Black History Month occurs every February with the mission to celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans and to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. This year Disney has decided to “Celebrate Soulfully” with the newest Disney-Pixar film Soul acting as the celebration’s mascot. Soul is a fitting choice for the theme of this year’s celebration as the film featured Pixar’s first-ever Black lead character. Let’s look at the many ways Disney is honoring Black History Month.
In the Parks
A brand-new exhibit called “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” opened at the American Adventure Pavilion at EPCOT on February 1st. This exhibit is a musical tour of the United States that Disney states will showcase “historic artifacts of famous jazz musicians…to learn more about this colorful, inspiring, and constantly evolving genre of music.” Disney has partnered with Jazz Museums across the country to bring artifacts to this exhibit including one of Louis Armstrong’s famous trumpets. If you aren’t visiting the parks in February, you may still be able to check out “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” as Disney has said it will run past the end of the month.
At Disney Springs
Disney Springs is the perfect place to celebrate Black History Month as no admission is required! “Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs” features music, art, food, and more. Catch live music three nights a week (Motown Mondays, Jazz Thursdays and Smooth Sundays) as musicians perform throughout Disney Springs. You can also explore four new art displays inspired by Soul and created by emerging Black artists. You’re sure to work up an appetite so check out select dining locations like Amorette’s Patisserie that are offering special items just for Black History Month. Many of Disney Springs shopping locations are featuring Black artists and designers as well!
At the Resorts
This month many Walt Disney World resorts will be celebrating Black History Month with the “Movies Under the Stars” program. Be on the lookout for movies like “The Princess and the Frog” and “Soul” to be screened at your resort!
Disney+ has added a permanent collection called “Celebrate Black Stories”. This month is a great time to watch movies such as Black is King, Ruby Bridges, and Hidden Figures. Since this collection will be sticking around, you will be able to navigate right to these films from now on. Make sure you check back as Disney+ is constantly adding to their catalog.
ShopDisney has added new products that support Black artists to their website. Check out HUE Unlimited “Made With Soul” collection which helped inspire much of the art on display at Disney Springs. There are also many businesses and small shops you can support this month and all year round. Throughout February, our “Merch Monday” articles feature at least one black-owned shop with awesome Disney style!
Have you “Celebrated Soulfully” yet? Let us know in the comments below!