The NBA’s Disney World Vacation/Playoff Plans Have Been Revealed

For anyone who may have thought that NBA players would be in hotel room solitary confinement during the course of the abbreviated 2020 season: think again.

According to The Athletic’s NBA Insider Shams Charania, the NBA’s Orlando campus will feature 24-hour VIP concierge, hotel amenities including a high tech players-only lounge, daily entertainment inside and outside of the hotel, and much more.

 

In addition to that, Charania also reported that the NBA will be dividing its playoff teams into three hotels based on current seeding.

The top four teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences will be going to one hotel, while the remaining playoff teams are going to another. The third hotel will be used by the teams who have the opportunity to play their way into playoff seeding.

 

The three hotels that will be used are nothing short of highly rated. According to Touring Plans, the Grand Floridian Hotel has a rating of 92/100, the Yacht Club has a rating of 91/100, and the Grand Destino has a score of 89/100 inside the Coronado Springs Resort.

The Grand Floridian Hotel has even been described as Disney’s “Crown Jewel” according to Travel & Leisure.

While many speculated about how much access players would have to each other and the outside world during their time in Disney for the season, the NBA was clearly hard at work making this the ultimate adult summer camp/bachelor party/summer vacation in addition to the actual playoffs going on.

Players will also be allowed to attend games featuring other teams, which should provide some kind of boost to the in arena atmosphere whether fans are allowed in or not. Although it is yet to be seen how often other players will attend these games.

It is also yet to be seen how much these amenities will be used by the players. Not that they aren’t worthy of using, but the environment of playoff competition seems different than an All-Star weekend for example.

Are LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard going to be comfortably sharing the NBA 2K sticks with a potential clash of the titans looming? Will there be exclusive video of billiards trash talk between former teammates and potential opponents Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid? Or water slide races between Luka Doncic and James Harden?

The NBA season will resume on July 30 and will finish no later than October 12, with an eight-game regular season finish followed by the official 2020 NBA Playoffs.