From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Heather Hunter


One of my favorite places at Walt Disney World Resort is Disney’s Riviera Resort. Whether I am discovering a piece of artwork for the first time, imagining myself exploring the Riviera, or witnessing the excitement of guests as the Disney Skyliner whisks them away to EPCOT or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I am truly amazed by Disney Vacation Club’s newest resort.

Today, I’m excited to share with you that the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) has presented Disney Vacation Club with its ACE Project of Excellence Award for Disney’s Riviera Resort. One of ARDA’s most prestigious recognitions, this award recognizes the highest levels of excellence in the resort industry, taking into account the design of the resort, day-to-day operations and more!

Disney's Riviera Resort One-bedroom Villa

This honor recognizes all the amazing “Disney Differences” that make Disney’s Riviera Resort a special place for Members and guests. What do I mean by “Disney Differences”? Well, it’s all in our attention to the details, design, storytelling … and of course, the service of our amazing cast members! “Inspired by Europe and imagined by Disney,” this beautiful resort pays tribute to Walt and Lillian Disney’s amazing European travels and celebrates the artistry of the Riviera with elegant architecture, stylish accommodations and, of course, delicious food. Speaking of which, you must try Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera during your next visit. With gorgeous rooftop views of Walt Disney World Resort and a menu influenced by French and Italian fare, it’s certainly an experience not to miss!

Disney’s Riviera Resort Mosaics

My tip for every first-time visitor to Disney’s Rivera Resort is to be sure to allow plenty of time for exploration! You will not want to leave without seeing the two 20-foot-high mosaic murals that line the tunnel to the Disney Skyliner station, especially those of you who are fans of “Tangled” and “Peter Pan”! If you have little ones in tow, be sure to visit S’il Vous Play where young guests splash and play in a whimsical fountain amid beloved characters from Disney’s “Fantasia.” And did you know that more than 40 signature art pieces were created for Disney’s Riviera Resort featuring unique Disney character art inspired by the renowned artistic heritage found along the shores of the European Riviera? How many do you think you can find on your next visit?

“RR” Monogram at Disney's Riviera Resort

I hope you’ll share in my excitement and congratulate Disney’s Riviera Resort cast members and Disney Vacation Club for this honor!


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