“What’s Shades of Green?” is a question we hear often after suggesting it as a hotel option to other military families. So let’s get that out of the way first:
Shades of Green is the only on-property resort exclusively for military members and their families.
10. It’s Really Close To Disney’ Polynesian Resort
So close, in fact, that most people tend to walk across to Poly to catch the Monorail, or their bus transportation, as Disney Resorts buses run every 5-15 minutes versus the Shades of Green’s hourly schedule.
9. It Has Its Own Bus Schedule
Shades of Green has its own buses that transport guests to the parks. However, they do not provide transportation to and from the airport, like Disney’s Magical Express.
8. There is Onsite Dining
Shades of Green guests are not eligible to take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan, however there are many options throughout the resort.
7. There’s an AAFES Exchange On-Site
And yes, it’s tax free with a wide variety of items available! Even if you’re not staying at Shades of Green, but find yourself needing some essentials, it’s worth stopping by. Last visit I needed a new charger and picked up a super cute Disney t-shirt for only $14!
6. Your Military Star Card Is Accepted There
Another great bonus!
5. They Have Their Own Take On The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
It’s not quite the same experience, but close enough!
4. The Rooms Are Huge
If you’ll be spending a lot of time in your room or at the resort, this is something to consider!
3. There are 2 PGA Golf Resorts Close By
Shades of Green is nestled between two amazing golf resorts. If you love golf, this alone is a reason to stay at Shades of Green.
2. There are Plenty of Family Activities
Just like Disney Resorts tend to have many family friendly activities onsite, so does Shades of Green!
1. It Books up Fast, so Plan Ahead
It books REALLY fast because it’s a fantastic option for military families. I have gotten really lucky a few times for last minute trips and booking a day or two in advance. Of course, don’t chance it! But if you’re flexible in your trip, keep checking back!
Be mindful of any cancellation policies if you book other accommodations and space at Shades of Green happens to open.
If you are wondering if you are eligible for the Disney Military Salute Discount Ticket program, look no further! Below you will find a handy layout of who is eligible for this amazing discount. Please feel free to share this post with your fellow military family!
Are you one of the many who served your country in the US Military but did not retire?
With their "Salute to Our Veterans" Program, Shades of Green accepts reservations from non-retired US military veterans for stays in January and September.
Shades of Green the military resort located on Walt Disney World property began this offer for non-retired Vets in September 2010.
(Current military members and retirees are eligible for the Disney Armed Forces Salute)
Eligibility Requirements are:
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