We originally discovered in the summer of 2015 that The NBA Experience was going to take over DisneyQuest, (that was even part of the reason they closed the NBA City restaurant at Universal CityWalk at that time.)
Now, nearly a year and a half later, Walt Disney World is officially announcing that DisneyQuest will be closing. As part of their multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, DisneyQuest will shut its doors for good on July 3, 2017.
DisneyQuest originally opened in the summer of 1998, boasting high-tech games, virtual reality experiences, and classic arcade fun. While experiences like CyberSpace Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold were quite successful, not much innovation has taken place since its opening, nor many new attractions been added, which may have helped DisneyQuest’s popularity to wane.
No word yet on an opening time frame for the forthcoming NBA Experience.
From the Official Announcement:
Until July 3, DisneyQuest will continue to offer a great interactive experience for all guests. Disney fans of classic arcade game favorites and virtual worlds featured at the indoor theme park are invited to come out and enjoy the experiences.
As we’ve previously shared, The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort will be a one-of-a-kind basketball-themed experience featuring hands-on activities that put guests of all ages right in the middle of NBA game action. There will be immersive NBA video productions and numerous interactive experiences, as well as a restaurant and a retail store.