Shades of Green is the Armed Forces Recreation Center located right on Walt Disney property.
It is a fantastic, first class resort located right in the middle of all the the magic.
Walt Disney World offers military discounted rooms with the Disney Armed Forces Salute. But the Disney Armed Forces Salute room discount is not a guaranteed always available across the board offer. A limited number of rooms are discounted based upon the availability at each individual resort on that date.
The more rooms that are booked the fewer military discounted rooms are offered, until finally none are.
If you missed out on making a Disney resort reservation for your dates using the military discount, Shades of Green would be a great alternative for you!
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 to a very special clientele.
Shades 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 those they sponsor.
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.
You will 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.
Shades of Green Eligibility
- Armed Forces and their Families: Members on active duty, Reserve, and National Guard, Cadets and Midshipmen of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine Academies. ID is Common Access Card.
- Other Uniformed Services
- Armed Forces Retirees and their Family Members
- Others Separated from the Armed Forces and their Family Members
- Former and/or Surviving Spouses and Family Members
- Other Supporters of the Department of Defense
- U.S. Department of Defense Civilians and Family Members
There’s a sports bar and grill and two full-service restaurants, and several quick service options available for dining.
Shades of Green Ticket Sales Office – Military Discounted Tickets!
If you can’t get into a Disney Resort, you should definitely give Shades of Green a try!
You will not be disappointed!
We stay there often, it is a great resort with a very relaxed and friendly environment.
Share your Shades of Green experiences in the comments below!
Information on Shades of Green the Military Hotel on Disney World property
See all the current Shades of Green Discounts and Packages
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.
Shades of Green Links
- Shades of Green
- Shades of Green Rooms
- Shades of Green Room Rates
- Disney Tickets at Shades of Green
- Links to Everything Shades of Green
- Shades of Green Blog Tour
- Magic Bands for Shades of Green Guests
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.
Shades of Green the military Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida has 2 different non-suite room types, the Standard Room and the Poolside Room.
Each rate category has a different price for these rooms, but in all cases the Poolside Rooms are $10 more per night than the standard Rooms.
Shades of Green, Walt Disney World’s military only resort offers so many great benefits that it is hard to keep this list to just 10!
The biggest which is a given and often goes unsaid is that Shades of Green is located right in the middle of the Magic, an Armed Forces Recreation Center right on Disney property!
This fact is so basic that it didn’t get put on the list, but let’s jump right in and see the Top 10.
1. Constant dependable price
The best thing about Shades of Green is its constant dependable price structure. Shades has just 3 rate categories, which are based upon pay grade. The more junior members (E1 to E-6) pay significantly less per night (right around $115 based on room type), while more senior members pay somewhat more (around $145).
Shade’s rates are constant year-round and have risen very little through the years. In comparison, Disney World has numerous price seasons throughout the year with prices for each individual room varying up to 2 times the cheapest rate during the more expensive times of the year.
On a recent trip to Shades of Green Walt Disney World’s Military Resort, we dropped by the Garden Gallery for breakfast.
The Garden Gallery is Shades of Green’s Buffet Style restaurant, which is open for breakfast and dinner.
Note: the Garden Gallery had a recent renovation, see some new pictures here
The Garden Gallery serves a traditional American style buffet breakfast every morning. You’ll be sure to find something that everyone in your party will like.
After being seated, your server will get your drink orders and bring them to the table while you are making your first trip to the buffet.
The food at the buffet is good and plentiful, with food service workers refreshing the hot items continuously.
Military Disney Tips recommends the Garden Gallery Buffet if you’ve got the time for a sit down meal and want to fill up for your Disney World day.
The buffet prices are: $13.95 for adults (12+), $5.00 for kids 5-11, and kids under 4 are free.
Check out the buffet pictures below.
Have you eaten at the Garden Gallery? Tell us what you thought in the comments below.
One word of caution, the lines waiting to be seated can be long during the morning rush when everyone is trying to get to the Disney theme parks at the same time. Be sure to build some extra time into your schedule if you want a big filling breakfast. There are several other Quick Service options if you’d rather grab something on the go.
Welcome to the third installment of the Shades of Green – Disney Resort Comparison Series.
This post wraps up my series intended to help you determine the differences between Shades and the Disney Resorts. I hope that you’ll find them helpful. Be sure to post comments and questions below.
Also please see How does Shades of Green compare to Disney in Price and the other 2 posts in the series:
Updated for currency: 17 January 2017
Military members who use Disney’s Armed Forces Salute room discount receive a 40% discount off of regular Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort rates.
Shades of Green is the military only, military owned and operated resort on Walt Disney World property. Shades offers great low rates based upon the member’s pay grade.
I hope that you find this post helpful! Be sure to post comments and questions below
The Disney Deluxe Resorts that are eligible for the 40% off of the full price rate are:
- Contemporary Resort
- Polynesian Village Resort
- Grand Floridian Resort
- Wilderness Lodge
- Boardwalk Resort
- Yacht Club Resort
- Beach Club Resort
- Animal Kingdom Lodge
- WDW Swan and Dolphin Resorts
Disney Deluxe Resorts include amenities such as: full-service restaurants, room service, luggage service, valet parking, swimming pools with a slide and hot tub, beach access, on-site recreation, on-site childcare, and monorail and/or bus or boat transportation.
For this comparison I’ll be using the Beach Club Resort, but all of the Disney Deluxes are similar, varying in the exterior and interior themes.
- Both the Wilderness and Animal Kingdom Lodges are cheaper than the other deluxes due to their slightly smaller rooms and their more isolated locations compared to the theme parks.
- The WDW Swan and Dolphin are third party owned resorts located on WDW property and as such will not be covered in this comparison. They have an entirely different price schedule and their own military discount. See this page for more.
Shades of Green includes amenities such as: full-service restaurants, quick service dining options, limited room service, luggage service, swimming pools and hot tub, Army-Air Force Exchange Store, discounted ticket sales, and bus transportation.
This is a comparison between the lowest cost room at each resort, a Standard View Room at the Beach Club and a Standard Room at Shades of Green.
The Beach Club’s room in this review is representative of all the other Disney Deluxe resorts except as noted in each section.
Disney’s Deluxes offer upgraded rooms for from $10 to $190 per night (not including suites or concierge). These upgrades can be in room view or interior decoration.
Views range from the basic covered here through (roughly in order) garden view, pool view, water view, to special types based upon resort like, theme park view, savannah view, premium savannah view, tower theme park view, and tower lake view.
Interior options can be: king beds, bunk beds, or concierge options.
You can click all of the images in this post for larger versions
Room – Price
For this comparison I’ll be using Disney’s summer rates (a typical travel time for families with kids) with the 40% Disney Armed Forces Salute discount. Disney prices will be the cheaper weekday (Sunday – Thursday nights) rates. Weekend (Friday & Saturday nights) are more expensive.
Note, starting in 2018 the Disney Armed Forces Salute room discount rates are not a set 40%. They are “up to” 40%, meaning 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).