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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 disneyworld.com 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
- Shades of Green – Disney Value Resort Comparison
- Shades of Green – Disney Moderate Resort Comparison
- Shades of Green – Disney Deluxe Resort Comparison
Call Disney or my recommend travel agent, Ears of Experience for a 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.
If you are planning a Disney World Vacation, when will it be? Let us know in the comments section below!
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.