Disney Riviera Resort Confirmed at D23 Expo

Disney has officially confirmed plans to build its fifteenth Disney Vacation Club property adjacent to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.  

Disney Riviera Resort 

During Saturday's Parks & Resorts session at the D23 Fan Club Expo in Anaheim, Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek announced plans to open Disney Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World.  Few details were provided, although there was mention of a rooftop restaurant with views of nighttime shows at both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios theme parks. 

Disney Skyliner

Additionally, we were given a first look at Disney Skyliner, the airborne gondola system which will connect Riviera Resort with both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.  Images from the Expo indicate the gondola route will match predictions made earlier this year.  

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, the fourteenth DVC property, will open on Monday, July 17.

Disney Skyliner

Other Walt Disney World projects confirmed during the Expo include Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway which will replace The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios, "Ratatouille" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" inspired attractions and a space-themed restaurant for Epcot, a clone of Shanghai Disneyland's "Tron" rollercoaster for Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom and a Star Wars-themed hotel.   

The Avengers and Spider-Man are coming to Disney California Adventure, although no specific details were revealed.  Elsewhere,DCA's Paradise Pier will be renamed--and rethemed--Pixar Pier.  

And finally, Disney Cruise Line has added another ship.  With three ships slated for construction, the DCL fleet will soon expand to a total of seven vessels.  

All images concept artwork - copyright Disney 2017

Reader Comments
Re: Disney Riviera Resort Confirmed at D23 Expo -- denlo
2017 Jul 15 10:56:19 PM
I love it! The gondolas are great.
Re: Disney Riviera Resort Confirmed at D23 Expo -- wdrl
2017 Jul 15 10:57:55 PM
Talk about exciting news! A newer DVC resort -- even though the "newest" DVC resort (Copper Creek) hasn't even opened. New attractions, new Lands, even a new cash hotel. Its like getting 8 days of Hanukkah presents all on one night -- and I'm not even Jewish.

Even my brother who is, at best, a tepid fan of Disney just texted that he might he have to join DVC if the Star Wars Land is part of DVC.
Great News but.................................. -- waltons
2017 Jul 17 02:38:08 PM
Great news to know there is another DVC Resort in the making. But, when are they going to address the fact that 50 total DVC units in California just isn't enough? Was really hoping for an announcement of a new DVC Resort at Disneyland, California.
Re: Disney Riviera Resort Confirmed at D23 Expo -- denlo
2017 Jul 17 02:58:19 PM
waltons wrote:
Great news to know there is another DVC Resort in the making. But, when are they going to address the fact that 50 total DVC units in California just isn't enough? Was really hoping for an announcement of a new DVC Resort at Disneyland, California.

I agree that it would be very nice if they had more DVC rooms at DLRA. However, maybe Disney doesn't want to give up any hotel space to DVC. That is always the first step before DVC can build.

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