NBA Experience to Open at Disney Springs Summer 2019; New Details Released

When the new NBA Experience at Disney Springs opens in summer 2019, it will feature a number of hands-on activities to immerse guests in the world of professional basketball.

The unique  destination, which was originally announced in 2015, has been developed by Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with the NBA and is designed to have something for everyone. Visitors will get a glimpse into the atmosphere at the NBA Draft, participate in their own scouting reports, go through pregame preparations, and step onto the court to make clutch shots and highlight reel-worthy slam dunks.

Interior of the NBA Experience at Disney Springs – artist rendering

Among the activities available:

  • a photo moment that re-creates the atmosphere of the NBA Draft stage
  • an NBA Combine challenge, with a scouting report that highlights guest skills and stats at the end of the session.
  • a chance to step onto the basketball court amid the roar of the crowd and maneuver through a series of timed shots
  • the opportunity to execute the perfect slam dunk, captured by cameras surrounding adjustable baskets
  • an interactive trainer who will challenge you with a variety of dribbling routines
  •  a timed challenge that uses an oversized slingshot to launch basketballs at hoops of varying heights
  • a team locker room that showcases up-to-date statistics and visuals of top NBA and WNBA players
  • a trivia game with up to 25 participants competing against one another
  • two 180-degree cinematic presentations that showcase the in-arena experience moments before the start of the game, as well as special stories from the players’ perspectives
  • an interactive multi-screen module to watch replay clips from NBA games, using the tools at their stations to make the right calls
  • interactive basketball games, from the fan-favorite Pop-A-Shot to modern video games

In addition to these games and competitions, NBA Experience will also include a retail store featuring exclusive NBA-themed merchandise — designed by Disney.

NBA Experience Under Construction Earlier This Summer 2018

This new destination is just the latest example of a strong basketball tradition at Walt Disney World, which hosts the Jr. NBA Global Championship, AAU National Championships and the AdvoCare Invitational at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

City Works Eatery & Pour House Rendering

NBA Experience will be located in the West Side neighborhood of Disney Springs, on the site of the former DisneyQuest. A new restaurant, City Works Eatery & Pour House, is also being constructed in that space and will operate on the ground level of NBA Experience. The new eatery will serve up classic American food — think burgers, wings and flatbreads — in a space that features multiple high-definition TVs, including a giant-sized, 165-inch screen. City Works Eatery & Pour House is also scheduled to open Summer 2019.

Are you a basketball fan, eager to see the new NBA Experience? Or do you still miss DisneyQuest? Leave us a comment below!

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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