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Disney Guidebooks By MDT

Disney World for Military Families
Disneyland for Military Families
The Essential Guide to Shades of Green

Military Disney Tips' Recommended
Disney Travel Agent

Save on your Disney Vacation With Military Discounts in 2017

Ears of Experience Disney Only Travel Agency. Military family owned and operated! They know all the ins and outs of Disney military discounts!

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Military Discouned Stroller Rentals

Orlando Limo Service

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Disney World Military Discounts on Strollers

Use the code THANKS at checkout for your Military Discount

Shades of Green Overflow Rates

What are Overflow Rates? These are discounted rates at Disney World resort propertys offered to the military community through Shades of Green.

Note: Shades of Green has discontinued this program as the Disney Armed Forces Salute offers better discounts.


The ins and outs of Shades of Green Overflow Rates at Disney World Resorts.

Overflow Rates are a wonderful benefit provided by Shades of Green!

Shades of Green often fills up to capacity, in the event this happens they offer "Overflow Rates" at Walt Disney World Resorts! While Shades of Green has the most spacious rooms they are not "themed" in Disney fashion as are the Disney resorts. Obtaining an overflow rate can get you some of the best rooms on property at a great discount, or a very good rate on a Disney Value Resort.

Note: Disney Armed Forces Salute discounts are better than Overflow Rates.

Disney World classifies its resorts into four basic categories: Value, Moderate, Deluxe, and Home Away from Home. Shades of Green's rooms are comparable to a Disney Deluxe room but without the Disney theme throughout.

If you'd rather get the full Disney experience and stay in a Disney resort it's possible with careful planning and timing to get a very discounted rate on a Disney room. It's possible to get a Deluxe for close to or somewhat higher than you'd pay at Shades of Green, a moderate for less than Shades, and a Value for much less than Shades,

In order to get these rates Shades of Green must be sold out for one of the nights during your intended stay.

Shades of Green Overflow Rates are 20% off Disney rack rates, which normally is a good discount, but with the Military Salute room only rates that Disney has been offering the past couple of years it's now quite as attractive.

One word of caution, if you are unhappy with the overflow rates or resorts offered there is no fall back option to stay at Shades of Green, as it's not possible to have a reservation with Shades and get an Overflow Rate for the same period. So have another plan that you've set up ahead of time: a reservation at a Disney Resort (one night's deposit required) or at one of the national chains just in case. You can cancel this reservation after getting that great rate through Shades of Green.



OK ready to talk specifics?

It's all about timing!

Shades of Green has an online reservations system, it is just hard to find.

Go to this page and click Make a Reservation at the bottom.

You can then view Shades' availability on a calendar.

As far out as possible start watching your intended dates. You can make reservations through Shades of Green one year in advance and peak seasons do start to fill up soon after that.

You will see either Green - Available days or Brownish with a X - No Availability days.

You'll want to check each day, Shades updates their data at 9 am Eastern Time. When one of your daysshows no availability you'll want to call Shades of Green Reservations at (888) 593-2242. There is a link on the site to submit a request via an Internet form but you'll want to skip this and call in as you'll want quotes for several resorts and the form takes a day or two for a response.

Occasionally the web site is a little off and they may still have a few rooms available, if so call back later that day or the next.

When you get the reservationist on the phone tell them that one of the dates for your intended stay shows as full on the web site and you are interested in an Overflow Rate.

If you are interested in a specific resort, resort type or area let the reservationist know. Or if you'd like to hear all the options they'll tell you.

One night's deposit is required to reserve the room and then you'll receive a confirmation letter from Disney in the mail. You can pay the balance when you check in or make payments ahead so your room will be covered by the time you get there.

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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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Walt Disney World for Military Families 2020 - Available in Print, Kindle, and Digital PDF Download

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