Celebrate Soulfully 2022 at Disneyland Resort: Everything You Need to Know

by | Feb 2, 2022 | Disneyland, Disneyland Parks, Disneyland Resorts, DLR Food, DLR News, Downtown Disney

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In addition to the exciting news that Celebrate Soulfully is returning to Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort offers its own version of the event celebrating Black History Month in 2022. This marks the first time Celebrate Soulfully comes to DLR.

Like the hit event at WDW, Celebrate Soulfully brings a bevy of art, music, culture, and food to Disneyland Resort in February and throughout the year. If you’re planning a visit to DLR soon, here’s what you can expect.

Celebrate Soulfully 2022 at Disneyland Resort

In February and beyond, Disneyland is offering a huge spate of events, activities, and eats to celebrate Black voices and cultures from around the world. Let’s take a look at everything happening at Disneyland Park, Downtown Disney District, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa this month.

Celebrate Soulfully at Disneyland Park

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Mali Music performs at the Fantasyland Theater on Feb. 26. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

The popular Celebrate Gospel show made famous at Disney California Adventure’s Stage 17 makes the move to Disneyland for Celebrate Soulfully. Performances take place at the Fantasyland Theater stage from 3–7 PM on Feb. 19 and Feb. 26.

First, Kierra Sheard and Sacred Groove kick off Celebrate Gospel on Feb. 19. Then on Feb. 26, Grammy winners Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music take the stage with The Singers of Soul. Each will also feature performances from community choirs representing Southern California.

Celebrate Soulfully at Downtown Disney District

There aren’t many better places to wind down the night at Disneyland than Downtown Disney District. That’s even more true during Celebrate Soulfully thanks to nightly outdoor concerts. These shows feature a range of artists representing genres like funk, reggae, and jazz. In addition, there will be special gospel performances on Saturday afternoons.

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Both live music and lively fare abound at Jazz Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Disney

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will also be a hot spot (literally and figuratively) during Celebrate Soulfully. Swing by for a spicy Southern-sized serving of creole cuisine like the famous NOLA BBQ Shrimp & Grits. While you’re there, you can enjoy some live piano music with your food.

DDD will also be the home of several art displays inspired by Disney and Pixar’s Soul. Works by emerging Black artists will populate the district, including a new weekly mural from chalk artist Marcella Swett.

But wait! There’s more. Lots more. There are also plenty of great shopping opportunities with unique merchandise throughout Black History Month.

  • Post 21 offers a new collection from Black-owned businesses
  • WonderGround Gallery has fresh merchandise for films like Princess and the Frog and The Lion King
  • Pelé Soccer launches a new sweatshirt that calls to “empower the culture”
  • Lovepop has special “We are Black History” and “Black is Beautiful” cards

Celebrate Soulfully at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

If you walk into the Grand Californian on an evening in February, you’ll be greeted by the tinkling of keys. That’s because there’ll be live piano music in the lobby throughout the month—stop, sit a while, and listen.

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Share a smile with Princess Tiana at Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures. Photo courtesy of Disney

Princess Tiana is one of the featured stars of the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose. Bring your child and let them experience equal parts Disney magic and Black girl magic.

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Enjoy the comfy Hearthstone Lounge at the Grand Floridian. Photo courtesy of Disney

During your visit to the Grand Californian, be sure to hit up Hearthstone Lounge for a special selection of wine, beer, and spirits representing Black-owned businesses. Relaxation at its finest.

Disney Parks’ Celebrate Soulfully events during Black History Month and beyond are part of the Reimagine Tomorrow initiative. Disney seeks to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at its parks and lift up the voices of entrepreneurs and creators representing all different walks.


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Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.
Kyle Johnson

Written by Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.