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Old 01-19-2008, 06:21 AM   #2
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Shades of Green is a beautiful resort overlooking Disney's Golf Courses. It is not uncommon to see small alligators lounging around the several ponds on property or wild turkeys strolling around as if they own the resort! The resort has a lodge feel to it that you notice immediately when you step into the "Great Room" area that separates the "new wing" from the "old wing". This main area is where you check in, or can just sit and relax in one of the many seating areas set up an overlooking the fireplace and big outdoor deck. There is another fireplace on the outdoor deck and this area also has numerous area to sit and relax.

The rooms at SOG are large with two queen sized beds, a fold out couch (rooms sleep up to 5 comfortably), table and chairs, TV, small refridgerator and either a balcony or patio. Bathrooms are also goodsized with tub/shower, and double sinks. SOG also offers "family suites" that can sleep 6 to 8 depending on the room.

SOG has two pools, a small kiddie pool, large hot tub, playground, exercise room and tennis courts. Restaurants include The Garden Gallery serving morning and evening buffets, Manginos, an Italian restaurant, Evergreens Sports Bar and Grill serving things like pizza, sandwiches, burgers and adult beverages. The buffet restaurant is just ok, nothing to write home about. DH and I love Evergreens and we have heard that Manginos is worth getting a reservation for. There is also an Express cafe by the bus depot that serves "to go" things like muffins, egg and cheese sandwiches, sandwiches, pastries etc. Starbucks also has a cart on the premises. An old fashioned ice cream parlor is open in the evenings.

Park tickets are available at SOG for guests who are eligible to stay at SOG. Guest Services is also available to help with child care services, restaurant reservations and other "off property" shows, parks, etc. There is an AAFES General store that sells sodas, bottled water, snacks, small food items, milk, toiletries, magazines, newspapers, souveniers and beer and wine.

SOG has its own bus transportation to the parks. A bus departs SOG to the Ticket and Transportation Center every 20 minutes throughout the day. Another bus goes directly to Animal Kingdom and Blizzard Beach once per hour on the half hour and another bus departs for MGM and Down Town Disney every 30 minutes. Bus schedules are given to you upon check in and are also posted at the bus depot area. Times are adjusted accordingly depending on park hours, and extra magic hours as well as special events in the parks. It is also possible to walk to the Polynesian to catch the monorail (10 minute walk for adults) or catch a ride in the "Shady Shuttle" to the end of the property and then a short walk to the Polynesian.

While SOG is located on Disney property, it is not considered a Disney Hotel. Therefore, you cannot get wake up calls from Mickey, you don't have Disney themed rooms, and you won't find the wonderful Disney gift shops that the other resorts have. However, for the great rates (based on military ranking) this resort can't be beat. We love it.

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