It’s true that Basketball fans will soon be enjoying their favorite game of sport with the Mouse. The NBA Experience is coming to Disney Springs in the summer of 2019. The all-new one-of-a-kind NBA Experience is replacing the recently shut down DisneyQuest attraction (closed on July 3, 2017). And while the old DisneyQuest building is getting demolished, we have exciting revelations to share about an upcoming attraction. Just take a look at the concept art by Disney and it will tell a lot about an experience full of energy and entertainment. The entire area is transforming into a massive, state-of-the-art sporting and entertainment structure, inspired by the architecture and design of modern NBA arenas around the country.
Thanks to the Disney creators in taking the basketball experience to the next level. The newly designed building is expected to be a flawless and fun connect to the NBA like never before, featuring interactive games and competitions, immersive experiences, a retail store, and an adjacent NBA restaurant. It promises to combine the magic of both Disney and NBA for the first time. Truly, the new NBA attraction is another initiative on part of the company in taking forward its biggest ever transformation of Disney Springs. The NBA Experience will surely add on to the spirit and energy to the West Side area of Disney Springs. For more on NBA Experience you can visit the Disney parks blog.
The decision to include NBA as one of Disney World attractions is not new. There were announcements on this back in the 2015 when the company reveals plans of closing DisneyQuest and replacing it with the new NBA Experience. Today, the NBA project is speculated as one of Disney’s largest ever initiative in creating branded experiences as well. Universal Orlando has taken a lead already in this regard when they opened a branded experience for NBC’s Tonight Show, namely the ride attraction – Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The NBA’s association with Orlando theme parks is not new. It was a part of Universal’s City Walk as the NBA City restaurant. Also when Universal CityWalk was first opened, NBC (now a part of Universal) owned the NBA’s broadcast rights. At present those broadcast rights are property of Disney-owned ABC. And so is the new NBA Experience is coming to Disney now.
The New Year comes with as many new attractions and experiences for theme park fans. At the Central Florida theme parks there is a whole new list of upcoming projects to look for. Some of the top projects expected to open in 2018 include – the most anticipated Toy Story Land and the show with “Up” characters at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom Park. Debuting in spring 2018 is the Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando. Also include are the Fast & Furious — Supercharged and Aventura hotel at Universal Orlando and more.
Expected to open by summer 2018, the Toy Story Land is a huge initiative by Disney in terms of themed land attraction. The 11 acre land is entirely based on toys, featuring characters from the popular “Toy Story” movies, such as Woody’s Lunch Box eatery, the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and last but not the least the spinning ride called Alien Swirling Saucers and more. Again the all-new show with “Up” characters at Animal Kingdom is another exciting 2018 offer. Where we will meet the Senior Wilderness Explorer Russel and his canine companion Dug as they take over the Caravan Theater, discovering the amazing winged species from around the world in their newest adventure.
Come spring 2018, Universal Orlando fans will be able to immerse into the world of the “Fast & Furious” with cars, characters and music from the blockbuster film series. The story involves high-speed race as you take a bus ride to an after-race party. The Aventura is another top of the line Universal highlights for 2018. Slated to open in August 2018, Aventura is Universal’s sixth onsite hotel, featuring a 16 story tower of glass, 600 guest rooms, including 13 suites for kids and first rooftop bar and grill.
For SeaWorld Orlando guests, there is an all-new twisting raft ride – Infinity Falls, expected to come in the spring of 2018. With a record 40 – feet drop, Infinity Falls promises an unusual river adventure. The journey starts with an elevator lift of eight passengers in a river, followed by the pulse pounding drop and into the rain-forest with interactive stations and more.
If you are planning to visit your favorite park in 2018, then like always it’s better to do it in advance. You have guaranteed savings on advance bookings of special packages and tickets. For more discounts on tickets you can also visit the Officialticketcenter.com
Starting January 31, 2018 Universal Orlando is adding a new night-time story to its ever-popular Harry Potter experience that will run throughout the year on select dates. Named as “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle“, the new show will transform the entire Hogwarts castle into a dazzling delight, featuring world class projection mapping with special effects, lighting and original scores from the Harry Potter films. For the first time Universal guests will be able to watch the four houses of Hogwarts (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin) come to life in such amazing display of lights right on the exteriors of the massive castle.
The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show is Universal’s second projection mapping initiative at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction. Earlier it’s “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” show that had stunned holiday guests visiting the centerpiece attraction in the Hogsmeade area, in the Islands of Adventure section of the Resort. The new show will run on select nights beginning January 31 to February 5, 2018. And then again from February 7 to February 12, 2018, and continue through the year with more dates yet to be announced.
Moreover, guests visiting the attraction on select dates can enjoy the show anytime as it runs continuously throughout the evening. The Resort also offers a preview of the show prior to its official opening on January 31, 2018. During “A Celebration of Harry Potter” on January 27 and 28, 2018, guests at the Park will enjoy an exclusive glimpse of the new show. Also those with the special Harry Potter vacation package, it’s a great opportunity to catch the excitement before it actually opens for the regular park visitors. Package holders can be a part of the exclusive preview on January 26, 2018.
For Universal fans living on the West Coast the night-time Hogwarts show may not be a new one. The experience is already available at Universal Studios Hollywood since June 2017. It’s about a five minute long show, featuring a series of awe-inspiring images that puts you in the middle of a Potter adventure that you never want to miss. You will see each of the Hogwarts four houses come to life with their own unique stories.
Given the popularity of The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show in the West Coast, the response is expected to go even further at the new Orlando version of the show. Truly, it’s a great opportunity to watch the massive castle transforms into a living centerpiece of Potter adventures. Never ever the four houses of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is celebrated in such amazing display of lights and sounds.
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