Disney Riviera Resort was surprisingly revealed at the recent D23 Expo, though few details have been confirmed. We know it will be located on land which was previously part of Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and feature a rooftop restaurant in the vein of California Grill. The rooms will have some view of nighttime shows at Epcot and Hollywood Studios with Skyliner transportation to the two parks. But most other details remain a mystery.
Topic: What is your first impression of Disney Riviera Resort? Is it a resort at which you would consider staying or purchasing points?
The one piece of information I'm really looking forward to seeing in the Riviera's point chart. Will it be at the high end of the DVC like Villas of Grand Floridian, or will it be more middle-of-the road like Beach Club and Copper Creek? If the Riviera follows form, Disney won't release the resort's point chart until five months or so before its opening date.
Also, I'm interested in discovering whether the Riviera will have different view categories. Will the top floors facing Epcot be part of a 'Theme Park View' like at Bay Lake Tower?
Frankly, questions about the resort's theming and interior decorating are intriguing but inconsequential to me. Regardless of its theme, I'll probably want to stay at least one time at the new resort.
So, overall, I have to say the Riviera has left me with a very positive feeling.
As an aside, I think Disney's announcement of the Riviera about two-and-a half years before its opening should put to rest one of the Urban Myths about timeshares. Some people always say that a timeshare developer can't announce a project until a certain percentage of the resort is finished. I'm not a lawyer, but I've looked at the Florida statutes regulating timeshares and I have yet to find any rule that prohibits a developer from advertising a future resort. As long as the developer doesn't take money from customers before a timeshare license is issued, the developer can share its future plans with the public.