Decorative Panels Removed From NBA Experience at Disney Springs


Crews have begun removing the large, silver decorative panels that once adorned the exterior of the former NBA Experience. This move comes after Disney filed a permit for the demolition of the short-lived attraction.

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The NBA Experience opened its doors in August 2019, taking the place of the beloved DisneyQuest. However, its lifespan was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Disney Springs closed its doors in March 2020, the NBA Experience never reopened. The official announcement of the attraction’s permanent closure didn’t come until August 2021, despite layoffs of NBA Experience Cast Members occurring in October 2020. n 2022, the building saw a brief revival by hosting a limited-time “Star Wars” VR experience, but its future remains uncertain.

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The now-bare exterior of the building reveals the remaining supports for the silver panels. With the removal of the panels, Disney Springs loses a piece of its recent history. While the NBA Experience may not have achieved the lasting success Disney had hoped for, it served as a reminder of the company’s constant evolution and its willingness to try new things. Now, with a blank canvas, we can only wait and see what exciting plans Disney has in store for this location.

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