Disney Springs has quietly been undergoing a bit of an upgrade over the last few months. And now with the new Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs promotion, they’re getting to show it all off. The Soulfully event honors Black History Month with several experiences across the shopping and dining district.
“We’re happy to be able to celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs all month long. It’s a combination of a way for us to celebrate black culture by featuring black artists,” said Perry Crawley, General Manager of Disney Springs.
The special offerings celebrate Black heritage and culture through music, food, art, and more.
We spoke with Crawley who gave us an overview of the event, along with two of his favorite new snacks at Disney Springs.
“Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs” brings together several new offerings debuting in February. With jazz-inspired performances, new art displays, special food menus and more, the event promises something for everyone to enjoy.
Starting in the Town Center and Marketplace districts, guests will encounter four new art displays inspired by Disney and Pixar’s “Soul.” The art on display from Bee Harris, Bianca Pastel, Arrington Porter and Cory Van Lew were originally developed as part of a collection of wearable art.
The emerging Black artists began by collaborating with Pixar artists, then were given creative license to interpret “Soul” any way they want to. The result is a vibrant street art display. Each artwork has a bio of the artist.
A big part of the event is music. In addition to Disney Springs’ usual line up of street musicians, three evenings per week – Motown Mondays, Jazz Thursdays and Smooth Sundays – musicians will perform throughout Disney Springs, playing tunes sure to stir the soul.
Special dining options are available at select locations including Amorette’s Patisserie offering treats inspired by “Soul” and Walt Disney Animation Studio’s “The Princess and the Frog.” Also at Disney Springs, several retail locations will spotlight products from Black designers, artists and visionaries.
Finally, Crawley also pointed out that the House of Blues has long been the home of one of the largest collections of folk art in America. Many of the pieces were made by Black artists. You can check that out anytime you like.
The artwork on the walls of Town Center was our favorite part of the new Disney Springs event.