Family at EPCOT Festival of the Holidays; father holding son; mother eating a cookie wearing Santa hat
  • On Feb 8, 2024
    Heather from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! Military Family who will be staying at Shades for the first time (we usually stay at Disney Resorts). I am wondering when we will be able to make dining reservations. Is it 60 days as if we are staying on property or is it different?

    Hello Heather,

    Great name by the way! As you embark on your journey to Shades of Green, I want to take the time to extend my deepest gratitude and admiration to your family. I can’t imagine that being a military family is easy and I know that you all make so many sacrifices. Behind every uniform stands an incredible family consistently offering support, showing resilience, and offering unwavering love. Your strength is an inspiration to my family, and we want to thank you for your service. 

    Guests staying at Shades of Green Resort can make Advance Dining Reservations 60 days from your check-in date for the length of stay up to 10 days. I highly recommend making your dining reservations as early as you can to secure your preferred dining spots. If there are specific restaurants you want to try, prioritize booking those later in your trip and make those reservations first. Organizing your reservations based on their popularity or importance is the most effective way to ensure you get the dining experiences you desire.

    I see that you will be visiting during the holiday season. EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Presented by AdventHealth allows you to celebrate holidays around the world. Not only will you find beautiful decorations and festive flavors, you also can experience holiday traditions as you make your way around the world. One of my guilty pleasures is the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT. Typically in late summer or early fall, they will release Candlelight Processional dining packages that will allow you to choose a restaurant to dine at and then you will be able to view the Candlelight Processional in a reserved seat. This is one of the most moving experiences and I return year after year to take advantage of this beautiful production. 

    I hope that you and your family feel the magic of Disney as well as the immense appreciation and honor that we here hold for members of our military. May your time at the Walt Disney World Resort be filled with endless laughter and unforgettable memories. 

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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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