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Old 07-21-2013, 10:27 PM   #1396
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Mangino's Bistro To Go

Mangino's Bistro To Go Counter - Located between Mangino's and Garden Gallery.

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Old 07-21-2013, 10:30 PM   #1397
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:34 PM   #1398
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Evergreen's and Lucky's































Somewhere I have the menu for Evergreen's, I will post when I find it.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:38 PM   #1399
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Express Cafe and Java Cafe

The hours for the Express Cafe were extended since the last time I was at SOG, they were open until 8 pm.

The Java Cafe in the Lobby is open until 10 pm. It has coffee and pastries, ice cream and also serves as the Lobby Bar.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:14 AM   #1400
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Other than the coffee/ice cream shops being relocated to the lobby and Made in the Shade and the AAFES stores being remodeled, not that I can think of. We were last there in 2011.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:19 AM   #1401
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Thanks Sharon, great pics!! Looks like Lucky's is located next to Evergreens. Is that an add-on or is Lucky's where the spa used to be?
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:18 AM   #1402
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WOW! We were there last Halloween, just 9 months ago and soooo much has changed. The whole lobby update, java express/ice cream parlor move and up upgrade. Looks like more options! Pool work. AAFES. Made in the Shade and the rooms look like the linens have been updated too.
New buses coming in the spring. They've been busy!
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:27 PM   #1403
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Disney's Armed Forces Salute discounted tickets and rooms has been extended through 9/27/14! Details available HERE.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:20 PM   #1404
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My last trip to Shades was in January...so many changes since then!!

Thank for all the photo updates! Love seeing the progress!

Glad to see the tickets have been renewed for another year. Just booked our January 2014 trip!!

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Old 07-22-2013, 07:49 PM   #1405
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New buses coming in the spring. They've been busy!
They are getting new buses??? That is awesome news!!! I keep thinking one of these days one of the current buses is going to hit a bump and start losing pieces. I remember riding in one during a heavy rain storm ... and there was more water inside the bus than outside. And with every turn there was a huge puddle IN the bus that kept sloshing around.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:54 PM   #1406
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I posted this in a separate thread but posting here, too, hoping the experts will know!

I have a friend going to Disney planning to stay at SOG. Large party--one is retired military and one active duty whose rank is lower than the retired members. They booked several rooms based on the active duty (E-5) pay rank. However, SOG says you cannot book a room for other eligible members.

If retired member doesn't show his ID, would SOG know he was retired military? Not trying to get around rules as the friend didn't know that...just don't want them to get "busted" once they arrive and have to pay more than they expected.

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Old 07-22-2013, 11:07 PM   #1407
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I posted this in a separate thread but posting here, too, hoping the experts will know!

I have a friend going to Disney planning to stay at SOG. Large party--one is retired military and one active duty whose rank is lower than the retired members. They booked several rooms based on the active duty (E-5) pay rank. However, SOG says you cannot book a room for other eligible members.

If retired member doesn't show his ID, would SOG know he was retired military? Not trying to get around rules as the friend didn't know that...just don't want them to get "busted" once they arrive and have to pay more than they expected.

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Define several rooms. An eligible Shades of Green guest may sponsor up to three rooms. A dependent spouse can also sponsor up to three rooms so long as certain conditions are met and it is not during the holidays. (see their web site here: http://www.shadesofgreen.org/sponsor.htm ) If they need more, the retired member will have to sponsor the additional guests.

Also, the sponsored guests must check-in (and out) at the same time as the sponsor. They check-in under their own name and must show ID. Since the computer checks eligibility, and the retired member is listed with the DOD, they might "get busted" as you say.

Consider: "Room rates are subject to pay grade and party size...A room reserved with multiple sponsors will be reserved based on the highest ranking person."

So all the rooms could end up costing more than if they just make separate reservations with as few of the rooms being sponsored by the retired member as possible. I should think it would also be embarrassing.
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Define several rooms. An eligible Shades of Green guest may sponsor up to three rooms. A dependent spouse can also sponsor up to three rooms so long as certain conditions are met and it is not during the holidays. (see their web site here: http://www.shadesofgreen.org/sponsor.htm ) If they need more, the retired member will have to sponsor the additional guests.

Also, the sponsored guests must check-in (and out) at the same time as the sponsor. They check-in under their own name and must show ID. Since the computer checks eligibility, and the retired member is listed with the DOD, they might "get busted" as you say.

Consider: "Room rates are subject to pay grade and party size...A room reserved with multiple sponsors will be reserved based on the highest ranking person."

So all the rooms could end up costing more than if they just make separate reservations with as few of the rooms being sponsored by the retired member as possible. I should think it would also be embarrassing.
Thanks. Several is 3 which they're allowed to do (the one the E-6 is in plus two more). Retired member is not only retired but also a current DOD civilian employee so I'll have a conversation with my friend. Thanks.
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a few questions

We've never stayed at Shades of Green-just POR but Disney keeps raising their prices and between Disney rates and the furlough, this looks like a good 2nd option.

I have a few questions:

1. Are they putting in a slide at the pool and when?? Is the pool heated?

2. Do the room fees listed online include the tax or is that price before taxes? We would qualify for the $130 per night rate-is that the price or are taxes added on?

3. How much $$$$ would airport transportation from MCO cost for a family of 2 adults and one child?

4. It seems they have a quick service place. I understand their food is not Disney food but am curious if the quick service can accommodate a child with gluten allergy? Has anyone had experience with this at shades?

5. Is there a playground?? Other activities for children? We have a 7year old.

6. My last silly question.....Are the bedspreads/comforters still the floral pattern that is shown on their website?? Or have those been updated?

OK....so more than a few but I appreciate any insight/help!!! The recent pics posted have been so wonderful and helpful!
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:37 AM   #1410
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They are getting new buses??? That is awesome news!!! I keep thinking one of these days one of the current buses is going to hit a bump and start losing pieces. I remember riding in one during a heavy rain storm ... and there was more water inside the bus than outside. And with every turn there was a huge puddle IN the bus that kept sloshing around.
Yes! They put it on their FB page July 11th.
"We would like to address recent guest concerns that our buses are looking a bit worn. The current buses are near the end of their life cycle. We would like to send out a huge thank you to our contractor, Escot. They are working hard to keep the buses up to our first class standards. We ask for your patience just a bit longer as brand new buses are on order and are being built right now! We expect the new arrivals to be put into use in March 2014. Your safety and enjoyment will always be our top priority!"
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