The Shades Of Green
|At A Glance
||The Shades of Green, formerly
The Golf Resort and The Disney Inn is reserved for use by
U.S. Military personnel on R&R.
Shades of Green was formerly known as The Golf Resort, and The
Disney Inn. It was leased by the U.S. government for use by military
personnel on R&R on 1st Feb 1994, and was subsequently bought
by the U.S. government on January 12th 1996. When originally named
the Disney Inn the hotel was considered to be a Deluxe or Premium
resort, with a price tag to match. These days It is reserved for
use by U.S. military personnel only via a 100-year leasing agreement
between Disney and the U.S. Department of Defense. This means
that for U.S. military personnel it represents fantastic value
Note that despite it's Military status the golf courses within
the resort area can still be used by non military personnel.
Shades of Green is nestled between two golf courses in a lush,
wooded setting complete with deer and herons just a few minutes
away from all of the major attraction parks, and directly across
the way from the Polynesian Resort.
The hotel features 287 rooms (both smoking and non-smoking),
each of which is around 480 square feet in size and features two
queen-size beds, a day bed, a table with 2 chairs, an armoire
with a TV and VCR, a good size closet with an electronic safe
and sleeps up to five people comfortably. Most rooms have balconies
that look out over a golf course or swimming pool. Some of the
rooms also have a view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks.
Guests staying at the Shades of Green can purchase attraction
tickets at a discounted rate. As with other Disney hotels a free
shuttle bus service runs from the hotel to Disney's Transportation
and Ticket Center, where guests can catch free transportation
to any of Disney's parks.
There is a weight room with Nautilus equipment, and an AAFES-run
store that offers reasonably priced, tax-free Disney memorabilia.
A laundry room enables visitors staying several days to travel
light and keep their clothes clean.
Staff at the Shades of Green frequently arrange special seasonal
activities, such as Easter-Egg hunts (Easter), Snowman building
competitions bobsleigh and ice skating (Christmas), and other
similar activities especially for guests' children to help keep
them occupied while parents relax at the resort.
Prices are substantially lower than for other Disney resorts
of a similar size, though this is reflected in the room occupancy
usually being at least 20% higher than for the other hotels in
the area, so advance reservations of at least 4 or 5 months is
The guest rooms accommodate up to five adults, while the resort
features two championship golf courses and a 9-hole executive
course, two lighted tennis courts, two heated swimming pools along
with a children's pool and play area, and a Fitness Room a Gift
Shop, Video Arcade and has full Laundry Facilities. In-Room refrigerators
are an optional extra for $5.00 per day.
The on-site Garden Gallery restaurant is open from 0700 to 1100
for breakfast, and 1700 to 2200 for dinner. The Evergreen Sports
Club offers lunch and dinner specials and is open from 1100 to
There are three restaurants and lounges at the resort, The Garden
Gallery, Evergreens Sports Bar and The Back Porch Lounge, and
three pools one of which is reserved specifically for toddlers
and young children.
Room rates are based on rank or paygrade. For more information
contact Shades of Green, PO Box 22789, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-2789.
Hotel Direct: Phone 1-407-824-3400 - Fax 1-407-824-3460.
For Reservations: Phone 1-407-824-3600 - Fax 1-407-824-3665.
Regular buses run to Ticket and Transportation Center, MGM, and
Blizzard Beach.Ê The buses start running for TTY at 0715 and continue
through 0230 at roughly 20 minute increments.Ê Guests also have
all the transportation privileges of any WDW resort guest.
Armed Forces Recreation Centers are centrally-managed resort
hotels operated by the United States Army. These affordable Joint
Services morale, welfare, and recreation facilities are located
at ideal vacation destinations and offer a full range of resort
opportunities for servicemembers, their families, and other members
of the total Defense Force. Armed Forces Recreation Center resort
hotels are located at Honolulu, Hawaii (Hale Koa Hotel); Orlando,
Florida (Shades of Green); Garmisch and Chiemsee, Germany (Armed
Forces Recreation Center-Europe); and Seoul, Korea (Dragon Hill
Lodge). Armed Forces Recreation Centers are totally self-supporting
and funded in full by nonappropriated fund revenues generated
internally from operations.
Shades of Green is dedicated to enhancing readiness and morale
of the combined Armed Forces by providing affordable, first-class
accommodations in a premier setting combined with friendly and
enthusiastic service in an environment revolving around respect,
dignity, and teamwork.