Atlanta Braves Spring Training at Walt Disney World
It feels a bit crazy to be talking about baseball when there is snow on the ground, but believe it or not, spring training for the MLB has begun. The 30 Major League Baseball teams have flown their players to Florida for the annual pre-season schedule of games as baseball fans gear up for their team’s return to their hometowns for the impending regular season. If you’ve planned a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort during late February- March, I’ll tell you all about how you can catch one of the MLB pre season games right on Walt Disney World Resort property!
Sitting outside at a baseball game in the dead of summer, watching the action unfold in the late innings, and eating ballpark snacks is what I grew up looking forward to each time the weather got warm, and I know I’m not alone. Called the ‘great American pastime’ for this reason, baseball season in America is the essence of summer. Each year, ESPN Wide World of Sports is host to the Atlanta Braves for their spring training residency, drawing fans from all over Central Florida, and you feel like you’re in the heart of baseball season by taking your family to a spring training game here!
On the Players’ Level
The 9,500-seat Champion Stadium is the most perfect place to watch a baseball game. At most MLB stadiums, field-level access is reserved for those with field-level seats, and many stadiums have restricted access even during pre-game, not even allowing children down to the field for autographs. At Champion Stadium, your child will be able to stand field side for the entire pre game. Maybe since the stress of the regular season hasn’t hit yet, but players always seem more willing to sign and chat than they do at MLB stadiums!
Speaking of up close and personal, the stadium’s small size makes for perfect game viewing no matter where you sit. Even if you sit in the highest seat in the place, I guarantee you’ll have a closer view than at any MLB stadium- unless you pay top dollar, of course. This is your chance to see top players playing at the highest level of the sport minus costly ticket prices! Don’t miss your chance, especially since the 2018 season is the Braves’ last at Champion Stadium.
The Disney Magic
If you’re visiting Walt Disney World Resort, I know your reason is probably to hang out with Mickey in the theme parks. If you have a baseball fan in your travel party begging see a spring training game, don’t worry about missing out on the Disney magic…you can experience characters and more at the ballpark! Every Atlanta Braves home game features live music, something Disney is known for offering at each of their theme parks and Disney Springs. Can’t go a day without a character experience? You won’t have to at Champion Stadium! Disney characters come out in full force for each game; you may even be lucky enough to visit during ‘Star Wars Day” at the park!
Kids, Step Up to the Plate!
Walt Disney loved kids, and Disney works hard to keep Walt’s vision alive, with children in mind. An Atlanta Braves spring training game is no exception as kids are invited to run the bases after the last pitch has been thrown. Stick around until the end of the game and your child will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to run the bases like their favorite MLB big guns.
You have 18 chances to see a Braves spring training game in 2018, and tickets still remain for each game. Don’t wait too long to buy yours, though, you won’t want to miss out on this event! Play ball!
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Special thanks to Maria Salerno for writing this article: Hiya pal! I am a NYC-based writer/musician thrilled to be bringing you all things Disney! I’m a WDW Annual Passholder, so you can find me in the parks regularly throughout the year. In addition to being a Disney Parks loving girl, I’m also a Disney toy and merchandise collector, a runDisney enthusiast, and Disney music and movie aficionado. You can follow me on Instagram: NYCtoAP and find me on YouTube: NYCtoAP. Thanks for reading, hope to see ya real soon!