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Old 04-19-2013, 09:00 PM   #16
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I'm sure you'll enjoy Shades of Green. We didn't love it when we stayed in 2009, but we had a room that had not been renovated yet and was very very worn and did not have a nice view. We didn't have a good experience with the buses, either. I'm glad the option exists but we don't plan to return. We really did miss the Disney atmosphere of the other resorts.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:54 AM   #17
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Just there last week.
First of all it is NOT Disney so don't expect to get your room cards early and head off to a park. You'll need to go back after 3pm to get your room and probably have to stand in line.

To me, SoG is a lot of lines... lines for room assignments. lines for tickets... lines for food... BUT I was in the military and that's just part of it.

Its not too far to the Polynesian and generally I use transportation from there, or hop in my rental car and drive around.

Self parking charge of $5/night (which I have no problems paying.)

That being said, I will stay there and am going back because of price and location. Mattresses aren't exactly plush and overstuffed but they're quite adequate. Bring your own toiletries because what you get may not be something that you want to use. I did have decent toiletries last week, but in January the soap was along the line of Mr. Bubble.

Military MWR resorts must support themselves and because of our rank its often less costly for me to book a Disney moderate. But SoG is on my list when I can't get into Disney at a discount.
Out of our 4 times staying at SOG, we have only had to wait for a room one time which was no big deal, we just went on with our day. We always go prepared to not check in early and get our tickets and go from there. We just leave our luggage in our car and grab what we need. The other three times we were able to check in around 11 am. Beds aren't overly comfortable.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:12 AM   #18
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This thread popped back up today and I wanted to add a few comments. We just completed our anniversary trip at the Yacht Club and had a fabulous time being on the Epcot side. HOWEVER, I would not hesitate at all to return to SOG. If you are looking for a deluxe hotel on the monorail, you just can't beat the price. We paid $1000 more for 6 nights at the Yacht Club and I don't feel we got a better hotel for it, just a different one. I can think of a lot of things that money could have paid for. I hope everyone enjoys their SOG stay and rest easy knowing that the hotel is fantastic!
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Old 03-15-2014, 01:25 PM   #19
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SOG is a deluxe resort, the rooms are the largest on property at 480 sq feet. I have never had to wait, or if I did just a few minutes for anything. It's a great value and a very pretty resort. The busses are great, just need to know the scheldule.
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:44 PM   #20
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Do you have to pay for parking at the parks if staying at shades of Green? What about magic bands?
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Old 03-15-2014, 06:56 PM   #21
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Do you have to pay for parking at the parks if staying at shades of Green?
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Not available for SOG guests yet, unless you have an AP.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:51 PM   #22
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Just some more two cents.....
We stayed there two years ago. The grounds are beautiful and peaceful. Our room was quite large and we were very comfortable there with three children.
We walked it with a stroller in tow to nPolynesian several times and the bus service that the resort provides was more comfortable than Disney buses however they may not have been as frequent but if timed well not a problem. The only issue we had waste that we felt the customer service was lacking and no you did not get that "Disney" feel. But the price is amazing compared to the Deluxe resorts on property. We have not returned because my husband said he preferred to not be reminded of work while on vacation and he did get a "on post" vibe while he was there. All in all I would give it a try. We have no regrets!!!!
P.S the food service was just ok when we went and we had a few issues with lipstick on glass in room and housekeeping in general.
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