What’s Next for the Former NBA Experience at Disney Springs?

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Hey there, Disney vacationers and NBA fans! Have you heard the latest rumblings from the heart of Disney Springs? It seems like the former NBA Experience building is gearing up for a bit of a transformation, and I’m here to dive into all the juicy details. So, grab your Mickey ears and basketball jerseys as we explore what’s happening and reminisce about the short-lived but memorable NBA Experience at Disney.

A Glimpse into the Future

A newly filed permit by Disney has sparked quite the conversation among the Disney community. The document hints at “General construction/demo” work in the pipeline for the old NBA Experience locale, with Adena, a name familiar to Disney project followers, listed as the contractor. For those not in the loop, Adena has been behind some of Disney’s most iconic recent additions, including the mesmerizing installations at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Pandora: The World of Avatar. Their recent magic touch at EPCOT for the World Celebration and the Journey of Water – Inspired by Moana, only adds to the excitement.

But what does this mean for the NBA Experience space? While the permit keeps us guessing, the mention of demolition suggests changes are afoot, albeit likely minor due to the shared space with CityWorks restaurant. Speculation is rife that Disney is prepping the venue for a new tenant, necessitating a revamp of the bespoke NBA Experience interiors.

A Trip Down Memory Lane: The NBA Experience

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the NBA Experience’s journey. Open for just over 200 days before the pandemic’s onset, the attraction faced an untimely closure, with Disney announcing its permanent shutdown on August 16, 2021. Conceived as a passion project by Bob Iger, the NBA Experience aimed to merge the global appeal of the NBA with Disney’s magical touch. This wasn’t the only dance between the NBA and Disney; remember the NBA’s “bubble” playoffs at Walt Disney World during COVID-19?

Post-closure, Disney explored new ways to utilize the space, notably partnering with MetaQuest in Summer 2022 for a VR showcase. Since then, the space has seen minimal use, sparking curiosity about its future.

What’s Next for the Space?

The permit for interior modifications has everyone buzzing about potential announcements. Disney Springs’ West End has seen a resurgence, thanks in part to new additions like Summer House on the Lake. A revamped space in the former NBA Experience could further elevate the area, drawing guests with the promise of something fresh and exciting.

Final Thoughts

While we await official news, the speculation and anticipation build. The former NBA Experience at Disney Springs holds a treasure trove of memories and potential. Whether you were a fan of the original concept or are looking forward to its next incarnation, one thing is clear: Disney Springs continues to evolve, promising new adventures and experiences for all who visit.

Stay tuned, folks! Disney has a knack for surprises, and the next chapter for the former NBA Experience building is sure to be an exciting one. Who knows? We might just be on the brink of welcoming a new headline experience that will take Disney Springs to new heights.

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I’m a die-hard Disney fan with 38 years of visits under my belt, having stepped into Disney World 120+ times. Proud to be a Disney Annual Passholder, a Vacation Club member since ’92, a Castaway Club Member, and a runDisney enthusiast. Oh, and I’ve graduated from the Disney College of Knowledge. Need Disney insights or planning tips? I’m your guy!


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