Shades of Green – A Disney Resort for Military Families

Last Updated on August 25, 2023 by Happily Ever Park Hoppers

Shades of Green Resort on Walt Disney World Resort

Shades of Green Resort – A Disney Resort for Military Families

One of the most popular comments I hear is “tell me everything I need to know about Shades of Green”

Since 2016, my family has been fortunate enough to travel to Disney World several times because of the amazing value of Shades of Green® on WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort.

It is one of 4 AFRC (Armed Forces Recreation Center) properties and is a Military resort located on Walt Disney World property. Originally built as Disney’s Golf resort in 1973 and then later purchased by MWR in 1996. Shades of Green is situated between two PGA golf courses, Disney’s Palm Golf Course and Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course.


Where is Shades of Green?

The Shades of Green Resort is on Disney property and is a few minutes from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It is a short walk to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. And now with the new walkway between Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Magic Kingdom, it is possible to walk from Shades of Green to the front entrance of Magic Kingdom (roughly 25-30 minutes).

We have found that the biggest benefits of staying at Shades of Green are the incredibly affordable prices, large comfortable standard rooms, the close proximity to the Transportation and Ticket Center and Magic Kingdom and that the resort has its own Attraction Ticket Office.

Can anyone stay at Shades of Green?

Yes and No. Members who are Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, Retired and select others can stay year round. Veterans with a DD-214 ARE eligible to stay in January and September.  You can check all the eligibility requirements here.   Eligible service members can sponsor up to 3 rooms for friends and family members. Dependent spouses are able to book and sponsor rooms on their own, as long as they present their military ID upon check in. Sponsored guests will not be able to check in without their sponsor and the sponsor MUST be present during check in. Sponsored guests must also check out before or on the same day as the sponsor.   


Room rates are broken down in to 3 different rate categories. Rates may vary depending on your travel dates  

E1 – E6E7 – E9
W01 – CW03
O1 – O3 Widows
100% DAV
CW4-CW5 / O4-O10
DoD Civilians
Foreign Military
Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act
Standard Room$174$214$224
Shades of Green Room Rate Categories

There are 6 different room types. Including 4 different types of suites. The suites do fill up extremely quick, as there are a limited number of suites and rooms can be booked a year in advance. 

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The Resort

The resort has two wings. The Magnolia, the original part of the resort, is closer to the pools, spa, and Evergreens Sports Bar. The Palm, which was built in 2002, is closer to the parking garage, fitness center, Mangio’s, Garden Gallery and Bistro To Go. 

Standard rooms are roughly 450 square feet and are often referred to as the “largest rooms on Disney property”. The standard rooms sleep up to 5 adults and cannot exceed that occupancy (there is an additional charge for a 5th adult or over the stated limit).  

In each Standard room there are 2 Queen beds and a Single sleeper sofa. You will also find a coffee maker, mini fridge, a small dining table and chairs, a large dresser and nightstand (enough space for a family of 4).


The resort also has an AAFES Exchange that supplies a variety of souvenirs, snacks, drinks, toiletries, premade sandwiches, breakfast grab-n-go items and as well as beer, wine and spirits.


The resort has 2 pools. Both pools are heated, have self serve towels and life jackets available. There are tables with umbrellas or chase lounge chairs for adults looking to supervise or lay in the sun. Life guards are on duty while the pools are open and each pool has bathrooms conveniently nearby.  

Mill Pond Pool Mickey shaped pool with a water slide for kids 47″ and taller and a Splash park


Magnolia Pool & Hot Tub A zero entry U shaped pool and hot tub

Laundry On Site

Each wing has it’s own laundry room. 2nd Floor of the Magnolia and 3rd Floor of the Palm.   Laundry rooms have several washer and dryer machines that take card payments as well as the soap dispenser. Each laundry room has a microwave and a bathroom.



There are several dining options at the resort and are very reasonable considering you’re on Disney property. There is a total of 3 sit down restaurants and 2 take-out options and 1 quick grab ‘n go.

Evergreens Sports Bar

Offering a variety of food and drinks with dining room or take out window. It’s a great location to sit and have a meal, watch a game or order a drink for the pool. There is also an arcade along with pool tables.


Table service restaurant offering traditional breakfast items and an Italian dinner menu.

Mangio’s also serves as the kitchen for Bistro To Go (take out or room service option)

Garden Gallery

Full service buffet style restaurant for breakfast and dinner. With daily dinner themed meals.



Shades of Green has their own complimentary bus system that will take you to and from the parks. Located in the lower lobby, you will be able to take 1 of 3 busses to either the Transportation & Ticket Center (which you will then take the Monorail or Ferry to Magic Kingdom), Epcot & Disney Springs or Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios. These buses do run on a schedule and it is important to know when and how often the busses come because some of them only come once an hour. **You can still take any Disney bus anywhere on Disney property, they just don’t travel to Shades of Green

I know this was a lot of information all at once. Hopefully this helped you get a better understanding of Shades of Green and do away with that preconceived notion that this resort is similar to a hotel on a military base or post….I know that’s what we thought before our first trip.   If you feel like I missed something or have further questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and I would be happy to help!


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14 thoughts on “Shades of Green – A Disney Resort for Military Families

  1. Hi, I know that you do not need magic bands to stay at shades of green however, do you still need a magic band in order to purchase a photo package? And to link your tickets?

    1. Hi Tracy,

      That is one of the reasons I prefer to use the Magicband because it is very convenient for the Memory Maker and accessing your park tickets. But if you don’t use one, your actual park ticket will be how you link your photos to your My Disney Experience account.

      If you want to read more on Magicbands, definitely check out my post all on Magicbands

      Hope this helps!

  2. Kristin – I am a DD214 veteran 1st Lt. I did not see an O2 in the Pricing table. What pricing would I pay for the January, September booking? Thanks

    1. Hi Johnny,
      Thanks for your question. For Veterans using their DD214 to stay at Shades of Green during the “Salute to Veterans” promotion, they will fall under the Category 3 rate. The actual price can change depending on the time of year but you will always been in that Category 3. You can read the details on the Shades of Green website on the link below.
      If you need anything else, don’t hesitate to ask.

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