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Old 06-13-2012, 10:19 PM   #316
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I prefer the new section. But only because of the bathroom setup since DH spends half his life in the bathroom. This way I can still use the sinks and mirrors without having to wait an hour.

I don't have any pics of the old rooms, but here are a few of the new rooms as well as out and about the hotel.



















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Jusero, you said in pp that you prefer the new section. My mind is all messed up I think. Is your favorite room area in a new section? I thought it was over near the buses, front and pool? Am I totally confused?


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Hi everybody! So glad to find this thread! We stayed at Shades back in 1999 but haven't been back since (DH was active duty back then) Now we are taking advantage of the "Salute the Veterans" program in September. I have a couple of questions if someone wouldn't mind answering....

1) Since we are just veterans now, when we use the gift shop, etc. we don't have any kind of military ID except for DH's DD214, so does that suffice? That is what is needed for check-in for us.

2) Could someone please clarify what is "new" rooms, "old" rooms, magnolia, Palm, etc?? LOL. I am so confused. Is there some kind of resort map that can show this for me? I am just curious to see where the best place would be for us to maybe request. Its just me and my DH (both 30's) no kids.

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Old 06-14-2012, 08:08 AM   #320
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Jusero, you said in pp that you prefer the new section. My mind is all messed up I think. Is your favorite room area in a new section? I thought it was over near the buses, front and pool? Am I totally confused?
My fave rooms are in the new section ... 2102 or that area. And, after this year's stay, I now like the 3101 area too. These rooms are right across that little brdige/hallway over near the Mickey statue.

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Hi everybody! So glad to find this thread! We stayed at Shades back in 1999 but haven't been back since (DH was active duty back then) Now we are taking advantage of the "Salute the Veterans" program in September. I have a couple of questions if someone wouldn't mind answering....

1) Since we are just veterans now, when we use the gift shop, etc. we don't have any kind of military ID except for DH's DD214, so does that suffice? That is what is needed for check-in for us.

2) Could someone please clarify what is "new" rooms, "old" rooms, magnolia, Palm, etc?? LOL. I am so confused. Is there some kind of resort map that can show this for me? I am just curious to see where the best place would be for us to maybe request. Its just me and my DH (both 30's) no kids.

Thanks everyone!!!
I am so excited for you on your upcoming trip. You will LOVE Shades. It has only gotten bigger and better over the years. I would think all you would need at the shoppette is the DD214 since that's what you need to check in. As for the "new" "old" thing, it just refers to the new section or wing of the hotel vs the original. They added hundreds of new rooms in the new section. And there really is no difference except for the layout of the bathrooms (old has everything in one room while the new has the toilet/shower in one "room" and the sinks separated into a second "room") ... and the fact that if you get some rooms in the new section, it can be quite a walk. I would recommend asking for the 2101 area. These rooms are very close to the lobby and are quiet since they overlook the ponds and not the pools. I have a map of the hotel and will look for it to post here. You can see the area I like to stay in near the big number 15 on this map. Not the one that is circle, though.

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Old 06-14-2012, 08:41 AM   #321
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I agree that the end of the new (Palm) wing is a long walk to the buses... but so is the walk from the end of the old section. I'm always confused when people say it's closer to everything in the old (Magnolia) wing
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I agree that the end of the new (Palm) wing is a long walk to the buses... but so is the walk from the end of the old section. I'm always confused when people say it's closer to everything in the old (Magnolia) wing
Looking at the map, I have to agree. For some reason, I guess it just seems closer to everything. Maybe it's just that the old section is closer to the pools and many of the food places. I just thought so for a long time because of the hike from the new section to Evergreens. But since that place sucks now, and we don't go to the pools, I never go over there anymore anyway.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:32 AM   #323
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OMG that looks HUGE!!! I had no idea it was that big!

If I've understood correctly, aren't the room layout/type based on your rank? Dad retired as an E-9 I believe, CMSGT. I'm hoping for the double sinks with a separate toilet "room"!
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:43 AM   #324
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Totally agree. We never go to that side of the resort either. Wished Evergreens didn't suck. It would be really nice to have someplace to go for an adult beverage if it wasn't too late. I know Evergreens has adult beverages, just nothing we want or would trust them to make (since the food is meh, they'd probably screw my fav drink up too) and the atmosphere stinks. I think I've said that last time we were there the one night we attempted Evergreens it was karaoke night. It was loud beyond reason and totally empty. We'd have stayed if we could have held a conversation.
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Thanks Jusero for the map.. Wow it is bigger than I thought.

So no rooms are on the first floor.. For some strange reason I hate first floor rooms.. I always like to be at least one level up.

When you make a request for a certain area to stay in, did you do it at time of booking or just prior to your stay

Do all rooms now have flat screen tvs?
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We always stay in room 5122( in fact everytime we book they say you still want room 5122?!)....love the privacy and the walk really isn't bad at all.....neither is the walk to the pool and at night if you go out the exit right there, you can stand on the steps and see a lot of WISHES!!
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Oh and yes there are first floor rooms.....by the pools.....we used to get them when the kids were with us....I don't like them either...I like having my private balcony!
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There are first floor rooms in both wings. On the map 1101 etc are ground floor. Two of the photos show the ground floor patios. We like to be off the ground too
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OMG that looks HUGE!!! I had no idea it was that big!

If I've understood correctly, aren't the room layout/type based on your rank? Dad retired as an E-9 I believe, CMSGT. I'm hoping for the double sinks with a separate toilet "room"!
The rooms are not based on rank. They are all the same ... except the suites. It's just the price that is adjusted for rank. If you want the separate bath layout, ask for the new section. And you can make a room request when you make your ressies.

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Thanks Jusero for the map.. Wow it is bigger than I thought.

So no rooms are on the first floor.. For some strange reason I hate first floor rooms.. I always like to be at least one level up.

When you make a request for a certain area to stay in, did you do it at time of booking or just prior to your stay

Do all rooms now have flat screen tvs?
There are first floor rooms in both sections. When you make your ressies, let them know what you want (or don't want). They try really hard to get you what you want. And, yes, they all have flat screens now.

I don't like first floors either. I remember we had one one year when my brother came with us. One of his kids left the patio door open in the morning and a couple of ducks just came waddling in. Could you imagine if it had been those wild turkeys that had come in? Not to mention all the other Florida critters.
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Yeah we had a cute little lizard on our wall above the one bed and a baby scorpion in the bathroom! That was the last time we got first floor!
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