Interested In Buying Riviera DVC? Consider These Points

A look at the front of the tall Riviera building with a water feature and sun ray shining

Inspired by Walt Disney’s travels, Disney’s Riviera Resort combines different European cultures with the magical movies you know and love. Disney’s Riviera Resort has some of the most elegant interiors of all of the Disney hotels. It’s even been considered another flagship resort alongside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa by some. Crystal blue water features welcome guests out front and the lobby feels chic and inviting. You can settle in with a coffee at the resort’s cozy cafe. This property has so much to offer and Riviera DVC invites you to enjoy the magic every year. Are there any downsides to this resort?

Riviera DVC Pros and Cons

Every resort has pros and cons. What might be a positive detail to you could be a deal breaker to someone else. With Disney’s Riviera Resort, luxury is present everywhere it counts. This gorgeous property has exciting dining options and is in a great location close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. However, it’s good to know with Riviera DVC resale, a new set of restrictions is in play. Consider the following commonly asked questions and answers and details regarding this resort and Riviera DVC.

Riviera DVC General Information

Disney’s Riviera Resort opened in late 2019.

Riviera DVC contracts expire in 2070.

Annual dues are $8.50 per point at Riviera.

Riviera is considered an Epcot and Hollywood Studios area resort.

Interested in Buying Riviera DVC Resale? Here’s how much it costs:

As a newer resort, Riviera has many years left on the contract. This can greatly increase the perceived value to many potential Members. Knowing you’re guaranteed more than 45 years of vacations as of 2023 gives you lots of use.

When purchasing directly from DVC, Riviera costs $217 per point.

On the resale market over the last few years, Rivera DVC contracts have been selling in a range around $133 on average per point.

DVC prices change every year. We see the resale DVC market fluctuate regularly and direct prices rise each year. For the most accurate price, talk to an Expert or look at current prices at the time you’re interested in purchasing. Below we’re outlining some estimated price differences.

Number of PointsRiviera DVC Resale Average PriceRiviera DVC Direct PriceDVC Resale Savings
100$13,300$21,700$8,400
150$19,950$32,550$12,600
200$26,600$43,400$16,800

Do you have to be a DVC Member to stay at the Riviera?

You do not have to be a DVC Member to stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort. This and all DVC properties have a number of rooms reserved to be booked with cash, not points, and rented like a regular hotel room. Staying at the Riviera can help you decide if it’s a good fit for you if you’re considering the Disney timeshare. You can also visit for the day by booking a dining reservation at the hotel. It’s easy to pop over using the Disney Skyliner or bus transportation from the parks if you’re staying somewhere else.

While you can stay at Riviera without being a DVC Member, the price difference will be notable. Disney Vacation Club can make deluxe hotel stays much more affordable. With resale, prices can be even better.

A tile mosaic at Riviera resort featuring Peter Pan's London
Riviera DVC Members love the mosaic tile art in the outdoor corridor on the way to and from the Disney Skyliner.

Riviera DVC Resale Restrictions

While the savings can be great, it’s important to be familiar with resale restrictions before purchasing Riviera DVC. If you are set on buying resale Disney Vacation Club and it’s a must for you to be able to stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort then it must be your home resort. Anyone who buys resale can not stay at Riviera using points unless it’s their home resort. This is part a new set of rules implemented when this resort came on the DVC scene.

Also good to know, those who buy DVC resale at Disney’s Riviera Resort can not use those points to stay anywhere else. Riviera is Disney’s fifteenth home resort. The original 14 DVC resorts operate under a different set of rules and are more flexible with booking.

When you purchase DVC resale, you lose some of the perks of DVC like discounts and access to special Member spaces. That means you can’t buy Riviera DVC resale and use that to gain access to Top of the World Lounge. This is important to some people. To others, the benefit of DVC is getting hotel stays at great prices. Being informed and considering what’s of the most value to you can help you make your decision.

Delicious Riviera DVC Dining Options: Disney’s Riviera Resort Restaurants

The food is always part of the fun at Disney. Riviera hosts some of the most unique dining venues at Disney World. There’s something special about rooftop dining and Disney does it so well. Topolino’s Terrace sits atop the hotel with stunning views any time of day. Start your morning with a character breakfast featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy. The theme is art and each character’s outfit is something you won’t see anywhere else. The theme continues with the food as a pastry course is provided in a colorful paint bucket. For dinner, Topolino’s Terrace becomes a bit more chic. This elevated dinner service has exquisite flavors inspired by the Riviera.

The pool bar, Bar Riva, has a crisp aesthetic with coastal flair. This open air setting serves delicious bites and beverages right next to the pool. The quick service restaurant at Disney’s Riviera Resort is Primo Piatto. A gallery of Walt Disney’s travels is on display in the dining room. See more details of Disney’s Riviera resort restaurants.  

Disney Riviera Pools

The Disney Riviera hotel has two pools for guests to enjoy. Beau Soleil Pool sits right behind the resort’s lobby. This quiet pool is in the middle of a tall u-shape part of the hotel.

Green landscaping in front of a tower that has a pool slide wrapped around it at Disney's Riviera Resort
Disney’s Riviera Resort has two pools.

The Riviera Pool is a more lively setting with a pool and afternoon recreational offerings. The S’il Vous Play water area here has different water play elements for kids themed to Fantasia.

Booth seating in front of a blue mediterranean style art mural at Bar Riva at Riviera resort
Bar Riva has an open air atmosphere with bright, coastal vibes. This is located next to the Riviera Pool.

What transportation does Disney Riviera resort have?

Walt Disney World Resort is massive. The complimentary transportation provided by the mouse makes it easy to get from your resort to the theme parks and Disney Springs. Disney’s Riviera Resort is close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios and has its own Disney Skyliner station. You can board the Skyliner at Riviera and go directly to the International Gateway entrance of Epcot. To get to Hollywood Studios, guests of the Riviera take the route to Caribbean Beach resort, then transfer once. Riviera also has busses that take you to and from parks and Disney Springs.

Can you see fireworks at Riviera?

There are some hotel rooms that you can see fireworks from at Riviera resort. However, there are no firework view rooms on the DVC point chart so there’s not a guarantee you’ll get one. You can always request one and hope for the best. It’s possible to see fireworks from Riviera resort in a few different spots around the property. We cover the best viewing spots and where you can stand to hear the music in our guide.

What kind of villas are the Riviera DVC Rooms?

There is a full range of options for Riviera DVC rooms. Disney’s Riviera Resort has a unique studio room style you won’t find at other resorts.

  • The Tower Studio sleeps two adults and has a private balcony.
  • The Deluxe Studio comes with Preferred View or Standard View and sleeps up to five adults.
  • The One Bedroom Villa comes with Preferred View or Standard View and sleeps up to five adults.
  • The Two Bedroom Villa comes with Preferred View or Standard View and sleeps up to nine adults.
  • The Three Bedroom Grand Villa comes with Preferred View or Standard View and sleeps up to twelve adults.

DVC Resale Experts Can Help with Riviera DVC

Is Riviera DVC right for you? DVC Resale Experts is a licensed real estate broker with a team that specializes in resale DVC. Whether you’re adding on points, buying or selling Disney Vacation Club, the Experts can help you find the right price to place a bid with or list your contract for. Our independent, licensed real estate agents are former Disney Vacation Club Guides. They have decades of pixie dusted experience selling DVC and delight in providing excellent service to their clients. The Experts have seen it all and are happy to answer your questions throughout the process.

DVC resale prices can pleasantly surprise Members interested in selling DVC. See our resale DVC listings for a look at real time availability and pricing. Ready to sell DVC? Get in touch for a complimentary valuation of your specific contract today. There may be someone waiting on our Buyer Wish List for a contract just like yours.

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Nicole is a native Floridian who attended the University of Central Florida and decided to call the land of theme parks home. She’s been sharing magical tips, tricks and Orlando travel and tourism favorites online for over a decade.

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