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News Disney Riviera Resort announced

creathir

Monorail and PeopleMover Fanatic
Premium Member
Are you talking about the Grand Floridian Villas or the Riviera? Nothing regarding the aesthics of either was required by the EPCOT Building Code, Florida Building Code or Florida Fire Prevention Code.
I was talking about the Riviera, specifically how I believe they could have operated within the building code and improved the aesthetics of the hiding that stairwell/making the end of the building more visually interesting.

I wonder how much input the Imagineers actually get on these projects vs the contracted architectural firm.
 

Sir_Cliff

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I wonder how much input the Imagineers actually get on these projects vs the contracted architectural firm.
I have also wondered that. They don't honestly look particularly "imagineered" beyond what an outside architectural firm could offer.
 

WDWtraveler

Well-Known Member
Photo update as of Thursday, June 20, 2019. A view of the resort tower from the future entrance road. The frame ("R" at the top of the tower) for the future resort sign is visible.

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The feature pool water slide (two views).

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With the scaffolding gone from the rear of the building and most of the large landscaping in place, here is the view of the Riviera Resort from the Caribbean Beach resort.

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A close-up of the balconies on the Riviera Resort tower.

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The "tunnel" from the Riviera Resort rear courtyard that will lead to the Skyliner station on the opposite side of the building. Note the various colored canopies and "shutters."

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Lensman

Premium Member
The "tunnel" from the Riviera Resort rear courtyard that will lead to the Skyliner station on the opposite side of the building. Note the various colored canopies and "shutters."

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Interesting on the bottom window on the left-hand side: Looks like fake closed shutters to give the impression that there's a window there, even though there isn't. I wonder if they're going to be able to give that same look on the loading dock side where there are no real windows on that entire end of the building? It's not a half-bad deception!
 

prberk

Well-Known Member
Absolutely a large concrete Marriott, just like we have been expecting. I just don't understand why Disney is "Disneyfying" their signature deluxe theme resorts while also building these nondescript, concrete Hilton/Marriott type hotels on the same property.

Walt Disney World is quickly going from the most well-planned, themed resort to the biggest mish-mash of crap we have ever seen. And all for what might as well be a million dollars a day to most families, to visit. Sad.
 

mlayton144

Active Member
Absolutely a large concrete Marriott, just like we have been expecting. I just don't understand why Disney is "Disneyfying" their signature deluxe theme resorts while also building these nondescript, concrete Hilton/Marriott type hotels on the same property.

Walt Disney World is quickly going from the most well-planned, themed resort to the biggest mish-mash of crap we have ever seen. And all for what might as well be a million dollars a day to most families, to visit. Sad.
Couldn’t agree more , this is crap. The details are basically lipstick on a pig , Courtyard by Disney
 

prberk

Well-Known Member
Looks nice against the water.
But it looks like a generic hotel at Virginia Beach, seen from Rudee Inlet.

For comparison, here is the real thing: (look it up)



So, we now have the authenticity of the Riviera, by way of Virginia Beach... or any other beach vacation town in the United States.
 

Andrew C

You know what's funny?
Premium Member
But it looks like a generic hotel at Virginia Beach, seen from Rudee Inlet.

For comparison, here is the real thing: (look it up)



So, we now have the authenticity of the Riviera, by way of Virginia Beach... or any other beach vacation town in the United States.
I think your overstating Virginia Beach and understating this resort. Also, not sure what you mean by generic hotels. If you mean a generic hotel is something Marriott or Hilton would build, well many of the resorts these two companies operate are hardly generic. So I don’t see an issue there.

My main concern is whether this resort can pull off a riviera feel.
 

carolina_yankee

Well-Known Member
I did not know that. I always thought some were DVC only. Thanks.
Sometimes there are very great AP discounts for Saratoga Springs studios. The 1 BR and above are VERY expensive compared to even standard deluxe room rates, though.

I think many in the DVC community were also shocked at how much Disney is charging for Riviera studios, which were bookable even before DVC members could book.

Any unit not declared into DVC inventory, Disney is free to offer through their hotel inventory. Otherwise, they add the villas to the hotel inventory as owners trade out for a stay elsewhere or or Disney gets access to member points through other rules of the system.

Dirk
 

carolina_yankee

Well-Known Member
I think the Riviera resort will be pretty nice overall, but it's great charm will likely be its interiors.

The exterior does look a bit blah, but I'm willing to wait and see what the finished product looks like with all the landscaping and grounds features.

As for "screaming Disney," I have to say that there was very little in my recent Copper Creek stay that indicated it was a Disney villa - virtually none of the art and I don't think I found a hidden Mickey. It was nicely themed as a contemporary western lodge in the mountains, but it didn't say "Disney." And it was a very nice stay.

OKW also doesn't strike me as any different than any other condo complex I've seen throughout the South, so again, I'm not sure that "theming" of one element of the resort is as critical as the experience of the whole package.

Dirk
 
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