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Shades of Green Resort Review

The Shades of Green Resort is an Armed Forces Recreation Center Resort located right on Walt Disney World property near Orlando Florida.

Here you will find very affordable military room rates for your Disney vacation as well as Disney World and local area military discount tickets.

Shades of Green, Orlando Florida - A Military Resort

The Shades of Green Resort was originally owned and operated by the Walt Disney World Company under various names. Since 1994 it has been operated as an Armed Forces Recreation Center, open only tothe military community.


Shades of Green is a DoD facility and as such has strict ID requirements.

Shades of Green is dedicated to serving the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services community, their families, other eligible Department of Defense employees, and guests that they sponsor for vacations.

The Shades of Green Resort is a wonderfully spacious hotel. Remodeled and expanded in 2004 it has 586 of the largest standard resort rooms on Walt Disney World property, plus eleven family suites.

Shades of Green Guest Room

Military Members Review and Rate Shades of Green

Military Room Rates

You'll find Shades of Green has very reasonable room rates compared with many Disney World Resorts and other hotels in the local area. Rates are based upon rank/pay grade, with junior member paying much less.


Shades of Green’s rates are constant all year long, except for various specials which they run from time to time. The Disney resorts however have numerous price seasons throughout the year as well as having their prices fluctuate based on the day of the week (Friday and Saturday nights are more expensive). The price for a specific Disney resort room can vary anywhere from 1.4 to over 2 times the cheapest price for that room depending on the time of year.

See how Shades of Green's prices compare to Disney's

Shades of Green's Awesome Pools


Shades of Green has two lovely heated pools, one in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head and ears!

Laundry facilities (open 0900-2300), coin operated, detergent vending available
Fitness Center (open 24 hours a day)
Two championship golf courses and a 9-hole executive course
Two lighted tennis courts

There is also an AAFES Store

Shades of Green compared to a Disney Value Resort
Shades of Green compared to a Disney Moderate Resort
Shades of Green compared to a Disney Deluxe Resort

Shades of Green is a smoke free resort.

Shades of Green Grounds


Military Disney Tickets

Shades of Green Resort offers military discounted theme park tickets for all Disney World venues, Universal Studios Orlando, Sea World, and many other Orlando area attractions in its Attraction Ticket Sales Office.

Dining Options

There's a sports bar and grill and kiddy Splash Area too.

There are two full-service restaurants, and several quick service options available for dining.

Shades of Green has several dining options ranging from table service to grab and go options. See our Shades of Green Dining overview page for more details.

Shades of Green Dining


Those staying at Shades of Green are NOT eligible for Disney's Magical Express and must find their own way to Shades of Green from the Orlando Airport.

Military Disney Tips has negotiated a Military Discount with Orlando Shuttle Service. This special offer is exclusive to MDT Readers, you’ll get $15 off the basic round trip pricing of private transportation to ANY Orlando hotel or resort when you book at Orlando Shuttle Service. Just enter the promo code MDT15. This code is valid online or via phone.

Shades of Green offers free bus transportation to various locations on Disney World property. You can leave your car in their parking garage so you won't have to drive to the theme parks!

Airline Check-in is available.

Parking at Shades of Green is $7.00 per day and Shades guests will pay $21.00 per day to park at Walt Disney World's theme parks.

Shades of Green Transportation

Also Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and it's Monorail station is just a short walk from Shades of Green.

More Information

Shades of Green often fills up to capacity, in the event this happens you can be placed on their waiting list!

While Shades of Green has the most spacious rooms at Walt Disney World they are not themed in Disney fashion as are the Disney resorts.

Split Stays at Walt Disney World Resorts and Shades of Green 

Disney Benefits

Shades, while not a Disney hotel affords some of the same benefits such as Disney's Resorts:

Shades of Green guests pay $25 per day to park at Disney theme parks and $7 per day to park at Shades of Green itself. Here are some options to paying for parking.

The Shades of Green Resort can be the single most money saving benefit available for military members for their Walt Disney World vacation. We've enjoyed each stay at SoG and all of the cost cutting we've been able to do through them with overflow rates and discounted tickets through the years!

See more info on Shades of Green's rooms

Pictures of the front of Shades of Green Resort

More pictures of the Shades of Green Grounds

Pictures of the Shades of Green Lobby


Nice Shades of Green video


You can leave Comments and Questions about this page on the Shades of Green Comment Page.
Also see what others have asked.

Have you Stayed at Shades of Green? Take Our Survey

Shades of Green Menu

Shades of Green Information

Shades of Green Main Page

Military Members Review and Rate Shades of Green

Shades of Green Guest Rooms

Shades of Green Poolside Rooms

Shades of Green Suites

Shades of Green's History

How do I get to Shades of Green?

Shades of Green Resort Layout

Shades compared to a Disney Value Resort

Shades compared to a Disney Moderate Resort

Shades compared to a Disney Deluxe Resort

Walk to the Polynesian from Shades of Green

Shipping items to Shades of Green at Walt Disney World 

Shades of Green Junior Suite Tour

Shades of Green's Grounds

Shades of Green Pictures

Shades of Green Tour on the MDT Blog, Lots of informative posts on the resort

Shades of Green Blog Posts

Shades of Green FAQ

Shades of Green Rates and Packages

Shades of Green Eligibility

Shades of Green Room Rates

Use Your Military Star Card at Shades of Green

Shades of Green Room Discounts

Shades of Green Discount Packages Review

Sponsoring Guests at Shades of Green

Shades of Green's Traditional Discounts

Shades of Green’s Shifting Military Discounts

How Do Disney World Resorts Compare To Shades of Green In Price?

Shades of Green’s Year-Round Packages – Are They A Good Deal?

Non Retired Veterans

Shades of Green Discounted Tickets

Shades of Green Attraction Ticket Sales Office

Shades of Green's Discounted Ticket Types

Shades of Green Ticket Prices

Pre-Purchase Your Theme Park Tickets


Disney Tech

Magic Bands for Shades of Green Guests

FastPass Plus and Magic Bands

Shades of Green Amenities

Shades of Green Disney Benefits

Shades of Green Services

Shades of Green Shopping

Shades of Green Transportation

Shades of Green's WDW Bus Stops

ID Checks on Shades of Green Buses

Dining Options at Shades of Green

Shades of Green Restaurant Info

Magnolia Spa

Laundry Rooms

Alamo Rent a Car

Wedding Gazebo

Split Stays at Walt Disney World Resorts and Shades of Green 

Shades of Green Recreation

Shades of Green Activities/Services

Shades of Green Pools

Shades of Green Fitness Center

Family Technology Center


You can leave Comments and Questions about this page on the General Comment Page.
Also see what others have asked. (please be specific as this comment page serves many topics)

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Planning a Disney Trip? Want to get the best military discounts that are available? Feeling a little confused? See our:

Learn about the Disney Armed Forces Salute the best military discount that there is for Disney. For where to stay see our Resorts/Hotel Overview Page. Disney doesn’t discount dining for the military, but there are a few places on property that do, see the Dining Overview Page to learn where plus more dining info. You can also learn about Transportation Options. Be sure to check out our Technology Overview to learn about Magic Bands and My Disney Experience to see how they work with military tickets. Walt Disney World visitors might be interested in staying at Shades of Green, WDW’s Military Only Resort.

See: Top 8 Reasons to Use An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

Steve Recommends

Do you want all of your Disney Planning information in one place, organized in a step-by-step logical manner with an emphasis on Military Discounts and offers? I've written 3 Guidebooks just for the Military Community:

Walt Disney World for Military Families 2019 - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

The Essential Guide to Shades of Green - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

Disneyland for Military Families - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

Here are my recommendations for products and services I've reviewed that can improve your Disney planning. This is a short list since it only includes my top picks.

Ears of Experience - My recommended Travel Agent, Fee Free, Disney Only, Military Family Owned

Need a Little Extra Help Planning your Disney Vacation? Check Out Ears of Experience's Concierge Service

Military Disney Tips Negotiated Military Discounts

Orlando Shuttle Service - $15 off basic round trip pricing to ANY Orlando resort use MDT15

Amusement Park Rentals - 10% Military Discount on Strollers and Scooters Use 10MILITARY at checkout

EzPacking Cube Organization System, Tame Your Suitcase! - MDT Readers get 15% off with MILITARYDISNEY at checkout

Other Planning Resources

Buy Your Magic Bands at the Disney Store

Best Ever First Timers WDW Book The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit The premier website for first time visitors to Walt Disney World!

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World The Ultimate WDW Guide! - The website of the Unofficial Guide - Crowd Forecasts, Pre-made Touring Plan, plus lots of detailed info

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