DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park will be closing its doors this summer to make way for an all new NBA Experience. The closing date was originally announced for 2016, yet Disney delayed closing the arcade destination when transition plans hit a snag. However, plans to convert the aging attraction appear to be back on track and a firm closing date has been announced by Disney. This is great news as Disney Quest is currently in such a state of disrepair it’s embarrassing.
Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Thomas Smith:
Our multi-year transformation of Disney Springs is continuing, and as you know, we’re bringing new experiences to the West Side Neighborhood, including The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort. Today, we wanted to share an update that to make way for this basketball-themed experience, the West Side area will be undergoing changes – beginning with the closure of DisneyQuest on July 3, 2017.
Until July 3, DisneyQuest will continue to offer a great interactive experience for all guests. Disney fans of classic arcade game favorites and virtual worlds featured at the indoor theme park are invited to come out and enjoy the experiences.
As we’ve previously shared, The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort will be a one-of-a-kind basketball-themed experience featuring hands-on activities that put guests of all ages right in the middle of NBA game action. There will be immersive NBA video productions and numerous interactive experiences, as well as a restaurant and a retail store.
Reaction to the announcement today has many Disney fans less than thrilled. While most agree DisneyQuest was certainly in need of a major refurbishment and cleaning, many fans simply don’t get the NBA Experience at Disney Springs. It just doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the transformation. Many also wonder if the basketball experience would have had a better home at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Many are also hoping that some of DisneyQuest’s attractions will be heading to Epcot’s Innoventions. What do you think? Will you be going to the NBA Experience? Let us know in the comments below.
RELATED ARTICLE: A Teen’s Top Five Attractions at Disney Quest
by Adelei N
DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park is a gamer’s dream destination. DisneyQuest has been a great addition to Disney Spring for a long time. Sadly, it will close in 2017. Before it closes for good, take the time to go check it out. Featuring five floors of fun including virtual worlds, 3D encounters and classic video games, you will have a great time and won’t regret going. Best of all, the games are free (with the price of admission) so you can play as much as you want. Admission is currently $47.93 for 10+. Here are a teen’s top five attractions at DisneyQuest.
5 – Classic Arcade Games
You can play all kinds of classic arcade games at the Replay Zone. Play old favorites like Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Space Invaders, Tron, Spy Hunter, Centipede, Asteroids, Q-Bert and Mario Bros. Out of everything at DisneyQuest this the most fun thing to do with your parents, because they’ll share tips and stories about when they played these games when they were teens!
4 – Animation Academy
Animation Academy teaches you to become a Disney Animator! An instructor leads you through the process of drawing a Disney characters, step by step. If you love art or just want to learn how to draw a certain character, I would do this. Depending on the character, the class is about an hour. This is one of my favorites.
3 – Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters
In a futuristic bumper car, you battle against other drivers. Add a co-pilot and you can scoop up “asteroids,” load them in your blaster and attack other cars. A hit will send the other car spinning for about 10 seconds! This is a really fun ride. I would absolutely ride this with a friend or a family member; it makes the game a whole lot easier. A warning to those with motion sickness! Repeated hits can keeps a cars spinning and spinning. Ride only if your stomach can handle it. My mom learned this the hard way!
2 – Cyber Space Mountain
If you like roller coasters you’ll love this attraction. You design your own virtual roller coaster and then ride it. If you don’t like loops or fast speeds, you can choose how you would like to ride. Now I love roller coasters, so I go as fast as I can and do as many loops as I can possibly fit in one ride. I would definitely do this one.
1 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold
This game is my favorite thing to do at DisneyQuest. You board your own Pirate Ship and become a Pirate. What I love about this game is that it gets harder throughout the day so you have more of a challenge. Its perfect for a party of five, each choosing their position on the deck. You’ll need a captain to steer and others to fire cannons at the enemy! If you’re on your own you can still ride, but you’ll be put with another group.
Again, DisneyQuest is a great spot for teens and families with so much to do it’s impossible to get board. Be sure to visit soon before is closes to make way for a new attraction.