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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:15 pm
by DallasAlvey
TPR was invited out to Amway Center for the Grand Opening announcement of the NBA Experience as well as hear more about the new offering at Disney Springs!

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Press Release:
-NBA Experience, the brand-new destination coming to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, officially opens Aug. 12, 2019. The NBA Experience will give guests the chance to feel like a basketball superstar.
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"When we were young, we played basketball in our driveways or in the park, creating those
imaginary moments of making the game-winning shot for a championship," said Stan Dodd, executive producer, Walt Disney Imagineering. "We want to take that energy and help you feel what it's like to be an actual NBA or WNBA player."

In collaboration with the NBA, Disney is developing NBA Experience as a one-of-a-kind environment packed with 13 interactive elements and hands-on activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors. Upon entry, guests will feel as if they're walking through the players' tunnel at an NBA or WNBA arena. A ticket to NBA Experience grants access to every activity, in any order guests choose, with the ability to return to stations to improve performances or learn even mor e about the game, players and teams they love. In addition to the competitions and games, the experience will also include a retail store featuring NBA-themed merchandise.

Additional elements of the destination include:
• A slam dunk challenge, where guests can change the height of a standard 10-foot hoop to as low as seven feet to perform their own superstar moves - captured by burst photography.
• An activity that tests shooting skills with spots on a court that light up as guests move from one location to another attempting to sink as many shots as possible in 15 seconds.
• A way for guests to see how they stack up to some of the world's best basketball players by measuring their vertical leap, wingspan, shooting and dribbling.
• Personalization for various activities with guests' names and associating the activity with their favorite NBA or WNBA teams.
• Real-time technology to aggregate statistics of NBA and WNBA games and players for continuous updates, while leaderboards will track top NBA Experience performers throughout each day.


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Mickey’s here and ready for basketball!

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It’s game time at AmwayCenter!


Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:58 pm
by Jew
As a sports fan, I love stuff like this! I hope it does well and they leverage the partnership with player appearances, contests for tickets, etc.

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:47 pm
by Halian
I think they should have overhauled DisneyQuest instead, but I'm not sure how much of that opinion is owed to ① not being an NBA fan ② being underwhelmed by NBA City at Universal.

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:16 pm
by coasterbill
DallasAlvey wrote:guests can change the height of a standard 10-foot hoop to as low as seven feet to perform their own superstar moves


I'm skeptical.

Disney Magic is amazing but even the best Imagineers in the world can't help me do anything with a basketball that any sane / sober person would refer to as a "superstar move".

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:58 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:26 pm
by robbalvey
On Tuesday, April 23rd, acclaimed celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck, will be bringing his flagship restaurant, Spago, to Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Disney Springs for a one night only special dinner event. Guests will be able to experience Chef Wolfgang Puck’s classic Spago dishes like the Smoked Salmon Pizza, Tuna Cones, and his Wienerschnitzel.

Wolfgang Puck will also be bringing some of his talented chefs from Spago Beverly Hills, CUT at the Rosewood and Wolfgang Puck American Grill, to present The Spago Experience.

Dinner reservations will go from 5 pm – 10 pm with a pre-fix menu of $98/per person.

Link to book: https://www.sevenrooms.com/reservations/wolfgangorlando?default_date=2019-04-23&default_time=5:00PM

Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:40 pm
by Jew
CUT is one of my favorite restaurants in Vegas...I am sure this will be a spectacular event!

Love that more high end dining is coming to Disney Springs!