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NBA players may not have access to Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion or the Pirates of the Caribbean.
But the NBA has made deals with Disney to provide access to attractions and experiences at the huge theme park, including non-expedition access to Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios and Test Track at Epcot.
The NBA informed the teams of “bookable experiences on the NBA campus at Disney” in a memo delivered Wednesday night. The NBA season begins again on July 30 at the Disney World ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, near Orlando, Florida. By the end of Thursday, all 22 participating teams will be on campus.
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Visitors experience the Expedition Everest roller coaster at Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo: John Raoux, AP)
“Players will have the first opportunity to select experiences on a first-come, first-served basis and are recommended to book experiences at least 48 hours in advance,” said the memo. “Vacancies open for experiments will be released 24 hours before the start of the event, during which time other members of the team’s travel team will be able to reserve the available inventory.”
Players and staff will have access to three golf courses with tee times for quartets throughout the day, six days a week.
Disney’s Palm Golf, Lake Buena Vista, and Disney’s Magnolia are the three playing fields. Mike Conley, Kyle Korver and JR Smith are among the best known NBA players to be on campus.
Fishing trips and boat trips
From the end of this month, fishing trips will be available for booking – two-hour excursions with five people per boat in Grand Marina. The trip includes a guide, rod, reel, artificial bait and live bait. Alcohol is not permitted on these trips. The bottom is the main quarry on the lake.
Los Angeles Clippers striker Paul George is the league’s best-known fisherman.
Pontoon motor boats are now available to rent by the hour from 10 am to 6 pm ET. Again, alcohol is not allowed.
Splitsville Luxury Bowling Lanes will open later this month and will be available 2-3 times a week, starting at 19:00 ET. Oklahoma City guard Chris Paul is perhaps the best player in the league.
Lounges for players with pool tables, table tennis and video games, swimming pools, tennis courts and bicycles are available.
Barbers, braiders, manicures and pedicures are available throughout the day at each of the team’s three hotels.
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