Guests were invited to celebrate with experiences honoring Black History Month and paying tribute to Black heritage and culture through music, food, art and more at both Walt Disney World and, for the first time, Disneyland.
Music: Live performances bring R&B, gospel and more to select Disney locations
Celebrate with soul shines the spotlight on black talent and invites family and friends to enjoy experiences that nourish the soul.
- celebrate the gospel brings together award-winning gospel music stars Kierra Sheard on February 19th and then Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music on February 26th for one powerful event Disneyland Park. Gospel singers and community choirs are also part of the show on both Saturdays from 3 p.m Fantasyland Theater stage.
- All of February Downtown Disney District celebrates with nightly outdoor concerts covering genres like R&B, reggae, funk and jazz, as well as gospel performances on Saturday afternoons. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa features nightly jazz.
- Live performances from Motown favorites, jazz, R&B and pop hits return DisneySprings in February at Walt Disney World.
- The Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe will bring Congolese rhythms to the Mombasa Marketplace in Africa Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
- Also at animal kingdom, is A celebration of the Festival of the Lion King, a Broadway-style show filled with lavish puppetry and classic Disney songs The Lion King.
Food: Black culture inspires new culinary creations
At select locations throughout Walt Disney World, guests can discover festive foods inspired by Black stories and new dishes brought to life by Black chefs. And across the Walt Disney World Resort Cooking with soul The featured menu items will highlight soul food dishes and the talented chefs who create them. Highlights of this, as well as Creole cuisine at Disneyland Resort include:
- Brunch and happy hour menus DisneySprings Dining destinations at Walt Disney World include Wine Bar George, House of Blues, City Works Eatery & Pour House, STK and Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’.
- Disney and Pixar inspired treats soul and Walt Disney Animation Studios The Princess and the Frog at Amorette’s Patisserie and The Ganachery DisneySprings.
- Dishes that pay tribute to African recipes and historical black chefs are everywhere Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
- Menu items in the Refreshment Outpost in Epkot Be inspired by the flavors of East Africa.
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney district at Disneyland Resort celebrates Creole cuisine, including the popular NOLA BBQ Shrimp & Grits.
Art: Locations within the Disney Parks feature work by Black Creatives
Guests can immerse themselves in art and exhibits celebrating the work of Black artists and visionaries at locations throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Below are some examples in Downtown Disney District and Disney Springs.
- Since its premiere last year The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure exhibition in it The American Adventure at EPCOT has shown the rich and dynamic development 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 have been inspired by Disney and Pixar soul, created by emerging black artists Bee Harris, Bianca Pastel, Arrington Porter and Cory Van Lew, will make its debut Downtown Disney District.
- In anticipation of The Proud Family: Louder and prouder Series on Disney+, art exhibitions inspired by Penny Proud and her family will feature on both Downtown Disney District and DisneySprings. Guests can also learn more about Bruce Smith, the show’s creator and executive producer.
- A live chalk art installation comes to life each week as chalk muralist Marcella Swett unveils new murals Downtown Disney District.
- At the Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme parkAt the Mombasa Marketplace, guests can meet talented African artisans and even take home some of their unique handicrafts.
Celebrate with soul The celebrations will continue throughout the month of February and beyond.