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Fans are devastated Disney is knocking down this classic attraction

Fans are taking to social media to express their sadness at the closure of DisneyQuest, a classic attraction located at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World in Florida. However, those mouse tears will soon be dried as a shiny new NBA attraction is coming in its place.

Disney Quest Interactive Adventures is being demolished. Image: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

DisneyQuest was a five-floor, interactive indoor attraction that opened in Disney Springs in 1998 and closed in early July. The indoor theme park offered guests an interactive experience with classic arcade game favourites and virtual versions of many of Disney’s classic rides. These included the Virtual Jungle Cruise where you could shoot the rapids, and Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride, where you could fly through Agrabah as you raced to release the Genie. It also had a creative zone where you could paint a live masterpiece at Living Easels and become a Disney animator at the Animation Academy.

While it wasn’t the most high-profile attraction, fans were sad to see it go and shared posts of the building being demolished. It has been reported that Disney plans to donate some of DisneyQuest’s contents to charity, while staff were able to bid online for more than 100 of the games. Some items were moved to other areas of the Disney parks or archived with Walt Disney World Imagineering.

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In its blog, Disney explained that the as part of its mission to expand its parks to reflect new films and trends, fan-favourite attractions sometimes have to make way for new and improved ones. One of its new attractions at the site will be The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort, a basketball-themed experience with immersive NBA video productions and interactive experiences. There will also be a restaurant and a retail store located there.

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The NBA Experience is due to open on the west side of Disney Springs in summer 2019.