The newest resort on this list, the Riviera boasts a great connection via the Skyliner to the other parks, and the Italian vibe fits it well. The newness makes it feel fresher and brighter than other resorts, and it boasts some first-rate landscaping with gardens and fountains and even a classy art gallery.
If anything, it might feel a bit too classy for some guests, even if the cost is low. Also, as a DVC resort, it’s only 300 rooms which means harder to find a reservation for it. There is a highlight in a fun pool area and Topolino’s Terrace, a top-rate restaurant boasting a fine character breakfast. Yet while the Riveria’s elegance is good, it can be a bit drier for families wanting a bit more fun.
The Boardwalk’s exterior and theming are great, modeled after the 1920s Atlantic City areas. That includes the splendid pool with a wooden roller coaster water slide. It also has a superb location by Epcot and the Studios, plus the wonderful Boardwalk itself lined with plenty of shops, dining and entertainment to keep busy.
However, the layout can be a bit too wide and confusing for some guests, and it’s showing its age. There’s also how guests have to leave the hotel for the separate dining of the larger Boardwalk, lacking some special theming other hotels have. While Disney is doing some construction to update it, the Boardwalk seems more inclined for guests for the larger shopping/dining areas than a resort to stay at.