One day after confirming the closure of the Magic of Disney Animation pavilion at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney World today confirmed that DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney's West Side will close by next year.
The last of a planned chain of Disney-themed interactive virtual reality arcades, Orlando's DisneyQuest will close to make way for the previously announced NBA Experience restaurant and attraction that will open in the refurbished and rebranded Disney Springs shopping and dining area at the resort. The NBA City restaurant at Universal Orlando's CityWalk will close in August.Tweet
It was really a disappointment, and to think I paid extra for my annual pass just for this because I don't use the water parks.
Hate to see it go, but it was just abandoned in place anyway,
They should have made it an ESPN zone a long time ago. They could have made the boardwalk location the ESPN classic bar or the Ocho taco bar.
If NBA city can't work at Universal I really don't see it working at Disney because just having NBA in its name will turn off some families and the NBA's market seems more in line with the Universal crowd. Plus at least with ESPN they could easily change what sports they focus on with the sports in season.
As with ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney in Anaheim, this is a terrible idea. If I wanted to stop for NBA crap, I'd just go to the mall.
While I would prefer an ESPN Zone replace DQ, the NBA experience will do. And trust me, not every television will be on the NBA. Remember, they have an off season.
I second the motion to relocate those classic arcades to a place inspired either by Tron, as mentioned, or Wreck-It Ralph. I believe it would be a great hit. This arcade should keep the idea of charging a single fee to enter and play. It should remain a part of the Water Park Fun & More options (last time I only got WPF&M because of DisneyQuest as it was winter and we wouldn’t go to any water parks!)
And PotC: Battle for Buccaneer Gold should also be relocated to this arcade or even to Magic Kingdom beside the major Adventureland attraction!
I wish I could go to WDW before DQ closes, but I won’t be able to visit in the next year at least!
RIP DisneyQuest! You’ll be missed!
I Respond: What makes you draw that conclusion? There is certainly a strong symbiotic relationship between Disney and the NBA brand. Broadcast rights for the NBA are held by Disney ABC. Disney's ownership of ESPN further strengthens the relationship and the potential of a themed restaurant/attraction in Downtown Disney.
Of course when it's complete, the Disney Springs development will draw substantial crowds and -- as far as I can recall -- there are no sports themed restaurants in that complex.
Toss into the mix that the NBA as a franchise is experiencing an extraordinary level of success. From deadline Hollywood: "The 2015 NBA Finals have turned into a slam dunk for ABC. With the final numbers for last night’s clincher Game 6 win by the Golden State Warriors now in, the 9 PM – Midnight ET court battle has pulled in an 8.9/26 among adults 18-49 with a massive 23.3 million total viewers."
Some may consider these circumstances to be a promising sign for the new addition to Disney Springs.
Perhaps you could explain how you came to the conclusion that the NBA concept for Disney Springs would not merely fall short of expectations, but rather (using your words) "will fail miserably?"
But for me it do not make any sense to have a Disney Quest in Orlando (or LA,Tokio, Paris), since there are already big Disney's parks there.
Disney should re-think the possibility to have small indoors theme parks in other cities.
But the biggest question is this: Why do you do all the construction in Westside and then come back and do Disney Quest, then do Marketplace construction and once that is complete come back and start doing demo on the properties that were actually already closed last and ensure that guest will have to walk through construction for the foreseeable future between to virtually complete areas.
Also why does it take longer it seems to complete The Castle Hub as it takes Universal to build entire rides.
I Respond: Why does it matter?
While I understand their are certain logistics issues with doing construction in the MK due to its hours of operations. This projects schedule seems to be more dictated by bookkeeping than immediate guest experience concerns.
As for Disney Quest, I sure will miss it, it was a tremendous amount of fun.
I Respond: I don't remember any specific, credible reported information that has indicated that the construction schedule was dictated by bookkeeping. But regardless, why does the pace of construction matter? What has been the visible detrimental impact to Disney's business model -- brand or bottom line?
Yes, it will be an NBC Sports Network bar & grill.
The NBA addition at Downtown Disney will do well at first because it is new. But, over time, it will have the same luster as the Universal version. Look at DisneyQuest and their crazy pricing. Is this going to be a museum, restaurant, etc...
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