The Shades of Green Resort is an Armed Forces Recreation Center Resort located on Walt Disney World property near Orlando Florida.
I’m Not Staying at Shades of Green Can I Use Their Amenities (Ticket Office, Restaurants, etc)?
Absolutely! Anyone who is eligible to stay at Shades of Green may visit as a day guest to take advantage the military discounts, cheap prices, and tax free purchases.
Shades Of Green Amenities Available To Any Eligible Person
At Shades of Green you will find all of the amenities that you’d expect at the best Disney resorts such as a wide selection of restaurants, recreational options, valet parking, bellhop service, spa, fitness room, two pools, free Wi-Fi, and self-service laundry facilities, plus a military discounted ticket sales office and mini Exchange.
Many of Shades of Green’s amenities are available to those who just drop by!
Whatever your situation as a Military/DoD member you are always welcome to stop by Shades of Green. At least one member of the party must have a military ID or CAC to enter the resort.
Here are the amenities that non-Shades of Green guests are allowed to use:
- Shades of Green’s Ticket Sales Office
- The AAFES Store
- All of the restaurants at Shades of Green
- The Magnolia Spa
All of these venues cost less than the comparable services at the Disney resorts and there is no sales tax added!
Other amenities such as pool and fitness center use are reserved only for those actually staying at Shades.
Shades Of Green’s Ticket Sales Office
Due to the current Theme Park Reservation System it has become essential to purchase your Disney tickets well in advance. Both those staying at Shades and those who are not can do so ahead of time through The Shades of Green ticket office.
Disney day guests, and those who want discounted tickets for a future date or other Central Florida Attractions can stop by to buy their tickets here anytime.
The ticket office doesn’t just offer Disney tickets–you can also find military discounted tickets for all of the major (and many minor) Central Florida attractions here. You’ll find tickets for:
- Universal Orlando
- SeaWorld Orlando
- Legoland Florida
- Busch Gardens
- Kennedy Space Center
- Wet n’ Wild
- Many Orlando Dinner Shows
- And Disney World’s minor parks: WDW’s Water Parks, and WDW’s Mini Golf Locations
The line for service can be long in the morning, so drop by in the afternoon for a shorter wait.
Shades Of Green’s AAFES Store
The Army Air Force Exchange Service operates what is essentially a small shoppette at Shades of Green. Here you will find all of the sundries that you might need during your vacation. Some of the offerings are: snacks and quick food options, a wide range of beverages including beer, wine, & liquor, toiletries and medicines. You will also find Disney, Orlando area, and military unique souvenir items.
A military ID is required for the sale of liquor and tobacco products. You will find that beer, wine, & liquor are MUCH cheaper here than at the Disney resorts.
This is a great place to stock up on snacks and drinks for the room and theme parks at good prices!
Shades of Green Dining
You are always welcome at all the Shades of Green’s restaurants.
Breakfast options are the Java Café and Express Café, both of which are quick service (grab and go) locations, and the Garden Gallery buffet, which often has long waits for a table during breakfast.
For lunch your options are the Java Café (Starbucks pastries), the Express Café which has great sandwiches, On the Greens Grill offering hot dogs and brats by the Magnolia Golf Course, and Evergreen Sports Bar.
If you are around for dinner you can choose from the Garden Gallery which offers a regional/international buffet with daily rotating items, Manginos Steakhouse, the Java Café (Starbucks pastries), the Express Café, and Evergreen Sports Bar.
Shades of Green’s dining locations are cheaper to considerably cheaper that the corresponding Disney venues, so drop by here to get filled up.
Shades offers this handy chart indicating what is open when during your visit. (subject to change)
Shades Of Green’s Magnolia Spa
The Magnolia Spa is a full service spa.
They offer a full range of services at prices 15-25% lower than the Disney Spas:
- Salon and Barber Services
- Packages, and
- Princess Makeovers
The full list of services and prices is here.
How To Get To Shades Of Green
You cannot ride Shades of Green’s bus if you are not a guest, you’ll need to get there on your own.
If you have your own car the easiest thing to do is drive yourself.
Note in in early 2019 Shades of Green started charging an hourly parking fee for stays over 2 hours to non-guests.
Follow the signs to the Magic Kingdom, and then the signs for Shades of Green
After you pass the Polynesian Village Resort on your right you’ll come to a “T.” Turn right there and Shades will be just ahead on your left.
At the guard shack just show your ID (military ID, CAC or DoD CAC) and tell the security host what you are there for i.e. “I’m going to the ticket office to buy tickets.” They’ll then direct you to parking.
If you are depending on Disney Transportation you have a couple of options.
You can take Disney transportation to the Polynesian Village Resort or Transportation and Ticket Center and walk to Shades. From the Poly, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes depending on your walking speed. Add another 5 to 10 minutes from the TTC.
You may not ride on the Shades of Green fleet of buses unless you are staying there. A Shades of Green Resort ID is required to ride.
Uber Lyft or Minnie Van
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.
Disney’s Minnie Van Service is also run through the Lyft App. (Currently not offered)
Extra Savings For Your Disney World Vacation
Using these extra benefits available at Shades will help you save a little extra on your vacation!
You are eligible, so if you have the time to stop by, you should definitely use them. Drop by to pick up supplies, buy any tickets you still need, and grab lunch.
Have you used Shades of Green’s benefits when not staying there? Let us know in the comments below.
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