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.
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:
- 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 Transportation Recommendations
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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
How can I get to Other Destinations like Universal Studios, SeaWorld, or Legoland?
As far as getting to Universal or Sea World 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.
There is a shuttle bus available for Universal and SeaWorld at Shades. You need to make a reservation 24 hours in advance with the Shades of Green Ticket Sales Office. The round trip cost is $ 10.00 per adult and $ 5.00 per child. Under 4 is free. Pickup times are set so you’ll need to stick to their schedule. Departs Shades of Green Lobby (Lobby Level) promptly at 8:15 am. Return trip from Universal 6:30 pm return trip from Sea World 6:45pm.
For other destinations like Legoland Florida, Kennedy Space Center, and your Disney Cruise at Port Canaveral I again recommend OrlandoShuttleService.com, or Uber/Lyft. The ride to another theme park would also be a great use of the $15 off your first Uber trip, or the $5 credit towards your first Lyft ride.
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
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
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.