Shades of Green
April 2013. We had a great time at Shades of Green. The rooms were spacious, clean, and the resort grounds are beautiful. It is located across the street from the Polynesian (so easy access to the monorail if the hotel's free shuttles don't work for you). Most of the WDW resorts are at least 2-3 times the cost of Shades, so I didn't mind that it didn't feel like "Disney". We were at WDW all day, so we didn't need a themed resort, too.
If you plan to spend time at the pool, request a room in the Magnolia Wing as it is closer to the pools.
My one complaint is the wait breakfast buffet can be long (15-20 minutes). We were always short on time by the time we got our table to catch our shuttle.
They are improving the Exchange and one of the pools right now, so supplies were limited at the Exchange and there is only one pool (plus a kiddie pool). I think both upgrades will be completed this summer.
Overall, this is a great resort! Comfortable, clean and relaxing! Hoping to go back next year!
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