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8 Methods to ‘Rejoice Soulfully’ Throughout Black Historical past Month at Walt Disney World Resort


Right here at Walt Disney World Resort, we’re thrilled to “Rejoice Soulfully” throughout Black Historical past Month in February with vibrant artwork, soul-stirring music, savory soul meals and a limited-edition pin, embracing the richness of Black heritage.

Via the abilities of our great solid members and collaborations with a myriad of Black-owned companies, you may “Rejoice Soulfully” throughout the resort all year long, however particularly throughout Black Historical past Month. Let’s discover some methods to honor Black tradition, heritage and contributions at Walt Disney World Resort this February:

Broadway performer Michael James Scott

1. Ring within the Celebration with Michael James Scott because the Honorary Parade Grand Marshal

Broadway performer and Orlando native Michael James Scott, well-known for his portrayal of Genie within the hit Broadway musical, “Aladdin,” would be the honorary grand marshal for the “Disney Competition of Fantasy Parade” at Magic Kingdom Park on Feb. 6. His look helps kick off our month-long celebration of Black heritage and tradition. You’ll be able to catch Michael James Scott alongside the parade route all the best way right down to Fundamental Avenue, U.S.A., round 3 p.m. ET.* 

New Princess Tiana Tiara Pin designed by Walt Disney Imagineering

2. Gather the New Princess Tiana Tiara Pin

With the theme of desires coming true, and simply in time for Black Historical past Month, a brand new Princess Tiana tiara pin is obtainable at areas round Disney theme parks and quickly on The limited-release pin was designed by Brittany L. Smith, a senior manufacturing designer with Walt Disney Imagineering. The pin is impressed by Brittany’s interpretation of the tiara-topped water tower and Tiana’s tiara featured in Tiana’s Bayou Journey. Smith can be a designer for Tiana’s Audio-Animatronics character in Tiana’s Bayou Journey, which opens at Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland park this yr. 

Artists Ryan Riller, Yesenia Moises and Larissa Marantz

3. Rejoice the Arts at EPCOT Worldwide Competition of the Arts

Take a look at the creative designs of three Black artists collaborating within the EPCOT Worldwide Competition of the Arts, which is a grand celebration of creative expression in all kinds. The three Black artists are collaborating on numerous days via Feb. 19 are:

  • Ryan Riller (Feb. 12-19)
  • Yesenia Moises (Feb.13-19)
  • Larissa Marantz (Feb. 14-19)

Additionally, don’t miss the performances by the next Black artists lighting up the stage at America Gardens Theatre through the DISNEY ON BROADWAY Live performance Collection on choose nights through the pageant:**

  • L. Steven Taylor (“The Lion King” – Jan. 26, 28 and 29, Feb. 1, 3, 5 and 6)
  • Kissy Simmons (“The Lion King” – Jan. 27, 30 and 31, Feb. 2, 4, 7 and eight)
  • Bradley Gibson (“The Lion King” – Feb. 10, 13, 14, 16, 17 and 19)
  • Michael James Scott (“Aladdin” – Feb. 9, 11, 12, 15, 18 and 19)
Artist at Disney Springs Art Walk

4. Discover Inventive Expressions at Disney Springs Artwork Stroll

Head over to Disney Springs for meals, music, purchasing – and a few colourful paintings by a number of Black artists. Take a stroll previous the Disney Springs Artwork Stroll the place you will see that murals painted by Black artists similar to Ernest Shaw, Nneka Jones and Nardstar.

5. Take a look at the African Artwork exhibit in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

A brand new African artwork set up is coming to the Pizzafari gate at Disney’s Animal Kingdom starting Feb. 1. Featured paintings from internationally famend Nigerian-American artist Victor Ekpuk will discover historic narratives and modern African diaspora.

Floyd Norman, Disney’s First Black Animator

6. Be Impressed by the work of Floyd Norman, Disney’s First Black Animator

Floyd Norman, Disney’s first credited Black animator, helped animate characters Kaa and Shere Khan from “The Jungle E-book.” At Conservation Station’s Animation Expertise in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll obtain step-by-step steerage on tips on how to illustrate your personal model of the favored Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios characters that Norman helped to animate, in addition to others similar to Bruce from “Discovering Nemo;” Tick-Tock from “Peter Pan;” or Scar from “The Lion King.”

7. Bask in “Cooking with Soul” Delicacies

Throughout Walt Disney World resorts, you may anticipate to see “Cooking with Soul” gadgets on restaurant menus. You’ll discover traditional consolation meals ready by a various group of Walt Disney World cooks. Listed here are a number of of my favorites:

Mini Red Velvet Cake from Walt Disney World Resorts

Mini Purple Velvet Cake: Purple velvet cake with cream cheese buttercream out there at:   

  • Panorama of Flavors at Disney’s Artwork of Animation Resort 
  • Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Seaside Resort
  • All the things POP Buying & Eating at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Riverside Mill Meals Court docket at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside 
  • Sassagoula Floatworks and Meals Manufacturing unit at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Tiana’s Petit Cake from Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom Park

Tiana’s Petit Cake: Vanilla chiffon cake, lemon Chantilly, and recent strawberries topped with a fondant flower and a Tiana chocolate piece out there at:

  • Fundamental Avenue Bakery in Magic Kingdom Park (Out there Feb. 1 via March 1)
Shrimp and Grits from Tiffins Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Shrimp and Grits: Roasted corn and goat cheese, peri-peri shrimp, and inexperienced tomato-apple chutney out there at:

  • Tiffins Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Griot and Pikliz from Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar in Disney Springs

Griot and Pikliz: Epis-marinated fried pork shoulder, fried inexperienced plantain, and pikliz out there at:

  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar in Disney Springs (Out there Feb. 1 via 29)

Take a look at the Disney Eats Foodie Information for the total checklist of Cooking with Soul gadgets discovered throughout Walt Disney World.

Family meeting Tiana at Magic Kingdom Park

8. Make Magical Reminiscences with Ariel, Tiana and Asha

All through February and past, you may work together with quite a lot of fashionable and numerous characters similar to Tiana at Magic Kingdom Park, Ariel from the live-action story at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Asha at EPCOT.

With each beat, each taste and each smile, we hope you take pleasure in “Celebrating Soulfully” at Walt Disney World Resort!

*Theme park reservations could also be required based mostly on admission kind. Study extra at

**Leisure topic to vary with out discover.