Official SHADES OF GREEN Information

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  1. foulkfamilyof5

    foulkfamilyof5 Mouseketeer

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    What is the 20% discount for? We just got back yesterday from our 9 night stay and are already planning our next trip. I will post more later. We stayed in the old section rooms 190 and 191. They were very nice rooms, nothing special but soooo much room. The grounds of the hotel are very nice. For the person looking for a nice view for her father, the lounge area is beautiful and it has a wonderful deck overlooking the golf course with rocking chairs for relaxing. I will post pictures later, still catching up on laundry and I have to go back to work tomorrow.
     
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  3. Minnie Lor

    Minnie Lor <font color=darkorchid>I feel that same comaraderi

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    I've never requested in advance but when we check in. I always request the new section and we've always gotten it. We don't travel with kids (I'd guess that families want to be close to pool) and we have a rental car (new section next to garage) ~ so maybe that factors in as well. We almost always have a golf course view as well. I don't think that there's a bad view anywhere. The grounds are very pretty.

    Inexpensive clear cheap plastic cups

    I was expecting thick breaded rings or the beer battered kind where the crust falls off. It just wasn't to my taste. They were thick cut onion, dipped in a thick batter and fried. Mine turned out really greasy and I thought the batter locked in extra grease.
     
  4. LuvinBelle

    LuvinBelle Earning My Ears

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    Hey guys....Long time no see!

    I've been especially busy with my school :surfweb: & homeschooling :teacher: so I haven't been able to post. I see I have a lot of reading to catch up on.:eek:

    Not long now! Yeah!:banana: :banana:
     
  5. mom2jcc

    mom2jcc Castle Suite Memories Forever!

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    I read on the first post on this thread that you can schedule a photo session. Has anyone done this? How much does it cost?
     
  6. wlvsfnz

    wlvsfnz Earning My Ears

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    We are leaving in 9 days and counting. :woohoo: I know somewhere on this thread was SOG bus schedule. Can someone please tell me what page it was on? Thanks!
     
  7. KatRob

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    Page 41, post 604. It is from a few months ago, but it is the most recent one we have on here.
     
  8. wlvsfnz

    wlvsfnz Earning My Ears

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    That one will be just fine. Thank you very much!!
     
  9. MAGICFOR2

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    We were told that story in 2004! :rotfl2: Maybe they retell it alot so people will take them seriously about the gators :confused3
     
  10. Sleepy

    Sleepy <font color=royalblue>I'll have to remember that o

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    How does SOG know who is parked in the garage and for how long they intend to stay?

    I just read a thread on another website where someone suggested parking at SOG and taking one of the buses to the parks to avoid paying parking charges in the park parking lots. :mad: If they get to park for free, we all should. How do they monitor this obvious abuse?
     
  11. Piglet4Ever

    Piglet4Ever <font color="navy">Navy Wife, toughest job in the

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    The parking garage is gated and you need to use your room key to open the arm and you get a pass to put on the mirror. Not sure how the parking works at the golf course but I would assume they give you some kind of pass to put on your car as well when you are parked there.
     
  12. blondinkaya

    blondinkaya DIS Veteran

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    We're heading down on the 10th and spending a couple of nights (attending the first MVMCP). We've never been to SOG; in fact, our first trip to the World was this past May and we stayed at Pop on the dining plan (and loved it). I figured I'd "try out" SOG and see how we like it.

    Is there anything special that the new section offers? Is it more desirable than the old section? If so, what makes it so? We won't be swimming and are driving our car.

    Also, has anyone noticed much hallway noise?

    TIA! :flower3:
     
  13. KatRob

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    Simply put, the new section is newer. Everything in the older section appears to be the same as before the remodel, meaning furniture and bed spreads. The older section has a small wall that divides the table and sofa area from the "sleeping" part of the room. But basically you are getting good rooms no matter which section you are in. They are very similar, but one side doesn't have something better than the other in my experience.

    Okay, if you are planning on spending a great deal of time in Evergreen, the old section is really closer. Even in the new section, I found it pretty quick to run down the back stairs and go down the back drive to Evergreen.

    As for hallway noise you will notice that it is much more quiet than any Disney resort. That is because people who use SOG just simply seem to be respectful of each other. Most families do not let their children run up and down the halls yelling and carrying on. There is even a sign leading into the older section that reminds guests to be quiet, other guests may be sleeping.

    That said, I know someone who talked about how loud it was during the summer. We don't go that time of year so I can't speak for it year round.
     
  14. Minnie Lor

    Minnie Lor <font color=darkorchid>I feel that same comaraderi

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    I found it to be a very quiet resort. I never heard anyone in the next room or in our hallway and supposed the resort was fully booked when we there a week ago.
     
  15. dnroach

    dnroach Freezin' in DE

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    Does anyone know where the ADA rooms are located? My mother has reserved one and requested that our rooms all be grouped together, so I'm wondering where we'll be.

    Thanks!
     
  16. blondinkaya

    blondinkaya DIS Veteran

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    Thanks for the responses. I'm looking forward to going!
     
  17. DMGeurts

    DMGeurts Never open texts with the "Hand Sewn Button" attac

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    I was so sad to leave... SOG was really a great resort. Our family and our friends checked in on Sat. Oct 25. We were in rooms 235 and 236, they were connecting rooms (though we didn't request them) with a pool view (we requested the magnolia view, and got the millpond - which in the end worked out better for us)... The walk at the end of the day was long (really, really long), but we did eat at Evergreens for 4 or 5 meals, so that was very convenient, and a super easy walk to the pool for the kids.

    Evergreens, we found to be very comical, since they give you your food in baskets, your drinks in clear plastic cups, and your silverware is wrapped in a cloth napkin - quite the contridiction. The food was good, we did try the pizza, and our family determined that it wasn't very good - we cannot stand canned mushrooms on our pizza - but we love fresh - Evergreens serves canned. Food was very reasonable, we would each order a sandwich (4 of us), split a foot-o-rings and family fries and we'd each get a soda beverage, and our meals came to about $35 including tip... which is a huge savings in Disney.

    Our room was great, the houskeeping staff was very good about cleaning, however, I don't think that our sheets were changed the entire stay - but our beds were made every day. The only reason I noticed that our sheets weren't changed, was one of our first days there I noticed some black fuzz balls on our sheets (possibly from my sweatshirt), and they were there every day when we pulled back the sheets. I had no reason to complain, as I only change my sheets once a week at home anyways. I understand that they are trying to save $. Housekeeping was also very good about cleaning around our stuff, and giving out extra towels, pillows and blankets.

    Our view off of our balcony was really nice, we could see the pools and the scenery. DH and I would sit on the balcony every morning and drink our coffee (1 grande mocha and one large cappuccino from the starbucks stand was $6 day - and very good - we opted for that over the coffee we brought). We really weren't bothered by any noise from the pool, the glass patio doors are huge and heavy, they do block most of the noise. We did hear our neighbors in our connecting room - but we sponsored them, so had they not been our friends, we all probably would have been more respectful of eachothers need for quiet. We loved how the bathroom sinks were seperate from the tub/toilet... that really was the best feature of the room! I would shower every morning and while I was getting my hair/makeup done, dh could shower and we'd all be ready at the same time - it was a huge time saver to have the bathroom seperated.

    The shades busses were awesome, unless we were going to MK, we used the shades busses. They were very prompt, the drivers were very courteous, the busses were newer than Disney's, and all the other guests were always very nice to talk to. Where on the Disney transportation, everyone seemed to stay to themselves, SoG was just very friendly all around... most likely because we all have something in common. We did walk to the Poly quite a bit, and we used the Shady Shuttle whenever possible (a huge convenience, that I don't think everyone knows about, and we always tipped the drivers, I don't think it was necessary, but they sure seemed thankful). The walk back to our room from the Poly was a little long. We did discover that you *could* call the SoG after the monorail dropped you at the Poly, and request that the Shady Shuttle meet you at the end of the path, we never did do that, but it is an option if you just can't walk another step.

    We took a towncar from the airport. We used Tiffany Towncar, Mourro (sp?) was our driver that picked us up from the airport - and he was an absolute delight... funny, courteous, respectful... he had a lot of stories about the area, and he also told us were to stand that the baggage claim to get our bags the fastest... we were out of the airport in 20 minutes. We were slightly disappointed that he wasn't our driver back to the airport, we will be sure to request him on our next trip.

    We did buy our park tickets at Shades. Unlike Disney, you can only make changes to your tickets with in 7 days of PURCHASE, not use. So, if you need to add extra days or a park hopper, it has to be done in those 7 days. We did not know that, and we were glad we asked. Also, your receipt is your proof of purchase, and you need the #'s off of your tickets to replace them if lost, so be sure to ask which #'s when you buy... otherwise they won't be able to replace. Oh, and because of Disney's bioscanning, you have to make sure that the same person uses the same ticket every time, or Disney will lock out your tickets... we wrote our first names on the back of each ticket, so as not to confuse them.

    We never did see any alligators the entire time we were there - our dds desperately wanted to see one, so we were always on the lookout, but never did see one. There were signs posted everywhere though.

    Hands down, SoG was a great resort... setting the financial benefits aside, it was a great resort, and worth so much more than what we paid. we would never stay anywhere else on Disney property... we loved the SoG! I am so sad that we are home, our week at WDW went way too quickly, we opened and closed the parks every single day, and yes we were tired, but not as bad as I thougt we'd be.

    We did a few things in the parks that I really didn't think we'd get into. DH was the penny squishing type, he had so much fun hunting down the machines and putting the squished coins in his folders (we did lose his entire coin collection from AK at AK on our first day, and he was so sad - so next time, he has an entire park to collect). Dh also did a little bit of pin trading, he decided to collect Star Wars and Pirate pins, no lanyards, he put his on a hat that he bought down there - and let me tell you, that hat weighs a TON! LOL The girls and I did a lot of pin trading... A LOT - it was so much fun. We also did lots of autographs... we'd stand in line for characters while DH would go squish pennies. We rode all the rides that we wanted to, and took advantage of the fast pass, although it wasn't completely necessary, it did save a little time.

    Sorry that this post got so long... I do have some photos of our room and the resort, but I don't have them uploaded yet. If you are even slightly on the fence about SOG, try it, you will never stay at another Disney resort, you just cannot beat the value and convenience of it.

    D~
     
  18. hildarumpole

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    Welcome back! Thanks for sharing your trip report. Glad you had a great time. SoG is the best. :cool1:
     
  19. thompsonsstation2dis

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    Dorine -
    Thanks so much for all of the info. I had been on the fence regarding staying at SOG or keeping our BWI reservations. I've cancelled the Boardwalk after reading your review! My husband loves that we'll be saving a ton of money :thumbsup2

    I do have a few questions for you.

    1. How was the return trip with Tiffany? Any problems with them picking you up at the designated time? How do you know they are there to pick you up? (sorry if these are dumb questions :))
    2. Did you ever walk back from the Poly at night? If so, was it bad crossing the street?

    Thanks!!
     
  20. Poohbeck

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    We used Tiffany in 2000 and 2004 and we had no problems. They were there for us at pickup with no problem. We have them booked for our 2008 trip in 2 weeks too!! They told us what time to be ready at the lobby for our return trip and the towncar was there waiting for us. I hope the service is as good this time. I have read pros and cons recently concerning Tiffany, hopefully they are OK as we haven't had a problem.

    We always walk back from the Poly at night. The Poly walkways are lit very well and crossing the street has never been a problem. The Shades walkway from what I remember is well lit too! I am packing some small LED light for this trip (they look like glow sticks) just in case it is darker. We are going to the world later in the season they usual. The little LED's are from Costco!
     
  21. Piglet4Ever

    Piglet4Ever <font color="navy">Navy Wife, toughest job in the

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    Can't comment of the town car Dh and I rent a car. But we love the walk to and from the Poly. The road in between the resorts is only two lanes and there is a island in the middle where you can stop if need be. We have never had a problem other than getting a little wet when the sprinklers are going, haha..
     
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