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NEWS: Disney Releases New Details on NBA Experience Coming to Disney Springs

Disney has released new details and concept are for the new NBA Experience set to open the summer of 2019 in Disney Springs. After years of development and multiple stops and starts, the experience is finally coming to completion. Check out all the details on the new attraction that is sure to be a hit with fans of the United States third most popular sport. Details below.


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Jeremy Schoolfield:

I’ve loved basketball since I was little, and like millions of other kids around the world, I dreamed of what it would be like to play in the NBA. The plastic hoop in my parents’ basement was the scene of countless slam-dunk competitions, as I mimicked the high-flying moves of my favorite players.

In summer 2019, NBA Experience will open at Disney Springs and allow kids of all ages (including yours truly) the chance to live out those dreams in a whole new way. Developed by Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with the NBA, this one-of-a-kind destination will feature hands-on activities that highlight the action and excitement of professional basketball.

NBA Experience will be full of thrills, whether you’re a lifelong fan like me or you’re brand new to the game. When you step inside this immersive environment next year, you will:

  • 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

To top it all off, you’ll be able to explore a retail store featuring exclusive NBA-themed merchandise designed by Disney.

RELATED ARTICLE: 10 Favorite Things We Love Doing at Disney Springs

by Mike and Jamie Sylvester

Shopping, dining, entertainment, new happenings, the place to be – that’s right, we’re talking about Disney Springs! Take a stroll with us through Disney Springs as we whittled down our favorites into a list of 10 things we love to do.


10 – AMC Dine-In Theater

This isn’t just your typical movie theater, it’s the AMC Dine-In Theater! Catch new release films while dining and drinking during the show. No, not just popcorn, snacks and slushies, but dine on full-blown delicious entrees, desserts, and specialty drinks. While this is a fun experience for the whole family, it is also the perfect “dinner and a movie” date night!

9 – The BOATHOUSE Amphicar

The Boathouse restaurant is really making a splash for all the right reasons! Popular for its awesome atmosphere and spectacular food, the Boathouse also has something unlike most of us has ever seen before! If you stand by The Boathouse dock area, you might just see a car drive into the water! No need to panic, however, as the Boathouse has what is known as Amphicars. The Boathouse’s Amphicars are vintage looking vehicles that can drive on the road and serve as a boat in the water! Tours take place between 10am-10pm (weather permitting) and costs $125 per car, for a 20-minute tour.

Ampicar Launch

8 – Let the Inner Child Out!

We are bundling two fun experience to let your inner child out which really isn’t too difficult to do at Disney Springs! First, head to The LEGO Store for an overwhelming look at LEGO galore! Build at the hands-on tables outside or head inside to explore and purchase what you can turn into a masterpiece later. We love checking out the huge Disney LEGO models around the outside of the shop. Once you’ve gotten your LEGO fix, head over near the T-REX restaurant to Build-A-Dino by Build-A-Bear Workshop. These little plush dinos are super cute and a blast to assemble!

7 – Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Maybe you’ve had the opportunity to dine at Splitsville. If so, you’ve likely been amazed at their vast menu and variety of food selections too! Plus, Splitsville’s drink menu with their full bar on-site is great. But, why not check out the Splitsville Luxury Lanes while you are there! This isn’t your typical bowling alley, but instead a trendy, retro atmosphere with fantastic upbeat music. Even the lanes themselves are pristine! Bring the family down for a fun evening of dining and bowling.


6 – Coca-Cola Store

Recently opening in Town Center at Disney Springs, the Coca-Cola Store is bubbling with folks wanting to share their love for Coca-Cola! Just one look at the exterior of this massive retail store and you’ll want to go in to see what’s inside. Make your way to the rooftop beverage bar which allows guests to taste Coca-Cola brands from around the world. Plus, the Coca-Cola polar bear will be visiting Disney Springs to greet guests heading to and from the Coca-Cola store. In the words of Coca-Cola – get ready to “Taste the Feeling”!

5 – Get Your Star Wars On

We surely aren’t the only Star Wars fans (ok, maybe nerds) out there! We love to get our Star Wars on while visit Disney Springs. Shop at the Star Wars Galactic Outpost to purchase all that merchandise that makes your friends roll their eyes. Then go one step further and visit the store Once Upon a Toy where you can build your very own lightsaber!! If you are an adult and someone looks at you like you are crazy for making a lightsaber, just remind them that you are at Disney and it’s ok! Or you can just say you’re making it for your child… or niece… or nephew… whatever works.


4 – Raglan Road Live Entertainment

If you are looking for a true pub atmosphere, Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant is the place to be. The best part is that 7 nights a week (weather permitting) Raglan Road presents live entertainment that definitely makes it worth stopping for a drink and attempting to dance along if you’d like! Award-winning dancers kick up their feet to some true Irish tunes. It’s an all-around cheerful time to be Irish – or at least pretend like you are!

3 – Sprinkles ATM

Sprinkles is a bakery located in the new Town Center. They have incredible gourmet cupcakes that come in all sorts of flavors and with all sorts of toppings. The very best part… outside of their shop is a Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. That’s right – put the money in and out comes a cupcake masterpiece. CUPCAKE… ATM…. Do we really need to say anything else about this one?

Sprinkles ATM

2 – World of Disney

The World of Disney store is like a typical Disney gift shop you’ll find at the theme parks or at a Disney Resort, except in GIGANTIC SIZE!! We swear all of Disney’s merchandise has landed at World of Disney just awaiting you to fill your shopping bags. With its new redesign, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for in this wondrous world of Disney accessories, apparel, housewares, and goodies.

1 – Aerophile

The moment you’ve been waiting for… our number one spot of things we love doing at Disney Springs goes to Aerophile (formerly Characters in Flight). Ascend 400 feet in the air as you hover over Disney Springs in the world’s largest tethered helium balloon! View sites around Disney World and better understand the lay of the land, as park icons appear in the distance on a clear day. This one is worth conquering your fear of heights for!

What do you love to do at Disney Springs? We’d love to hear from you!

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After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!