▪ DisneyQuest, a game center at Downtown Disney in Orlando, will close next year to make way for an NBA-themed attraction. The five-story center with video and virtual games opened in 1998, but now appears to have fallen victim to changing technological times.
The NBA Experience at Downtown Disney will include high-tech experiences, a restaurant and a store.
▪ The Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios will close July 12 to make way for a new attraction, but Disney has not said yet what the new attraction will be. The adjacent Animation Gallery will remain open through late August, Disney officials said
The animation attraction, among the original features when the park opened in 1989, allows visitors to watch actual Disney animators at work and includes a short film about how Disney characters are made.
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▪ ABC’s The Chew will broadcast from the 20th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this fall. The series will tape five shows with co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz on Oct. 7, 8 and 9 to air during the following week.
In addition, The Chew will be featured in two themed marketplaces in Future World – the first time in the festival’s history that new culinary experiences have expanded into the Future World area of the park.
For information on how to obtain tickets to be part of the live audience during The Chew broadcasts at from the festival, visit www.TheChew.com.
▪ July 18 is Robot Day at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, with robot-inspired activities, crafts, games, books and more. The all-day event event is in conjunction with the Morikami’s new exhibition, Japan’s Robot Kingdom, which explores Japan’s vast robot kingdom through a collection of vintage toys, figurines and comics. For the past 50 years, the subject of robots has been an integral component of Japan’s pop culture industry. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 13. Details: www.morikami.org.
Miami Herald staff and wires