Disney parks spotlight Black culture with 'Celebrate Soulfully'

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Celebrate Soulfully will debut at the Disneyland Resort for the first time in February. In addition to performances at Disneyland’s parks and the Downtown Disney District, nightly jazz performances will be held at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
Celebrate Soulfully will debut at the Disneyland Resort for the first time in February. In addition to performances at Disneyland’s parks and the Downtown Disney District, nightly jazz performances will be held at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Photo Credit: Disneyland Resort

Celebrate Soulfully, the celebration of Black heritage and Black History Month at Disney parks, will return in February to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando and will make its debut at California's Disneyland Resort.

The event features live performances, food, art and more.

At the Disneyland Resort

"Celebrate Gospel" will be held on the Fantasyland Theater stage in Disneyland Park, featuring gospel stars Kierra Sheard on Feb. 19 and Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music on Feb. 26. The shows, both beginning at 3 p.m., will also feature community choirs.

The Downtown Disney District will hold nightly concerts throughout February, featuring R&B, reggae, funk and jazz performers, plus gospel performances on Saturday afternoons.

Nightly jazz performances will be held at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

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Murals inspired by the Disney and Pixar film "Soul" will be unveiled at the Downtown Disney District. Created by emerging Black artists Bee Harris, Bianca Pastel, Arrington Porter and Cory Van Lew, the murals were first shown at Disney Springs in Orlando last year.

Art inspired by the character Penny Proud from the upcoming Disney+ series "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder" will be featured at both Downtown Disney and Disney Springs in Orlando.

Live chalk art will be drawn each week with new murals from Marcella Swett at Downtown Disney.

At Walt Disney World Resort

At Disney Springs, live performances of Motown, jazz, R&B and pop will be performed through February.

At Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, the Tam Tam Drummers featured in the Africa section of the park will play rhythms of the Congo.

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Guests can meet African artisans at Animal Kingdom's Mombasa Marketplace and purchase their work.

Throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, certain menu items will be spotlighted as "Cooking with Soul" items, spotlighting the dishes and the Black chefs who created them. Visit the Disney Park Blog for a detailed breakdown of treats.

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