’s Riviera Resort is at this port cochere.

This is also where Magical Express buses load and unload.

A water feature separates this area from the entry doors to Disney’s Riviera Resort, somewhat reminiscent of that at the Polynesian Village.

Inside the lobby you are greeted by lovely flowers and some intriguing design.

To one side is the bell stand…

…and next to it the check in and concierge services area (at Disney, concierge means help with tickets, dining reservations and such).

There’s also a kids waiting area with an electronic play table.

The seating area of the lobby–which also serves as a seating area for the coffee shop/bar that is here, which I’ll cover in my material on dining at Disney’s Riviera Resort–is small, not particularly themed, but lovely and comfortable. The light at the right comes from windows in a two-story staircase down to the pool area.

A slightly different angle on this space.  Directly at the back–between the two floral art works–is the entry to the resort’s gift shop.

The gift shop includes the usual toys and clothes…

…but also offers art inspired by Disney’s Riviera Resort.

As is true in all Disney Vacation Club resorts, there’s also lots of food available in the gift shop you can use in your kitchen or kitchenette…

…including cold and frozen items.

Downstairs from the lobby is the airline check in desk (note that this is a tip-based service).

Just outside and to the right is a nice-sized workout area.

More from the workout area.

Bus transportation is outside the lobby’s port cochere entrance, to the right.

Buses here go to all parks and Disney Springs.  While the Disney Skyliner is operating, service to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is hourly.  When it is not operating, bus service to these two parks is the same as to the other parks–on average, every 20 minutes.

The Disney Skyliner is the other transportation option, providing gondola service to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and, should you wish to go for a visit, Disney’s Art of Animation and Pop Century Resort.

The Skyliner station that Disney’s Riviera Resort shares with Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is outside at the pool level, to the right–pass through a breezeway with fun murals.

The Skyliner station has two boarding areas. The first one will take you to the Caribbean Beach hub. Change here for Hollywood Studios (or Pop Century/Art of Animation.)

The second boarding area will take you right to Epcot.

In this same area of Disney’s Riviera Resort near the Skyliner station, you can also see the portion of the Epcot evening show that goes well above World Showcase Lagoon.

You can also see these fireworks from the top-floor viewing area and lounge outside of the principal dining venue at Disney’s Riviera Resort, Topolino’s Terrace.  See the link below for dining at  Disney’s Riviera Resort shortly.


This review continues here.



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1 George { 05.04.20 at 12:00 pm }

I don’t think the lobby is any less significant than those at Bay Lake Tower, Old Key West, or Saratoga Springs. In fact, an argument could be made that it’s even more luxe and beautiful.

2 Dave { 05.04.20 at 3:02 pm }

Fair point, George, especially as compared to those three. It’s lovelier than the lobbies at any of those…I’ve added a couple of words to reflect your point.

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