Opening Date Announced for NBA Experience at Disney Springs!

Mickey Mouse made a surprise on-court appearance at the Orlando Magic – Philadelphia 76ers March 25 basketball game at Amway Center in Orlando to announce that the NBA Experience, a brand-new destination coming to Disney Springs, will officially open on Aug. 12, 2019.

Mickey Mouse makes a surprise on-court appearance at Amway Center (Disney, Matt Stroshane)

The new location, which Disney has developed in collaboration with the NBA, will feature a number of hands-on activities to immerse guests in the world of professional basketball. The one-of-a-kind environment will be packed with 13 interactive elements and hands-on activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors, and will give guests the chance to feel like a basketball superstar.

Joining Mickey Mouse during the Orlando Magic – Philadelphia 76ers game are (from left, back row) Walt Disney World executives Thomas Mazloum and Maribeth Biseniere, as well as Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins and several young basketball fans. (Disney, Matt Stroshane)


Upon entry to the NBA Experience, guests will feel as if they’re walking through the players’ tunnel at an NBA or WNBA arena. A ticket to NBA Experience grants access to every activity. Guests can participate in any order they choose, with the ability to return to stations to improve performances or learn even more about the game, players and teams they love.

Interior of the NBA Experience at Disney Springs – artist rendering

Elements of the destination include:

  • A slam dunk challenge, where guests can change the height of a standard 10-foot hoop to as low as seven feet to perform their own superstar moves – captured by burst photography.
  • An activity that tests shooting skills with spots on a court that light up as guests move from one location to another attempting to sink as many shots as possible in 15 seconds.
  • A way for guests to see how they stack up to some of the world’s best basketball players by measuring their vertical leap, wingspan, shooting and dribbling.
  • Personalization for various activities with guests’ names and associating the activity with their favorite NBA or WNBA teams.
  • Real-time technology to aggregate statistics of NBA and WNBA games and players for continuous updates, while leaderboards will track top NBA Experience performers throughout each day.

In addition to the competitions and games, the experience will also include a retail store featuring NBA-themed merchandise.

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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