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Shades of Green — A Disney Resort For Military Families

I can't believe I had never heard of this place until I cracked open the Times yesterday — Shades of Green. It's a vacation spot for soldiers on active duty (and other eligible service folks) to call their own when they come home to visit their families or need a vacation.

Nestled within Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, the name is inspired by camouflage colors and features everything you'd expect from a fun-in-the-sun resort — all housed on property leased by the Army. Shades of Green is one of five Armed Forces Recreation Centers (the other fun-spots: Hawaii, Germany, South Korea and Virginia) where servicemen and women can reunite with families.

The resort has the usual — swimming pools and tennis courts — but there are some service-specific goodies as well. The pond has radio controlled boats emblazoned with service insignia so branches can compete with one another, and strict attention is paid to making the resort ADA-accessible. To see the other perks,

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There's the Disney attention to detail. Keeping the resort family-friendly, video games are not permitted to have any blood, gore, or foul language. Staff uniforms, nail polish, and mustache length are all regulated and potentially dicey magazines have all inappropriate material edited out before they're put on display. And adult beverages? The Shades of Green's cocktail lounge, Eagles, closed due to lack of business.

Spending time with family is only one bonus of the resort — as a military haven, it gives service members a chance to spend time with sympathetic strangers who understand the challenges of being in uniform. One Army MP just back from Iraq said: “You can enjoy the esprit de corps of being with other military.” Another attraction? The price. A room at Walt Disney world can cost as much as $350 a night while an "oversized" room at Shades of Green is available for $89. Oh, and lines for rides? Taken care of. Sea World has a special Heroes line on popular rides getting them to the goods that much quicker.

Have you been to one of the Armed Forces Recreation Centers? Did you know they existed?

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meumitsuki meumitsuki 7 years
The one in Germany is gorgeous, (aidleweiss, I know I spelled that wrong).They have all sorts of activities, including hiking to the top of a mountain to do yoga. The wait list is really long though.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 7 years
The one in Germany is gorgeous, (aidleweiss, I know I spelled that wrong). They have all sorts of activities, including hiking to the top of a mountain to do yoga. The wait list is really long though.
apeacefulife apeacefulife 7 years
My ex and I stayed at Shades of Green on our Disney Honeymoon 14 years ago. He was a PFC and we only paid $35 a night for a balcony suite on the Disney Resort!!!! It was awesome and we felt very privileged!
foxie foxie 7 years
My husband and I have NEVER heard of this... and we're stationed right next door in Georgia!
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years
I haven't been to this one but I've spent a lot of time at Hale Koa in Hawaii. We haven't actually spent the night there, but their beachfront is military ID access only which keeps it less crowded than the rest of Waikiki. Plus, it's great parking for a night on the town. :PI think it's fantastic that there are resorts like this available for military families where they can actually afford to vacation and they're unlikely to run in to the people who just can't seem to keep their anti opinions to themselves even around children.
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years
I haven't been to this one but I've spent a lot of time at Hale Koa in Hawaii. We haven't actually spent the night there, but their beachfront is military ID access only which keeps it less crowded than the rest of Waikiki. Plus, it's great parking for a night on the town. :P I think it's fantastic that there are resorts like this available for military families where they can actually afford to vacation and they're unlikely to run in to the people who just can't seem to keep their anti opinions to themselves even around children.
shelnew19 shelnew19 7 years
My husband and I stayed there about 3 years ago. We loved it!
divinelight divinelight 7 years
I've been to the one on Hawaii with my uncle who was in the air force (he recently retired).
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
The waiting list is really long...but it's great. I went with my entire family to Disney right before my enlistment was up (2003). I got into the Disney parks completely for free and my entire family got in for half price. That's not to mention Busch Gardens, Sea World, Universal Studios..I got in free at all those places too. Also almost every restaurant we went to had a military discount. It was really cool. My parents treated me to this cool vacation so I felt really good that I saved them so much money. :) Thanks for posting Citizen!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
The waiting list is really long...but it's great. I went with my entire family to Disney right before my enlistment was up (2003). I got into the Disney parks completely for free and my entire family got in for half price. That's not to mention Busch Gardens, Sea World, Universal Studios..I got in free at all those places too. Also almost every restaurant we went to had a military discount. It was really cool. My parents treated me to this cool vacation so I felt really good that I saved them so much money. :) Thanks for posting Citizen!
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
I've heard good things about all the resorts, and yes, most of the rates coincide with rank...I think its a great program, much like the Hero's Salute program Busch Gardens does where you can get admission for free once a year, however when I vacation I'd rather be away from the military!Its kind of like vacationing with the people you work with! Wouldn't you just want to get away from it all? :)But if this helps kids who may not be able to afford it otherwise get to Disney, then I say yahoo!
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
I've heard good things about all the resorts, and yes, most of the rates coincide with rank... I think its a great program, much like the Hero's Salute program Busch Gardens does where you can get admission for free once a year, however when I vacation I'd rather be away from the military! Its kind of like vacationing with the people you work with! Wouldn't you just want to get away from it all? :) But if this helps kids who may not be able to afford it otherwise get to Disney, then I say yahoo!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
Shades of Green is more then 89 dollars a night if you are an officer.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Hey, if you need a tour guide for Hawaii. I'll go. I've never been there, but I want to
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 7 years
Shades of Green has been around for a while. We haven't gone, but it's in our "someday" list. I think I'd like to hit up the military resort in Hawaii first, though.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I hope the vast majority of the park is FREE. They military personel deserve this. Regardless of the cost, I applaud WDW for coming up with another brilliant idea to cater to a need, and potentially capitalise on a new market of revenue.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I hope the vast majority of the park is FREE. They military personel deserve this. Regardless of the cost, I applaud WDW for coming up with another brilliant idea to cater to a need, and potentially capitalise on a new market of revenue.
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