Next summer, the long-anticipated NBA Experience will debut at Disney Springs. Today, we’re learning new details about the project, which comes of a collaboration between the NBA and Walt Disney Imagineering.

  • Opening in the area once home to Disney Quest, the NBA Experience is said to feature hands-on activities that will immerse guests into the world of professional basketball.
  • At the NBA Experience, guests will “get a glimpse into the atmosphere at the NBA Draft, participate in their own scouting reports, go through pregame preparations, and step onto the court to make clutch shots and highlight reel-worthy slam dunks.”
  • Some of the other highlights guests will get to partake in 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.
  • Also included in the NBA Experience is a retail store, which will feature exclusive NBA-themed merchandise designed by Disney.
  • Not mentioned in this latest press release is a restaurant that was originally announced to be part of the complex.
  • However, City Works Eatery & Pour House, also opening in summer 2019, will be located next to NBA Experience.
  • The NBA Experience opens at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World next summer.

What they’re saying:

  • Stan Dodd, Executive Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering: “Developed with the NBA, and inspired by the league’s 29 arenas around the country, NBA Experience will highlight the heart-pounding action and excitement of the NBA world. From training simulations and clock-racing competitions to fan-favorite NBA moments – we’re bringing new experiences and thrilling games to life to make fans truly feel like a star player.”
  • Salvatore LaRocca, President, Global Partnerships, NBA: “The Walt Disney Imagineering team has unparalleled expertise in creating best-in-class attractions for the millions of guests who visit their parks each year. The NBA Experience will be a destination for basketball fans from all over the world, and we are excited to partner with Disney to bring new and lifelong fans closer to the game.”
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