Last Updated on March 27, 2021 by Heather
Can you believe Disney’s Riviera Resort opened one year ago today? Where did the past year go? (Loaded question, I know.) This resort is by far caught my attention more so then any other. Its always been a dream of mine to travel to the Italian / French Riviera area so when this resort was announced, I knew I had to check it out!
“Inspired by Europe and imagined by Disney,” this new addition to the Disney Vacation Club neighborhood at Walt Disney World Resort celebrates the grandeur and enchantment that have drawn generations of artists and storytellers – including Walt Disney – to the European Riviera. And now, the resort inspired by the region that inspired so many artists has inspired a new generation of masters: the extraordinarily talented The LEGO Group.
To help mark the resort’s first anniversary, Disney Vacation Club commissioned The LEGO Group to create a spectacular model of Disney’s Riviera Resort, created in consultation with Disney Imagineers who helped bring the resort to life. We love building Lego sets so why not build one of our favorite resorts? It would be fantastic if the made a smaller version for us to build at home.
LEGO Master Model Builders spent more than 300 hours designing and assembling the intricately detailed model, which weighs in at 100 pounds and contains more than 45,000 LEGO elements. The model includes many of the resort’s most distinctive features, including miniature recreations of the Disney Skyliner transportation system, the resort’s feature pool and waterslide, and its signature “RR” monogram.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were among the first to admire the model’s faithful details (even seeing themselves depicted outside the Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera rooftop restaurant) when the 84-inch-by-66-inch sculpture made a brief appearance at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Check out the video below to see the sculpture take shape, and look for the model to arrive early next year to the Disney Vacation Club kiosk at Disney Springs Marketplace, where plans call for this one-of-a-kind work of art to remain on display through the remainder of 2021 – a year that marks 30 magical years of Disney Vacation Club.