Celebrate Soulfully 2022 at Walt Disney World: Everything You Need to Know

by | Feb 2, 2022 | Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, EPCOT, WDW Blog, WDW Food, WDW Merch, WDW News, WDW Resorts

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February is Black History Month, and Walt Disney World is paying tribute with the return of Celebrate Soulfully for 2022. The yearlong celebration of art, food, and culture makes its way back to WDW for the second year, giving guests even more to enjoy during an already packed time at the resort.

Celebrate Soulfully 2022 at Walt Disney World

There’s a lot to see, hear, do, and taste around Walt Disney World for Celebrate Soulfully 2022. Here’s a look at everything that’s on tap around the resort.

Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs

Throughout February, Disney Springs will host a talented roster of musicians and artists spanning genres including jazz, R&B, and Motown. Live performances will take place throughout the days, so keep your ears peeled and your dancing shoes at the ready.

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Artist Timothy Adebule will appear in person at Art of Disney. Photo courtesy of Disney Springs

Disney Springs will also be your destination for lots of great art and shopping. At Art of Disney, you can learn about animators like Floyd Norman and Carole Holliday and meet artist Timothy Adebule.

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Get great deals on candle-making classes at Bowes. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Bowes Signature Candles, owned by native of Jamaica Dave Bowes, will be offering discounts all month long. There will be special offerings and initiatives from brands like Sephora and Sephora as well as new products spotlighting Disney’s Black characters. And be sure to visit the House of Blues to see beautiful works from artists like Leroy Almon, Ruth Mae McCrane, and Richard Burnside.

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Soulfully Sweet Pralines. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

As for food, there is a whole, whole lot to sink your teeth into. There’ll be special food and fare up for grabs at all the hot spots, including The Ganachery with its cool-looking Soulfully Sweet Pralines.

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Coffee Pot Gelato uses Green Bench’s Coffee Pot Bayou stout. Photo courtesy of Disney Springs

Of all the offerings, the Coffee Pot Gelato at Vivoli il Gelato sounds like one of the tastiest. It’s a unique gelato made with the Coffee Pot Bayou coffee stout from Green Bench Brewing Company, a Black-owned brewery out of Florida.

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Get a pic with the Proud family. Photo courtesy of Disney Springs

On top of everything else, there’s a mural by Bruce Smith, who created the new Disney+ series Proud Family – Louder and Prouder, which is prime for photo ops.

Celebrate Soulfully at Animal Kingdom

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The Tam Tam Drummers are back! Photo courtesy of Disney

There’ll be even more sweet sounds at Animal Kingdom with the return of the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe to the Mombasa Marketplace. While you’re at Mombasa Marketplace, be sure to browse the unique crafts of African artisans.

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There’s magic in the air at A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King. Photo courtesy of Disney

Animal Kingdom also plays host to A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King, a Broadway-style show featuring timeless songs and music from the beloved Disney classic.

You can also satisfy your hunger at Animal Kingdom with some limited-time snacks and sips inspired by Celebrate Soulfully.

  • Peach Cobbler Rum Cake – available at Tiffins Restaurant
  • Mandazi fried dough dessert – available at Nomad Lounge & Cocktail Bar
  • Celebrate Soulfully Cupcake – available at Creature Comforts Coffee Shop, Flame Tree Barbecue, and Restaurantosaurus
  • Pineapple- and orange-flavored mint julep – available at Nomad Lounge, Dawa Bar, Restaurantosaurus Lounge, Thirsty River Bar, and other locations

Celebrate Soulfully at EPCOT

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Check out The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

The American Adventure at EPCOT continues to host the popular exhibit The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure, which traces the history and evolution of jazz in the United States.

At EPCOT’s Refreshment Outpost, you’ll be able to scoop up some unique fare. Up for grabs: A Nairobi Coffee Porter infused with rich, textured Kenyan coffee and an Eastern Africa-inspired plant-based bratwurst with turmeric aioli, Kuchumbari slaw, and coffee barbecue jackfruit.

As if that’s not enough, Fife & Drum is serving a Half Note Float that features layers of Fanta Strawberry, Minute Maid Lemonade, Fanta Blue Raspberry Slushy, and vanilla ice cream. You may notice this refreshing drink shares its name with the jazz club from Soul.

Celebrate Soulfully Coming to DLR for 2022

Good news as well if Disneyland Resort is your home park: Celebrate Soulfully is coming to DLR in 2022 as well. Whichever of these Disney Parks you frequent (or if you plan on doing both this month because why not), Celebrate Soulfully lifts up Black culture with a generous dusting of Disney magic.


Did you have the chance to visit Celebrate Soulfully last year? Visit the WDW Magazine Facebook page and share your experience with all the highlights.


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Written by Kyle Johnson

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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.