We were invited out by Disney to check out the new NBA Experience at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs. While I'll let the photos and the video showcase most of the new attraction, let me touch on a couple of things here...
First of all, this is the building that replaced DisneyQuest, however oddly enough, the new attraction feels a lot like DisneyQuest, but basketball themed. It was almost as though while the deal was being made, they took a look around DisneyQuest with the intention of just re-theming it, but probably realized that with the experiences they wanted to create, they probably would have had to do some major re-construction of the existing building that it was probably easier to just demolish the old one and re-build.
But even from the start, where you walk into the center of the building to a staircase that leads up to the other level, and the different "attractions" are around the perimeter of the different levels, it still feels a lot like DisneyQuest!
(This is not a bad thing!)
Here is the official press release from Disney and I'll let you chew through this before getting to the photos and the video we put together...
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – NBA Experience, the brand-new destination on the West Side of Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, opens to guests Aug. 12, 2019. Disney developed this one-of-a-kind environment in collaboration with the NBA, where guests enter the world of professional basketball. The high-energy, family-friendly venue is packed with 13 different basketball-related activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors.
“When we were young, we played basketball in our driveways or in the park, creating those imaginary moments of making the game-winning shot for a championship,” said Stan Dodd, executive producer, Walt Disney Imagineering. “We want to take that energy and help you feel what it’s like to be an actual NBA or WNBA player.”
Upon entry, guests will feel as if they’re walking through the players’ tunnel at an NBA or WNBA arena. Once inside, guests can:
• Feel what it’s like to be part of the NBA Draft
• Improve their ball-handling skills
• Step onto the court to make clutch shots and highlight-worthy slam dunks
• Play basketball-themed arcade and video games
• Enjoy two different 180-degree cinematic experiences
• Take photos with NBA championship and MVP trophies
• Make the right call just like a real-life replay official
NBA Experience also provides ample opportunities to learn more about the NBA and WNBA via interactive displays, films and trivia. The destination offers something for everyone.
A ticket to NBA Experience grants access to every activity, in any order guests choose, and they can return to stations to improve performance or learn even more about the game, players and teams they love. They can also customize many of their experiences to showcase their favorite NBA or WNBA teams. The adjacent NBA Store features NBA apparel, collectibles and more, along with Disney products designed specifically for NBA Experience.NBA Experience Highlights
• Dribble! – Test ball-handling skills with an interactive coach who leads a variety of dribbling
• Dunk! – Execute the perfect slam just like a superstar, captured by cameras surrounding
• Slingshot – Use an oversized slingshot to launch balls at hoops of varying heights, making as
many baskets as possible before the clock runs out in this thrilling timed challenge
• Shoot! – Step onto the court and hear the roar of the crowd while maneuvering through a
series of last-second shots before the clock expires
• Combine – Compare wingspan and vertical leap to NBA or WNBA players with this series
of tests that replicates NBA Combine drills
• Draft – Experience one of the biggest milestones for a basketball player at the NBA Draft
with a photo moment that re-creates the electric atmosphere of the Draft stage
• Replay – Take a seat at an interactive, multi-screen module to watch replay clips from NBA
games and use tools at the station to make the right calls
• Players – Enter the off-court sanctuary of the lockerroom and explore current team rosters,
records and highlights
• Champions – Be immersed in the rich legacy and history of NBA and WNBA championship
teams and take a photo with replicas of the NBA championship and MVP trophies
• “Game Time” – Watch a heartwarming film about the in-arena game experience and the
impact it has on a young woman and her father
• “Together” – Discover the amazing on- and off-court story of an NBA superstar in this
inspirational, 180-degree cinematic presentation
• Arcade – Play interactive games, from the fan-favorite Pop-A-Shot to the latest NBA video
• Trivia – Demonstrate knowledge of the NBA and WNBA – past and present – during a
multi-player, real-time contest
And now onto our photos & video! Be sure to watch the video as it will give you a pretty good overview of what the entire building is like!Video: