“Broadway Magic Meets Black History Month: A Colorful Celebration at Disney World”

"Broadway Magic Meets Black History Month: A Colorful Celebration at Disney World"

Broadway Star Kicks Off Black History Month at Disney

  • Orlando native and Broadway star, Michael James Scott, famed for his role as ‘Genie’ in Disney’s Aladdin, initiated the Walt Disney World Resort’s month-long celebration of Black History with a magical parade at the Magic Kingdom Park.
  • Scott was the center of merriment during the Festival of Fantasy Parade, which featured popular Disney characters, invigorating music, and vibrant pageantry.
  • Scott also interacted with Disney cast members, posed for photos and took part in the park’s iconic attractions like the Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, and Haunted Mansion.

Celebrating Soulfully: Art, Music and Food galore

  • The Walt Disney World Resort is ‘Celebrating Soulfully’ all through February and beyond with an array of music, art and food!
  • A total of three Black artists are participating in the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. Their work can be viewed until the 19th of February. In addition, the DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series features numerous Black artists on stage.
  • The Disney Springs Art Walk proudly features Black artists and their vibrant murals reflecting Black culture and expression. Victor Ekpuk, a renowned Nigerian American artist, has a new creation on display at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park that explores historical narratives and contemporary African diaspora.
  • Guests at Animal Kingdom can also learn to animate like Floyd Norman, Disney’s first credited Black animator, who made significant contributions to Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’.

Cooking With Soul: A Foodie’s Paradise

  • ‘Cooking with Soul’, a diverse selection of classic comfort food prepared by Walt Disney World chefs, offers gastronomic delights like shrimp & grits and red velvet cake.
  • Guests are also granted the opportunity to interact with a variety of diverse and popular characters such as Tiana at Magic Kingdom, Ariel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Asha at EPCOT.

The Realist’s Take

Well, folks, Disney sure knows how to kick off a celebration! They’ve gone all out for Black History Month. They’ve made it apparent that diversity, culture, and a dash of theatricality are ingredients in their magical potion of fun. So whether you are an art connoisseur who appreciates some striking murals and animated history, a foodie who can’t resist the allure of peppered shrimp & grits or red velvet cake, or a star-struck theatre lover dreaming of a chance to shake hands with the charismatic Genie from Aladdin, Disney’s got you covered. They are really laying out the “magic carpet”, so to speak! So get ready to embark on a “whole new world” of maximum enjoyment, diverse appreciation, and, let’s not forget – infinitely enchanting Disney magic!