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NBA Experience Thrills Guests With a Grand Opening at Walt Disney World Resort

The NBA Experience is officially open! Earlier this week, there was a real slam-dunk of a celebration at Disney Springs. Fans celebrating the grand opening of the NBA Experience with cheering, celebrity-guests, and current and former NBA and WNBA players.



Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was there to unveil the first-of-its-kind destination.

“NBA Experience lets everybody who loves the game, live it,” Bob said. “We’re excited to open the doors to a fun and unique experience for fans of all ages.”



The grand opening event was hosted by Rachel Nicols, who you may recognize from ESPN. The whole atmosphere of excitement was just like being in a basketball arena; complete with a DJ, T-shirt tosses, fan-cam and a dance performance.

And of course, it’s not a real celebration without an appearance from our favorite mice. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse cheered as confetti rained down toward the end of the ceremonial opening, which featured Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Grant Hill, along with NBA legend Dwyane Wade, Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez, Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem and WNBA legend Swin Cash, now the vice president of basketball operations and team development for the New Orleans Pelicans.



“I want to thank Bob Iger and the Walt Disney Imagineering team for capturing the authentic NBA experience at this landmark destination at Disney Springs,” Adam said. “Disney creates memorable experiences better than anyone, and we are thrilled to share the excitement of NBA basketball with fans and Walt Disney World guests from around the world.”

In collaboration with the NBA, Walt Disney Imagineering developed NBA Experience as an immersive, interactive venue. The high-energy environment is packed with 13 different basketball-related activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors. Here, guests can experience what it’s like to be selected in the NBA Draft and step onto the court to make clutch shots and highlight-worthy slam dunks. NBA Experience also provides ample opportunities to learn more about the NBA and WNBA via interactive displays, films and trivia. The unique destination offers something for guests of all ages.

Want to experience all the magic of the grand-opening event? You can watch the video HERE.

Will the brand new NBA Experience be a must-do stop on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation? Let me know in the comment section below.




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Monica V

Monica lives in Ann Arbor, MI. She is a former Disney Cast Member (via the Disney College Program Fall 2011) and a current Disney Addict.
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