2021 has already seen some great new offerings at Walt Disney World Resort and we want to make sure you don’t miss a thing. You’ll discover some sweet additions at Disney Springs, and the Resort has several new experiences inviting guests to celebrate soulfully at The Most Magical Place on Earth. Coinciding with and extending beyond February’s Black History Month, these offerings honor Black heritage and culture through music, food, art and more. Recently, Disney invited us out to check out the new offerings and we’ve got all the details below!
1 – Sweet Additions at Disney Springs
2021 has seen two sweet additions to Disney Springs: Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew and M&M’S at Disney Spring! Both stops should be added to your must-do lists when visiting Disney Springs. Also, there are some fantastic new options at Amorette’s Patisserie! Learn more below.
Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew
Recently opened, Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew offers homemade donuts and unique cold brew coffees daily, including indulgent flavors and photo-worthy treats. We fell in love with their specialty donuts when we tried them last month and recently, Cindy figured that more research was needed! We enjoyed our favorite flavor, the Cinnamon Crunch donut again!
M&M’S at Disney Springs
Last week, M&M’S at Disney Springs opened the doors to its experiential store, which includes the iconic Wall of Chocolate, larger than life M&M’S character moments, and the ability for guests to create their very own custom M&M’S candies. Stop by for some sweet take-home treats and merchandise!
While this amazing bakery has been around for some time, new additions are always joining the menu! Now you can enjoy new petite cakes from celebrating Princess Tiana and Joe Gardner, the African American jazz musician at the heart of the movie, “Soul.”
2 – Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs
“Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs” brings together several new offerings at the Walt Disney World shopping, dining and entertainment district. With jazz-inspired performances, new art displays, special food menus and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Featured are four new art displays inspired by Disney and Pixar’s “Soul,” created by emerging Black artists: Bee Harris, Bianca Pastel, Arrington Porter and Cory Van Lew. Originally developed in collaboration with Disney and Pixar as part of a HUE Unlimited collection of wearable art, the work reflects each artist’s interpretation of the film.
Three evenings per week – Motown Mondays, Jazz Thursdays and Smooth Sundays – musicians perform throughout Disney Springs, playing tunes sure to stir the soul. In addition, select dining locations feature special menu items. Also, at Disney Springs, several retail locations will spotlight products from Black designers, artists and visionaries.
3 – ‘The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure’ at EPCOT
“The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” also debuted in February and will continue beyond the end of the month at The American Adventure inside EPCOT. Featuring Joe Gardner from Disney and Pixar’s “Soul,” this new exhibit showcases historic artifacts of famous jazz musicians, inviting guests on a musical tour of the United States to learn more about this colorful, inspiring and constantly evolving genre of music.
Originated by African Americans and fusing the influences of many different cultures, jazz is a distinctly American art form. This living, breathing music is the basis for the new Disney and Pixar film “Soul,” and now the focus of a new exhibit inside EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort.
“Walt Disney Imagineering is thrilled to bring the compelling story of jazz to EPCOT,” said Carmen Smith, Executive, Creative Development and Inclusion Strategies, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Our team was honored to work with jazz experts and institutions across the country to explore the rich history and influence of this truly American musical art form. We hope guests are as inspired by ‘The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure’ as our Imagineers were bringing this exhibit to life.” Watch the video below for a brief introduction.
In creating the exhibit, Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with historians and curators from top jazz institutions, including the Historic New Orleans Collection and the New Orleans Jazz Museum in Louisiana, as well as the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York. The exhibit showcases historic artifacts from world-renowned jazz musicians, including:
- Jazz legend Louis Armstrong’s Selmer trumpet
- “Jazz Jubilee” sheet music, handwritten by Jelly Roll Morton, one of the genre’s original performers and composers
- “Skin Deep” percussion sheet music of Duke Ellington drummer Louie Bellson
- Cornet belonging to Bix Beiderbecke, an early jazz soloist from the 1920s
- Drumsticks of Gene Krupa, member of influential jazz groups such as the Benny Goodman Orchestra and Tommy Dorsey’s band
Also, guests will also soon be able to use the Play Disney Parks mobile app to interact with the exhibit and test their knowledge of jazz.
This new experience is part of the continuing and historic transformation of EPCOT, as the park celebrates curiosity, discovery and the magic of possibility.
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