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Our Guide to Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland

by Tad on February 5, 2024 Los Angeles

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As Disneyland works to celebrate diversity through music, tasty foods, art and experiences throughout the year, we’re going to take a closer look at the hoppenings for Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland. This celebration expands offerings to honor Black heritage and culture during Black History Month at Disneyland in February and also for Juneteenth during the whole month of June. Celebrate Gospel is confirmed, with performance dates set for February 2024. There are also a few year-round offerings and exhibits we will get into if you can’t visit in February or June.

Celebrate Soulfully - Celebrate Gospel singers

Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland Park

In February 2024, you can enjoy Black History Month around Disneyland Resort. Here is a look at the confirmed 2024 offerings, as well as what happened in 2023.

Entertainment and Art

Enjoy uplifting performances by award-winning Gospel music stars, recording artists and community choirs. “Celebrate Gospel” returns to the Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland Park.

Park guests can stick around for the day’s lineup or drop by for just a few songs. “Celebrate Gospel” has been a Disneyland Resort tradition for more than a decade. It used to take place at Disney California Adventure but hopped to Disneyland in 2022.

“Celebrate Gospel” takes place on two Saturdays in February:

  • Feb. 17, 2024 — Catch headliner Martin Sapp
  • Feb. 24, 2024 — Enjoy headliner Tasha Cobbs Leonard

On both Saturdays, community choirs (such as Sacred Groove and Singers of Soul) join in between performances. You can catch more music in Downtown Disney and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa's lobby (more on that below).

Stop by Disneyana. Artists are featured in artist showcases and signings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrate Soulfully Food and Treats at Disneyland Parks

Our Guide to Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland - Sweet Potato Cold Brew

Troubadour Tavern serves African-inspired treats all year long. During “Celebrate Gospel,” you can also try additional treats on select days (Feb. 16-18 and Feb. 23-25, 2024):

  • Fried Chicken Bowl: Spicy honey-glazed fried chicken served with four cheese mac and cheese, smoked turkey collard greens and sweet potato cornbread
  • (New) Sweet Potato Pie Casserole: Sweet potato-pecan pie

Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland - Chermoula chicken

Year-round, you can enjoy these foods and drinks at Troubadour Tavern:

  • Serengeti Stew: Chermoula chicken and rice with roasted kale
  • Asanta San Sambusa
  • Berbere-spiced popcorn
  • Pride Rock Punch
  • Jungle Grub Punch
  • Savannah Sweet Potato Cold Brew

Our Guide to Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland - Potato Sambusas

River Belle Terrace has some platters available from Feb. 1 through April 1, 2024:

  • Brunch Platter: Pancakes, scrambled eggs, biscuit and gravy and house slaw
  • Dinner Platter: BBQ brisket, fried chicken, buttery mashed potatoes and a biscuit with gravy

Cafe Orleans offers a prix fixe meal from Feb. 1 through April 1, 2024:

  • Deviled eggs and pickled vegetables with bread & butter pickles, teardrop peppers and brussels sprout leaves
  • Prix-Fixe Meal with gumbo or Caesar salad with cornmeal fried fish, hushpuppies, steamed rice, succotash and turtle cheesecake

Our Guide to Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland - Po Boy Sandwich with red bean and rice

And don't froget that Tiana's Palace has traditional New Orleans offerings every day of the year.

At Disney California Adventure, Lamplight Lounge and Lamplight Lounge – Boardwalk Dining currently offer a new Brown Estate Chaos Theory Red Wine Blend.

Celebrate Soulfully in Downtown Disney

During February, you can do crafts inspired by Black heritage, enjoy live music and experience special food offerings in honor of Black History Month.

Entertainment and Art

Each night in February, the Downtown Disney LIVE! stage hosts live bands nightly. Acts include LALA Brass, Forward Motion Band, The Rhythm & Blues Brothas and more. On select weekend days, the festivities kick off in the afternoon with inspiring Gospel music performances by Sacred Groove and The Singers of Soul.

On select dates, the WonderGround Gallery pop-up location in the Downtown Disney District features artists in artist showcases and signings.

The Lovepop store features cards for Black History Month.

Food

Salt & Straw is offering a special ice cream flavor from Feb. 1-29:

  • Cinnamon & Honey Fried Chicken Ice Cream: In partnership and support of Black-owned business, Ezell’s Famous Chicken out of Washington State, this savory and spicy ice cream is made with fresh croissants, torn into bits, that are then deep-fried with chicken fat until crispy and then churned into salted vanilla ice cream. A touch of cinnamon, a splash of honey and a shake of secret spices gives you a sweet Cajun heat with pleasant pops and crackles.

Celebrate Black History Month at Disneyland Hotels

Entertainment, Art and Food

On Thursdays and Saturdays in February, The Mood Indigo Group fills Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Hearthstone Lounge with energetic jazz music.

At Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, three locations (GCH Craftsman Bar, Hearthstone Lounge and Storytellers Café) offer two drinks (Feb. 1 through March 1, 2024):

  • Golden Soul: Uncle Nearest 1884, ginger liqueur, creme de cassis, lime juice and raspberries
  • Crowns & Hops 8 Trill Pills

At Disneyland Hotel, the new Lobby Lounge serves these brand-new foods (open select days Feb. 1-29, 2024):

  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Sweet Potato Fries Poutine: Sweet potato fries, gravy and cheese curds
  • Barrel Aged Smoked: Uncle Nearest 1884 Bourbon, turbinado sugar, Angostura Bitters, Peychaud’s Bitters and a luxury ice cube
  • McBride Sisters Sparkling Rosé
  • Crowns & Hops Pilsner

Celebrate Soulfully with Music, Food and More in June

Next up on the calendar is the Celebrate Soulfully event in June. Enjoy the flavors and sounds of Black heritage and culture. Here's what's hoppening (or what happened last year, so you have an idea of what to expect):

Enjoy Live Entertainment at the Hollywood Backlot Stage

Hollywood Backlot comes to life with a summer block party atmosphere. Chill out with groovy tunes and funk hits performed live.

Featured acts include:

  • Midnight Hour — Sounds of Motown
  • Finesse — Top 40 music, covering popular tunes from Bruno Mars to Stevie Wonder
  • The Rhythm & Blues Brothas — A dynamic group of singers sharing their passion for the sounds of R&B and soul

Sway to Live Music at the Pool at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

Last year, there was daily music from June 1-30, 2023. Enjoy Jamaican, Afro-Cuban and reggae music from performers such as Island Reggae Duo, da-light (AKA Alan Lightner Duo) and DJ Quami. Performances were hourly in the afternoons at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Listen to Music at Downtown Disney

Celebrate Soulfully at Disneyland Resort - Music at Downtown Disney

Groove to nightly musical entertainment featuring artists such as The Singers of Soul, LALA Brass, Del Atkins and the Lyfe, Denean’s Soul Foundation, Doo-Wah Riders, Apollo Bebop and Forward Motion and the Honeydrops.

Do Family Crafts and Attend Artist Events 

Our Guide to Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland - Free crafts in Downtown Disney

You can do free crafts near the Star Wars Trading Post. Artist events take place at WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney and at Eudora's Chic Boutique in New Orleans Square (in Disneyland Park).

Meet artists and purchase art. If you purchase artwork by Ryan Riller or Larissa Marantz on the event day at the event location, you may have the hopportunity to meet the artist and get select merchandise signed.

You can usually find artists for two days in June at WonderGround Gallery and Eudora's Chic Boutique.

Enjoy Special Foods and Beverages 

At Disney California Adventure, Award Wieners has a BBQ Hot Link Sandwich and Strawberry cheesecake à lá mode. Studio Catering Co. sells a limited-time Shrimp Po'Boy.

Downtown Disney restaurants also serve special menu items in June.

Celebrate Soulfully with Year-Round Offerings

You can celebrate all year long with these offerings.

Eudora’s Chic Boutique Featuring Tiana’s Gourmet Secrets at Disneyland

How to Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland - Eudora's Chic Boutique store

The backstory to this New Orleans Square retail store is that Tiana collaborated with her dressmaker mother, Eudora, to open a shop. The shop sells accessories to create and serve masterful Orleans-style cuisine and more. It also sells clothing and ears inspired by Tiana. It's located near Blue Bayou.

Meet Tiana

How to Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland - Tiana meets girl

My little sister Lily loves to meet Tiana. We feel very bonded to her as frogs, you know. You can find her in New Orleans Square, sometimes on the Mark Twain Riverboat and sometimes at the Royal Hall. She also appears during Disney Princess Breakfast Adventure character dining at Napa Rose.

Enjoy Some Gumbo and Beignets at Tiana's Palace

Our Guide to Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland - House Gumbo at Tiana's Palace

Tiana's Place, located in New Orleans Square, is a new restaurant. The Cajun/Creole restaurant is based on the Disney film, "The Princess and the Frog," and its protagonist, Tiana. It's located in the building of the former French Market restaurant. You can read up on the menus and see photos in our post on Tiana's Palace.

Meet and Watch Black Superheroes in Action at Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure

How to Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland - Dora Milaje march through Avengers Campus

Do not miss out on seeing the Dora Milaje in action at Avengers Campus. You can also meet Black Panther or Captain America. Toadally cool. I cover all the Avengers Campus characters in another post.

Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln Video in Main Street Opera House at Disneyland

Produced in collaboration with National Geographic, this short video plays in the lobby of the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland Park, outside of “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.” It tells the story of the relationship between Frederick Douglass — an African American advocate for freedom, justice and democracy — and Abraham Lincoln. It recognizes their work together in the fight against slavery. Robin Roberts narrates the presentation, which features expert testimonials and the family of Douglass. It plays before the doors open for Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

Our Guide to Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland - Frederick Douglass exhibit

A cast member pointed out that there is an error in the video, so we will share that with you too. The video says that the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the South. But what it did was free slaves in the Confederacy. Three Southern Union states still practiced slavery at that time. Chattel slavery was not abolished in all states until the 13th Amendment was established.

Five & Dime

Our Guide to Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland - Five & Dime rolls through Hollywood Land

At Disney California Adventure, soulful singer Dime and her jazz quintet perform hits of the 1920s and 1930s. You can find them driving through Hollywood Land to their show spot in front of the Carthay Circle fountain.

Future Experiences Coming to Disneyland

More year-round experiences are coming soon to Disneyland.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (late 2024)

How to Celebrate Soulfully and Black History Month at Disneyland - Tiana's Bayou Adventure Scene

Splash Mountain at both Disneyland and Disney World is undergoing a major re-theming with a new storyline, starring Princess Tiana. Guests will be "goin' down the bayou" with Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Louis, Ray, Mama Odie and other favorites from the film "Princess and the Frog" to continue the adventure post-kiss and join the hoppin' Mardi Gras celebration. To quote Tiana, these frogs think it'll be "the bee's knees!"

Splash Mountain at Disneyland closed on May 31, 2023.

The new ride, Tiana's Bayou Adventure, is centered on the backstory that Tiana is hosting a party and needs to head into the Bayou to find a special ingredient. We'll embark on a journey with her and Louis to find the special ingredient. Guests will be drawn in by original zydeco music — a special blend of rhythm and blues that originated in Louisiana — inspired by songs in the film. Louis will explain where this music is coming from. The band members sing and play instruments made from natural items found in the bayou. Imagineers describe this attraction as a love letter to New Orleans.

Are you ready to celebrate soulfully and celebrate Black History Month at Disneyland? Did you know you can save on theme park tickets and hotel stays with Undercover Tourist? 

Related: Guide to Disneyland Special Events

Related: How to Plan for a Disneyland Trip

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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