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  • On May 11, 2020
    Wes from KS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Does the Shades of Green military resort count as a Disney resort hotel?

    Welcome Back, Wes!

    Thank you so much for visiting us again hEAR at the Disney Parks Moms Panel and asking this great Military Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning question! I'm an Air Force wife and I stayed at Shades of Green for the first time this last November, so I'm so excited to assist you with this question today!

    While technically located on the Walt Disney World Resort property, Shades of Green is not an official Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. I'm linking a Map of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort; if you move the map to the right just a bit, you'll see 'Magnolia Palm Road' on the left side of your screen marked in yellow that loops to a building and parking lot. That's Shades, and it's technically about a 10-15 minute walk to The Poly.

    I hadn't stayed at Shades before last year because I honestly love all of the included perks available to only those who book an official Disney-owned Disney Resort Hotel. Perks such as every person in each reservation receives a Magic Band, the complimentary transportation from and back to the Orlando International Airport via Disney's Magical Express motorcoach, and even a handy way to pre-pay for most of your meals and snacks by purchasing a Disney Dining Plan.

    However, after that trip I might be an every visit Shades of Green convert. The rooms are huge, the on-site dining options are really budget friendly, and the bus transportation to Disney's four Theme Parks is top notch - the driver checks IDs to make sure you're either a registered guest of the resort or a Military Member/Dependent!! You'll also be happy to know that Shades DOES participate in both Extra Magic Hours and 60 Day FastPass+ reservations. There's a lot of value built in at this resort. And don't forget that every friend of Mickey, no matter where they stay, is welcome to use the complimentary Resort and Theme Park Transportation to get around, as well as Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering.

    Wes I would love to answer any more Disney Military or Shades of Green questions you might have. And don't forget that in addition to special U.S. Military Pricing on 4, 5 and 6-Day Disney Park Hopper Theme Park Tickets and special Military rates at Disney Resort Hotels, there's also a special Military price and rule twist on Disney's Memory Maker Product!

    I hope this helped to clEAR things up a bit, and We'll See You Real Soon!

    ~Kristen
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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