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Walt Disney World’s New Riviera Hotel and Resort

If somebody were to tell me that I’d be back at Walt Disney World Resort after having just visited last fall, I’d have said they were crazy. After all, some degree of planning has to go into these trips so that previously uncharted territory is covered! For this upcoming adventure, my family and I will stay at Disney’s new Riviera Hotel and ride the shortly to be debuted Skyliner passenger gondolas. To say we are excited would be an understatement!

A river running through a city

Riviera is slated to open in the fall of 2019. The architects renderings currently being used on Disney’s site to give visitors an idea of this place show this marvel as a grand hotel celebrating Old Europe and the Riviera coast. Having visited southern France not long ago, I am super thrilled to see Disney’s rendition of one of Europe’s premier destinations in full Disney style! The Disney Skyliner is also set to launch in the fall of 2019. Skyliner is a gondola system center of transportation which will cruise along at 11 miles per hour, and at nearly 60 feet above the ground giving riders an amazing birds-eye view of the Epcot section of the Walt Disney World Resort. It will connect Epcot, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Disney’s Pop Century Resort in what is sure to be one of the most innovative undertakings Disney has planned in decades.

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A large building

A view of a city

I always like to link up to the Disney Food Blog to sort out where we plan to dine and on what, and that helps our family’s itinerary fall into place nicely based on what we can get reservations for. We always purchase the Disney Dining Plan where we schedule one table service meal into each day. On this median plan, we have never gone hungry. In fact, we had a hard time “spending” all of the points we had each day at the end of our last visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Jamba House. I never doubt the Disney Dining Plan because it never fails our family! For this trip, a visit to Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera atop our hotel is calendared for certain, as views of Epcot will allow us to take in the fireworks display over the World Showcase from the comfort of this terrace dining room. And only because we will be able to connect so easily to resorts and parks we have not visited before due to Skyliner, I am interested to know what a meal at The Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios would be like, or a island inspired feast at Sebastian’s at Disney’s Carribean Beach Resort. The connectivity will definitely bolster these already popular resorts even more so now, and I am grateful our reservations were able to be made, given the popularity surrounding Riviera before it even opens for visitors.

A group of people standing in front of a window

A group of people standing in front of a tree

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, a degree of planning always has to go into these trips so that previously uncharted territory is covered. I hope so many of my trial and error mistakes from previous Disney vacations which led to one of my earlier posts about a well-supplied fanny pack (yes, a fanny pack but ONLY for Disney!) will save you the trouble of trials and errors and TIME by reading my suggested supply list here, many of the items available directly on Amazon. Simply add or omit what will or won’t be required for the time of year you plan to visit and the respective temperatures. Buying beforehand saves you the high priced necessities within the parks. And who doesn’t LOVE Amazon? For that matter, WHO DOESN’T LOVE WALT DISNEY WORLD!???

A group of people wearing costumes

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