Disney Vacation Club will build a new resort near Epcot called Disney Riviera Resort, and a new Disney Skyliner gondola transportation system will connect the new resort to other areas on Walt Disney World property.
Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, announced the new projects during D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim. “We’re thrilled to announce plans for a new Disney Vacation Club property called Disney Riviera Resort coming to Walt Disney World Resort,” Chapek said. “Our Vacation Club Members are among our most loyal fans, and we think that they will love what we have planned, especially the rooftop restaurant that will offer unbelievable views of nighttime spectaculars at both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.”
Estimated to open in fall 2019, the new Disney Riviera resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property with approximately 300 units spread across a variety of accommodation types.
In addition, Chapek announced that a whole new transportation system of gondolas is planned, called the Disney Skyliner, to give guests bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World and connect the new Disney Vacation Club property, Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot. Many of the gondolas will feature favorite Disney characters.
Another new transportation service featuring vehicles themed to Minnie Mouse was also announced during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo 2017.
“Since we’re all about exceeding guest expectations and making every aspect of your vacation uniquely Disney, we’re creating a new point-to-point transportation service in a way that only Disney can do,” Bob said.
The “Minnie Van” vehicles will take guests anywhere within the Walt Disney World Resort on demand for a flat fee of $20 per trip.
Learn more about the new transportation options coming to Walt Disney World in this presentation from D23 Expo 2017: