• On Sep 3, 2020
    Deborah from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Planning a trip for December 2020 for family of 4 (Mom, Dad, 19 yr and 14 yr both daughters). Have stayed MANY times at BC and YC Club level. Looking at Riviera or Grand Floridian this trip. Do you have pros and cons for each and your recommendation.Thanks

    Hi, Deborah!  It's wonderful to have you back here at planDisney!

    One of my favorite parts of planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation is deciding which resort hotel I want to call my home away from home.  There is truly something that I love about each and every Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, and I really don't think you can go wrong with either of the resort hotels that you have your choices narrowed down to.  Both Disney's Riviera Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa are gorgeous places to stay! 

    I love the stylish European flair of Disney's Riviera Resort.  This brand new property is filled with some beautiful artwork.  From the intricate mosaic tile murals to the photographs of Walt Disney's travels throughout Europe, you could spend hours just wandering through the resort and admiring your surroundings.  While Disney's Riviera Resort boasts stylish sophistication, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has Victorian elegance and charm.  You cannot top the magical views of Cinderella Castle from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  Being able to take in that iconic sight as you stroll the grounds of your resort hotel is a quintessential Walt Disney World Resort experience.  Since you will be visiting during the holiday season, I also must mention that the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is one of my favorite places to visit at Christmastime.  Nothing brings me more holiday joy than the aroma of the life-sized gingerbread house!

    When it comes to dining, these two resort hotels have some delicious options.  Some of my favorite breakfast spots are found in these two locations.  At the Grand Floridian Cafe, you can start your day with a unique mix of breakfast and lunch offerings.  The Eggs Benedict and Lobster Thermidor Burger are Guest favorites.  Disney's Riviera Resort is home to Breakfast a la Art with Mickey & Friends at Topolino's Terrace.  Here you can savor a mouthwatering breakfast in a spectacular rooftop setting while waving to some of your favorite Disney pals in their adorable artist-inspired outfits.

    When it comes to selecting a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, I often make my selection based on location and transportation options.  If your family plans to spend a lot of time at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa's convenient monorail access might be appealing to you.  If your favorite theme park is EPCOT or Disney's Hollywood Studios, you can travel from Disney's Riviera Resort to these locations using the Disney Skyliner.

    No matter where you choose to stay, I'm sure that your vacation will be practically perfect in every way!
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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