In 1992, after Desert Storm Army MWR placed an ad in the Orlando Sentinel inquiring if anyone in the local business community would be interested in leasing a resort property to the Army. The number of rooms and required amenities, such as a pool, restaurant and lounge were listed. They received 40 responses, it was decided that the offer from the Walt Disney World Company to lease the Disney Inn was the right offer. After negotiations were completed the Shades of Green opened it’s doors on 1 February 1994.
There was long process for deciding what to call the new resort. The new name had to be acceptable to both Disney and MWR. At the time all branches of the military wore some form of green utility/battle uniform, so it was decided to call the resort the Shades of Green to encompass all the services, plus Shades sits between two of Disney’s lush green golf courses with their greens. It seemed the perfect name.
The resort was so successful and popular that MWR decided to purchase the resort in 1996. The huge popularity of the resort caused it to fill to capacity often and early. Reservations were hard to get in busy seasons. So in 2002 the resort closed its doors for almost two years for a total remodel and expansion. During this time Shades of Green guests were housed in Disney’s Contemporary Resort North Garden Wing (now replaced by the DVC Bay Lake Towers). This section of the Contemporary was turned over totally to Shades of Green. They set up their ticket sales office and gift shop in some of the guest rooms. This was a fantastic opportunity, staying in a Disney Deluxe resort for Shades of Green prices.
The resort reopened with much more room and a facelift in March 2004, sporting a whole new guest room wing, a new Italian restaurant, as well as roomier ticket sales and gift shop areas.
In recent years with the economic downturn, Shades has had to innovate and has offered many varied discounts to military members in order to keep their rooms filled in the face of Disney’s steeply military discounted resort rooms.
Where will Shades of Green go from here? It’s hard to know what the future holds. My guess is more varied and improved amenities for their guests, such as the new Magnolia Spa. Shades of Green can’t compete with Disney, so they need to make their special niche even more attractive than it is already.
What are your ideas for Shades of Green’s future? What new amenities would keep you coming back to stay there? Post a comment with your idea!
Information on Shades of Green the Military Hotel on Disney World property
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A Special Note on Shades of Green Discounts: Something to be aware of is that Shades constantly changes the dates and discounts offered of their specials and packages.
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