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Here are your Transportation Options at the Shades of Green Resort, the Armed Forces Recreation Center Resort located right on Walt Disney World property.
On this page we’ll cover getting to Shades of Green and then getting around Walt Disney World once you are there.
Getting to Shades of Green
While Walt Disney World provides free airport transportation for guests of their Resort Hotels via the Disney’s Magical Express. Those staying at Shades of Green are NOT eligible and must find their own way to Shades of Green from the Orlando Airport.
Transportation Options for Shades of Green
Here are the various options for your transportation from Orlando International Airport to Shades of Green:
- Limo Service
- Bus Service
- Rental Car
- Uber or Lyft
- Split your stay between Shades of Green and a Disney World Resort(s)
Limo Service – There are numerous limo services available to take you to Walt Disney World.
Taxi – Taxis at the airport are about $75 each way to Disney World.
Bus Service – A company called Mears Transport runs regular buses, vans, and limos from the airport to all WDW and local area resorts. They are about $80-100 one way
Car Rental – You might be able to find a good military rate. I’m a USAA member and they have discounts negotiated with all the major car rental companies.
Uber and Lyft -Are great alternatives to traditional transportation companies. Uber and Lyft ares are currently starting at around $30 one way to WDW.
Disney World’s Minnie Van Service will transport you from the airport to anywhere on WDW property and back for $150 each way.
Split Stay – A Split Stay is when you spend part of your vacation at one or more Disney World Resorts and the remainder elsewhere. You could bookend your Shades of Green stay with a night on each end at a Disney Resort, thus obtaining free airport transportation on each end (and free Magic Bands). We have a post which discuses Split Stays in detail.
My Airport Transportation Recommendations
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.
Orlando Shuttle Service is the ONLY company doing what they do in Orlando. They search out all of the local transportation companies & list true total trip pricing in one place (before driver gratuity). They’ve been at this for over 9 years.
OrlandoShuttleService.com is proud of our military and pleased to offer this exclusive discount code for all military & their families: Get $15 off the basic round trip pricing of private transportation to ANY Orlando hotel or resort, including Shades of Green. Just enter the promo code MDT15″
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Use Uber or Lyft
Uber and Lyft are a great alternatives to traditional transportation services. Fares to and around Walt Disney World can be much lower that other commercial options.
If you, or someone in your party doesn’t yet have a Uber account, you can get a 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.
If you, or someone in your party doesn’t yet have a Lyft account, you can get a $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.
Here is a link to Uber’s Orlando International page for pickup instructions and price estimates.
See our Using Uber, Lyft, and Minnie Vans at Disney World post
Once you do 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 Bus Schedule
Shades bus service to each park starts 45 minutes prior to park opening.
Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, & Blizzard Beach: Operates once per half hour
Leaves Shades of Green at 15 and 45 past the hour
Leaves Animal Kingdom at 10 minutes before the hour (From the charter bus area)
Leaves Hollywood Studios on the hour (Space 60 in the Charter Area)
Leaves Blizzard Beach on the hour (Space 1 in bus area)
Downtown Disney/Typhoon Lagoon: Operates once per hour
Leaves Shades of Green on the half hour
Leaves Typhoon Lagoon at 10 till the hour (Space 9)
Leaves Downtown Disney on the hour (From the West Side Loop)
Transportation and Ticket Center: Operates every 20 minutes
Leaves Shades of Green at 10, 30, and 50 past the hour
Bus leaves Transportation and Ticket Center starting at 20 and 40 past the hour (Space 10)
From the Transportation and Ticket Center you can take a monorail to the Magic Kingdom or EPCOT, or board Disney World transportation buses bound for The other Disney Theme Parks.
Shades buses do start running early and run late for specific theme parks on days that they have Extra Magic Hours and also for special late night events like Mickey’s Not-So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Shades of Green’s Bus System Ratings
Here’s how MDT Readers rate Shades of Green’s Bus System on a 1 to 5 scale in our Shades of Green Surveys:
Overall Satisfaction – 3.93
Convenience – 3.74
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.
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 $11.00 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!
Alamo Car Rental has a kiosk conveniently located in the Shades of Green lobby.
Other Transportation Information
See our new Transportation Overview Page
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
- Military Members Review and Rate 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
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