The Shades of Green Resort is an Armed Forces Recreation Center located on Walt Disney World property near Orlando Florida.
Shades of Green opened it’s doors on 1 February 1994 in the resort that was previously known as the Disney Inn/Disney Golf Resort which was owned by Disney World.
(Updated January 2020)
For most of its history these prices were very attractive compared to the rates at the Disney resorts.
Enter The Armed Forces Salute
In 2009 Disney began their almost constant offering of steeply discounted rooms to the military as part of their Armed Forces Salute. This new discount began to undercut the low rates at Shades of Green and room occupancy rates dropped. Shades responded by beginning to offer their own discounts.
Initially these discounts were not very attractive, offering minimal discounts on room rates and 5 dollars off the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way tickets.
After a year or so Shades began offering better, shorter term discounts, which are announced periodically through the year. Some were room only discounts, while others were packages that include dining for 2 at Shades of Green’s buffet restaurant, for either just breakfast or breakfast and dinner.
These packages were at times 30% to 40% off the regularly low price. There were several occasions when 50% off was offered.
Then in 2012 Shades of Green advised me that they would begin offering their discounts in an “Early Reward” style.
[…the discounts that are offered ] in the future will be in the style of “early rewards.” For instance we are currently offering a 50% discount in January, but as we move closer to the winter we may see that become 20%. Over the next year, it will definitely pay to plan ahead!
– Deidra Penny, Director of Sales and Marketing Shades of Green July 2012
Based on that plan Shades began to alter their discounts as time goes on. They would make an initial announcement with the dates and discount details, but as rooms fill up they will start altering the offer in different ways.
- They will reduce the discount percentage. For example, the initial 40% off will shrink to 30% or 20%
- They will reduce the dates the discount is offered, a full month offer is suddenly only available for a week and a half or on just a few certain dates.
- Packages that included dining will have the dining option deleted, but the price remains the same.
- A percentage off offer for all categories will be changed to a dollar value off per night which makes the cost higher than the original percentage off price
- They’ll even totally change the name of a discount. Example the February 2013 Carnevale Special was renamed the I Heart SOG February Special with major changes.
- They will totally discontinue a discount
The initial discount percentage offered is almost always the best deal offered and will decrease over the life of the offer.
In recent years, very occasionally one day to a few will be added (usually in conjunction with other days dropping off).
Discounts Have Decreased Over Time
As mentioned above in the early years of this decade the discounts started at 50 or 40 percent off regular room rates and dropped to 30 or 20 percent before being cancelled. In the mid decade the starting discount became 30 percent off. Then in 2017 under a new manager the initial discounts were down to 20 to 10 percent off.
Since 2019 the discounts have become only 10 to 15 percent off. Also some discounts are offered only for a hand-full of days.
New in 2020 a whole new group of veterans is eligible to stay at Shades of Green, this could have a negative effect on discounts, reducing available dates or eliminating them altogether!
While the discount amounts now remain steady at these low amounts, offered dates do change. Dates are usually reduced, but occasionally a day or two might be added.
Get Your Deal Early
So the take-away from this post is that if you are planning to stay at Shades of Green, jump on a discount for your dates as soon as it is announced!
See our list of all the current Shades of Green discounts.
For more info on Shades of Green check out the links 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.