DisneyQuest set to close in July to make way for The NBA Experience

Jan 30, 2017 in "Disney Quest"

Posted: Monday January 30, 2017 3:34pm EST by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced that DisneyQuest at Disney Springs will close on July 3 2017.

The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort will be a one-of-a-kind basketball-themed experience featuring hands-on activities that put guests of all ages right in the middle of NBA game action. There will be immersive NBA video productions and numerous interactive experiences, as well as a restaurant and a retail store.

The new NBA Experience at Disney Springs was originally announced back in June 2015, and work had appeared to stall. In recent times however, Disney and the NBA have been able to reach an agreement to continue the project.

Disney has not yet confirmed an opening date for The NBA Experience.

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Giss NericDec 29, 2020

I find escape rooms more enjoyable than VR. Void was okay but one time is enough.

Brer PantherDec 29, 2020

I remember going to DisneyQuest ONCE. From what I recall, it was okay.

MurphyJoeDec 26, 2020

The problem with VR in a theme park / attraction context is the home stuff is getting good enough and cheap enough to reduce the wow factor. With Disney’s ticket pricing, if you’re interested in VR and can afford Disney’s prices, you could also purchase a standalone VR headset along with the experiences to run on it. Are there enough visitors who would be interested in the upcharge and willing to pay (quickly Googling The Void was charging $29.99 for a 30-minute Star Wars experience in 2017) to meet Disney’s profit goals? I can see people being interested in the experience, but not willing to buy a ticket due to what they have at home. Along these lines, screen based attractions (with or without 3D) will be sharing a similar reduction in wow. Having a virtual multistory screen or 360-degree video on-demand reduces the whoa factor of everything from “Canada: Far and Wide,” to “Avatar: Flight of Passage,” and everything in between. Is the reduction in wow with the price increases enough to affect gate clicks or repeat visitation? Time will tell.

Cmdr_CrimsonDec 24, 2020

Could have been a good idea to make it Game Central Station themed to Wreck-It-Ralph as it look like they were trying to revitalize it at the tail end of it's life..

Jon81ukDec 03, 2020

Well The Void was doing okay for a while, so those sort of experiences do exist. But whether it would have been profitable to add them into a pay-one-price attraction like DQ is another question.

danlb_2000Dec 01, 2020

I can't argue with this, but it is interesting that near me they have just opened a Round One, and a Dave and Busters will be opening in a few weeks. These were both in the works before the pandemic so it will be interesting to see how well they do.,

J4546Dec 01, 2020

i agree, i really wish disney had a dave and busters type place at downtown disney that was open after the parks closed. They could have a couple theater screens in it showing classic disney movies as well as new ones. and they could have cool ticket redemption games and cool disney pins as prizes.

networkproDec 01, 2020

The arcade industry has almost vanished.

tancDec 01, 2020

Disney Quest, what a place. It's sad I only went once, but with VR actually being a reality I really wish they made a obstacle course with VR sets or something. Or remade their VR experiences. With modern technology, it could have been made into an amazing experience. But I guess the arcade model just doesn't work so well in modern times.

ToTBellHopOct 27, 2017

I would imagine they were trashed.

stretchsjeOct 27, 2017

There's open space for them in Future World. This message brought to you by the department of better-than-nothing.

ford91exploderOct 27, 2017

Thats why engineers invented pressure washers and steam cleaners not to mention sandblasters

Cmdr_CrimsonOct 27, 2017

Not sure anyone would want an old attraction so outdated and layered in cleansing of barf..

ToTBellHopOct 27, 2017

Iger’s Man Cave until Super Mario Odyssey arrives.