The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Rumor Tracker

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    DisneyQuest had it’s last day of operation on July 2 2017 and will be replaced by “The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World”.

    The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World is expected to have interactive exhibits, retail, and dining as part of a large complex opening August 12, 2019. Highlights of the new venue include:

    • Experience one of the biggest milestones for a basketball player at the NBA Draft with a photo moment that re-creates the atmosphere of the draft stage.
    • Track and improve their jump shots and passing skills in a replicated NBA Combine challenge, complete with a scouting report that highlights their stats at the end of the session.
    • Step onto the court and hear the roar of the crowd as they maneuver through a series of timed shots to aim for a high score.
    • Execute the perfect slam dunk just like NBA superstars, captured by cameras surrounding adjustable baskets.
    • Test their ball-handling skills with an interactive trainer who will challenge them with a variety of dribbling routines.
    • Use an oversized slingshot to launch basketballs at hoops of varying heights, making as many shots as possible before the clock runs out in this thrilling timed challenge.
    • Immerse themselves in the rich legacy and history of NBA and WNBA championship-winning teams.
    • Access a team locker room that showcases up-to-date statistics and visuals of top NBA and WNBA players.
    • Test their knowledge of the NBA and WNBA – past and present – during a trivia game with up to 25 participants competing against one another to be champion.
    • Enjoy 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.
    • Take a seat at an interactive multi-screen module to watch replay clips from NBA games, using the tools at their stations to make the right calls.
    • Play interactive basketball games, from the fan-favorite Pop-A-Shot to modern video games.

    Additional details on the new experience from the blog are as follows:

    • When you enter NBA Experience, you’ll feel like you’re walking through the players’ tunnel out onto the court at an NBA or WNBA arena.
    • A ticket to NBA Experience grants you access to every activity in any order you choose, and you can return to stations multiple times to try and improve your performance or learn more about the game, the players and the teams you love.
    • In an activity that tests shooting skills, spots will light up on the court as you move from one location to another attempting to sink as many shots as possible in 15 seconds.
    • In a slam dunk challenge, you can change the height of a standard 10-foot-tall rim to as low as seven feet so you can perform your own superstar moves – captured by burst photography.
    • See how you stack up to some of the world’s best basketball players by measuring your vertical leap, wingspan, and shooting and dribbling skills.
    • Various activities can be personalized with your name and associated with your favorite NBA or WNBA teams, and your stats will be tracked just like a real pro game.
    • Real-time technology will aggregate stats of NBA and WNBA games and players for continuous updates, while leaderboards will show top NBA Experience performers throughout the day – will your name be at the top?

    The new City Works Eatery & Pour House will be a new table service restaurant and bar adjacent to The NBA Experience.

    Tickets to NBA Experience are $34 (plus tax) for guests ages 10 and older, and $29 (plus tax) for children ages 3-9. They are available wherever Walt Disney World tickets are sold, including Disneyworld.com/NBAExperience or any Walt Disney World ticket window.

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    August 12, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog hosted a live stream of the Grand Opening Ceremonies of The NBA Experience. The festivities were hosted by Rachel Nichols (Host of ESPN’s The Jump) and featured NBA players and WNBA players in attendance including Dwyane Wade, Grant Hill, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In addition, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Disney CEO Bob Iger were also in attendance.

    August 8, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog announced that it will be livestreaming the grand opening of The NBA Experience at Disney Springs on Monday August 12th at 9:25 AM.

    August 2, 2019: The NBA Experience at Disney Springs officially opens August 12th, but the Disney Parks Blog shared details and photos of the new facility.

    The venue has13 basketball-related activities including the following:

    • Dribble –  works on your ball-handling skills
    • Dunk! – features an adjustable rim so you can make a highlight-reel slam
    • Arcade – you can play the classic Pop-A-Shot game
    • Trivia – a test on NBA and WNBA trivia

    July 22, 2019: @OrlParkPass on Twitter was able to preview the NBA Experience at Disney Springs before official opening.

    June 18, 2019: WDWMagic.com user WDWtraveler posted photos of exterior signage now in place at The NBA Experience.

    May 9, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog announced that tickets are now available for the NBA Experience at Disney Springs. Tickets to NBA Experience are $34 (plus tax) for guests ages 10 and older, and $29 (plus tax) for children ages 3-9. They are available wherever Walt Disney World tickets are sold, including Disneyworld.com/NBAExperience or any Walt Disney World ticket window.

    March 25, 2019: The Disney Parks Blog announced that the NBA Experience will open in the West Side neighborhood of Disney Springs on August 12th.

    Additional details on the new experience from the blog are as follows:

    • When you enter NBA Experience, you’ll feel like you’re walking through the players’ tunnel out onto the court at an NBA or WNBA arena.
    • A ticket to NBA Experience grants you access to every activity in any order you choose, and you can return to stations multiple times to try and improve your performance or learn more about the game, the players and the teams you love.
    • In an activity that tests shooting skills, spots will light up on the court as you move from one location to another attempting to sink as many shots as possible in 15 seconds.
    • In a slam dunk challenge, you can change the height of a standard 10-foot-tall rim to as low as seven feet so you can perform your own superstar moves – captured by burst photography.
    • See how you stack up to some of the world’s best basketball players by measuring your vertical leap, wingspan, and shooting and dribbling skills.
    • Various activities can be personalized with your name and associated with your favorite NBA or WNBA teams, and your stats will be tracked just like a real pro game.
    • Real-time technology will aggregate stats of NBA and WNBA games and players for continuous updates, while leaderboards will show top NBA Experience performers throughout the day – will your name be at the top?

    December 19, 2018: Disney unvealed a new piece of concept art and additional details on The NBA Experience coming to Disney Springs in Summer 2019. Highlights include:

    • Experience one of the biggest milestones for a basketball player at the NBA Draft with a photo moment that re-creates the atmosphere of the draft stage.
    • Track and improve their jump shots and passing skills in a replicated NBA Combine challenge, complete with a scouting report that highlights their stats at the end of the session.
    • Step onto the court and hear the roar of the crowd as they maneuver through a series of timed shots to aim for a high score.
    • Execute the perfect slam dunk just like NBA superstars, captured by cameras surrounding adjustable baskets.
    • Test their ball-handling skills with an interactive trainer who will challenge them with a variety of dribbling routines.
    • Use an oversized slingshot to launch basketballs at hoops of varying heights, making as many shots as possible before the clock runs out in this thrilling timed challenge.
    • Immerse themselves in the rich legacy and history of NBA and WNBA championship-winning teams.
    • Access a team locker room that showcases up-to-date statistics and visuals of top NBA and WNBA players.
    • Test their knowledge of the NBA and WNBA – past and present – during a trivia game with up to 25 participants competing against one another to be champion.
    • Enjoy 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.
    • Take a seat at an interactive multi-screen module to watch replay clips from NBA games, using the tools at their stations to make the right calls.
    • Play interactive basketball games, from the fan-favorite Pop-A-Shot to modern video games.

    October 10, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog announced a new dining location coming to Disney Springs’ West Side in Summer 2019. City Works Eatery & Pour House is a new table service restaurant and bar that will feature 80 beers on tap including rare, limited supply, special tappings from local breweries and others from around the world.

    The restaurant will include “plenty of high-def TVs including a 165-inch screen TV, perfect for viewing your favorite live sporting events.”

    The location will be next to the NBA Experience.

    October 19, 2017: The Disney Parks Blog shared details and concept art of the NBA Experience at Disney Springs. Per today’s article, it is set to open in Summer 2019 and the building itself is inspired by NBA Arenas around the country. The venue will include interactive games and competitions, immersive experiences, a retail store and an adjacent restaurant.

    July 2, 2017: DisneyQuest had it’s last day of operation.

    June 20, 2017: WDWMagic.com is reporting that the closure of Disney Quest will be a, “fairly rapid clear out, with an auction of the arcade machines to be completed by July 12.”

    January 30, 2017: WDWMagic.com is reporting that Disney Quest will have it’s last day of operation on July 3, 2017.

    January 12, 2016: On Episode 178 of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, Jim Hill mentions that the NBA Experience deal seems to be in jeopardy.

    December 30, 2015: WDWMagic.com user Grotto123 is reporting that DisneyQuest will remain open until at least 2017 and that the NBA Experience project has been cancelled.

    June 30, 2015: The Orlando Sentinel confirmed that the NBA Experience at Walt Disney World will be replacing DisneyQuest. DisneyQuest will close next year.

    June 7, 2015: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 indicates that the NBA Experience will be replacing Disney Quest.

    June 3, 2015: The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that NBA City at Universal’s Citywalk will close August 31.

    June 3, 2015: The Disney Parks Blog and WDWNews.com announce a new NBA Experience coming to Disney Springs.

    November 17, 2014: WDWMagic.com user wdw71fan has reported that changes should be coming to Disney Quest next year.

    September 6, 2014: WDWMagic.com reported that Ride the Comix is expected to have it’s last day of operation on September 7, 2014.

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