Shades of Green Resort is a great value for members of our armed forces. Its location and size of rooms puts it on par (no pun intended) with the deluxe resort tier, yet the price, even at the highest category, is comparable to most value or lower moderate resort tiers. I have stayed at Shades of Green a few times, and usually that has allowed my family to add an extra day, where we otherwise would have had a shorter vacation in a moderate resort hotel.
One area where I find Shades of Green Resort to be somewhat lacking is in transportation. I’ve found that the buses provided are not quite as convenient as the ones provided by Walt Disney World Transportation. There is no bus to Magic Kingdom Park or Epcot. Instead, the bus takes Guests to the Transportation and Ticket Center, where they must then board additional transportation to either theme park. For Disney’s Animal Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the bus drop-off and pick-up location is further out in the parking lot.
Here is my tip: what I like to do is walk from Shades of Green to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and then use the Walt Disney World Transportation options there. That way, I can use the Monorail, ferry boat, or bus to take me right up to the gate. The walk is not very long, it takes my family about 10 minutes walking at a decent pace. There is a convenient sidewalk, path, and crosswalk set up for ease of use. Plus, you get to walk under the Monorail track, which can be pretty cool when a train goes overhead.
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