Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Disney Inn, 1987

In the summer of 1987, I stayed at The Disney Inn at Walt Disney World. The hotel was originally named the Golf Resort when in opened in 1973. It changed names in 1986.

The Disney Inn at Walt Disney World 1987

The Disney Inn had over 500 rooms and was located adjacent to the Palm, Magnolia and Oak Trail golf courses.

The Disney Inn at Walt Disney World 1987

The best thing about The Disney Inn was the quiet. It was situated just down the road from the Polynesian Resort, away from the Monorail loop, so it didn't get a lot of traffic from day visitors.

The Disney Inn at Walt Disney World 1987
In 1994, The Disney Inn was leased by the U.S. Government, becoming Shades of Green, the only Armed Forces Recreation Center resort in the United States. Today, it's a quiet Disney getaway for the exclusive use of military service personnel and their families.

The golf courses that surround Shades of Green are open to the public. Despite having lived in Central Florida for three years when I was in high school and paying many a visit to Walt Disney World since, the only time I ever played golf on the original Golf Resort courses was in September 2008. Forty-five holes of golf in two days, thank you very much. We won't discuss my scores.

Disney's Palm Golf Course 2008
Teeing off at Disney's Palm Golf Course, 2008

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