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

Planning a Disney World vacation is a big undertaking!

One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make during your planning will be where to stay.

Should you stay at a Disney World Resort using the Disney Armed Forces Salute, or Shades of Green the Military Owned and Operated Resort on WDW property?

There are many factors which will influence your decision. Factors such as: ambience, being immersed in the Disney experience 24/7, convenience/Disney benefits, transportation, and most of all, price.

This post will mostly focus on price, but I’ll explain some of these other factors as we go along as some of them do affect your final price.

Price Comparison Charts

I’ve put together 2 price comparison charts to give you a good visual representation of how Shades of Green’s rates compare to Disney’s Moderate and Value Resorts.

The charts are based upon Shades of Green’s standard rates, but they do offer discounted rates and packages at various times of the year. I have not taken these into account because their discounts are released at random times of the year and once released Shades constantly changes the dates, offerings, and prices of their discounts!

The charts below is based upon:

  • Disney’s Armed Forces Salute discounted rates. The Salute discounts are:
    • Disney Value Resorts – 30% Off Rack Rates
    • Disney Moderate Resorts – 35% Off Rack Rates
  • Disney’s 2017 Salute Offer ends on 19 December 2017
  • Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Rates are not available 9-23 April 2017
  • Shades of Green’s FY 2018 price increase is indicated on 1 October 2017
  • Standard Rooms at both Resorts

The charts show how much Disney’s prices fluctuate during the week and emphasizes that Sunday through Thursday night stays are preferred for the best savings at WDW Resorts.

While Shade’s standard prices are the same every day of the year, Disney’s pricing year is divided into many different price seasons.

The 2 large “spikes” in price are full price rates in March during Disney Armed Forces Salute Blockout Dates and after the Salute ends on 19 December.

Walt Disney World Value Resorts versus Shades of Green's Prices

AllStar Resorts Value Resort versus Shades of Green

The price for the AllStar Sports, Movies, & Music Resorts’ standard rooms are all the same, while Pop Century’ prices are about 8 to 12 dollars more per night.

Walt Disney World Value Resorts versus Shades of Green's Prices

Coronado Springs Moderate Resort versus Shades of Green

Coronado Springs and the Caribbean Beaches standard rooms are priced the same except during March and April when the Caribbean is about 5 dollars cheaper. The two Port Orleans Resorts (Riverside & French Quarter) are about 12 to 18 dollars more than the Coronado per night and are a constant (no difference weeknight to weekend) $164 for the first part of the summer.

Comparable Prices

These chart shows how comparable both Category 2 and 3 rates at Shades of Green are to either Disney’s Value or Moderate Resorts, depending on the time of year.

Also it shows that for Category 1 rates (lower ranking enlisted & cadets), Shades is usually only a better deal than the the Disney Values on Friday and Saturday nights and when the Disney Armed Forces Salute is not available.

Other Factors Which Affect Price and Scheduling


For those flying to their Disney World Vacation, Disney provides free transportation via their Magical Express from Orlando International Airport to your Disney Resort Hotel.

Those staying at Shades of Green must obtain their own transportation at their own cost.

Military Disney Tips has negotiated a Military Discount on Arport Transportation

For those driving to their Disney World Vacation, Parking is free for Disney Resort guests at both your resort and at Disney’s parks.

Those staying at Shades of Green will pay $7 per night to park their car at Shades ($10 for valet parking) and will have to pay $20 per day to park at Disney’s parks. You can take both Shade’s and or Disney’s free transportation service instead of driving to the parks though.

You’ll need to factor these extra costs into your overall Shades of Green cost estimate if applicable.

 Disney Amenities – Scheduling

Advance FastPass Plus Reservations – Guests at Disney Resorts may make advance FastPass Plus reservations 60 days prior to checkin, while Shades of Green Guests have to wait till 30 days prior to each FastPass Plus day desired to make their FastPass Plus reservations.

Extra Magic Hours – Both WDW Resorts and Shades are eligible.

Package delivery to your resort from the theme parks and Downtown Disney – Both WDW Resorts and Shades are eligible.

Charge to your room privileges – Disney resort guests at all Disney locations, SoG guests, only at Shades.

Magic Bands – Shades Guests will not receive free magic Bands (only Disney Resort guests do). You may buy your own from the Disney Store or a WDW giftshop after arrival. Shades guests may then use their bands for their theme park admission, FastPass Plus returns, and PhotoPass but not for room key or room charges.


Price quotes for Disney resorts were obtained from the website, the applicable AFS discount was subtracted, and then 12.5% hotel taxes added back in.

The Resorts quoted are standard view rooms (the cheapest) at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s All Star Movies Resort.

The Moderates are fairly similar in price, with about $10 a night variance. The Fort Wilderness Cabins which also fall under the Moderate Discounts are quite a bit more.

The Value Resorts have three different price levels, the All Stars are the cheapest, followed by Pop Century, and then Art of Animation Suites. The Art of Animation Little Mermaid rooms are not eligible for the Disney Armed Forces Salute room discounts.

 Wrapping It Up

These charts are not meant to be used to figure your actual costs, rather as a visual guide to how Disney World’s fluctuating resort prices relate to Shades of Green’s constant rates at different times of the year.

See our posts on how the 3 Disney Resort categories compare to Shades of Green in all respects

Call Disney or my recommend travel agent, Ears of Experience for a quote or for more information.

Kudos to my friend Dave from for the inspiration for these charts. His numerous, fantastic and very through ones cover many aspects of non-military discounted prices and better yet, both Crowds and When to go to Disney World.

If you are planning a Disney World Vacation, when will it be? Let us know in the comments section below!

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


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  1. Steve (and co) thank you so much for offering this information. I have visited Disney World the past two years during marathon weekend. Both visits included a resort stay at Shades of Green and were both adult only trips. We had the lower rate that Shades offers and their beautiful amenities to enjoy. We weren’t too worried about AFS renewal-if it wasn’t renewed we would enjoy a park free trip focused on Shades, our race day events and Disney bonuses like the Boardwalk. However, we have decided to make the next trip a family affair. Our four children, 5-15, all have to train for an age appropriate race to “earn” their Disney trip. I never even thought of the repercussions of not having AFS tickets. Thank you for the reminder…I think this afternoon would be well spent designing a second “just in case” budget! Can’t imagine being that close to the magic and telling the kids they couldn’t actually go inside!! Thank you for your dedication to this site and all of our military brothers and sisters.

    • Hey there Patricia,

      I just love the training to earning their trip! So awesome.

      I know what you mean about being so close with the kids. Our kids are out on their own now so we have many “just us” trips and we have been so many times we don’t have to do a park. There are so many other things to do. That will change when we have grand kids 😉

      I’m very confident we won’t have to worry about not having a discount. THe only issue is people being able to get the room they want, ADRs and FP+s in that first quarter

  2. I’m wondering about travel time to each of the parks. Do you know approximate travel times and best/recommended mode of travel to each from Shades? I know some resorts use buses for certain parks but recommend car for say the water parks and AK.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Kristen,

      It is about a 6 minute ride from Shades to the Transportation and Ticket Center. From there a 8 minute monorail ride to Epcot. For the Magic Kingdom it would be a 10 to 15 min monorail or ferry ride. These times do not take into account any waiting for the Kristen to arrive.

      You can take the 10-15 min walk from Shades to the Polynesian and catch the 5 min monorail ride to the MK.

      Hollywood Studios is about a 10 minute ride and Animal Kingdom is about 15.

      Did you see my Shades transportation page?