Today is the official grand opening of the new NBA Experience at Disney Springs!
So, we thought we’d explore the new experience together so you could see if you think it’s a slam dunk or a total air ball…
Today, we had the opportunity to attend the grand opening and of course, Mickey and Minnie came out in style.
A few NBA players, Bob Iger, Rachel Nichols, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also attended the event.
So now, let’s dribble up and down the court as we explore this new entertainment opportunity.
The goal of the NBA Experience is to make you truly feel as if you were an NBA star.
From the theming to the experiences, we really feel they have done well in this area!
We did really feel like we were in the middle of a real NBA court.
The NBA Experience is two stories — below is a photo of the map for the event!
Now let’s dive into the experiences!
At Dribble!, participants scan a card and an NBA player comes up on the screen and talks about how to dribble.
Each player receives a card once they purchase a ticket and guests will tap it at each experience to participate.
Dribble! will determine your accuracy and your score will be recorded for you when you leave and come back again.
There are five levels in this experience, and there are three different balls to choose from: youth, NBA, and WNBA.
In Draft, you get to live out your draft fantasies by standing next to the NBA commissioner himself, Mr. Adam Silver.
In Dunk!, you will find 1o courts and you will have 60 seconds to shoot as many hoops as you can.
The height of the basket can be changed from 7-10 feet.
You can also choose the size of your ball during this activity. You’ll also have the opportunity to snap a few fun dunk photos.
Taking us back to our Disney Quest days, the NBA Experience also has an arcade.
Here you will find shooting games and an area for the kiddos.
There’s also a Slingshot activity that will allow you to shoot balls into hoops using well, a slingshot.
The Trivia area allows you to test your NBA and WNBA knowledge through different games.
How much NBA knowledge do you have?
Shoot! is meant to reenact the last 15 seconds of a basketball game.
Lasers appear on the court and the guests attempt to make as many shots as they can in 15 seconds. A virtual crowd will cheer you on as the clock counts down.
In Replay, you will have the opportunity to make the final call as if you were a Replay Official yourself.
Four plays are shown and guests will have the opportunity to say if the call is correct or should be overruled.
What call will you make?!
In the Champions area, you can take photos with trophies and you can look up championship stats and info for different NBA and WNBA teams.
Honestly, this room is pretty awesome and makes for a great photo opportunity, whether you like basketball or not!
You will tap your card to begin, pose with the trophy, and snap a photo. Easy peasy!
Combine is an interactive experience that allows you to measure your wingspan, the height in which you can jump, and your shot accuracy to allow you to see how you would measure up in a draft.
Here, everyone’s a winner…even if you aren’t “drafted.”
Have you ever wanted to go into the locker room of a WBNA or NBA player? Well, now you can.
I mean, I feel like a “baller, shot caller” in here, don’t you?
Feel like you live as lavishly as the stars as you explore the locker room.
We hope you enjoyed exploring the NBA Experience with us! Tickets will cost you $34 for guests ages 10+ and $29 for guests ages 3-9. If you’re looking to shop but don’t necessarily want to visit the experience, there is also an NBA Experience Store — which you can learn more about here.
Overall, we think this will be a great place to visit as a family. There are a lot of opportunities to hang out and compete with each other, which we really enjoyed.
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Will you be checking out the NBA Experience on your next Disney World vacation? Let us know in the comments below!