From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Jacqueline Logan
Are you spending this Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World Resort? Don’t miss out on the Orlando Invitational! Offering a completely unique way to celebrate Thanksgiving, this year’s tournament will take place from Nov. 28, 29 & Dec. 1, 2019 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Orlando Invitational is one of the most highly respected early-season college basketball tournaments in the country and features some of the biggest NCAA teams in the nation. Keep reading for five reasons why you and your family should attend.
1. Spend Quality Time With Your Family
Watching sports is an important holiday tradition for many families – including my own! Instead of watching from your couch this Thanksgiving, why not catch all the games live at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex? The Orlando Invitational lets you spend quality time with your family and experience the exciting gameday atmosphere.
2. Visit the Beer Garden
Do you love trying local brews? Make sure to stop by the Beer Garden in the HP Field House. Unique to the Orlando Invitational, the Beer Garden will feature beers on tap from your team’s college hometown.
3. Cheer on Your Favorite College Basketball Team
Every long-distance basketball fan knows that when you live far away from your favorite team, it can be a challenge to attend games. The Orlando Invitational is your chance to cheer on eight NCAA teams in person. This year’s tournament includes Davidson, Fairfield, Harvard, Marquette, Maryland, Temple, Texas A&M and USC. Which team are you rooting for?
4. Feast at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that eating snacks is an essential part of spectator sports. From nachos to hamburgers – and beyond, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex offers a variety of classic gameday concessions. Looking for a sit-down restaurant experience? Head over to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill on Nov. 28, 29 & Dec. 1, 2019 during the tournament.
5. Enjoy Everything Walt Disney World Resort Has to Offer
There is nothing more magical than visiting Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season! One of the huge advantages of attending a sporting event at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is its close proximity to the many theme parks and resorts at Walt Disney World Resort. Choose to soak up the Florida sun at the Disney Water Parks, shop for holiday gifts at Disney Springs or fly the Millennium Falcon at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The Orlando Invitational is the perfect complement to any Disney vacation itinerary.