We’ve already covered all the latest news about the new center of NBA events – the Disney bubble. The league went out of its way to make the whole bubble experience as pleasant as possible, securing top-level necessities and luxuries for its players.
Ever since the talk about the bubble had started, it seems like players were mostly worried about the accommodation. Let’s not get it twisted, the Disney World complex offers excellent hotels, and it was never about players staying in shacks. But they do care about this stuff and small details matter.
It turns out, that’s the only advantage higher-seeded teams have over others. The NBA made the decision that players will be deployed over three hotels in the complex, and it’s all based on seeding. Let’s check out where they will be spending the next few months.
Grand Destino is reserved for eight best regular-season teams: Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Clippers, Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz, Heat. Believe it or not, it’s the cheapest out of three, with the lowest price being $263 a night.
However, don’t let the price fool you, as the Gran Destino will be the centerpiece of the bubble. It’s not only the newest hotel, but it’s also the first of its kind in the Disney empire. The hotel may be the sweet spot of convenience and value, being the only property in the moderate tier that also has a club-level lounge. It opened in July 2019 and is a fresh take on accommodations for Disney World.
The Destino Tower offers standard rooms, standard rooms with a view, standard rooms with club access, and suites. The latter are starting at around $500 a night, offering club access in the price.
With more than 2,300 rooms available in the resort, 545 are in The Gran Destino Tower, with 50 being suites. It has a Las Vegas-y vibe to it, permeating the whole interior. The hotel also offers a grand-story lobby, new meeting venues, new lounges and a rooftop restaurant with spectacular views.
The Second-tier of the NBA teams will be accommodated in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It will host the likes of Thunder, 76ers, Rockets, Pacers, Mavericks, Nets, Grizzlies, and Magic.
The resort in and of itself has a chill vibe to it. The property opened on June 28, 1988, as the Grand Floridian Beach Resort. The name changed to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa during the fall of 1997.
The Grand Floridian is categorized as a “deluxe” resort and distinguished as Disney’s flagship and most opulent resort. It lays on the luxury in spades and boasts its own beach and a variety of dining restaurants.
The place is a grand, five-story affair, inspired by Florida’s magnificent Victorian seaside resorts. It offers 867 guest rooms. The standard room is 440 square feet, furnished with two queen beds, a daybed, and a small desk with a chair. The majority of rooms are like this, with the ability to upgrade to a variety of different view types. While rooms are tastefully decorated, and arguably the most luxurious among Disney’s offerings, they’re a bit generic -- especially considering the hotel’s pricey nightly rates. Club-level rooms offer access to a club level lounge that serves breakfast, snacks, and drinks throughout the day. They also offer one and two-bedroom suites.
The hotel offers two pools – the Beach Pool and the Courtyard Pool. It also has excellent on-site amenities, including boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom, outdoor picnic and grilling areas, and a signature Disney arcade-style game room.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort will host six teams - Blazers, Kings, Pelicans, Spurs, Suns, Wizards. They didn’t make it based on their record but were given a chance to improve their seeding over the eight regular-season games left.
They will be staying in a New England nautical-themed resort. It shares amenities and resources with The Beach Club, with a 73,000 square-feet convention center also shared by the two. The resort offers two pool complexes, with Stormalong Bay resembling a beach-side water park with its sand-bottom pools. The Yacht Club also offers tennis courts, a lake-side white sand beach, a Bayside marina, health, and fitness center. There’s plenty to do over there.
There are 621 guest rooms at the Yacht Club, with most of them being 381 square feet, having two queen-size beds, a daybed, and a desk and two chairs. Rooms are priced depending on the view from the room. Based on that, they are classified into four categories.
- Standard view – the least expensive rooms at Yacht Club
- Garden view – the majority of rooms at Yacht Club
- Water view
- Lagoon or Pool view
So this is where NBA players will be staying within the bubble. The NBA has found the way to award the teams that were going all-in during the regular-season, chasing the home-court advantage. This may not be what they were chasing all along, but it’s the route that made the most sense for the NBA in the conditions we’re in. We’ll just have to wait and see if it will have any effect on the players.