If you are bound for Shades of Green from Orlando International Airport, you are on your own!
Walt Disney World has its Magical Express airport transportation for guests staying at Disney owned resorts.
But Shades of Green guests are on their own for transportation from Orlando International Airport to the Military Resort on Walt Disney World property.
UPDATE: Magical Express service will end for Disney World Resort reservations beginning on 1 January 2022.
If you have a reservation that begins on 31 December 2021 (or earlier) that carries over into 2022, you will still receive your return trip to the airport as part of your Resort Reservation.
For those starting their Disney World vacations 1 January 2022 or later the Paid Magical Express Replacement is Mears Connect. Mears Connect serves Shades of Green!
My family has lots of experience flying into Orlando International Airport. I was stationed in Ohio for many years and we flew into Orlando several times back then. We then transferred to the Florida Panhandle and drove to Disney World for 9 years. But we’ve been back in Ohio for quite a few years now, and we fly into Orlando several times a year.
When not staying at a Disney Resort, we’ve rented cars at the airport and used airport limos.
Transportation Options for Shades of Green
Here are the various options for your transportation from Orlando International Airport to Shades of Green:
- Mears Connect
- Limo Service
- Bus Service
- Rental Car
- Uber or Lyft
- Disney’s Minnie Van Service
- Split your stay between Shades of Green and a Disney World Resort(s)
Mears Connect: See out Full Post
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.
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 fares 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. (Minnie Van Service Currently Suspended, but rumored (by Disney) to restart in the future)
Split Stay – (While the Magical Express still operates) 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 Transportation Recommendations
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
Use Disney World’s Minnie Vans
The Minnie Van airport shuttle can pick up or drop off from the Orlando International Airport* and any Walt Disney World Resort hotel and now service is now available for Shades of Green!
The Minnie Van pick-up location is near the baggage claim escalators.
Each vehicle accommodates up to 6 Guests, 8 medium-sized suitcases and can be equipped with up to 3 complimentary car seats.
The cost of the Minnie Van airport shuttle is $155 each way; gratuity not included.
The Minnie Van airport shuttle operates from between 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM daily.
*Service can also be arranged for other local airports for other rates by calling (407) 828-3500.
How can I get to Other Destinations like Universal Studios, SeaWorld, or Legoland?
As far as getting to Universal Orlando, Sea World, other destinations like Legoland Florida, and Kennedy Space Center from Shades of Green you have a few options.
There is an Alamo kiosk just off the Shades of Green lobby you could rent a car for the day or more if you have other excursions planned.
Getting around WDW
Once you are at Shades there are lots of transportation options.
Shades has its own small fleet of buses to take you around Disney World and you can use Disney’s transportation free options (Buses, Monorail, Boats) without staying at a Disney Resort and they also offer a fleet of Minnie Vans, a new paid Disney run uber like service.
Or these other posts which you might find helpful:
Have you flown into Orlando and stayed at Shades of Green? How did you get there?
Let us know in the comments below!
Information on Shades of Green the Military Hotel on Disney World property
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
- Magic Bands for Shades of Green Guests
Planning a Disney Trip? Want to get the best military discounts that are available? Feeling a little confused?
See Our Great Disney Discount and Planning Info:
- Disney Veteran & Military Discount Eligibility Guide
- The Military Family’s Walt Disney World Comprehensive Vacation Planning and Preparation Guide
- Military Disney Tips Disney Packing Checklist
- Disney Military Tickets – Your Start to Finish Guide
- Resorts/Hotel Overview Page
- Dining Overview Page
- Transportation Overview Page
- Technology Overview Page
- Shades of Green, WDW’s Military Only Resort
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