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Old 01-01-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
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The NEW Official SHADES OF GREEN Information (YouTube Video Info in 1st Post)

Official SHADES OF GREEN Information (Thread #2-Started Feb 09; Updated Nov 10)

Post Office Box 22789
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-2789
Reservations: 888-593-2242
Fax: 407-824-3665
Hotel Direct: 407-824-3400
Shades of Green video on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2iSVFsHqdk

Shades of Green (SoG) originally opened in 1994 as the only Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) in the continental United States. In response to ever-increasing demand the resort undertook a massive expansion and renovation in 2002 increasing in both size and services offered. SoG more than doubled the number of guest rooms to 586, added 11 family suites; additional dining options, meeting facilities, a fitness center and multi-leveled parking garage. Reopening in March 2004, SoG has emerged as a premier resort destination in the heart of Walt Disney World.

Extra spacious hotel rooms (480 square feet) accommodate up to five persons and amenities include coffee maker, refrigerator, in-room safe (free - can operate with a personal 4 digit code), hairdryer, iron and iron board, in-room movies and internet access and video games. Each room has either a patio or a private balcony with two chairs and a table. The newer section of the resort is named The Palm; the older section The Magnolia.

There is a bottle of hand wash at each bathroom sink and a dispenser in the bath/shower with shampoo and body wash. There are no shampoo or body lotion bottles or bars of soap. You can purchase a bar of soap in the AAFES store for about a dollar.

The in-room safe has a removable shelf which if taken out can fit a laptop 11x14.

- Two championship golf courses and a 9-hole executive course (part of WDW Resort) right outside the door
- Two lighted tennis courts (open 24 hours a day)
- Two heated swimming pools (open 0700-midnight) (quiet pool hours 2200-2400)
- Hot tub (open 0700-2200)
- Children’s pool and play area
- Attraction ticket sales (open Monday-Thursday 0800-1900; Friday-Sunday 0800-2100) & Guest services (open daily 0700-1600) (Nov10).
- Restaurants, lounge and sports bar
- State-of-the-art banquet accommodations
- Room Service
- Wake-up calls
- Check cashing (up to $100 per day per room; $300 max per stay)
- FEDEX pick-up Monday-Friday
- Gift shops
- Video arcade
- Laundry facilities (open 24 hours) (Nov10)
- Fitness Center (open 24 hours a day) (Nov10)
- Automated teller machines (one in main lobby; one on lower level by Express Café)
- Transportation to all WDW Resort attractions
- Early entry into select WDW attractions

Parking Fees. Self parking $5 per day; Valet parking $10 for each day used (Nov10).

Check-in time is 1500 hours; Check-out time is 1100 hours. Late check outs can be requested on the morning of departure and is subject to availability. An additional fee will apply.

Early Departures. Early departures are subject to a one night charge.

Smoking Policy. The entire facility, to include pool areas, is smoke free. If the smoke free policy is violated in the guest rooms, a penalty will be incurred. Smoking is permitted on the guest room balconies and patios as long as the door is closed.

Electrical Items. Personal electrical items, such as cooking appliances and coffee pots, are not allowed in the rooms.

Pet Policy. Pets are not permitted on SoG property. If the pet policy is violated, a penalty will be incurred.

Weapons. No weapons of any kind are permitted at Shades of Green.

Current list of TV stations (Nov10). Information, Room Service, TWC, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, PBS, Food, CW, Univision, Disney, Toon Disney, Cartoon Network, NICK, ABC Family, Toon, Animal Planet, Military, Nat Geo, Discovery, History, CNN HLN, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, Golf, Speed, CSTV, Big 10, NFL, NHL, TBS, TNT, USA, FX, Spike, AE, TLC, TVONE, AMC, Sci-Fi, Comedy, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News


Animal Kingdom/Blizzard Beach–once per hour
Leaves Shades of Green hourly (starting at 0830)
On Extra Magic Hour days, Leaves Shades of Green starting at 0730
Leaves Animal Kingdom at 10 minutes before the hour (Space #7 in charter bus area, from 0850)
Leaves BB on the hour (Space #1 in bus area, from 1000)

Hollywood Studios-once per hour
Leaves Shades of Green hourly (starting at 0830)
On Extra Magic Hour days, Leaves Shades of Green starting at 0730
Leaves DHS on the hour (Space C6, from 0900)

Typhoon Lagoon/Downtown Disney-once per hour
Leaves Shades of Green hourly (starting at 0830)
Leaves TL at 10 till the hour (Space #9 from 0950)
Leaves DD on the hour (at the top of lot E by the red building)

Ticket and Transportation Center-every 20 minutes
To reach both Magic Kingdom and Epcot via monorail
First bus leaves Shades of Green at 0830
On Extra Magic Hour days, Leaves Shades of Green starting at 0730
Bus leaves TTC starting at 0840 (space #3)

All strollers must be folded before boarding the bus.
Please allow guests with wheelchairs to board first.
Bus loading area is on the ground level outside of the Express Café.
Buses may run late during inclement weather/heavy traffic.

Above schedule was posted Nov 10. It is subject to change.


MPOG (Multi-Player Online Game) kiosks are available 24/7 and located across from AAFES. They can also be used to surf the internet, check e-mail and print boarding passes. At the Mini Marina, you have the chance to steer one of the military’s smallest fleets ever! The boats operate electronically and can be activated by purchasing tokens on the dock. One token gets you two minutes with the boat of your choice. Choose from the USS Army, USS Marine Corps, USS Navy, USS Coast Guard, USS Air Force or USS Lest We Forget! Four Wheel Monster truck fans can test their skills at the outdoor coin operated course next to Evergreen’s. Try your skills at one of the Video Arcades where dozens of grams and alluring prizes can be yours! Two brand new game rooms are located on the resort. There is one adjacent to Evergreens, where you can also shoot a game of pool while watching sporting events on one of the big televisions at the bar. The other arcade is located inside the hotel on the first floor of the Magnolia Wing and has an air hockey table, pool table and the latest video games.

Fitness Facilities. State of the art Fitness Center is open 24 hours every day for your exclusive use. Equipped with the best machines to give you a satisfying workout, it has been designed with the fitness conscious guest in mind. A valid room key is required for access. For safety concern, children under 16 are not permitted in the Fitness Center.

Tennis Courts. Two hard surface, lighted Tennis Courts are located on property and open 24 hours a day.

Pools. Swim laps or relax in the bubbling hot tub (children under 16 are not permitted) at the Magnolia Pool or splash with the kids in the children’s wading pool and Millpond Pool, located next to the playground. Both pools have areas for relaxing with sun chairs, tables and umbrellas. The Millpond Pool Pavilion provides towel services. No lifeguards are on duty, but swim aids are permitted. Pools are open from 0700-midnight, Hot Tub hours are 0700-2200.

Remember the Fun. The ‘Remember the Fun’ walkway is a unique tribute to our guests’ wonderful experience at Shades of Green. The brick walkway is located in the center of the property near the gazebo and boasts the names and messages of our guests. Bricks can be purchased at the East Meets West Gift Shop for $75. Personalized cards will be sent to the recipient of the brick, or you can choose to surprise them by having a brick in place before they arrive at Shades of Green! Bricks are 4x8 inches; limit two lines, 17 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation. 8x8 inch brick is $200 (Nov10).


Mangino’s Bistro. Italian restaurant with nightly specials, an array of traditional Tuscan dishes and a sprawling wine list. Open daily for lunch 1130-1400 and dinner 1700-2300. Limited menu from 2200-2300 (Nov10).

Daily Lunch Special – Soup, Sandwich and beverage; half $6.45, whole $7.95 (Nov10).

Mangino’s Bistro to go Menu - Baked chicken wings with ranch dressing $8.45; Chicken Caesar salad $8.50; Cheddar cheese burger served with lettuce, tomato and onion $8.50; 14” cheese pizza $13.95, additional toppings $1.75 each; Chicken Marsala $14.95; Children’s spaghetti with meat sauce and soft drink $4.95 (Nov10).

The Garden Gallery. Themed dinner buffets include a great selection of international cuisine and fresh fruit, soup and salad bar. Open daily from 1700-2130. $12.95 for adults; $4.50 for children 4-9 years old (Nov10). Open daily for breakfast from 0700-1100 with buffet $10.95 for adults; $5.95 for children 4-9 years old or ala Carte (Nov10).

Evergreens Sports Bar & Grill. Serves traditional American Cuisine with favorites like burgers, grilled sandwiches, soups and salads. Open Monday-Friday from 1400-2300 and Saturday-Sunday from 1200-2300 (Nov10). Carry-out service and pizza delivery are also available.

8” cheese pizza $8, with pepperoni topping $8.50; Burger served with lettuce, tomato and onion $6.95; Side order of French fries $4.50; Hot chicken wings with ranch or blue cheese dressing $7.50; Soft drinks $1.95 (free refills); Domestic draft beer $4; Domestic pitcher beer $12 (Nov10).

On the Greens Grille. Serves quick and delicious grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches, quick snacks and cold drinks. Located between the Magnolia Pool and the Magnolia golf course putting green, and available to all resort guests. Open daily from 0900-1700 (Nov10).

Express Café. Counter service restaurant features breakfast sandwiches, pastries, snacks, fresh coffee, tea and more. Lunch items are available to go. Located next to the bus area. Open daily 0600-2100 (Nov10).

Choices include Egg croissant with cheese, bacon, ham or sausage $5; Pancakes $4; Cereal $2; Banana $1; Roast beef sandwich $7.50; Ham and cheese sandwich $7; Tuna sandwich $6; Peanut butter and jelly $3; Coffee $1.25/1.75; Milk $2; Soda $1.75; Juice $1.75; Water $1.50 (Nov10).

Java Coffee. Java Café serves fresh Starbucks coffee and assorted pastry items. Located next to AAFES and open daily 0600-noon (Nov10).

America, The Ice Cream Parlour. 1950’s themed ice cream parlour. Enjoy your favorite songs playing on an authentic Wurlitzer juke box. Choose from a variety of flavors of handmade ice cream, prepared at SoG. Open daily from 1600-2200 (Nov10)

Room Service. Available during breakfast (0700-1045) and dinner (1800-2300) hours (Nov10).


AAFES. Sells nearly everything you will need during your vacation, from sodas, snacks, and film, to postcards, stamps, t-shirts, sunglasses and toiletries. Magazines, books and newspapers are also available in addition to beer, wine and tobacco products. AAFES is located on the lobby level across from Guest services and open daily 0700-2100 (Nov10).

Fun pak of Kellogg’s cereal (8 boxes) (1.13 ounces each) $4.19; ˝ gallon milk $3.50; 1 liter water $2.50; Suave deodorant (2.6 ounces) $1.99; Coppertone sunscreen lotion 50 SPF (8 ounces) $8.99; Colgate toothbrush $2.99; Pepto Bismol (8 ounces) $3.49; Zest bar of soap (3.2 ounces) $1 (Nov10).

East Meets West. Gift Shoppe offers one of kind souvenirs from SoG and other AFRCs around the globe. A unique selection of jewelry, art, pottery, clothing and gifts are featured. Located on the lobby level next to the Attraction Tickets Office. Open daily 0915-1700 (Nov10).


Extra Magic Hours allow Guests staying at Shades of Green additional time in Disney theme parks in both the early morning and evening. Valid theme park ticket and Resort I.D. are required. To enjoy the Extra Magic Hours benefit, guests without the Park Hopper option can only visit the park offering the Extra Magic Hour benefit that day or night. Resort Guests wishing to enjoy Extra Magic Hour Evening need to present their current Shades of Green resort I.D. no sooner than two hours prior to park close.

Guest Services. Available to assist you in planning your vacation during your stay at SoG. Open daily from 0700-1700. Information on dinner shows, theater and other events off property as well as brochures and maps. They can also arrange dining reservations, child care services and taxi pick-ups. You can also schedule your Round of Golf at any of Disney’s golf courses and receive a discount on rates. Specials are available for Florida residents. Guest Services is located on the lobby level across from AAFES.

BAGS (Baggage Airline Guest Services) is a remote airline check-in service allowing airline passengers to check their luggage and receive their boarding passes from the hotel lobby. Visit the Bell stand for price, instructions, times and participating airlines.

Hertz rental car is located in the main lobby.

Photo Magic photographic services are available in the main lobby. Schedule your individual, family or group portrait session. Additional services include flash memory to CD transfer. Check with the lobby desk for details.

Shady Shuttle is an 8 seat golf cart that transports guests to and from the entrance. The shuttle runs from 0700 to 1800, except during inclement weather.

Magnolia Spa is located by the Mill Pond pool. Services include massages, facials and spa packages to include treatments for younger guests (4-12 years). Phone 407.827.3529 for details. Reservations recommended. Swedish massage (50 minutes) $75; Magnolia purity facial (50 minutes) $80; Spa manicure and pedicure combination (80 minutes) $85. Hours 8 am to 8 pm (Nov10).

Internet/Telephone Services. There are two computers on the lobby level for surfing the Internet and checking e-mail. The computers are credit/debit card operated and cost $6.95 for 15 minutes, $10.95 for 30 minutes and $17.95 for 60 minutes. Guests can now enjoy WiFi service in all guest rooms for $6.95 for 24 hours. The following are WiFi Hot Spots: all guest rooms, all lobby areas, Garden Gallery, Mangino’s, Express Café, Family Technology Center and both pool areas.

Telephone rates are local and 800 numbers .50/first 30 minutes; .75 additional 30 minute intervals; Additional information is indicated on rate card in rooms. (Nov10)


Shades of Green offers the following
Extra Magic Hours
Package delivery

Shades of Green does not offer the following
Disney’s Magical Express
Disney Dining Plan
Key to the World Card
Bottomless drinking mug
Wake-up calls from Mickey Mouse or another Disney character


SoG is available to certain eligible members of the U.S. Armed Forces community, their families, and certain civilians in the Department of Defense (DoD) and elsewhere. For the exact requirements for authorized patronage at SoG, see http://shadesofgreen.org/eligibility.htm


See http://shadesofgreen.org/booking.htm


Rates are subject to pay grade and party size verification upon check in. Upon check-in, a valid military ID or DoD ID and Leave and Earning Statement (LES) is required.

For a list of the most commonly asked questions about SoG, see http://shadesofgreen.org/faq-home.htm

Mousecellaneous Information

Above information copied from Green Scene Newsletter (Nov 10), SoG brochures and SoG website. All information should be confirmed with Shades of Green.


Room in Palm section (newer section)


View of Golf Course from Room

Hallway near Elevators in Palm Section

Drink Stand in Lobby

Outside Lobby

Outside Lobby Patio

Magnolia Pool

Hot Tub near Magnolia Pool

Express Cafe

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The Garden Gallery

The Garden Gallery Dining Room

America, The Ice Cream Parlour

Millpond Pool and Evergreens Sports Bar & Grill


East Meets West Gift Shoppe

Java Café

Attraction Ticket Sales Desk

Remember the Fun Bricks

Bus Stop

Picture of Turkeys taken on Thanksgiving 2008

Mickey Mouse Statue in Lobby


Q: Where can I find more information about Shades of Green (SoG)?
A: Try AllEars at http://allears.net/acc/faq_hot.htm

Q: Where can I find menus from SoG?
A: Also at AllEars at http://allears.net/menu/menus.htm

Q: How early can you call for reservations?
A: No earlier than 52 weeks in advance.

Q: Are there microwaves in the rooms?
A: No, but there are in the laundry rooms. Also, no toasters are allowed in the guest rooms.

Q: How much does it cost to do laundry?
A: $1 for the washer and .75 for the dryer. (Oct08)

Q: Do you have to show your Military ID at AAFES to make purchases?
A: No, but you may have to if purchasing cigarettes or alcohol.

Q: How far a walk is it to the Polynesian Resort?
A: About 10-15 minutes. At the end of a walkway, you will cross a street and follow a path to the Polynesian. You can also ask bell services if they can drive you to the end of the walkway in the Shady Shuttle (see above under Special Services).

Q: Does SoG allow a late check out?
A: You need to call and request a late check out. Call early in the morning on the day of departure. It may only be until noon at the latest.

Q: Does SoG offer Express Check Out?
A: Yes, but your bill will not appear on your TV. On your day of departure, your bill will be slipped under your door; if you agree with the total, you will not have to stop at the front desk and they will just charge your card on file. (Sep08)

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Thanks for keeping this thread going!

Tina May, TTC is for Ticket and Transportation Center - its a hub for all the forms of transportation around the World. There is a sticky on the very first page of the DIS that gives all the abbreviations. Welcome to the club and happy planning!
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Hard to believe we actually had an SOG thread long enough to start a new one!

Thanks for the new pictures. Most of those are from angles I had never seen. I kept hearing about this drink stand in the lobby, but had to use my imagination.
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Thanks for starting a new thread!! We can't wait for our next trip in Nov, we love SOG
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Suggest mentioning that SoG itself does NOT have transportation to/from the airport and doesn't participate with Magical Express.
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Thanks for letting us continue the saga here......................
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I have not been on the SoG thread since our trip last year. I am starting to plan the next trip now for August or Septenber during DH's R&R. Has Shades of Green announced any room only specials to compete with the Disney 40% off? I love Shades of Green and would prefer to stay there, but money talks! Thanks in advance for your help!!!
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Thanks magicfor2, for awhile thought I was going to loose my mind.....

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Question new thread?

Will this new thread be stuck at the top along with all the other Disney resorts threads? I see the old one is still there; I'd hate to lose that one any time soon. Thanks.
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Thanks for the New Thread!!

I love the pictures - if anyone has current photo's - can you post them for all of us who've never been to SOG before!!!

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original thread??

does anyone see the original thread and what page, I can't find it and wanted some info off of it from yesterday (should have done it then, lol)

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Here's a link to the old thread.

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nothing terribly important to say, just want to make sure I don't lose the new thread....

we tacked on five days after our Magic Cruise in September when WDW came out with the new Ticket offer.
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We just had a awesome car service take us from the airport to SOG ...with a nice grocery stop! Really I think this was the best and cheapest option. We didn't miss magical express! Just having a nice clean vehicle with a friendly driver to fit all five of us and having the ability to get a bunch of thins at a grocery store was priceless!!!!
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