My family and I have been to Shades of Green at Walt Disney World resort five times now, and there is no place on the property I would rather stay. You'd have to pay at least twice as much to get comparable accommodations at one of the Disney resorts.
The resort has been remodeled and now boasts over 500 rooms. That being said, however, you still need to make your reservations at least six months in advance. They book up to a year in advance, so if you're thinking about visiting Walt Disney World during peak season (Easter week, summer months, or Christmas/New Years) you should book as far in advance as possible. Every military member can book up to three rooms, and each room has 2 queen-size beds and a sofa/hide-a-bed, so Shades of Green is pretty family-friendly.
The rooms are some of the largest on Disney property and have all been remodeled. They're very tastefully decorated and clean. The staff does an excellent job of keeping the rooms, the common areas, and the grounds of the resort clean and inviting. One advantage to Shades of Green is the cost of dining and shopping at the convenience store -- eating and buying souvenirs in the theme parks can get very expensive very quickly, but Shades of Green offers buffets, a bar and grill, a coffee stand serving Starbucks Coffee, a sandwich and pastry shop on the bottom level, and a full-service restaurant that all provide good (not great, but good) food at lower prices. The convenience stores have most of the things you would need like drinks, snacks, health/beauty aids, and souvenirs (both Disney and military) at good prices. Plus, no tax!
I was very surprised to read some of the negative reviews, and I would like to address some of the negative comments that were made:
(1) One reviewer indicated the food at the bar and grill was terrible, and that it took 2 hours to get their food in the Italian restaurant. We have eaten at all the restaurants at Shades of Green and have NEVER had a bad meal, nor have we ever had bad/slow service.
(2) A couple of reviewers complained about the staff, particularly when making reservations, checking in, or checking out. For starters, you can book online (and it's much easier than calling in). Secondly, not once have I ever encountered any employee at Shades of Green that was not friendly, courteous, or helpful.
(3) One reviewer complained that the buses that run from Shades of Green to Disney-MGM Studios or The Animal Kingdom run once an hour. This is true. However, the buses to the Disney Transportation and Ticket Center run every 10 minutes, so you have the option of taking a bus to the TTC and then hopping a Disney bus to any theme park or resort. Same drill for the return trip, just in reverse. The bus drivers for the Disney buses don't check, and since you're staying on Disney property you're entitled to use any mode of Disney transportation.
(4) One reviewer complained that the schedules are all done in military time...HEL-LOOOOOOOO!!! This is a resort for military personnel! Talk about a nit-picky gripe! If you're married to a military man/woman and you don't know military time, that's your fault.
TIP: The walk from Shades of Green to The Polynesian Resort is not very far, so if you're planning to go to The Magic Kingdom you may be better off walking to The Polynesian and jumping on the monorail. Besides, The Polynesian Resort has its own coffee and pastry stand and a couple of very nice restaurants you may want to check out.
BOTTOM LINE: When you consider the advantages of being on Disney property and having spacious accommodations that are some of the least expensive on Disney property, Shades of Green can't be beat.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.