Joining the ranks of all other Disney Parks and Resorts around the world, Walt Disney World’s military resort, Shades of Green, will be closing its doors to guests as of today, March 27. Although it is located on Disney World property, Shades of Green is operated by the United States Department of Defense.
It is one of five Armed Forces Recreation Centers within the U.S. military’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation program. Other properties include the Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu, Hawai’i and the Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul, Korea. Although Hale Koa has closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Dragon Hill Lodge remains open.
Shades of Green’s official website confirms their closure and features the following statement:
The safety of our guests and staff is our primary concern at AFRC Resorts. Shades of Green will temporarily close to ensure the health and well-being of service members and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. Despite our best efforts to serve guests through this situation, it is now apparent that this crisis requires collective action to slow its progression in the United States. Guests will be asked to return to their home station as soon as they can make the necessary travel arrangements. We are waiving any cancellation or early departure fees for reservations during this time.
There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Shades of Green Resort.
Shades of Green will continue to accept reservations for new arrivals after May 15th. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will make a determination to reopen in coordination with our partners at Disney World Resorts when it is safe for our guests and staff.
We will continue to support our staff and military community the best we can during this temporary closure. If you have questions regarding your reservation, please email us at email@example.com
We encourage all of our military guests to limit their travel during this time. All the world-class attractions, beautiful golf courses, and relaxing vacation amenities will all still be here when this crisis is finished and it is safe to travel once again. We look forward to having you stay with us in the very near future.
Shades of Green is the first resort on any Disney theme park property to indicate a reopening date. Although Disney has begun reopening Shanghai Disneyland in phases, there have been no reports of when Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California will be open to the public again.
Several situations, including Orlando and Anaheim shelter in place orders, Shades of Green’s reopening date of May 15, and Tokyo Disneyland’s closure extending into mid-April, indicate that the U.S. Disney Parks are unlikely to reopen by their original projected date of April 1.