Disney loves Military Families as do all of us here at Destinations with Character Travel Agency.
All of us here at Destinations with Character Travel Agency have great respect for all of our clients with military backgrounds and Thank each and every one of them for their service. We realize it’s not just the enlisted personnel that serve our country, but also their spouses and children who dedicate their lives to supporting those who protect our great country.
While Disney has some awesome discounts for military families, you may not always be aware of the best discounts available for you!
“Shades of Green Resort”
The first choice most military families gravitate to is the Shades of Green Resort on the Walt Disney World property.
Located just southwest of “Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort” (but not on the resort monorail loop) Shades of Green originally opened in December, 1973 as “Disney’s Golf Resort” with 151 rooms. In February, 1986 the resort was expanded with an additional 150 rooms and renamed “The Disney Inn” with a “Snow White Theme” to try and relate to more than just golfers.
In the early 1990s, U.S. Army officials had decided it was time to build a resort in the continental United States. Orlando was the top choice in a market survey of soldiers.
On February 1, 1994, the US Department of Defense leased the resort and the land it sits on with a 100-year lease to use for the MWR program and limited the resort to eligible guests.
In 1996, the resort was purchased outright, for $43 million, due to the high success of the resort, although Disney still owns the land on which the resort sits.
The resort was renamed “Shades of Green” and has run at close to 100% occupancy since its inception. Since becoming “Shades of Green“, the resort has gone through several renovations. It currently includes Ticketing services, 2 pool areas, the Magnolia Spa, a fitness center, and 2 PGA Golf Courses (Disney’s Palm Golf Course & Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course).
For dining experiences, Shades of Green has;
Garden Gallery: Here you’ll find buffet-style favorites with breakfast classics and themed dinners. There’s big value in the daily spreads with dozens of dishes, fresh fruits, salads, house-made pastries, action stations and portions made to order.
Mangino’s: Shades of Green’s full-service restaurant is open, airy and family-friendly. With an old-world charm, big round tables and featured specials that change daily, this is a signature dining experience without the splurge.
Evergreen’s: This warm, family-friendly sports bar is right next to our active Mill Pond Pool area. With gastropub classics, cold beers on tap and a spirited atmosphere, Evergreen’s is a favorite dining destination at Shades of Green.
Express Cafe: Get on your way with fresh pastries, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and portable items that are great for on-the-go. Located on the Lower Level just under the Main Lobby and near the Shades of Green bus stops, Express Café makes it easy to enjoy hand-crafted food, fast.
Java Cafe: Starbucks coffee selections and fresh-made pastries get you up and at ‘em with ease. Located just off the Main Lobby near the Reception Desk, Java Café is a convenient stop before heading out for an early round of golf, mid-day pick-me-up or on your way back from the parks at night.
Bistro To Go: When you’d rather hunker down in your room, but you’re still hungry for a hearty meal and a good deal, this is where you stop. Bistro to Go works both as a take-out option, or delivered to your room for a fee.
Guests staying at Shades of Green may order their park tickets through the Shades of Green Resort or through their local base MWR.
Walt Disney World Resort Military Discounts
The Walt Disney World Resort actually offers its own set of discounts for military families!
Theme Park Tickets:
For 2018, the Walt Disney World Resort offers its own discounted theme park tickets for military families.
Choose between a Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Ticket or a Disney 5-Day Military Promotional Ticket. The Park Hopper Option is included, so you can come and go as you please at all 4 theme parks each day of your ticket!
This offer is available to only active and retired U.S. military personnel or their spouses including active or retired members of the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (“Eligible Service Members”).
Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
- Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and only family members and friends, as provided herein. These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.
- “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spouses of Military Service Members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. Military IDs in the absence of active or retired Military Personnel or Commissioned Corps Members.
- Subject to certain exceptions, Disney 4-Day/5-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort are not valid until activated by the Eligible Services Members (or their spouses) at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows.
In addition, the Walt Disney World Resort also offers special military discounts on its resort rooms.
Valid for Stays Most Nights, January 1 through March 24, 2018 and April 6 through December 19, 2018
To be eligible to book these rates you must be active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active or retired members of the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)). Spouses of military service members and PHS and NOAA Commissioned Corps members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. military IDs in the absence of active military personnel or Commissioned Corps members.
- The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
- Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.
- Advance reservations required.
- Offer excludes suites in Moderate and Deluxe Resort hotels.
- Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
- Length of stay requirements may apply.
- Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, suites in Moderate and Deluxe Resort hotels, campsites, Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.
To assist our military clients on what discounts may be best for them, Destinations with Character Travel Agency, has not 1, but 5 Travel Consultants who have experienced the military aspect of Disney Discounts over the years and now are now here to assist you in deciding which of the various discount pathways are the best for you!
Our Destinations with Character Travel Agency – Travel Consultants with Military Expertise
Joleen Westrich – Joleen and her husband Wayne have 2 children. Wayne served 23 years in the U.S. Navy during which time Joleen began honing her Disney skills. Over the years Joleen has become quite the expert at Disney Military Discounts. She now has a large network from various duty stations and a large number of clients with a military background.
Samara & Steve Loschiavo – Steve and his wife have one daughter. Steve Loschiavo served for 6 years in the U.S. Army and then an additional year in the reserves.
Zachary Mais – Zach and his wife have 2 children. Zach served in the U.S. Air Force for 7 years on active duty and has now been in the reserves for 5 years. Zach’s wife has been serving for a year now in the U.S. Air Force.
Maria Angela Mosely – Maria has 2 daughters and 1 son. Maria served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years, has a son now serving in the U.S. Navy, has a brother who served 10 years in the U.S> Navy, another brother who is in his 12th year with the U.S. Navy, an Uncle with 20 years service, her father served in the U.S. Air Force and her grandfather served 43 combined years as Active U.S. Army & National Guard. Her entire family has “the Disney Bug” so she’s spent a lot of time researching and making use of Disney Military Discounts over the years!
Melissa Morrell – Melissa has one daughter. Melissa was born and raised on military bases for a good portion of her life while her father proudly served in the U.S. Army for 32 years! Melissa has taken researched and experienced all aspects of Disney Military Discounts.
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