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On Tuesday, Disney World’s Gran Destino Tower, Grand Floridian, and Yacht Club resorts were revealed as the three hotels set to house the league’s 22 teams when the 2019-20 season resumes in Orlando, Florida, next month. The arrangements are based on team seeding.
Lauded as luxury resorts — as Disney’s hotel tier is broken up into the deluxe, moderate, and value categories — the top-seeded teams will stay at the Gran Destino Tower, followed by the middle group at the Grand Floridian, and the remaining at the Yacht Club.
Players will have access to a variety of amenities, including a players-only lounge at the hotels, along with pools, barbers, manicurists, pedicurists, and a 24-hour concierge, per The Athletic. Additionally, daily entertainment will be comprised of movie screenings, DJ sets, video games, lawn games, and ping pong. There will also be an opportunity for players to attend other games.
As for where LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will lay their heads at night, they’ll be staying at one of Disney’s newest establishments.
Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Teams lodging: Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors
Only a year old, the Gran Destino Tower opened at the Walt Disney World last year, honoring “the unique blend of Spanish, Mexican and Southwest American cultures.” Located in the Animal Kingdom Resort Area, the hotel boasts 545 rooms, including 50 suites, and features an array of restaurants and pools — not to mention a water slide. Gran Destino currently holds a four-star review on Trip Advisor and is a roughly 10-minute drive to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Teams lodging: Philadelphia 76ers, Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder
Regarded as one of the premier locales on the Disney World property, the lavish Grand Floridian Resort opened in 1988 and features over 800 rooms and 25 suites. Described as “Victorian elegance meets modern sophistication,” the Grand Floridian is home to several notable restaurants, including the heralded Victoria & Albert’s, as well as a pool and health club. Only a boat ride or a monorail trip away from the Magic Kingdom, this 4-and-a-half-star resort is also a 10-15 minute ride from the Wide World of Sports.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Teams lodging: Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards
Epitomizing “the formal grace of a grand New England-style yacht club,” Disney’s Yacht Club Resort opened in 1990 and features 630 rooms. Located next to Disney’s Beach Club Resort and across the way from Disney’s Boardwalk, the four-and-a-half-star Yacht Club offers guests a selection of pool areas and restaurants, including the staple Yachtman’s Steakhouse. Guests of the Yacht Club can access the Hollywood Studios and Epcot parks via boat, walking paths, or the new Skyliner gondola system. The Yacht Club is also an 11-minute drive to the Wide World of Sports.