February might be the month that holds Valentine’s Day, but it is also Black History Month!
And, that means its time to celebrate in Disney World in honor of the incredible Black and African-American visionaries who have given us so much magic!
In honor of Black History Month, Disney Springs will be holding the “Celebrate Soulfully” event in the shopping and dining district all February long! Experiences and offerings will highlight Black culture as well as feature Black and African-American talent.
Jazz-inspired entertainment, new art displays, and more will be available throughout Disney Springs. And, we’re giving you a look at all the things you can expect for “Celebrate Soulfully!”
The Edison will be holding a one night only special ticketed even on February 25th lead by the new Executive Chef at the Patina Restaurant Group, Deaundra “Dee” Rolle! During “Chef Dee Presents A Taste of the Bahamas,” guests will feel like they are stepping into the tropics as Chef Dee’s menu draws on her Bahamian heritage. Dishes include appetizers like conch fritters with remoulade, entrées like steamed snapper, and desserts like benne cake ice cream.
Since Amorette’s Patisserie is the home to adorable mini cakes and desserts, the bakery will be celebrating Black History Month with the Princess Tiana and Joe Gardner Cakes! Each of them are chocolate cakes with raspberry mousse designed with intricate artwork.
Disney Springs is going to be FILLED with music throughout the month with Motown Mondays, Jazz Thursdays, and Smooth Sundays! Black musicians will take the stage, including Motown in Motion, Tonya Staples Duo, and Joseph Jevanni. Plus, Disney also recommends to keep an ear out for jazz-style renditions of your favorite Disney music across Disney Springs!
Four new Soul displays created by Black artists Bee Harris, Bianca Pastel, Arrington Porter and Cory Van Lew will be placed around Disney Springs as well! Disney, Pixar, and the HUE Unlimited collection of wearable artwork have teamed together to showcase each of the artists’ interpretations of the recently released film.
The House of Blues also hosts a collection of Southern Vernacular Art year-round, which happens to be the largest permanently displayed collection of Outsider and American Folk Art in the country! Many of the pieces that serve as a Visual Blues are featured from over 150 untrained, self-taught, and mostly African-American artists like Mose T., Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Leroy Almon, Roy Ferdinand, Howard Finster, Richard Burnside, Ruth Mae McCrane, Jon Bok, and Archie Byron.
Bowes Signature Candles
Disney Springs will also be showcasing Black designers and artists in its stores during “Celebrate Soulfully!” Over at the Bowes Signature Candles inside the Marketplace Co-Op, you can pick up amazing hand-crafted items like the Jamaica Me Crazy Candle with notes of mango, papaya, orange, pineapple, coconut, and watermelon. The company was founded by Jamaica native Dave Bowes, which has expanded to feature 110 inspired candle scents!
The make-up store in Disney Springs will be dedicating substantial shelf space for its diverse companies and products that include Fenty Beauty (Founder and CEO, Rihanna), Briogeo (Founder and CEO, Nancy Twine), Pat McGrath Labs (Founder & CEO, Pat McGrath), Shani Darden Skincare (Founder and CEO, Shani Darden), and Sephora’s new BREAD BEAUTY SUPPLY that has haircare for basics, kinky, and coily hair.
Inside Art of Disney
The Artist Spotlight for Black History Month you can find at Inside Art of Disney shows off Floyd Norman, Bruce Smith, and Marlon West, who were animators that helped create famous films like The Jungle Book, Hercules, and The Princess and the Frog.
World of Disney and Marketplace Co-Op
The World of Disney will be stocking up on items inspired by Soul and The Princess and the Frog, while the Marketplace Co-Op will also have merchandise with Princess Tiana!
Super Hero Headquarters
The Marvel merchandise spot will be offering plenty of Black Panther items on its shelves, so you can channel your inner hero!
We’ll keep our eyes and ears out for more events popping up around Disney World during Black History Month! Stay tuned with All Ears!
Will you be heading to Disney World this month? Let us know in the comments below!
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