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  • On Dec 22, 2021
    Stephanie from NC Asked

    Hello! We are traveling next month and usually receive a package in the mail with our luggage tags and other Magical Extras, like passes for mini golf. Will we still get those if we are staying at Shades of Green, instead of our usual All Star resort?

    Hi Stephanie, and welcome to planDisney!

    I see you are counting down the weeks until you arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort - hurray! As a military spouse, I would like to thank you for your service to our country. I don't know if you have stayed at Shades of Green before, but I think you're going to love it! The gorgeous landscaping, fantastic location, and lobby Starbucks make it such a great option for our military families.

    It sounds like in the past, when you've stayed at one of Disney's All-Star Resorts, you've booked a vacation package, which includes your stay at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel plus theme park tickets. Because Shades of Green is not a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, your stay there is not eligible for Magical Extras and the benefits included with Walt Disney World Resort vacation packages.

    You'll notice some other differences when staying at Shades of Green; for example, if you're using MagicBands, they won't open your hotel room door, and you will not be able to charge purchases to your room. Shades of Green has its own theme park transportation, or you can walk across to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort to use Disney monorail or boat transportation. 

    The good news is that Disney often includes Shades of Green in the special extras for resort Guests, such as Early Theme Park Entry. You'll also love the large rooms (Shades of Green's amenities generally line up with those in Disney's Deluxe category) and tranquil vibes of this hotel. Another great benefit is that their gift shop is an Exchange, so you can shop tax-free with your military ID - they even have Disney souvenirs there.

    I encourage you to take a look at Shades of Green's website to get a good feel for the amenities available there. If you have any concerns or are confused about the differences between it and a Disney resort hotel, give them a call - I have always found their staff to be very helpful and friendly.

    I hope you enjoy your stay at Shades of Green, Stephanie! Thank you for stopping by planDisney with your question, and please come back and see us if you have any further questions as you count down the days!

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
    Robyn
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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