Disney Vacation Club Resort Construction Comparison

Now that a sales license has been issued for Disney's Riviera Resort, let's compare progress on the building to other Disney Vacation Club resorts when they were a little more than a year away from opening.  

Disney's Riviera Resort - June 2018

Disney's Riviera Resort - June 2018

In mid-July, Disney Vacation Club was granted a license to begin selling points at its fifteenth timeshare destination. The timeline for this licensure appears more aggressive than prior resorts. Licensing for recent projects including Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows was obtained about 9-10 months before opening to guests.   

Riviera currently has a vague "fall 2019" opening timeframe. If accurate, its licensing was completed 14-17 months before anticipated opening. This raises the question of whether construction on Riviera may be running ahead of schedule. With that in mind, we have combed our archives for photos of other Disney Vacation Club resorts when they were about 14 months away from opening. 

Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village

March 2008, approximately 14 months before May 2009 opening

Kidani Village - March 2008

Kidani Village - March 2008

Kidani Village - March 2008


Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

March 2008, approximately 16 months before August 2009 opening

Bay Lake Tower - March 2008

Bay Lake Tower - March 2008


Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

August 2008, approximately 14 months before October 2009 opening

Grand Californian - August 2008

Grand Californian - August 2008


Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

August 2012, approximately 14 months before October 2013 opening

Grand Floridian - July 2012

Grand Floridian - July 2012


Disney's Riviera Resort

June 2018, approximately 15-18 months before anticipated "fall 2019" opening?

Disney's Riviera Resort - June 2018

Disney's Riviera Resort - June 2018

Disney's Riviera Resort - June 2018

So what do you think?  

In comparison to these other Disney Vacation Club resorts, does a "fall 2019" opening still seem likely for Riviera?  That would put these June photos about 15-18 months before its debut.  Or does construction progress combined with the early licensing suggest that the resort could open before September 2019?

Thanks to Wil Lovato for photo contributions!


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