Split Stay-which resort to book upgraded view?

jmw33

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Feb 16, 2012
We are getting ready to book our August trip. Going to do a split stay between GFV and RIV. We only have enough points to book a preferred view at one of the resorts. Advice on whether I should book a lake view at GF which would give us a standard view at Riv or should I do a standard view at GF and preferred view at RIV? I am assuming both of my options will be available of course. My initial thought is a standard view at GF. Just because the standard would be prettier than the standard at RIV....
 

kboo

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Mar 10, 2014
I agree - the potential for really nice standard (and fireworks) views is at both, but if you get a preferred view at RIV, you will have a view of HS fireworks, most likely EP fireworks, the Skyliner, *and* the whole CBR and lake, which is actually beautiful (don't listen to the people who claim that looking at a moderate resort is somehow demeaning). As long as you are not in VGF 1221 (a studio, standard view - google it, it's bad) a VGF standard view gets you some combination of monorail, MK fireworks, and lake.
 

DisneyWishes14

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Nov 21, 2011
I loved our standard view at RIV. We were on the 7th floor and had an amazing view of Spaceship Earth. Our standard view at VGF was just ok.
 
  • kboo

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    I loved our standard view at RIV. We were on the 7th floor and had an amazing view of Spaceship Earth. Our standard view at VGF was just ok.
    We did a split stay over Xmas and NY lats month in VGF/RIV standard. Our VGF standard was on the 4th floor and had crazy amazing fireworks views; on the MVMCP and (I think?) Christmas itself it was the extra big fireworks show. When we were RIV, we were also on the 7th floor with a great view of Spaceship Earth. On 12/30 we went to the early New Years' Eve fireworks at MK (it was worth the long bus ride and the crowds), and on 12/31 we saw the MK fireworks again, at midnight, from our room. Both views and fireworks were spectacular, and I now need to adjust my expectations because I am not sure we will ever get that lucky again!
     

    CarolMN

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    Aug 18, 1999
    It's going to be a challenge and will probably depend on availability. Most August nights at Riviera for standard views seem to be already gone and you may even have trouble getting a preferred view studio. Doesn't look a lot more promising at GFV, either. Good luck!
     

    bobbiwoz

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    We did a split stay over Xmas and NY lats month in VGF/RIV standard. Our VGF standard was on the 4th floor and had crazy amazing fireworks views; on the MVMCP and (I think?) Christmas itself it was the extra big fireworks show. When we were RIV, we were also on the 7th floor with a great view of Spaceship Earth. On 12/30 we went to the early New Years' Eve fireworks at MK (it was worth the long bus ride and the crowds), and on 12/31 we saw the MK fireworks again, at midnight, from our room. Both views and fireworks were spectacular, and I now need to adjust my expectations because I am not sure we will ever get that lucky again!
    You were lucky with your VGF standard! I’ve never been anywhere near seeing fireworks! Good for you!
     
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    jmw33

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    It's going to be a challenge and will probably depend on availability. Most August nights at Riviera for standard views seem to be already gone and you may even have trouble getting a preferred view studio. Doesn't look a lot more promising at GFV, either. Good luck!
    We are going for a 1 bedroom. I'm seeing full availability so far...fingers crossed!
     

    Deb & Bill

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    Mar 20, 2000
    We've gotten standard at GFV both times we stayed there (in a one bedroom villa) at seven months out (early May). First time we had a view of the themed pool and the monorail. Second time we had the wedding pavilion.
     

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