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.
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 Chart
I’ve put together this price comparison chart to give you a good visual representation of how Shades of Green’s rates compare to Disney’s Moderate and Value Resorts.
The chart is based upon Shades of Green’s standard rates. While Shades of Green does offer discounted rates and packages at various times of the year, I have not taken these into account because once released Shades of Green constantly changes the dates, offerings, and prices of their discounts and cancels them with no notice!
The chart below is based upon:
- Disney’s 2018 Armed Forces Salute discounted rates*. The Salute discounts are:
- Disney Value Resorts – Up to 30% Off Rack Rates
- Disney Moderate Resorts – Up to 35% Off Rack Rates
- Shades of Green’s FY 2019 rates
- Standard Rooms at both Resorts
*Note, starting in 2018 the Disney Armed Forces Salute room discount rates are not a set 30 or 35 percent off. They are “up to” the 30 or 35 percent off. This means that depending on your dates you might receive a lower discount amount; the only way to know what your price will be is to call (or have your Travel Agent do it for you).
The chart shows how much Disney’s prices fluctuate during the week and emphasizes that Monday 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.
You will see that the Disney prices go off the top of the chart on 19 December when the 2018 Disney Armed Forces Salute ends.
The 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, Spring Break, 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.
For those driving to their Disney World Vacation, Parking is not free!
Walt Disney World Resorts charge a nightly parking fee (for reservations made after 21 March 2018). This fee is based upon the resort category:
- Value Resorts $13 per night
- Moderate Resorts $19 per night
- Deluxe and Disney Vacation Club Resorts $24 per night
- The Fort Wilderness campground is still free
- Valet parking at all resorts that offer it is $33 per night
Those staying at Shades of Green will pay $7 per night to park their car at Shades of Green and $10 for valet parking.
Theme Park Parking
Theme park Parking is free for Walt Disney World Resort Guests.
Those staying at Shades of Green will pay $20 per day to park at Disney World’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 – Both Disney Resort and Shades of Green Guests may make advance FastPass Plus reservations 60 days prior to check in.
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, Shades of Green guests, only at Shades of Green.
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 disneyworld.com website, the applicable AFS discount was subtracted, and then hotel taxes added back in (13% at the All-Star & 12.5% at the CBR).
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
- Shades of Green – Disney Value Resort Comparison
- Shades of Green – Disney Moderate Resort Comparison
- Shades of Green – Disney Deluxe Resort Comparison
You can see what other military families think about Shades of Green in our Shades of Green Survey Results.
Call Disney or my recommend travel agent, Ears of Experience for a Disney Resort quote or for more information.
Kudos to my friend Dave from yourfirstvisit.net 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.
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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.