NBA Experience at Disney Springs is now open

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Grant Hill and other basketball greats were on hand to open the new interactive play area.
Hosted by ESPN personality Rachel Nichols, the grand opening ceremony for Disney Springs’ new NBA Experience took place Monday in Lake Buena Vista. Courtesy of Walt Disney World.
Hosted by ESPN personality Rachel Nichols, the grand opening ceremony for Disney Springs’ new NBA Experience took place Monday in Lake Buena Vista. Courtesy of Walt Disney World.
Published August 13
Updated August 13

There was whole squad of sports stars on hand Monday for the NBA Experience at the Disney Springs shopping and entertainment center near Orlando.

The grand opening ceremony for the new interactive play area was hosted by ESPN personality Rachel Nichols and featured 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 star Swin Cash, now the vice president of basketball operations and team development for the New Orleans Pelicans.

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The attraction isn’t in a theme park at Walt Disney World, but at the dining and entertainment complex. For $29 to $34, visitors will find 13 basketball activities spread across two floors. On the ground level, an exhibit spotlighting NBA and WNBA players, the Combine experience and the NBA Store await. Upstairs there are more activities, including a dunking and slingshot experience and a basketball court where a game clock counts down your shots.

At Draft, visitors can also get a photo-op with the wax figure of NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being “drafted” by their favorite team.

The NBA Experience is located at 1486 Buena Vista Drive in Lake Buena Vista.

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