By Beth Deitchman
A new exhibit inside The American Adventure at EPCOT and new art displays and live jazz performances at Disney Springs are among the ways to celebrate soulfully at Walt Disney World Resort right now. Coinciding with and extending beyond February’s Black History Month, these offerings honor Black heritage and culture through music, food, art, and more.
Inside The American Adventure at EPCOT, “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” debuted Monday, February 1, and will continue beyond the end of the month. Featuring Joe Gardner from Disney and Pixar’s Golden Globe®-nominated Soul (now streaming on Disney+), this new exhibit showcases historic artifacts of famous jazz musicians, inviting you on a musical tour of the United States to learn more about this colorful, inspiring, and constantly evolving genre of music. Learn more about the exhibit and watch a new video from Walt Disney Imagineering’s Carmen Smith now on the Disney Parks Blog.
Over at the Walt Disney World shopping, dining, and entertainment district, “Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs” brings together several new offerings debuting this month. With jazz-inspired performances, new art displays, special food menus, and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy:
- Disney and Pixar’s Soul has inspired four new art displays created by emerging Black artists: Bee Harris, Bianca Pastel, Arrington Porter, and Cory Van Lew. Originally developed in collaboration with Disney and Pixar as part of a HUE Unlimited collection of wearable art, the work reflects each artist’s interpretation of the film.
- Enjoy Motown Mondays, Jazz Thursdays, and Smooth Sundays at Disney Springs, as musicians perform throughout the district three evenings per week, playing tunes sure to stir your soul. In addition, select dining locations will feature special menu items, including Amorette’s Patisserie, which has created dazzling and delicious treats inspired by Soul and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ The Princess and the Frog. Also at Disney Springs, several retail locations will spotlight products from Black designers, artists, and visionaries. Learn more about all the ways to “Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs” right here on the Disney Parks Blog.
At select Disney Resort hotels, guests can enjoy films that celebrate Black culture, such as The Princess and the Frog, as part of the hotels’ “Movies Under the Stars” program. These complimentary movie screenings are available to guests of Disney Resort hotels, offering relaxing evening entertainment for the whole family in a serene outdoor setting.