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Old 01-16-2014, 02:04 PM   #1816
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Are the stairs right next to the elevators? DS4 and 2 are scared to death of elevators

We will be at SOG in 19 days!!!
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:46 PM   #1817
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First time posting after lurking on these forums for ages. Please forgive me for not reading through this entire thread on my very slow computer. It's been quite awhile since we last stayed at SOG, and I know some changes have been made. When we first stayed in 2005, parking at the theme parks was free for SOG guests, and I think that had changed and we paid for parking in 2007 and 2009. Are SOG guests still charged for parking at the theme parks?

We have to pay for all parks except MK.

We didn't eat at SOG very much the last couple of times we were there, and I heard Evergreens had closed but then reopened with a limited menu. What is it like there now? Did they ever return to the full menu?

The last time we were there (September) we tried Evergreens and were not impressed. It is definitely not what it use to be. The food tasted like froze/microwaved food.

I understand the Mill Pond pool will be closed for awhile. During that time, are the hours at Magnolia pool extended?

I don't know about the pools. Not a pool user.

Finally, one more question, but this is more of a transportation question. We always liked walking to the Poly and catching the monorail to MK. I can't remember, is there a monorail directly between MK and Epcot, or do I need to go to the transportation center first? We will have a car, but if we park hop between those two parks I'd rather take the monorail if possible.

You will have to take the monorail from MK to the TTC and change over to the Epcot monorail.
Hope this helps! Have an absolute blast.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:09 PM   #1818
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Does anyone know about how much a taxi would be from Shades to the nearest super walmart? Am debating on ordering from amazon.com or just taking a taxi.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:01 AM   #1819
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Does anyone know about how much a taxi would be from Shades to the nearest super walmart? Am debating on ordering from amazon.com or just taking a taxi.
How are you getting to Shades? We took FL Tours here and they included a grocery stop.
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:02 PM   #1820
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I'm currently at Shades right now! Leaving Tuesday morning...

After returning from the Magic Kingdom, I came upon a note left on our beds from the housekeeping staff.

"In a continuous effort to maintain a first class facility, our Magnolia Pool and hot tub will be closed Tuesday, January 21, 2014 through Friday, January 31, 2014 for scheduled maintainance. The Millpond Pool will remain open during this time for your enjoyment. Sincerely, The Shades of Green Staff"

The Millpond Pool has yet to start construction. We've been over that way on our way to the Evergreens and also had asked the front desk. The new pool (Magnolia pool) and hot tub are wonderful
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:47 AM   #1821
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I really hope they start construction on the Mickey pool soon! I'd love it if both pools were complete in time for our June trip. I know they are waiting on approvals.
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:20 AM   #1822
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Hope this helps! Have an absolute blast.
Thanks for all the info! I'm so excited! I have such great memories of Shades because that's where we stayed for DD's very first Disney trip. We've gone back a few times since and then stayed other places as well, but it just feels right going back to Shades now.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:00 PM   #1823
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Ok, so I have a few questions since we have never stayed at the Shades before... Sorry if these have already been asked, I just really don't have time to read through all the pages...

Ok, if we get our hopper tickets there... We will NOT be able to get the bands or hook them to our my disney experience, right?

What is the best ways of getting to each park?

How far is the Polynesian if you walk to it for reservations?

What times do the buses run?

If we get 2 rooms, will they be together?

Sorry for so many questions, just want to make everything easier when we get there
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:13 AM   #1824
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Are the stairs right next to the elevators? DS4 and 2 are scared to death of elevators

We will be at SOG in 19 days!!!
There are stairs by the elevators. There are stairs in quite a few locations. Elevators can be scary. I have a very detailed pdf map that shows the locations but can't figure how to share on here. If you want to message me with your email address I can send it to you.
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:43 AM   #1825
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Ok, so I have a few questions since we have never stayed at the Shades before... Sorry if these have already been asked, I just really don't have time to read through all the pages...

Ok, if we get our hopper tickets there... We will NOT be able to get the bands or hook them to our my disney experience, right?

What is the best ways of getting to each park?

How far is the Polynesian if you walk to it for reservations?

What times do the buses run?

If we get 2 rooms, will they be together?

Sorry for so many questions, just want to make everything easier when we get there
You only get Magic Bands if you are staying at a Disney owned and operated resort. As Shades of Green is an Army MWR activity they don't participate in Disney's the Magic Band program. The hopper tickets can be linked to a magic band if you are staying at a Disney resort and Disney has provided you a band. However, as you are staying at SOG your park ticket can be used to secure Fastpass + ride reservations at any park when you get to the park.

The best way to get to the parks from SOG is to use their free shuttle bus service. It will get you to all the parks, water parks and Downtown Disney.

It's about a 10 minute walk to the Polynesian.

The buses start 30 minutes prior to the park it services opening time and run 1 hour after park closing.

You can request rooms close together or connecting rooms by calling reservations. However this is a request and they try to honor it if the resort is not too busy and there is space to accomdate your request.
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:54 PM   #1826
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Has anyone rented an ECV through one of the Disney-preferred companies? I will be renting one for the week for my mother and wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions as to which company would be best. As of now, I am leaning towards Best Price Mobility...

Getting excited...
We use Apple Scooters for my Mom when we come to Orlando. You can make your reservations online, choose the type of ECV ( 3 wheel/4 wheel, etc) and they deliver to any hotel in the Orlando area. They will have the scooter waiting on you at the front desk or concierge area and you just pick it up! You leave the scooter at the hotel as well. Very easy and nice quality scooters. The scooters we rented also broke down easily so they were easy to load in and out of the car. You would just take the battery into the room at night to charge for the next day. Hope this helps!
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:35 AM   #1827
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We use Apple Scooters for my Mom when we come to Orlando. You can make your reservations online, choose the type of ECV ( 3 wheel/4 wheel, etc) and they deliver to any hotel in the Orlando area. They will have the scooter waiting on you at the front desk or concierge area and you just pick it up! You leave the scooter at the hotel as well. Very easy and nice quality scooters. The scooters we rented also broke down easily so they were easy to load in and out of the car. You would just take the battery into the room at night to charge for the next day. Hope this helps!
Best Price Mobility provides this service too and works well with Shades of Green.
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Old 01-30-2014, 06:39 PM   #1828
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Chapter three of my wild and wacky trip report is up and ready for anyone interested:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post50117972
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:00 AM   #1829
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I leave for SOG in 5 days!!!
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Old 01-31-2014, 03:23 PM   #1830
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I leave for SOG in 5 days!!!
I leave in 15 days... Yay for us.. Can't wait to see the new additions to Shades but worried about the the changes to the FP's.... So loved it when we could get there early and get as many FP's as we could before we left in the afternoon..
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