Are you wondering if staying at the Shades of Green resort is right for your family?Depending on the time of year you plan to travel, staying at Shades of Green could be a great option.
Shades of Green is a resort for active duty military, reservists, and veterans on the Disney World property.
We recently returned from a trip to Disney World, and we stayed at Shades of Green. We weren’t able to rent a suite, but we were able to get two regular rooms that were adjoining. Based on our experiences at the resort, here are some of the pros and cons of staying at Shades of Green.
Pros of Staying at Shades of Green
- It’s very close to the monorail system. If you’re okay with walking a little bit, the resort is about a ten-minute walk from the monorail at the Polynesian resort.
- It’s inexpensive compared to the luxury resorts on the Disney World property.
- Purchases made at the resort are tax-free.
- The food in the restaurants is very reasonably priced. Children four and under eat for free.
- The rooms are large. We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside before, and the rooms at Shades of Green were considerably bigger.
- It has a heated pool.
- Parking is $5 a day.
- There’s an AAFES store in the hotel that sells milk, water, wine, toiletries, souvenirs, etc.
- There’s a coffee stand in the hotel that has Starbucks coffee. In the evenings, that same coffee stand serves ice cream, beer, and wine!
Cons of Staying at Shades of Green
- Shades of Green has its own bus system. It does not run as frequently as the Disney bus system, so if you plan to use it, you’ll need to plan accordingly.
- The resort isn’t quite as modernized as the Disney resorts. But, it’s still a very nice hotel.
- If you need adjoining rooms, like we did, the hotel staff will not confirm it. They say they will do their best, but they can’t guarantee anything. Even on the day we were checking in, the front desk would not confirm that we had adjoining rooms. They say this is for the safety of the guests. For our family, it caused a lot of unnecessary worry and stress. Our rooms were adjoining, so it would have been nice if they could have just told us that ahead of time.
- If you want to drive to the parks, you’ll have to pay to park your car in the Disney parking lots. When we went to the parks, it was $17/day to park there.
Overall, we liked staying at Shades of Green, and we would definitely stay there again.
Are you planning on staying at Shades of Green? Have you stayed there before?
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