There's a Super-Affordable Disney World Resort Exclusively for the Military
Just steps from Magic Kingdom you can find Disney World's best-kept non-secret: a luxury resort exclusively for members of the military and their families. We'll salute to that!
Shades of Green is an Armed Forces Recreation Center, which means it's officially owned by the US Department of Defense. It's also the only AFRC in the continental U.S. The resort boasts 586 oversized guest rooms, cascading waterfalls, lush tropical gardens, several restaurants, pools, tennis courts, a video arcade, and more. Unlike many on-site hotels, rates at Shades of Green are seriously affordable. Nights typically start around $109—although the price is influenced by the military ranking of each guest. Other perks include free transportation to Disney's parks, as well as discounted tickets to the attractions.
According to the New York Times, Shades of Green—the name comes from the camouflage hues of the different services—was once a golf clubhouse, and then the Disney Inn. After a survey showed that Orlando was the top choice among military families for a rest-and-relaxation destination, the Army took out a 99-year lease in 1994.
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"This is something that is provided by the US military as a thank you for your service," Shades of Green general manager Edward Fagan said in an interview with Stars and Stripes.
Lodging is available to current and retired military personnel, Medal of Honor winners, disabled veterans and some Defense Department employees. To find out more, visit ShadesofGreen.org.