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!

DVCNews Reader Comments:
Re: Disney Vacation Club Resort Construction Comparison -- disBOBney
2018 Aug 02 01:42:05 PM
My estimation is that the Riviera is behind BLT and AKV but ahead of the two Grands. I suspect that they could be headed for a late May to early June opening with sales to members starting in Dec or Jan. With reservations for owners beginning with opening day of sales to general public, to other members 3 wks following. Perhaps I am little aggressive, but I think they would try for a quarter earlier than simply 1 or 2 months early. I also think that the pricing difference and points charts will be significantly higher and these events will actually push CCV sales.
Re: Disney Vacation Club Resort Construction Comparison -- wdrl
2018 Aug 02 02:06:39 PM
In June 2013, about 4+ months before the opening of the Villas at Grand Floridian, we had a family gathering at Walt Disney World. One day, as we were riding the monorail pass the VGF construction site, I asked our nephew who is a construction engineer if he thought VGF could open in four months. He said that almost any project can meet a deadline if the owner is willing to hire more workers or spend more on overtime.

I think Disney has a lot of options available to it with the Riviera. If it wants to speed up the opening, it can. If it wants to keep a late Fall opening date, or even some time later than that, Disney could manipulate the amount of resources it spends on the construction.

Now that Disney has a timeshare license for the Riviera, it can start sales any time it wants. That doesn't mean that sales will start next week, but it does mean that whenever it feels its ready to roll out the Riviera, it can start the marketing efforts.

If past practice is any indicator, I doubt that Disney has any qualms about starting sales for the Riviera if it has a lot of points left to sell for Copper Creek. When Disney started Copper Creek sales in March 2017, it still had over 1.3 million Polynesian points to sell to the public. Presently, Disney has less than 1.8 million Copper Creek points left to sell. I believe Disney could easily manage selling both resorts simultaneously.
Re: Disney Vacation Club Resort Construction Comparison -- CarolMN
2018 Aug 03 07:46:35 AM
Had anyone noticed any activity in the sales locations? I would think they would want to have model rooms available before beginning sales.

I'm looking for to seeing floor plans and point charts, especially for the rumored 2-person studios!
Re: Disney Vacation Club Resort Construction Comparison -- denlo
2018 Aug 03 09:20:07 AM
CarolMN wrote:
Had anyone noticed any activity in the sales locations? I would think they would want to have model rooms available before beginning sales.

I'm looking for to seeing floor plans and point charts, especially for the rumored 2-person studios!

Wil, wdrl, says he will look for a filing with Orange County but they hide them within other work applications. Maybe someone taking a DVC tour for CCV at SSR will notice construction at one of the other model rooms and report back to us.

I am curious about the 2-person studios that came to light after a DVC survey and suddenly the couple studio turned into fact. At one point someone mentioned they would be in the tower. There is a rounded corner at the resort that looks like a tower to me.
Re: Disney Vacation Club Resort Construction Comparison -- micelike
2018 Aug 03 04:13:48 PM
wdrl wrote:
In June 2013, about 4+ months before the opening of the Villas at Grand Floridian, we had a family gathering at Walt Disney World. One day, as we were riding the monorail pass the VGF construction site, I asked our nephew who is a construction engineer if he thought VGF could open in four months. He said that almost any project can meet a deadline if the owner is willing to hire more workers or spend more on overtime.

I think Disney has a lot of options available to it with the Riviera. If it wants to speed up the opening, it can. If it wants to keep a late Fall opening date, or even some time later than that, Disney could manipulate the amount of resources it spends on the construction.

This is what I think is interesting about the timing - the total amount of construction they have going on with Galaxy's Edge, this project, Coronado, and more. If push comes to shove, how much slack do they have on each and where are resources going to get sent.
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