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Walt Disney World ‘celebrates soulfully’ during Black History Month

Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating Black History Month throughout and beyond February, with offerings including ‘The Soul of Jazz’ exhibit at EPCOT.

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‘The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure’ has started at EPCOT’s The American Adventure. It features Joe Gardner from Disney and Pixar’s Soul.

‘The Soul of Jazz’ showcases the objects of famous jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, and takes audiences on a musical tour of the US.

Play Disney Parks mobile app users will soon be able to interact with ‘The Soul of Jazz’ exhibit and test their knowledge of jazz music.

“Our team at Walt Disney Imagineering is thrilled to bring the compelling story of jazz to EPCOT, and we were honored to work with jazz experts and institutions across the country to explore the rich history and influence of this ever-evolving genre of music.

‘The Soul of Jazz’ at Disney’s EPCOT

“We hope you are as inspired by what we discovered as our Imagineers were bringing this exhibit to life,” said Carmen Smith, Executive, Creative Development & Inclusion Strategies, Walt Disney Imagineering (via Disney Parks Blog).

Elsewhere, ‘Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs’ includes jazz-inspired performances, art displays, and special F&B.

Art displays inspired by Soul were created by emerging Black artists, including Bee Harris, Arrington Porter, Bianca Pastel and Cory Van Lew.

Performances taking place at Disney Springs include ‘Motown Mondays’, ‘Jazz Thursdays’, and ‘Smooth Sundays’.

‘Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs’

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Select dining locations will include special menu items, including Amorette’s Patisserie. The eatery will be serving F&B inspired by Soul and The Princess and the Frog.

In addition, various shopping locations at Disney Springs will spotlight products created by Black designers and artists.

Disney Resort hotels will also be showing films celebrating Black culture, including The Princess and the Frog, as part of ‘Movies Under the Stars’.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney World will cease to provide the Disney’s Magical Express airport transportation for arrivals from January 1, 2022.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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