The U.S. Military has a Private Resort at Disney World

The Department of Defense has quite a few Armed Forces Recreation Centers, but there's only one in the continental U.S. The resort called Shades of Green is in the middle of Walt Disney World in Orlando. Disney leases the land to the military, and the Armed Forces owns the buildings.

Like other Armed Forces Recreation resorts worldwide, Shades of Green exists to give American troops and their families a place to enjoy rest and relaxation within the military community. The setting is 27 acres nestled between two PGA championship golf courses. The resort features a lodge-like clubhouse, heated pools and water slides, tennis courts, a poolside sports bar, video arcade, fitness facility, spa (offering makeovers for would-be princesses and pirates), fine and family dining, wedding facilities and indoor parking. The feeling is expansive, family oriented and carefree, and the setting is tropical, with rooms featuring balconies or patios with sweeping views of -- as the name implies – lots of green.

Active military and veterans can take their families to Disney World and stay at Shades of Green for less than comparable rooms at other Disney hotels, with the lowest rates going to the lowest ranks. And vacationers make friends there, because they all have something in common. Read more about Shades of Green, the military resort at Disney World, at Stars and Stripes. -via Gorilla Mask

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