VIDEO - NBA Experience officially opens its doors to guests at Disney Springs

Aug 12, 2019 in "The NBA Experience"

NBA Experience Grand Opening
Posted: Monday August 12, 2019 3:22pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The NBA Experience at Disney Springs officially opened its doors to guests today - a collaboration between the Walt Disney Company and the NBA.

“NBA Experience lets everybody who loves the game, live it,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “We’re excited to open the doors to a fun and unique experience for fans of all ages.”

Athletes and personalities from the world of NBA and WNBA were in attendance, including Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Grant Hill, along with NBA legend Dwyane Wade, Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez, Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem and WNBA legend Swin Cash, now the vice president of basketball operations and team development for the New Orleans Pelicans.

“I want to thank Bob Iger and the Walt Disney Imagineering team for capturing the authentic NBA experience at this landmark destination at Disney Springs,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “Disney creates memorable experiences better than anyone, and we are thrilled to share the excitement of NBA basketball with fans and Walt Disney World guests from around the world.”

In collaboration with the NBA, Walt Disney Imagineering developed NBA Experience as an immersive, interactive venue. The high-energy environment offers 13 different basketball-related activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors.

A ticket to NBA Experience grants access to every activity, in any order guests choose, and they can return to stations throughout the day to improve performance or learn even more about the game.

Pricing is $34 for ages 10+, and $29 ages 3-9.

Games inside the NBA Experience include:

  • Dribble! – Test ball-handling skills with an interactive coach who leads a variety of dribbling routines
  • Dunk! – Execute the perfect slam just like a superstar, captured by cameras surrounding height-adjustable baskets
  • 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 locker room 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 games
  • Trivia –Demonstrate knowledge of the NBA and WNBA – past and present – during a multi-player, real-time contest
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TikibirdLand17 days ago

Oh, I thought that photo was from the interior of the Halycion. My bad.

*Grand Admiral Thrawn*18 days ago

Just make it into a interactive Walt Disney museum. Plus it could have exhibits based on the company and on old park rides as well.

GimpYancIent18 days ago

To be honest unless it is turned into some kind of immersive IP experience, not long.

John park hopper18 days ago

How long do you think it would last as a super value resort ?

GimpYancIent18 days ago

Wow! You may have stimulated the Disney powers that be into imaginEaring a super value resort concept. Show care what you may start!

Lilofan18 days ago

Better make that extra large sleeping pods. The ones in Japan would not fit a number of body types if it was built in our country.

John park hopper18 days ago

Convert into Japanese style sleep pods for a truly value resort vacation. The current value resorts are anything but value these days touch of sarcasm

Hakunamatata19 days ago

Like a churro stand.

LSLS19 days ago

It'd be a great place for a big interactive arcade.

GimpYancIent19 days ago

I hope it is quietly covered in scrim and the space repurposed to something worthwhile.

Hakunamatata20 days ago

With the way their ratings have gone they may just put up a churro stand.

Cmdr_Crimson20 days ago

So has their been any news of the fate of the NoBody Around Experience?

NunuJan 27, 2020

Rest in peace NBA's legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Here's hoping NBA at DS puts up a tribute of some kind, celebrating Kobe's life and achievements.

ZachPLJan 07, 2020

I feel like disney should have tried a little harder with some of the games, I mean look at this, this looks fun
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