Shades of Green Resort Review
The Shades of Green Resort is an Armed Forces Recreation Center Resort located right on Walt Disney World property near Orlando Florida.
Here you will find very affordable military room rates for your Disney vacation as well as Disney World and local area military discount tickets.
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 tothe military community.
Shades of Green 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 guests that they sponsor for vacations.
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.
Military Members Review and Rate Shades of Green
Military Room Rates
You'll 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. The Disney resorts however have numerous price seasons throughout the year as well as having their prices fluctuate based on the day of the week (Friday and Saturday nights are more expensive). The price for a specific Disney resort room can vary anywhere from 1.4 to over 2 times the cheapest price for that room depending on the time of year.
Reservations may be made 365 days in advance of the desired date.
See how Shades of Green's prices compare to Disney's
Shades of Green has two lovely heated pools, one in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head and ears!
There's a kiddy Splash Area too.
Laundry facilities (open 0900-2300), credit card operated, detergent vending available
Fitness Center (open 24 hours a day)
Two championship golf courses and a 9-hole executive course
Two lighted tennis courts
There is also an AAFES Store for your sundry and DIsney merchandise needs.
Shades of Green compared to a Disney Value Resort
Shades of Green compared to a Disney Moderate Resort
Shades of Green compared to a Disney Deluxe Resort
Shades of Green is a smoke free resort.
Military Disney Tickets
Shades of Green Resort offers military discounted theme park tickets for all Disney World venues, Universal Studios Orlando, Sea World, and many other Orlando area attractions in its Attraction Ticket Sales Office.
Shades of Green has several dining options ranging from table service to grab and go options. See our Shades of Green Dining overview page for more details.
There are two full-service restaurants, and several quick service options available for dining, as well as a sports bar and grill.
Those staying at Shades of Green are NOT eligible for Disney's Magical Express and must find their own way to Shades of Green from the Orlando Airport.
Military Disney Tips has negotiated a Military Discount with Orlando Shuttle Service. This special offer is exclusive to MDT Readers, you’ll get $15 off the basic round trip pricing of private transportation to ANY Orlando hotel or resort when you book at Orlando Shuttle Service. Just enter the promo code MDT15. This code is valid online or via phone.
Shades of Green offers free bus transportation to various locations on Disney World property. You can leave your car in their parking garage so you won't have to drive to the theme parks!
Airline Check-in is available.
Parking at Shades of Green is $11.00 per day and Shades guests will pay $25.00 per day to park at Walt Disney World's theme parks.
Shades of Green New Security Gate
Also Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and it's Monorail station is just a short walk from Shades of Green.
Shades of Green often fills up to capacity, in the event this happens you can be placed on their waiting list!
While Shades of Green has the most spacious rooms at Walt Disney World they are not themed in Disney fashion as are the Disney resorts.
Split Stays at Walt Disney World Resorts and Shades of Green
Shades, while not a Disney hotel affords some of the same benefits such as Disney's Resorts:
- Extra Magic Hour
- Package delivery to your room
- Guaranteed Theme Park Entry
- FastPass Plus reservations 60 days prior to check in for your entire trip (Up to the number of days on your ticket, your room reservation length including check in and out days, or 10 days, whichever is less).
Shades of Green guests pay $25 per day to park at Disney theme parks and $11 per day to park at Shades of Green itself. Here are some options to paying for parking.
The Shades of Green Resort can be the single most money saving benefit available for military members for their Walt Disney World vacation. We've enjoyed each stay at SoG and all of the cost cutting we've been able to do through them with overflow rates and discounted tickets through the years!
See more info on Shades of Green's rooms
Pictures of the front of Shades of Green Resort
More pictures of the Shades of Green Grounds
Pictures of the Shades of Green Lobby
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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.
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