It looks like the moment of truth is here for NBA players as they head to Walt Disney World to finish out the 2019-20 season. The resorts where they could be staying for as long as three months have been assigned according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Sources: NBA teams Disney hotels based on seeding:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2020
-Grand Destino: Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Clippers, Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz, Heat
-Grand Floridian: Thunder, 76ers, Rockets, Pacers, Mavericks, Nets, Grizzlies, Magic
-Yacht Club: Blazers, Kings, Pelicans, Spurs, Suns, Wizards
The Gran Destino is the new tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs which has a Spanish-southwestern theme, which will serve as the base for most NBA activities during the quarantine.
The Grand Floridian is a Victorian-themed five-star property that’s considered some of the nicest accommodations in the state. The rooms are incredible, and you can’t beat the location right near the monorail.
Disney’s Yacht Club is where you go when you see a sale but don’t want to be so cheap you stay at one of the All-Star resorts after a day of
Drinking Around The World at Epcot spending time with your loved ones at a theme park.
Our NBA Disney mock hotel draft three weeks ago with Mouse House experts serving as the GM’s had Coronado Springs as the #7 overall, the Grand Floridian at #4, and the Yacht Club at #5. Why Animal Kingdom Lodge hasn’t been reserved for the #1 overall seeded Milwaukee Bucks, we’ll never know.
Shams also lets us know the players will have extra amenities available:
In NBA's ORL campus:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 16, 2020
- Hotel amenities: players-only lounge (NBA 2K, TVs, gaming), pool/trails, barbers, manicurists, pedicurists
- 24-hour VIP concierge
- Daily entertainment: Movie screenings, DJ sets, video games, ping pong, pool, lawn games
- Players can attend other games
Like the amenities at Disney resorts weren’t incredible already, now they’re going above and beyond for the players. It should take some of the sting out of being trapped, and might make things easier for players with families.
We’ll have live, local, and late-breaking coverage from inside the Reedy Creek Improvement District bubble once things are finalized, but for now it looks like the best athletes in the world will be getting some of the best service in the world while at Disney.