We have new details for the Black History Month celebration at Disney Springs, aka “Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs.”
At the end of January, Disney announced that Disney Springs would honor Black History Month through dining, shopping, music, and art.
On Feb. 2, the Disney Parks Blog dropped more details regarding the celebration and there’s a lot to experience during the month of February!
Here’s everything you need to know.
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Special Dining Experiences
First, on Feb. 25 (and for one night only), you can purchase a $76 ticket online to attend “Chef Dee Presents A Taste of the Bahamas” at The Edison.
Chef Deaundra “Dee” Rolle is the new Executive Chef at The Edison and will serve up a Caribbean-inspired dining experience.
Actually, WDW Magazine recently chatted with Rolle about becoming the new chef and how she hasn’t had an easy culinary journey.
“Own your position and make them happy to have chosen you,” she said at the time. “Confidence is one thing, but passion is another. Be passionate about your work and let that help fuel your confidence.”
She’s a true inspiration, just like her cuisine. You definitely don’t want to miss this event with her.
In other dining news, Amorette’s Patisserie is also set to debut two new petite cakes starring Princess Tiana from Princess and the Frog and Soul’s Joe Gardner. The cakes are both chocolate with raspberry mousse.
Celebrate Music & Art
Be sure to mark your calendar on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays, because black musicians will take the stage across Disney Springs for special performances during “Motown Mondays, Jazz Thursdays, and Smooth Sundays.”
A few of the acts that you can expect are Motown in Motion, Tonya Staples Duo, and Joseph Jevanni.
You’ll also be able to look at four new art displays that were inspired by Disney and Pixar’s Soul created by emerging black artists Bee Harris, Bianca Pastel, Arrington Porter, and Cory Van Lew.
Black History Month at Disney Springs
You can support a range of black designers, artists, and visionaries who are being highlighted at the following stores.
- Bowes Signature Candles: Jamaica native Dave Bowes (above) discovered his passion for candle-making in 2002 and also founded this company. There are over 110 candle scents sold at Disney Springs and shipped worldwide, including the signature scent “Jamaica Me Crazy.”
- Sephora: The company made a commitment to dedicate substantial shelf space in-store to diverse companies, including Fenty Beauty (Founder and CEO, Rihanna), Briogeo (Founder and CEO, Nancy Twine), Pat McGrath Labs (Founder & CEO, Pat McGrath), and Shani Darden Skincare (Founder and CEO, Shani Darden).
- Art of Disney: You can visit the “Artist Spotlight” to learn more about Floyd Norman, Bruce Smith, and Marlon West. These three are animators who have worked with the Walt Disney Animation Studios on several films, including The Jungle Book, Hercules, and The Princess and the Frog.
- World of Disney: The store features Soul and Princess and the Frog merchandise.
- Marketplace Co-Op: Check out Princess and the Frog items.
- Super Hero Headquarters: You’ll be able to find some of the most popular Black Panther must-have items.
If that isn’t enough, you can also check out the brand new “Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” exhibit that debuted on Feb. 1 in Epcot’s America pavilion.
The exhibit highlights the history of jazz and music legends across several American cities and was inspired by Soul. It’s definitely worth a stop as you make your way around the World Showcase.
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