As of writing this post, a survey trending on DISBoards.com suggests that eighty-six percent of current Disney Vacation Club owners plan to not add-on points at the newest DVC property, Disney’s Riviera Resort. Reasons for this range anywhere from cost, to point chart allocations, and resale restrictions. However, very few seem to share my thoughts on the subject: I just don’t like it.
Now before you jump all over me for this opinion, hear me out:
When I first heard about Riviera joining the DVC family I was intrigued by its European and Mediterranean decor and style. What I did not expect, is for it to be shoved into the middle of the Caribbean. For those unfamiliar with this property, the resort itself is situated on land next to and previously utilized by Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Personally, I feel this detracts from the overall ability to become fully immersed in the theme of the resort when I can look out the window and see palm trees and sandy beaches.
The style of the rooms is also something I am not fond of, although I’ve never been much of an interior decorator. I for some reason can’t stop looking at some of the furniture and wondering whether it was stolen from my grandma’s rec room.
While these reasons, along with those listed by others on the DISBoards played into my decision to not add-on at Disney’s Riviera Resort, my biggest reason remains that I just don’t want to call it my “home”. This designation has and will always be part of what makes Disney Vacation Club special to my wife and I and is an important consideration when choosing whether to buy future points. Depending on availability, the resorts that you purchase may be your only option when it comes to booking your vacation, so you should be happy with your choice.
Each of us have our own individual tastes and preferences which is why there are now 15 uniquely themed resorts for owners to choose from and more on the way. I am happy to have Riviera as a new addition to the DVC family and look forward to giving it a try on a future trip. Who knows? Maybe I will love it after all.
Share with me in the comments below your thoughts on Disney’s Riviera Resort and why you may or may not be considering it as an initial purchase or your next add-on!