• On Jul 14, 2021
    Rebecca from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I understand that magic bands are not used at Shades of Green but can they still be pre-purchased to get the special pricing? Also, what are the new hotel guest rules for extended park hours starting on 10/1 for Shades of Green? I do not see them listed.

    Hi Rebecca! Welcome to planDisney.

    I'm a military spouse, and on behalf of my own family and my fellow panelists, I would like to thank you for your service to our country. Shades of Green is a beautiful resort hotel, and will give you and your group a great opportunity to spend time together and relax after your theme park fun. I'm so glad our military members have this option on Walt Disney World Resort property.

    Shades of Green is not a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, and so some of the perks for Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels are not available to Guests here. Shades of Green Guests do get a few of the perks, so let's talk about MagicBands and Early Theme Park Entry. 

    As you noted, the special pre-arrival pricing for MagicBands is not available to Guests staying at Shades of Green.  If you'd like MagicBands for your party, you may purchase them from ShopDisney and then link them to each Guest's My Disney Experience account. You'll be able to use those for theme park entry and Disney PhotoPass photos. You could also wait and purchase MagicBands at merchandise locations around the Walt Disney World Resort.

    As for Early Theme Park Entry, I'm happy to confirm that Shades of Green is on the list of participating resort hotels. Beginning October 1, 2021, there's extra time in the parks for The World's Most Magical Celebration. Guests eligible for Early Theme Park Entry will be able to enter all four theme parks 30 minutes before park opening time. The evening extended hours benefit does not include Shades of Green at this time; watch the Disney Parks Blog for more details as we get closer to October.

    Shades of Green is such a great hotel, with lovely landscaping, large rooms, and a convenient location. Java Cafe in the lobby serves Starbucks coffee and also featured delicious gelato on a recent visit of mine. You also cannot miss the on-site exchange, where you can buy snacks, sunscreen, and Disney merchandise tax-free. My kids LOVE that shop! You're also just across the street from Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, which means you can walk over for a DOLE Whip (swoon!) or to use Disney boat transportation to Magic Kingdom Park. 

    Thanks for bringing your question to us, Rebecca! It's always a pleasure to help a fellow military Guest, so please stop by again if you think of any more questions.

    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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