For 13 DVC Points: Jambo House Standard View Studio or Riviera Tower Studio?

I enjoy scheduling break up stays to expertise resorts that are new to my partner and me, so I could barely include my pleasure when I was ready to guide our very first stays at Jambo House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Riviera Vacation resort this past June.  Though updating my DVC stage tracking spreadsheet, I seen some thing interesting: each the Normal Perspective Studio at Jambo Residence and the Riviera Tower Studio had been well worth 13 details for a weekday evening in June.  I’m admittedly a little bit of a stage miser, so this realization created me question which accommodation would be a lot more worthwhile for these precious 13 points.

Area and Place Amenities

The most clear change between the studio and tower studio is place.  At 316-365 sq. ft, a studio at Jambo Residence can accommodate up to 4 people today.  The studio had a Queen size mattress, a full-dimensions sleeper sofa, and the common kitchenette with a sink, mini-fridge, microwave, toaster, and espresso maker.  

The tower studio at 255 sq. ft can only suit 2 individuals.  It had a Queen dimensions Murphy bed that converted into a sofa. Whilst it experienced a microwave, mini-fridge, and toaster, there was no extra sink other than the 1 in the bathroom, and the coffee maker was a Keurig with K-cups.  Regardless of the smaller size of the tower studio, it experienced a very spacious toilet with a stroll-in shower.  It also built up for the lack of place with lots of storage, which includes shelves on each individual aspect of the bed, the closet in the rest room, and in the ottomans.  


With our Regular Perspective Studio at Jambo House, we experienced a see of the Uzima pool.  Considering that only the DVC villas ended up open up at the time that we stayed at Jambo Residence, the pool place was very silent.  

The check out from Villa 5408 (5th Flooring, Zebra Trail) at Jambo Household

All of the tower studios at Riviera are situated in the exact same corner on the west aspect of the resort.  We effectively experienced a see of the parking ton and porte-cochere, but off in the length, you could see Spaceship Earth and the setting up for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy coaster.  

  • Perspective from Villa 8623 (6th Flooring) at Riviera Resort
  • Look at from Villa 8623 (6th Ground) at Riviera Vacation resort

Vacation resort Theming and Facilities

This is where by the Jambo Dwelling studio truly shined.  From the instant that you move inside the lobby at Jambo Residence, it is really hard not to be in awe of the theming and interest to detail.  I especially beloved the Masai bridge that crosses the foyer and of system all of the savannas and overlooks.  Even with a regular view villa, there have been lots of general public viewing regions, and it was so amazing to see all of the animals.  It would make the resort really feel like an extension of Animal Kingdom, and we finished up expending a large amount of our time just experiencing all that Jambo House experienced to supply, which include the Uzima pool.  We did not even hassle to go to a park on just one of our Jambo Residence days.

I know some individuals truly feel that Riviera does not come to feel Disney sufficient or that its lobby lacks the grandeur of resorts like Jambo Household, but I have to say that I seriously preferred all of the subtle nods to Disney films and characters in all of Riviera’s classy decor.  In fact, I experienced pleasurable executing the Disney’s Riviera Vacation resort Signature Art Assortment Look for, which is a scavenger hunt that has you research for some of the Disney-influenced art throughout the vacation resort.  There were being other scavenger hunts and crafts offered at the Eventi Place.  Although Riviera has two swimming pools, the Beau Soleil quiet pool and the Riviera Pool, both equally are relatively compact and can in some cases experience crowded. 


The Mara was the only cafe open in June at Jambo Home, and even then it was only open up for breakfast and meal.  I genuinely missed Jiko.  Having dined there before the pandemic, I know how scrumptious the foods was there.  I still bear in mind the wild boar appetizer I experienced there.  I have also listened to so a lot of great factors about the buffet at Boma I know that under ordinary instances, there are loads of good eats at Jambo Residence.  

To me, Riviera is synonymous with Topolino’s Terrace, which is currently one of my favorite dining places on home.  Every thing there has been astounding from the quiche at breakfast to the tomahawk veal chop at evening meal.  Primo Piatto and Bar Riva also provide some strong speedy provider choices.

Topolino’s Terrace at Riviera

All in all, both of those resorts provide wonderful eating alternatives.


For Jambo House, the only kind of transportation is the bus.  With the Skyliner at Riviera, you can get to and from Epcot and Hollywood Studios inside minutes (assuming there are no thunderstorms).  We lucked out and did not run into any Skyliner closures for the duration of our June vacation.  

Base Line

So which space did we choose extra?  It’s a rough call due to the fact they are so unique.  If contemplating the area alone, I liked the tower studio a little greater.  Nevertheless little, the place was really useful and experienced anything you will need for a comfortable keep.  The lavatory with the rainfall shower was awesome, and I uncovered the Murphy mattress shockingly comfy.  It was a excellent place to stay for our Hollywood Studios working day with the swift Skyliner experience.  It was also great to stroll again to our home immediately after a major meal at Topolino’s.  Whilst the theming of the Jambo Property studio is amazing, the furniture felt massive for the space, and the lavatory door that swung into the lavatory made the space truly feel limited.  I also identified the space rather darkish.

That stated, Jambo Home wins when it will come to the general resort.  (I necessarily mean it has “a friggin’ savanna,” as observed by Pete.)  I now fully comprehend why Animal Kingdom Lodge ranks so higher on the vacation resort-only stays.  We seriously didn’t come to feel the want to stop by a park when we had been remaining at Jambo Property.  Now that Boma has reopened, and with Jiko and the cultural associates return before long, building it an even much better knowledge. 

I’d love to know which place you would choose for 13 details: a Jambo Dwelling Conventional View Studio or a Riviera Tower Studio?