by Whitney Rife
Shades of Green is an Armed Forces Recreation Center, meaning only military and Department of Defense civilians can stay here. The property has a woodsy setting with waterfalls and tropical gardens. Over 550 oversized guest rooms feature patios and balconies and seating areas. Family suites that sleep up to eight contain expansive living room areas, separate bedrooms and an additional full bathroom. A handful of snack places and cafes are at the resort. Garden Gallery Restaurant is the best bet for a family-friendly dining experience. Mangino’s Bistro is the most popular restaurant, serving delicious pasta dishes. The resort has professional photographers onsite to document family reunions and vacations. Golf players will appreciate that the resort is surrounded by two PGA Championship courses. Also, parents may want to visit the Magnolia Spa (they cater to children, too).
Our Editor Loves
- Family Suites
- Onsite restaurants
- Onsite Dining
This hotel offers a lot more than I thought. It is clean and the rooms are large. Although I would ask for the Palm side as it is new and freshly remodeled. The transportation to the parks was surprisingly efficient. Swimming pools are kept clean and have great supply of fresh towels. There is also a bar and grill by the pool. 3 restaurants in the hotel and underground parking. Valet is also available..
Shades of Green is inside Walt Disney World and across the street from the Polynesian Village Resort and the Transportation and Ticket Center/Monorail. We were fortunate enough to visit during hurricane Dorian, so it was not too busy. We had a room on the 1st floor with a sliding door with direct access to the zero entry pool and view of Magic Kingdom fireworks. The room was very clean with two queen beds, sofa bed, coffee maker, fridge, tables with chairs inside and outside. It also has a safe. In our opinion, the quality of the accommodations are comparable to the "moderate" resorts of Disney, but much more affordable.
Some of the staff were very friendly, some not so much. Their bus system is terrific and on time which is very important. The food is excellent as is the service at all of the restaurants. Loved the dinner buffet!
Staying here was like staying with family, we met other really nice veterans and had a great time with them. Every veteran should visit this place, you won't be disappointed! Just remember your DD-214.
It is a fairly large site, and if you want to minimize the up and down on the elevator, get a room on the second floor, where the hotel lobby is located, along with the exchange, ticket sales & business center. Try getting a parking spot on Level 2 also.
The restaurants are on 1st floor, as is the bus stop.
If you enjoy golfing, the hotel sits right between two courses, and some rooms have views of them.
***Also note that as a veteran, you can not buy alcohol or cigarettes from the exchange and you do not qualify for discounted park tickets.