By Danny R. Johnson
Shades of Green, an Armed Forces Recreation Center located on the Walt Disney World property in Orlando, Florida, offer exceptional value and deeply discounted tickets to all of Orlando’s main attractions. The resort is dedicated to providing first class low cost accommodations for Department of Defense Personnel. It was originally owned by Walt Disney World and called the “Golf Resort” and later the “Disney Inn”.
It was leased by the Department of Defense in 1994 and renamed to Shades of Green. In 2004 it was purchased from Disney and is now owned by the Department of Defense.
It is totally self supporting and operates from non-appropriated funds (no cost to the taxpayer). All profits are put back into the resort. The people who work for Shades of Green are dedicated to serving those who serve. By charging piecemeal only for what people use, ALL ranks can afford to bring their family here.
The resort underwent a total renovation that was completed in 2004.
Who is eligible to use Shades of Green?
Shades of Green is reserved for the use of active and retired members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, Reserves, National Guard, as well as currently employed DOD civilians and U.S. Public Health Officers are eligible.
What is the Shades of Green resort like?
Shades of Green is nestled between two championship golf courses in a wooded setting. The resort has two lighted tennis courts, two heated swimming pools, hot tub, children’s pool and play area, Fitness center, gift shops, travel services, video arcade, laundry facilities, restaurants, lounge, and sports bar and more.
What are the rooms like?
There are 586 rooms. Each room is among the largest at Walt Disney World (480 square feet) and have two queen sized beds and a day bed/sleeper sofa. There is also a sitting area that includes a table and chairs. The bathrooms are big and include double sinks/vanities. Each room has a large closet, dressers, a night stand and a color TV. Each room has either a patio or a private balcony with two chairs and a table. Other amenities include: coffee maker, refrigerator, in-room safe, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, in-room movies, internet access and transportation to Walt Disney World theme parks.
Five family suites are available that sleep 6 persons and six family suites will sleep 8 persons.
Are there different room views available?
Yes. There are two views available: Standard and Poolside.
What is the cost for a room at Shades of Green?
Room Rates are based on pay grade and party size verification upon check in. Upon check-in, a valid military ID or DoD ID and LES are required. Shades of Green Official Website (http://www.shadesofgreen.org) will have the most up-to-date pricing on tickets to Disneyworld, Universal Studios and other attractions in the Orlando area.
Danny R. Johnson is a Freelance Travel Writer based in Washington, D.C.