Disney's NBA Experience Is (Almost) Ready to Open
Disney is having one heck of a year when it comes to new attractions. The theme park giant is not only getting ready to unveil new parks for both “Toy Story” and “Star Wars,” but it’s also gearing up to launch a brand-new NBA experience for basketball fans everywhere.
In 2017, Disney announced a new partnership with the NBA to bring the NBA Experience attraction to Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida. On Monday this week during an Orlando Magic versus Philadelphia 76ers game, the two companies announced that the attraction will officially open on August 12, 2019.
According to Travel Pulse, the attraction will be home to more than a dozen different experiences and take up a whopping 44,000 square feet and two floors. Guests can experience it all with one single ticket.
The attractions, Travel Pulse reported, will include a slam dunk challenge, shooting skills competition, trivia, a 180-degree cinematic presentation showcasing the in-arena experience, and more.
“For everyone who’s dreamed of getting scouted, throwing down a monster jam or hitting a game-winning jumper, this unforgettable experience brings NBA thrills to life,” Disney said.
It added guests can “Walk through a players’ tunnel and step into the impressive replica of a modern-day NBA arena,” as well as try their hand at more than dozen games and challenges that “bring every angle of the player experience to life. Take on the Combine, brave the slam-dunk challenge and explore the film room and the locker room.”
As for the feeling Disney is hoping guests will get from the attraction, Stan Dodd, executive producer, Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a statement that it’s all about making people feel young again.
“When we were young, we played basketball in our driveways or in the park, creating those imaginary moments of making the game-winning shot for a championship,” he said. “We want to take that energy and help you feel what it's like to be an actual NBA or WNBA player.”