Themed Elements Removed From NBA Experience at Disney Springs

Shannen Ace

Panels gone from NBA Experience

Themed Elements Removed From NBA Experience at Disney Springs

Four years after permanently closing the NBA Experience at Disney Springs, Disney has begun to remove some of the building’s theming.

NBA Experience Construction

The exterior of the former NBA Experience at Disney Springs.

The NBA Experience took over what was previously DisneyQuest. As the NBA Experience, the building featured a wave of large silver panels across the roof’s edge. These began on the corner above City Works Eatery & Pour House, then wrapped around the front of the building.

Theming panels removed from NBA Experience.

About half of the panels remain, all above City Works.

Removed theming on the exterior of the NBA Experience.

After City Works, the panels abruptly end before reaching the large screen on the side of the building. They previously continued all the way down to the next corner.

A look at the bracket holes for the exterior theming.

There are holes at the edge of the building where the elements used to hang.

Another angle of the bracket holes for the exterior theming.

The building is still covered in blue and gray rectangles.

Two metal beams on the upper corner of the NBA Experience.

Two metal beams remain before the corner of the building.

A close-up of the metal beams.

For comparison, see a 2020 photo of the building below.

NBA Experience in 2020
NBA Experience in May 2020

The NBA Experience opened in August 2019 and saw poor attendance for its entire run. In March 2020, it closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and never reopened. In October 2020, all Cast Members working at the location were laid off but Disney didn’t announce the permanent closure until August 2021.

For a short time in 2022, the building was used for a “Star Wars” VR experience.

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