Saturday, March 22, 2008

Shades of Green Opinions

The access to the monrail by walking to the Polynesian is also great. It is a walk but a pleasant one. We have seen many birds,deer, alligators etc. If we retired folks can do it so can the young ones. (note: Yes, there really are alligators. Ray said he has seen them. I can only testify to the raccoons that roam around the building and garbage cans at night.)
Shades of Green on the Disney World Resort was very much like the description on the website. We stayed for 2 nights and were very comfortable in our decent sized room. It had 2 queen sized beds and a pull out couch, dining table and a refrigerator. Everything was clean and orderly and check in was a breeze. The bell man helped us with our luggage and was very prompt in delivering it.
My biggest complaint is the noise. The walls are paper thin. Don't plan to sleep in or turn in early if you have neighbors and especially if the neighbors have kids. We were up pretty late with noise and then were up pretty darn early with the excited kids next door which isn't exactly what we planned.
Also, skip the overpriced and bland buffet breakfast. It's really not worth the money or the effort. Bring cereal and milk or something of the like and just eat in your room.
We did order take out pizza and chicken fingers from the bar and that was very reasonable and decent tasting.
The best part of the hotel is the location. We just walked across the way to the Polynesian and took the Monorail into the parks. No fuss and no wait!
For MK we walked to the polynesian resort and caught the tram. My youngest daughter and I even walked back after 10 PM and felt safe. As far as the food at the SOG - do not eat the buffet!! It was expensive!!!! Eat at the sports bar instead - pizza, burgers, salads etc - a lot of food and very reasonably priced.
The restaurants are overpriced and the food is unpredictable. We had a great meal at the Italian place in 2006 and a so-so meal there during our last visit. During our first visit in 2006 our meal at the sports bar and grill was fine. The breakfast buffet is horrible and we usually optfor a quick breakfast from the little kiosk in the downstairs lobby before we headed out fo the day. They have decent croissants and fresh fruit.
We talked to other families that had kids to see what they liked or did not like. It seemed their biggest complaint was that when they got back late at night it was a long walk back to the room with the kids.


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