Removal of NBA Experience theming underway at Disney Springs

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The NBA Experience facade removal - April 2024
Posted: Thursday April 18, 2024 10:35am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Work is now underway on removing the large basketball wrap-around mural covering on the building that was once home to the short-lived NBA Experience at Disney Springs.

Crews have been removing large sections of the facade overnight. At this point, the project is about halfway completed. The video screen remains, as does the video ribbon that lines the building and City Works.

Disney has been actively looking for new tenants, and several options have been explored for the large building, but Disney has yet to announce a replacement.

Recently, the facility has been used as a temporary popup location for Meta Quest and later as office space for the Summer House on the Lake opening.

The NBA Experience closed along with the rest of Walt Disney World at the height of the pandemic and did not reopen; Disney announced in August 2021 that the NBA Experience would not reopen and is now permanently closed.

The NBA Experience opened on the West Side at Disney Springs in August 2019, replacing DisneyQuest, and struggled to gain a footing among guests. Operated by Disney, several attempts were made to boost attendance, including discounted tickets and bundling admission with other passes.

There were more than 13 interactive basketball activities available - including dunk, shot, dribble, slingshot, and arcades. Pricing was $34 at the time of closing.

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J45462 days ago

ive talked about the minigolf courses before and ill say it again, disney should build a new IJ themed ruinous temple mini golf course by typhoon lagoon and also film a celebrity chartity putt putt show on D+

Bocabear2 days ago

Indoor mini golf with cocktails... What could be more fun than that? I was surprised that the Disney Mini Golf courses were so bland considering it is DISNEY.... I always expected them to be remarkable.... but they never really were...

Cmdr_Crimson2 days ago

DISNEY: we Have Minature golf at Home..

Bocabear2 days ago

PuttShack is a great new concept...Miniature golf...High tech scoring plus food and cocktails...the one in Atlanta I have been too was a lot of fun, and very popular... They have the bowling already...Why not a PuttShack....and I know Disney doesn't want to own any businesses at Disney Springs anymore, but a really well themed version of Putt Shack using Disney IP and characters...and keeping the food and cocktails would be amazing and a great thing to do on rainy days...or any day for that matter...

Cmdr_Crimson2 days ago

I still think the idea of theming it around Wreck It Ralph would be a better way to go and calling it. A BarCade and Grill where each subsection is based around Sports, Action, Fighting..Etc.

Cmdr_Crimson2 days ago

Problem is they already have bowling at the Springs and Round1's other half of it's business is that...

eddie10416 days ago

Probably expanded too fast and now experiencing being somewhat of a Covid casualty.

danlb_200017 days ago

Round1 has been expanding a lot in the US and they currently only have one location in Florida, might be a good option for them.

Comped18 days ago

D&B are apparently, from what I've heard, been in a bit of financial trouble post-pandemic. They've had ample chance to expand their offerings in Orlando (we're probably the biggest destination that doesn't have 2 locations), but keep using their extremely small offering on I-Drive as their only location and seem uninterested in opening a 2nd location. The one all the way out in Daytona is surprisingly big...

SoFloMagic19 days ago


Cmdr_Crimson19 days ago

We had that at Woodfield mall at one point... Let's just say...

MisterPenguin19 days ago

Starfleet forbids it.

Cmdr_Crimson19 days ago

So, why haven't they brought it back to WDW? I recall pop century having a redemption booth at one point but, then they were removed..Same thing when they had the Midway on the moon section at Disneyquest..It was weird laying redemption games but no prizes.,Thus also happened in the Chicago based one as well..

MisterPenguin19 days ago

Old article. Law was changed to allow such penny ante stuff that was 'skill based' and not having a random element.... Are arcades legal in Florida? That depends on what games they offer. Arcades that offer video or physical games of skill that allow you to win tokens or tickets to be exchanged for prizes are covered by Florida's Family Amusement Games Act, so heading out to Chuck E. Cheese or Dave & Buster's is fine. But if the game includes a randomized element, such as a random chance as to which prize you can win — even if the outcome relies on skill — it's considered a game of chance and is illegal under the regulations against slot machines. In 2016 a court ruled against the Palms II internet cafe in Ocala that featured such games, saying that the random element brought them under the law against “any game . . . of chance, at any place, by any device whatever, for money or other thing of value.”