DisneyQuest to Close at Walt Disney World
Another day, another attraction closing at the Walt Disney World Resort.
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.
The pace and scope of Disney construction is just amazing!
Yeah, Pleasure island closed in 2008. It's pretty amazing alright.
So, I am more than happy to have done it with my son this Easter. Although not a landmark attraction, there's always that strange feeling when something linked to personal memories close at WDW...
One less reason to visit WDW.
I have never been inside Disney Quest because I thought the price to get in was crazy. Last time I looked at the price to enter was 30 dollars I think.
Amazing yes indeed. I'm saddened that they let Disney Quest rot away without the TLC it needed. I remember going first year it opened, was blown away! And every other visit afterwards it felt like they slowly removed things and let other attractions fall apart. The only improvement was replacing Hercules screen-in-a-closet arcade adventure into pirates. The rest quickly aged unfortunately, pixels out in the visors, screen burn-in on others, the removal of the cybrolators with genie launch, all signs that scream they didn't care too much about the attraction. Oh, and don't get me started on the removal of the jeep floor maze thing! So DisneyQuest closing comes off as bittersweet to me. Hopefully this NBA thing will bring some new life in this venue, although I can't seem to figure out how could they fill up all 5 floors of shooting a ball in a hoop?
Good. I went a couple of months ago and it took me about 10 minutes walking around to find a dozen games that had controllers broken or obviously didn't work.
Was that sarcasm, TH?
Nope. Not at all.
Good. I only went once and I was very disappointed. Not worth the money at all - I look forward to seeing what Disney Springs will bring (and hope they keep it up like they do the parks).
It's great that Disney is closing their version of Chuckie Cheese that place was so sad and total rip off at $48.
I can't say that I'm surprised, but it is a shame. I always loved those retro arcade machines. Actually, thinking about it, A Disney themed 80's club/restaurant/arcade venue would be great!!
A new Disney era. How many attractions from the Eisner era will close down? Seems like a lot.
I actually enjoyed Disney Quest. My kids went there several times when they were younger and always had a good time. The place just needed to be fixed up a little, maybe a couple of new attractions. I'm not excited about an NBA themed experience. It does nothing for me.
Are you kidding me?! They let go of DisneyQuest, an attraction with so much potential, for basketball? (Facepalm)
Ooooh, thank GOODNESS. Nothing says "Disney" like a temple dedicated to ill-mannered millionaires. Maybe my five-year-old can enjoy the wonder of being singed in the 16th round??
Curious to see how this affects Disney passholders that have Water-Parks Fun and More tickets. I have over 20 WPFNM days remaining on my No-epiration tickets, but this going away is taking away a lot of their value. They used to be good for entrance to Pleasure Island at night - and that is gone too.
Sorry , TH, I thought you were being funny. Construction generally involves contractors, cranes and heavy equipment... Closing an attraction with no mention of a replacement qualifies as amazing, apparently.
I actually remember the DisneyQuest in Chicago, went there a lot, really enjoyed it. A shame as an old-school video game fan like me adored it as a living arcade and such.
I was referring to construction going on across the entire WDW property. Currently the quantity of "contractors, cranes and heavy equipment" active on WDW property is amazing.
Dang it. Although I've visited WDW 3 times in my life, I've never gotten the chance to experience CyberSpace Mountain, which looks pretty epic. I was really looking foward to coming back to WDW and riding it.
While a fan of Disney Quest the admission price vs the experience didn't make it worth while. If DQ would of had, sneak peaks of major games or gaming systems, I would of felt more value. But, playing classic games, not worth it!
I wish they had fixed and invested in Disney Quest rather than shut it down.
I love DisneyQuest and have visited it several times since its opening year (1998)! I went there 4-5 times in my last visit to WDW in 2013! Sometimes only for some classic arcades and the awesome Pirates of the Caribbean game (a must in each and every visit!), other times to enjoy all of its attractions including CyberSpaceMountain, Animation Academy and Buzz’s Astroblasters!
Mr. Perkins writes: "The NBA Experience will fail miserably in Downtown Disney."
That's really sad, I have visited DisneyQuest many times and really enjoyed the arcade atmosphere along with clever themed attractions like the Buzz Lightyear dodgems. So it will be all restaurants and shops, pretty much what you can get in so many malls in and around Orlando. Personally I think it's short-sighted and screams of management looking at skewed survey results, but we shall see what happens.
I liked the original idea of having a virtual reality indoor park in every big city in the world. I have been to Chicago's Disney Quest a couple of times and really enjoyed it.
Disney Springs Construction plan seems to have been laid out on a dart board. Disney is aware you can actually build both parking structures at the same time and not finish one before moving to the second. You can actually build the road to said parking structures while you are building the parking decks. When building walking paths over roads you can actually put the elevators in so they can be used.
Mr. Morris writes: "Also why does it take longer it seems to complete The Castle Hub as it takes Universal to build entire rides(?)"
This makes me sad. I had always hoped to take my son for some of the VR experiences and old school video games, but he's just not old enough and frankly the NBA thing holds nothing for me.
I find it awkward that construction on certainly the most photographed aspect of WDW's busiest theme park would leave an eye sore for longer period than needed.
Personally, I think anything NFL related would be a better fit for a sports themed area to replace DisneyQuest.
because it would only cater to sports fanatics where in a games place you could have mixtures of likes so sad disney
The attitude "Why does it Matter" (People come anyway) pretty much explains the state of Disney right now. Particularly Epcot. But really, the biggest single icon in the entire resort (castle) is being drawn out to dampen the impact of the books.
Does anyone know what will go in place of NBA City Restaurant at Citywalk?
Mr. Morris writes: "This projects schedule seems to be more dictated by bookkeeping than immediate guest experience concerns."
As much fun as Disneyquest was for an old arcade rat like me, I can understand is closure and what Disney didn't pursue a chain of similar businesses. The business is no longer profitable outside of redemption games to "win" tickets and crummy prizes. Teenagers are content to playing the latest games at home online against others on the latest technologies available, and they can do so much cheaper than buying a Disneyquest pass.
DisneyQuest Orlando, Chicago, and Philadelphia were such failures.
II liked Disney Quest when it first opened. Each time I went there, I liked it a little less. I was very disappointed when they closed Pleasure Island. Some clubs were excellent, other clubs just didn't appeal to me. But closing the whole Island just hit me as being wrong! Closing the Maelstrom was a great loss. Frozen may be a good ride, but it will be out of style sooner than they think. OK, I don't understand their thinking.
"Does anyone know what will go in place of NBA City Restaurant at Citywalk?" ...
TH, your inability live on the same plane of existence with the rest of us is slightly entertaining... The NBA restaurant was the least visited restaurant, followed by NASCAR Cafe.
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