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by Military Diva Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Lines often offer amazing discounts for members of the military through their Armed Forces Salute Program.  Eligible members can take advantage of discounts on tickets, Disney Resort visits and select Cruises.  When  traveling to Disney World, military members and families also have access to Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort, an on-property MWR resort privately owned by the Department of Defense. Shades of Green (SOG) offers many of the same benefits of a Disney World Deluxe Resort; on property location, extra magic hours and access to transportation are part of the appeal of this resort.  But, consider that this resort will cost you approximately 30% less than a Disney Deluxe and it instantly becomes an even more attractive lodging option. Shades of Green on Walt Disney Resort Room rates for Shades of Green are based on military rank, DoD rating or veteran status.  A full list of eligibility standards can be found on the SOG website. What is most important to know is that room rates are grouped into three categories:

October 1 2014-September 30, 2015

Room Type                   Category #1            Category #2            Category #3

Standard Room                  $95.00                       $123.00                       $131.00

Poolside Room                   $105.00                     $133.00                       $141.00

Junior Suite                         $250.00                     $250.00                       $250.00

Family Suite                        $275.00                     $275.00                       $275.00

Palm Suite                           $375.00                     $375.00                       $375.00

Magnolia Suite                   $235.00                     $235.00                       $235.00

October 1 2015-September 30, 2016

Room Type               Category #1              Category #2            Category #3

Standard Room                $98.00                         $129.00                        $138.00

Poolside Room                 $108.00                       $139.00                        $148.00

Junior Suite                        $263.00                       $263.00                       $263.00

Family Suite                       $289.00                       $289.00                       $289.00

Palm Suite                          $394.00                       $394.00                        $394.00

Magnolia Suite                  $247.00                       $247.00                        $247.00

Garden Suite                     $289.00                       $289.00                        $289.00

The newest and most exciting news for 2015 is for those military members of the E-6 pay grade.  Starting June 1, 2015 these NCO’s will now shift back into Shades of Green’s Category #1 room rate!  Hello HUGE savings!  Staff Sergeants, Air Force Technical Sergeants and Petty Officer First Class members can now enjoy some of the largest rooms on all of Disney property, in the Magic Kingdom area, for less than $100 per night. Now, if these amazing rates aren’t enough to entice you into trying a night (or more) at Shades of Green, maybe one of their 2015/2016 discounts will!

  • R & R Vacation at Shades of Green
    • 20% discount on all room categories and dining (excluding alcohol, the Express Café, and the Pool Grille) for U.S. military, DoD civilians and dependents on R&R Leave Status.

 

  • Book Early and Save August
    • Discount offered on standard rooms only, for stays August 17-August 31, 2015. Category 1: $89.00 Category 2: $105.00 Category 3: $115.00

 

  • Fall Back and Save September
    • Discount offered on standard rooms only, for stays September 1-September 27, 2015.Category 1: $89.00Category 2: $105.00Category 3: $115.00

 

  • Spooky Savings in October
    • Discount offered on standard rooms only, for stays October 2-October 26, 2015. Category 1: $89.00 Category 2: $112.00 Category 3: $119.00

 

  • Florida Harvest Special
    • Discount offered on standard rooms only, for stays October 30-November 5, 2015 and November 8-November 20, 2015. Category 1: $89.00 Category 2: $112.00 Category 3: $119.00

 

  • Deck the Palms in November/December
    • Discounts starting at 30% off on standard rooms and two adult breakfasts.  Four night stay required.  Valid for stays November 29-December 17, 2015. Category 1: $87.00 Category 2: $109.00 Category 3: $115.00

 

  • Pre/Post Marathon Special January
    • Discounts starting at 35% off on standard rooms.  Valid for stays January 2-January 5, 2016 and January 11-January 17, 2016. Category 1: $63.70 Category 2: $83.85 Category 3: $89.70

 

  • Savings in January
    • Discounts starting at 30% off on standard rooms and two adult breakfasts.  Four night stay required.  Valid for stays January 18-January 31, 2016. Category 1: $87.00 Category 2: $109.00 Category 3: $115.00

All specials can be booked online except R&R Vacation.  Please call room reservations toll free 1-888-593-2242 (CONUS) or (407) 824-3600 (OCONUS) and mention R&R leave status.  Also be prepared to show leave orders at check in (DA 31, AF 988, NV 3065 or CG 2519).  A few other important points to note…all rates quoted are for two adults and up to three children per standard room.  Additional adults require an extra nightly charge of $15.00 each (maximum of 5 guests total per standard room). Both active members and spouses are eligible to reserve rooms at Shades of Green.  Each is able to reserve a total of three rooms, allowing for a maximum reservation of six rooms. Exceptions * During Christmas week room reservations are capped at three maximum. * Category 1 rooms for sponsor and dependent will receive Category 1 rate; additionally sponsored rooms will receive Category 2 rate. Military deployments and training schedules are a huge strain on any family.  They make planning for any vacation especially challenging.  The financial burden associated with having your partner away makes saving for a trip even more difficult.  Disney World has helped ease this burden via their Armed Forces Salute Discounts on rooms, tickets and cruises. Shades of Green Resort on Walt Disney World has made these military vacations even more of a reality by offering large, on property rooms for a fraction of the cost of Disney Deluxe Resort rooms.

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Thank you Disney and thank you Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort for supporting our military and of our time spent together as a family!

My name is Patricia, aka Military Diva, and I have a soft spot for Disney Destinations! After a two year post-9/11 deployment, our family was able to reconnect during a Disney World vacation. While counting on time together, we did not expect the touching service we received from Cast Members. We were treated like royalty! It is my mission as a writer for "Tips from the Disney Diva" and as owner of "All for Dreams Travel" to help other families experience their own special connections through travel.