Right now, aside from a skeleton crew of Cast Members keeping up attraction maintenance, taking care of animals, and keeping landscaping in tact, Disney Parks across the world have sat empty for over a month now. And while discussions are ongoing about when (and how) theme parks in the US can reopen once the imminent danger from the COVID-19 Pandemic has passed, there's no way to know exactly how much longer these closures will continue. 

And while it may be months before guests can return to the theme parks, there may be another use being proposed for the Walt Disney World resort in the near future that has nothing to do with rides, characters, or even guests!

Walt Disney World floated as possible location for continuing NBA games

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In a recent Yahoo Sports piece, commentator Keith Smith suggested that Walt Disney World could be the perfect place for the NBA to finish out its current season, which (like everything else) has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Smith's analysis, games could be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facility, while players, coaches, and a small amount of essential staff use the nearby resorts as lodging. 

All players, staff, etc. would need mandatory COVID-19 testing of course in order to participate, and would have to stay on Walt Disney World property at all times so they could form a contained bubble within private Disney property.

Florida's relationship with professional sports

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In addition to Walt Disney World's ability to keep NBA players and staff sequestered, Florida may be a good logistical choice to host special games, as Florida has shown itself to be very friendly to professional sports organizations, recently declaring the WWE an "essential business" so that tapings of shows could continue (without an audience, of course). With this in mind, Florida may be in a unique position to offer the NBA the same consideration it gave the WWE to continue playing under strict guidelines.  

However, while hosting NBA games at Walt Disney World may sound like a good idea in theory, some executives haven't been very excited by this prospect... 


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