Somehow it is already February of 2022. In February, Walt Disney World welcomes the return of an incredible event called Celebrate Soulfully. This is the first year that this experience is coming to Disneyland in California as well. This is all in celebration of Black History Month.
At Walt Disney World, we see the return of some incredible artists. At Disney Spring, Motown favorites return along with other R&B, Jazz, and Pop favorites.
If you are at EPCOT, you need to stop by the American Adventure Pavilion and see The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure Exhibit. Last year, it made its debut and spotlights famous musicians and stories.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, they celebrate Black Culture with the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe. They bring rhythms of Congo and Mombasa Marketplace in Africa.
If you are visiting a Walt Disney World Resort, you can also see Soul and Remember the Titans as part of the Movies Under the Stars.
Are you planning on being in California at Disneyland? At Disneyland Resort, they will have Celebrate Gospel for the first time. This Disneyland Resort tradition was previously held on Stage 17 at Disney’s California Adventure Park. There will be award winning gospel singer and fashion designer Kierra Sheard, who will be performing on February 19th.
If you’re going to be there on February 26th, you can see Grammy award winner Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music take the stage along with The Singers of Soul performing a capella style.
Both weekends you can hear Southern California Community Choirs share their talents to the spirit of Gospel Music from 3pm to 7pm on the Fantasyland Theater Stage.
If you’re going to be at Downtown Disney, there are nightly outdoor concerts with R&B, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, and Reggae performers throughout February.
At Avengers campus at Disney’s California Adventure, you can see Black Panther join Okoye, the leader of Dora Milaje. You can see Princess Tiana with Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose Restaurant.
Are you looking for some delicious food options? There are special dishes made specifically for Celebrate Soulfully. Here are the options available thanks to Disney Parks Blog:
Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort
Come together with loved ones over a meal that nourishes your soul with brunch and happy hour menus at dining destinations across Disney Springs, including Wine Bar George, House of Blues, City Works Eatery & Pour House, STK and Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’.
Discover the flavors from the Caribbean, Africa and the Southern United States as chefs and culinary cast members draw on their heritage to infuse cultural flavors into mouthwatering new menu items at Polite Pig, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and D-Luxe Burger.
Craving something sweet? Head to The Ganachery to indulge in Soulfully Sweet Pralines inspired by Joe Gardner from Disney and Pixar’s “Soul.”
Support Black-owned businesses at Vivoli il Gelato by ordering Coffee Pot Gelato, a limited-edition flavor made with coffee stout sourced from Green Bench Brewing Company, a Florida-based Black-owned brewery.
For the full list of Celebrate Soulfully offerings at Disney Springs, click here.
EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort
Available at Refreshment Outpost, the Nairobi Coffee Porter is infused with Kenyan coffee and features subtle berry and stone fruit notes.
Also found at Refreshment Outpost, the Plant-based Bratwurst is inspired by the flavors of Eastern Africa and is served with spicy turmeric aioli, Kachumbari slaw and coffee barbecue jackfruit.
Featuring layers of Fanta Strawberry, Minute Maid Lemonade, Fanta Blue Raspberry Slushy and vanilla ice cream, the Half Note Float at Fife & Drum is named in honor of the jazz club frequented by Joe Gardner in Disney and Pixar’s “Soul.”
Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort
The Peach Cobbler Rum Cake at Tiffins Restaurant is inspired by a beloved recipe from chef James Hemings, celebrating his lasting creative and culinary legacy.
At Nomad Lounge & Cocktail Bar, guests are invited to satisfy their sweet cravings with Mandazi, a delicious fried dough dessert with Swahili origins.
Available at Creature Comforts Coffee Shop, Flame Tree Barbecue and Restaurantosaurus, the Celebrate Soulfully Cupcake is a colorful and delicious homage to the Disney-Pixar film, “Soul.”
Sip on a refreshing Mint Julep, flavored with pineapple and orange to honor the inspirational story of the drinks’ creator, John Dabney. This flavorful craft cocktail will be available at locations around Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including Nomad Lounge, Dawa Bar, Restaurantosaurus Lounge and Thirsty River Bar.
Celebrate Soulfully New Orleans style at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney District, where chefs honor the flavor of Louisiana with creole cuisine including their NOLA BBQ Shrimp & Grits.
Sip from a special menu, enhanced with wines, beer and spirits from Black-owned businesses, at Hearthstone Lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Live jazz is offered nightly in the hotel lobby throughout February.
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