This February, Walt Disney World is honoring Black History Month by debuting a variety of all-new experiences to help you celebrate soulfully this month and beyond. From an amazing new exhibit to music, art, and food offerings, keep reading to find out how Disney World is highlighting Black heritage across the resort.
The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure at Epcot
With African American origins and influences from a variety of cultures, jazz music is an incredible American art form. Now, an all-new exhibit inspired by Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” is highlighting world-renowned jazz musicians from history at Epcot!
The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure made its official debut in the World Showcase on February 1. The exciting new attraction features Joe Gardener taking guests on a musical journey through America, highlighting the cities that have played a major role in the history of jazz. Some of the iconic items on display include:
- Louis Armstrong’s Selmer trumpet
- Hand-written sheet music for “Jazz Jubilee” by Jelly Roll Morton
- The percussion sheet music for “Skin Deep” from Duke Ellington drummer Louie Bellson
- 1920s jazz soloist Bix Beiderbecke’s cornet
- Drumsticks that belonged to Gene Krupa, a member of jazz groups like the Benny Goodman Orchestra and Tommy Dorsey’s Band
Soon, you’ll be able to use the Disney Parks Play app to interact even further with the exhibit.
Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs
The Black History Month celebration continues with new offerings at select locations throughout Disney Springs. You can enjoy jazz performances, art displays, new menu items and more all month long.
One of the new art displays includes four works inspired by Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” created by up and coming Black artists Bee Harris, Bianca Pastel, Arrington Porter, and Cory Van Lew. Each piece is the artist’s personal interpretation of the film.
On select evenings, musicians will perform around Disney Springs. Motown Mondays, Jazz Thursdays, and Smooth Sundays will offer a perfect soul-stirring soundtrack to your time at Disney Springs.
In addition to the art and music, you can also enjoy special menu items inspired by films like “Soul” and “Princess and the Frog”. Several retail locations around Disney Springs are also highlighting products from Black designers and artists this month.
Movies Under the Stars
Select Walt Disney World Resort hotels are honoring Black History Month by selecting films that celebrate Black culture for the “Movies Under the Stars” program. The complimentary outdoor movie screenings are open to guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel.