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We recently returned from our WDW vacation. There was 17 of us (my family/grandkids & my brother’s family/grandkids). Needless to say…….It took some planning! I received Steve's book for Christmas of 2017, read the blogs/FB posts and asked him several questions this past year. I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help and insight! Your book is wonderful, and all of your tips/suggestions are very much appreciated. With all the technology and WDW constantly changing, I really don’t know how people can plan or go there without an expert’s help! So, to anyone thinking of planning a Disney vacation, especially Military……….read everything Steve puts out! - Jennifer H.

I can honestly say that learning about Military Disney Tips is the only reason I am so prepared for my family’s upcoming, once in a lifetime trip. If it wasn’t for all the wonderful advise I would not have been prepared for the 2017 Salute to the Military release nor would we have received a pretty awesome 30% discount off our room. I have so many notes and tips stored away to make our trip magical so thank you, thank you, thank you. - Lisa L.

I just discovered Military Disney Tips recently and I’m so glad I did. I had no idea how wonderful Shades of Green seems to be. I’m so exciting about our first visit. I didn’t know all the wonderful tips for Military families. I have referred to this website many times during the planning of our upcoming trip in March. Thank you for all you do. It’s truely great!! - Michelle S.

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Transportation for Guests of Shades of Green


See our new Transportation Overview Page

Getting to Shades of Green

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.

Uber - Free ride up to $15 by signing up via this link for Uber (or use the promo code steveb14703ue if the link doesn’t work). This promo is for your first ride only, any value not used expires so this is not good for a quick hop across WDW property, but it is perfect for a ride from Orlando International to WDW.

Lyft - $5 credit towards your first ride when you sign up for Lyft using this link. This promo is for your first ride only, this is perfect for a quick hop across WDW property.

See our post on how to split your stay between Shades of Green and a Disney resort: Split Stays at Walt Disney World Resorts and Shades of Green 


Once you arrive at Shades of Green its easy to get around

A great benefit to staying at Shades of Green is the complimentary bus transportation to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks and to the Transportation and Ticket Center.

Shades of Green buses run throughout the day on a seasonal schedule. ADA options include ramps and lifts for certain designated routes. Shuttles and transportation to other areas around Central Florida are available at an additional charge.

The bus loading area conveniently located in the front of the resort on the lower level. Click here for pictures and directions to the Shades of Green bus loading area.

Note: In order to use Shades of Green's fleet of buses, all adults will have to show either a military ID AND their Shades of Green resort ID (non military sponsored guests show their photo ID).

Shades of Green's Bus System

Shades of Green's Bus System

Shades of Green Bus Schedule.

Animal Kingdom/Blizzard Beach: Once per hour
Leaves Shades of Green on the half hour (starting at 0830)
Leaves Animal Kingdom at 10 minutes before the hour (Space #7 in charter bus area at 0850)
Leaves Blizzard Beach on the hour (Space #1 in bus area at 1000)

Hollywood Studios: Once per hour
Leave Shades of Green on the half hour (starting at 0830)
Leaves Hollywood Studios on the hour (Space C6 in the Charter Area at 0900)

Downtown Disney/Typhoon Lagoon: Once per hour
Leaves Shades of Green on the half hour (starting at 0830)
Leaves Typhoon Lagoon at 10 till the hour (Space #9 from 0950)
Leaves Downtown Disney on the hour (at the top of lot E by the burnt orange building)

Transportation and Ticket Center: Every 20 minutes
First bus leaves Shades of Green at 0830
Bus leaves Transportation and Ticket Center starting at 0840
From the Transportation and Ticket Center you can take a monorail to the Magic Kingdom or EPCOT, or board Disney World transportation buses for destinations all over the resort.

Click Here to see Shades of Green's current bus schedule

ID Checks on Shades of Green Buses



Walt Disney World Transportation System

Shades of Green guests have access to the Walt Disney Transportation System which includes: monorail, ferry boat and bus transportation all over Disney World property.

Walking / Disney's Monorail

Shades of Green is located within walking distance of Disney's Polynesian Resort. It's about a ten or fifteen minute walk. From there you can take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom, the Transportation and Ticket Center (to transfer to the EPCOT monorail or WDW buses to other destinations), or visit other Magic Kingdom Resorts. Click here for pictures and directions to the Polynesian Resort.

Shades of Green New Security Gate 

Shady Shuttle

The Shady Shuttle will run you around Shades' property and half way to the Polynesian for the walk to the monorail station


Shades of Green has a large parking garage and there is a $9.00 fee per day for it's use.

Shades of Green Guests pay $25 per day if they choose to drive their cars to the Disney theme parks.

Getting back to Shades of Green from the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot. Don't go miles out of your way when driving a car!

Epcot Parking for Shades of Green's Guests

Universal and Sea World Shuttle Bus

Shades of Green operates a shuttle bus to Universal or Sea World. You need to make a reservation 24 hours in advance with the Shades of Green ticket counter. The round trip cost is $ 10.00 per adult and $ 5.00 per child. Under 4 is free.

Departs Shades of Green Lobby (Lobby Level) promptly at 8:15am Return trip from Universal 6:30pm Return trip from Sea World 6:45pm.

Car Rental

Alamo Car Rental has a kiosk conveniently located in the Shades of Green lobby.

You can leave Comments and Questions about this page on the Shades of Green Comment Page.
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Shades of Green Menu

Shades of Green Information

Shades of Green Main Page

Military Members Review and Rate Shades of Green

Shades of Green Guest Rooms

Shades of Green Poolside Rooms

Shades of Green Suites

Shades of Green's History

How do I get to Shades of Green?

Shades of Green Resort Layout

Shades compared to a Disney Value Resort

Shades compared to a Disney Moderate Resort

Shades compared to a Disney Deluxe Resort

Walk to the Polynesian from Shades of Green

Shades of Green New Security Gate 

Shipping items to Shades of Green at Walt Disney World 

Shades of Green's Grounds

Shades of Green Pictures

Shades of Green Tour on the MDT Blog, Lots of informative posts on the resort

Shades of Green Blog Posts

Shades of Green FAQ

Shades of Green Rates and Packages

Shades of Green Eligibility

Shades of Green Room Rates

Use Your Military Star Card at Shades of Green

Shades of Green Room Discounts

Shades of Green Discount Packages Review

Sponsoring Guests at Shades of Green

Shades of Green's Traditional Discounts

Shades of Green’s Shifting Military Discounts

How Do Disney World Resorts Compare To Shades of Green In Price?

Shades of Green’s Year-Round Packages – Are They A Good Deal?

Non Retired Veterans

Shades of Green Discounted Tickets

Shades of Green Attraction Ticket Sales Office

Shades of Green's Discounted Ticket Types

Shades of Green Ticket Prices

Pre-Purchase Your Theme Park Tickets


Disney Tech

Magic Bands for Shades of Green Guests

FastPass Plus and Magic Bands

Shades of Green Amenities

Shades of Green Disney Benefits

Shades of Green Services

Shades of Green Shopping

Shades of Green Transportation

Shades of Green's WDW Bus Stops

ID Checks on Shades of Green Buses

Dining Options at Shades of Green

Shades of Green Restaurant Info

Magnolia Spa

Laundry Rooms

Alamo Rent a Car

Wedding Gazebo

Split Stays at Walt Disney World Resorts and Shades of Green 

Shades of Green Recreation

Shades of Green Activities/Services

Shades of Green Pools

Shades of Green Fitness Center

Family Technology Center


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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.

See: Top 8 Reasons to Use An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

Steve Recommends

Do you want all of your Disney Planning information in one place, organized in a step-by-step logical manner with an emphasis on Military Discounts and offers? I've written 3 Guidebooks just for the Military Community:

Walt Disney World for Military Families 2019 - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

The Essential Guide to Shades of Green - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

Disneyland for Military Families - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

Here are my recommendations for products and services I've reviewed that can improve your Disney planning. This is a short list since it only includes my top picks.

Ears of Experience - My recommended Travel Agent, Fee Free, Disney Only, Military Family Owned

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Military Disney Tips Negotiated Military Discounts

Orlando Shuttle Service - $15 off basic round trip pricing to ANY Orlando resort use MDT15

Amusement Park Rentals - 10% Military Discount on Strollers and Scooters Use 10MILITARY at checkout

EzPacking Cube Organization System, Tame Your Suitcase! - MDT Readers get 15% off with MILITARYDISNEY at checkout

Other Planning Resources

Buy Your Magic Bands at the Disney Store

Best Ever First Timers WDW Book The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit The premier website for first time visitors to Walt Disney World!

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World The Ultimate WDW Guide! - The website of the Unofficial Guide - Crowd Forecasts, Pre-made Touring Plan, plus lots of detailed info

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