“Celebrate Soulfully” will return to Walt Disney World and debut at Disneyland Resort this Black History Month. Learn more below.
Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort invite guests to emotionally celebrate with experiences that honor Black History Month and pay homage to Black heritage and culture through music, food, art and more. Celebrate Soulfully is back for a second consecutive year, with new and recurring offerings at Walt Disney World Resort throughout the year. And for the first time, Celebrate Soulfully comes to Disneyland Resort with experiences in February and beyond.
Music: Live performances energize select Disney locations with R&B, gospel and more
Celebrate Soulfully shines a light on black talent while inviting family and friends to enjoy soulful experiences.
- “Celebrate Gospel” brings together award-winning gospel music stars Kierra Sheard on February 19, then Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music on February 26, for a powerhouse event at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Gospel singers and community choirs are also part of the show on both Saturdays, beginning at 3 p.m. on the Fantasyland Theater stage.
- Throughout February, Downtown Disney District will celebrate with nightly outdoor concerts spanning genres such as R&B, reggae, funk, and jazz, as well as gospel performances on Saturday afternoons. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa offers live jazz every night.
- Live performances of Motown favorites, jazz, R&B and pop hits return to Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort throughout February.
- Harambe’s Tam Tam Drummers will bring beats from the Congo to Mombasa Marketplace in Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World Resort.
- Also at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King, a Broadway-style show filled with ceremonial puppets and classic Disney Lion King songs.
Food: Black culture inspires new culinary creations
Guests can experience festive dishes inspired by Black stories and new dishes hosted by Black chefs at select locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort. And throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, “Cooking with Soul” menu items will spotlight soul food dishes and the talented chefs who create them. Highlights of these, as well as Creole cuisine at Disneyland Resort, include:
- Brunch and happy hour menus at Disney Springs dining destinations at the Walt Disney World Resort will include Wine Bar George, House of Blues, City Works Eatery & Pour House, STK and Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’.
- Treats inspired by Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” and Walt Disney Animation Studio’s “The Princess and the Frog” at Amorette’s Patisserie and The Ganachery at Disney Springs.
- Dishes that pay homage to African recipes and historic black chefs can be found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World.
- Refreshment Outpost’s menu items at EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort are inspired by the flavors of East Africa.
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort celebrates Creole cuisine, including the popular NOLA BBQ Shrimp & Grits.
Art: Disney Parks locations feature artwork by Black Creatives
Guests can be immersed in art and exhibits that celebrate the work of Black artists and visionaries at locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Here are some examples at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort and at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.
- Since its inaugural debut last year, “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” exhibit in The American Adventure at EPCOT has showcased the rich and dynamic evolution of jazz. The exhibit traveled to museums across the country and expanded to include stories from Kansas City and Harlem.
- After being unveiled at Disney Springs last year, murals inspired by Disney and Pixar’s “Soul,” created by emerging black artists Bee Harris, Bianca Pastel, Arrington Porter and Cory Van Lew, will debut at Downtown Disney. District.
- In anticipation of “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” series on Disney+, art exhibits inspired by Penny Proud and her family will appear in both Downtown Disney District and Disney Springs. Plus, guests can learn more about Bruce Smith, the show’s creator and executive producer.
- A live chalk art installation will come to life each week as chalk muralist Marcella Swett reveals new murals in the Downtown Disney District.
- At Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, visitors can meet talented African artisans at the Mombasa Market and even take home some of their unique works of art.
Bring Home Treasures by Celebrating Black Makers and Creatives
Retail destinations at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort spotlight Black designers, artists and visionaries with festive merchandise.
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- Inside Art of Disney, check out the Artist Spotlight to learn more about Floyd Norman, Bruce Smith, Carole Holliday and more – some of the talented animators who have worked with Walt Disney Animation Studios in films ranging from ‘The Jungle Book’ to ‘The Proud Family’ and beyond. And on select dates, meet artist, painter and Three Masks art gallery operator Timothy Adebule.
- In honor of Black History Month, Bowes Signature Candles will be offering special discounts on candle making. Founded by Jamaican artisan Dave Bowes, Bowes Candles is located inside Marketplace Co-Op and Disney’s Days of Christmas in Disney Springs. And during the month of February, Bowes candles can also be found on the Discovery Trading Co.’s porch facing the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
- Sephora at Disney Springs will celebrate a company-wide commitment to dedicate substantial in-store shelving space to diverse businesses.
- Be inspired by the words of modern-day trailblazers like Muhammad Ali and historical figures like Maya Angelou at Sugarboo & Co., where you can find an assortment of writings from members of the black community.
- At some of the most popular Disney-owned locations in Disney Springs, you’ll find merchandise featuring classic and new characters and movies, including “Soul,” “Princess at the Frog” and “Black Panther.””
- Under Armor joins the celebration with its Black History Month collection for men, women and youth in apparel and footwear silhouettes.
- Meet the talented African artisans behind unique handicrafts near Mombasa Marketplace at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
- Returning to the downtown Disney District on February 1, Post 21 features a collection of modern, cutting-edge merchandise from Black-owned businesses, curated by a Los Angeles-based mother and daughter team in a kiosk.
- At WonderGround Gallery, guests will discover items related to the films “Soul”, “Princess and the Frog”, “The Lion King” and more.
- Pelé Soccer will launch a new sweatshirt design that features an iconic image of Pelé and a call to “strengthen the culture”.
- Lovepop is honoring Black History Month with special “We are Black History” and “Black is Beautiful” cards.
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