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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Jon81ukAug 22, 2021

Charging using the bad wasn’t that different compared to charging using the Key to the World card really. Just a different device to tap/swipe.

Hawkeye_2018Aug 21, 2021

Covid. Also, once opened the word quickly got out that this place was way overpriced for the experience

vikescaperAug 21, 2021

Coming soon to the former NBA Experience, Disney Genie+ Experience.

HeppenheimerAug 20, 2021

I love that the photo shows the building appropriately empty.

John park hopperAug 20, 2021

So. where are all the original posters when this was announced saying the NBA experience was going to be a big success ----what happened

insert name hereAug 20, 2021

How long was this actually open? Less than a year?

UNCgolfAug 20, 2021

It's at Disney Springs; they can get rent money for it. They'll find someone to use that building ASAP! It's not like it's in one of the theme parks where abandoning attraction/retail/dining space for years is no big deal.

MisterPenguinAug 20, 2021

They're adding a bunch of Roomba ports to keep the shuttered building clean over the next decade.

DCBakerAug 20, 2021

LilofanAug 18, 2021

I remember back in the day that the phone booth outside was very popular . When the beepers we were going off, it was the closest phone to answer a page. Bring lots of quarters.

cranbizAug 18, 2021

I know exactly whats replacing the NBA Experience. I'm surprised it's stayed quiet this long. Wait for it.

cranbizAug 18, 2021

Or riding on my bus at 0200.

bpiperAug 18, 2021

I believe it and the hotel behind it are safe from the demolition.

LilofanAug 18, 2021

Good bye waffle House