'Waiting for Riviera' Info Thread (Update including LONGER press event 10.25.19)

summerw

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Hi Fellow RIV owners. I'm happy to have found this thread. A lot of the other ones have become redundant and very negative. It's nice to see a positive thread on RIV!
Thank you! I agree. I am concerned with those topics as well but there are plenty of threads discussing them. There's a lot to be excited about too. I just can't get over how beautiful the rooms are in person! I can't wait until we get more details on the quick service and coffee stand and get to see the pool up close!
 

wdwdaddy4life

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Hello y'all! I just wanted to jump on board the Riviera excitement train! We just added on 390 pts at Riviera and are looking forward to making this our new home for the next 50 years. This is only the second DVC purchase that we have made since buying direct 250 pts at SSR (pre-opening as well). So excited for Riviera to open its doors!

Congrats to everyone on this thread who have also decided to make Riviera their home!!!:)
 

summerw

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Hello y'all! I just wanted to jump on board the Riviera excitement train! We just added on 390 pts at Riviera and are looking forward to making this our new home for the next 50 years. This is only the second DVC purchase that we have made since buying direct 250 pts at SSR (pre-opening as well). So excited for Riviera to open its doors!

Congrats to everyone on this thread who have also decided to make Riviera their home!!!:)

390?!!? I have serious point envy! Do you go a lot or stay in bigger units? I definitely want to hear about your trip!

Welcome home, neighbor!
 
  • dez1978

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    Thank you! I agree. I am concerned with those topics as well but there are plenty of threads discussing them. There's a lot to be excited about too. I just can't get over how beautiful the rooms are in person! I can't wait until we get more details on the quick service and coffee stand and get to see the pool up close!
    Im am also waiting on the qs menu. We switched our stay from Poly to here with the visa discountb c it saved us about 2k. But I'm concerned there won't be anything here my picky kids will eat.
     

    wdwdaddy4life

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    390?!!? I have serious point envy! Do you go a lot or stay in bigger units? I definitely want to hear about your trip!

    Welcome home, neighbor!
    Yes, we started off staying in 1-bedroom villas when kids were little, but we soon outgrew them and started staying in 2-bedroom villas. We got into the habit of constantly borrowing "next years" points and decided that 250 pts just wasn't enough for our family...so when Riviera was announced we knew that is where we wanted to add-on at...we were originally thinking about adding another 250 pts, but after looking at the incentive structure we said what the heck...lets do 390 pts...lol

    Hope to see you at Riviera!!!
     

    summerw

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    Im am also waiting on the qs menu. We switched our stay from Poly to here with the visa discountb c it saved us about 2k. But I'm concerned there won't be anything here my picky kids will eat.
    That's a nice chunk of change to get to stay in a new resort!
    At the least, I would guess they would have pasta and you could ask for it plain. And it seems like usually the food the serve at the pools includes chicken nuggets and burgers, so maybe the pool bar will cover what they need. Plus close by is CBR's quick service, the Banana Cabana, Spyglass Grill and I forget what the other smaller quick service is called at CBR. And then of course, the entire Boardwalk area is just a 5 minute gondola ride away since the station is so close!


    Yes, we started off staying in 1-bedroom villas when kids were little, but we soon outgrew them and started staying in 2-bedroom villas. We got into the habit of constantly borrowing "next years" points and decided that 250 pts just wasn't enough for our family...so when Riviera was announced we knew that is where we wanted to add-on at...we were originally thinking about adding another 250 pts, but after looking at the incentive structure we said what the heck...lets do 390 pts...lol

    Hope to see you at Riviera!!!
    We just bought 100 points for now so we wouldn't have to finance anything. I already have serious add-on-itis though. We are planning just studios for now every other year. We only have one child so that makes it easier but I am for sure drooling over 1-bedrooms and then who doesn't start plotting to bring family and friends....

    I definitely have visions of what I would book with 640 points. Lol. Do you have a trip planned? I'm definitely interested to see what the 2nd bedroom in the dedicated units will look like. Please post pics! And I hope to bump into you in the next 50 years too. LOL
     

    summerw

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    I knew they'd had a press event month ago, but I dropped the ball on finding any good info with our trip to Orlando.

    Food Photos
    http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2019/09/24/get-a-first-look-at-the-food-coming-to-disneys-riviera-resort/

    If you go past the tour, they show some of the food and have a singer and guitarist playing the "sounds of the riviera."

    And here's the Q&A they had at the event with the art director and 2 of the chefs.
    They say that Primo Piatto will be Italian focused and I didn't know "Le Petit Cafe" was taken from Aristocats and will be more French focused with beautiful patisserie. And all the tower rooms face the Italy pavilion and will be visible from there.


    A good photo of the pool more recently
     

    summerw

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    Thanks @summerw. I enjoyed the Q&A. My husband is now excited that he'll be able to get the Monte Cristo (Blue Bayou recipe) at Bar Riva.
    Yes! With strawberry instead of raspberry. Lol. I loved how they talked about Walt putting the sandwich on the menu. I'm glad others are as excited as me!

    I wish someone had asked when they were going to announce the menu for Il Primo Piatto and I already want to shove those Madelines in my face.
     

    Drewferin

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    Yes, we started off staying in 1-bedroom villas when kids were little, but we soon outgrew them and started staying in 2-bedroom villas. We got into the habit of constantly borrowing "next years" points and decided that 250 pts just wasn't enough for our family...so when Riviera was announced we knew that is where we wanted to add-on at...we were originally thinking about adding another 250 pts, but after looking at the incentive structure we said what the heck...lets do 390 pts...lol

    Hope to see you at Riviera!!!
    There is a Riveria resale contract up on Fidelity for 135 pp for 325 points. If you are already a blue card member why bother paying the premium unless you want to use points at other resorts?
     

    wdwdaddy4life

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    There is a Riveria resale contract up on Fidelity for 135 pp for 325 points. If you are already a blue card member why bother paying the premium unless you want to use points at other resorts?
    We saw that resale listed on Fidelity. However, for our family we didn't want the usage restrictions (present and future) for the $33 pt savings from going resale. The temptation was there though...lol
     

    kboo

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    Im am also waiting on the qs menu. We switched our stay from Poly to here with the visa discountb c it saved us about 2k. But I'm concerned there won't be anything here my picky kids will eat.
    There will always be hot dogs, burgers, pizza and pasta somewhere! We've taken my kids to many of the signature restaurants and even when it's not on the menu, they'll put something together if my kid is being particularly picky. (They're not picky eaters, but sometimes they just want something simple. At least that is cheaper than the time they claimed to only want pasta at California Grill and then ate DH's entire lobster sushi roll.)

    We saw that resale listed on Fidelity. However, for our family we didn't want the usage restrictions (present and future) for the $33 pt savings from going resale. The temptation was there though...lol
    I was totally in the camp of "maybe I'll buy a resale contract at RIV in a few years" (my $pp was $120), but then when we priced adding on at BLT resale (we already have a contract there) against RIV direct and an 11-mo booking window in the EP/HS area, it was an easy choice for us. DH, who was very against adding on at all, saw the model rooms and was sold.
     

    summerw

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    This video has more of the panel (and better sound)!!! The chef talks about Primo Piatto how there will be porcelain plates, handcrafted pizzas, roast chicken and hanger steak so even though it will be a quick service, the food will be more like a table service. Also they talk about a fitness center and hot tubs and a community hall with some activities unique to the resort.

    If the food for the qs is done right, could be amazing!
     
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    summerw

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    That is the first time I’ve seen that entire presentation. This truly is shaping up to be what I want in a resort. The food, the room appointments and amenities, it’s exciting. I’m so glad I went with my gut and bought here.
    Me too! Can’t wait to go home! And welcome home and congrats!

    Plus Moonlight Magic will be going on when we go. We already got tickets to the one at California Adventure since we live close. Is anyone else planning to try to go, thanks to their new Riviera membership? Made me feel better about the backpack. Lol.
     

    emchen

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    Me too! Can’t wait to go home! And welcome home and congrats!

    Plus Moonlight Magic will be going on when we go. We already got tickets to the one at California Adventure since we live close. Is anyone else planning to try to go, thanks to their new Riviera membership? Made me feel better about the backpack. Lol.
    Here!
     

    WIll C

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    So long as our plans stick for February, we're going to go to the MM at AK. Sounds like a lot of fun from what I've seen.
     

    DebnPaul

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    Hoping to go to the one on March 3 at the Magic Kingdom - it is like they knew it was my birthday and are throwing me a party!
     

    mousemagic00

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    Me too! Can’t wait to go home! And welcome home and congrats!

    Plus Moonlight Magic will be going on when we go. We already got tickets to the one at California Adventure since we live close. Is anyone else planning to try to go, thanks to their new Riviera membership? Made me feel better about the backpack. Lol.
    Hoping we make the AK one - it’s during our first RIV stay :)
     

    summerw

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    So long as our plans stick for February, we're going to go to the MM at AK. Sounds like a lot of fun from what I've seen.
    Hoping we make the AK one - it’s during our first RIV stay :)
    "May the odds be ever in your favor." I feel like the lottery/website situation is similar. Lol. Hope you all get your dates!

    Hoping to go to the one on March 3 at the Magic Kingdom - it is like they knew it was my birthday and are throwing me a party!
    Maybe they did. :P


    New mural unveiled!

    https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/10/first-look-mosaics-in-the-making-at-disneys-riviera-resort/
     

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