As one of the most iconic experiences in the world, Walt Disney World has a long history of drawing travelers from around the globe. The sheer magic and nostalgia can be felt in every corner of this breathtakingly vibrant place. And that's why when we heard about new offerings at this beloved destination, we couldn't help but get excited. This summer, Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating soulfully with everything from Motown to mermaids. From soulful dining options to awesome beats on the dance floor – take your family along for an unforgettable journey into the heart and soul of Disney magic! Whether you're looking for a special treat or just creative ways to connect with loved ones while traveling, there’s something inspiring waiting here for everyone!
Live Music and Magic
Immerse yourself in the best of live music and magic. Put on your dancing shoes, tap your feet to the rhythm, and get ready to be bewitched by the magical performances. Get ready to immerse yourself in the lively rhythms and beats of live music this summer at Walt Disney World Resort. With numerous locations across the park, there's no shortage of soulful sounds to be enjoyed. Start your musical journey at EPCOT or Disney Springs and let the energy take you away!
The Garden Rocks Concert Series during EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival will feature performances from Living Colour (6/30-7/1) and Evolution: Motown (7/4-7/5). Later in the summer, artists such as Southern Avenue (8/4-8/5), Ruben Studdard (8/11-8/12), Ayron Jones (8/25 – 8/26) and Baha Men (9/1 – 9/2) are performing live at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series presented by Florida Blue Medicare at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE. Additionally, guests can enjoy the sounds of soulful music from Black musicians like Don Black, Wassalou, Free Cadence and Franchise Players at various stages around Disney Springs.
Delight in Soulful Dining
There's no denying that Walt Disney World Resort is a place filled with magic and wonder. And when it comes to dining options, they have no shortage of flavorful choices. But if you are looking for an extra pinch of soul food in your meals, then be sure to try the soulful culinary dishes found throughout Walt Disney World Resort. “Cooking with Soul” was very popular during Black History month, that they had to bring it back. Delight your taste buds with some mouth-watering favorites like macaroni and cheese which is returning to the buffet at Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort later this month. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, the Jollof Rice with Plant-based Sausage is one of the more popular items at Tusker House, as well as the Collard Greens. New this year are yummy under-the-sea offerings based on the live-action remake of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid,’ including Bubbles at Sea, a delicious beverage featuring Gold Peak sweet green tea, lemon juice, pineapple and guava topped with boba pearls and a splash of shimmer that is available at multiple locations. And, for an even more special treat, The Little Mermaid Sea Salt, Caramel and Chocolate Pop with ocean fondant can be found at The Ganachery at Disney Springs.
Yeehaw! If you're ready for a taste bud adventure, gallop on over to the newly opened Roundup Rodeo BBQ in Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Saddle up for some delicious family-style barbecue-inspired dishes – the perfect kick-off to your summer BBQ season. Don't mosey on by, this is one ride you won't want to miss!
Go Under the Sea with Ariel
Dive into a magical world filled with mermaids and unleash your inner creativity! With the excitement of the new live action story, there will be lots of chances to meet Ariel. ‘The Little Mermaid’ is greeting guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Ariel’s meet and greet location at Walt Disney Presents features artwork inspired by the movie that guides guests on a journey from sea to land, ending at the picturesque setting of Prince Eric’s shoreside castle. The location also features replicas of some of Ariel’s favorite “thingamabobs.”
The works of four Black artists are on display at the Disney Springs Art Walk. This summer, three new artists will showcase their artistic expression on walls across property at Disney Springs, EPCOT Amani Village and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Cape Town-based Street artist Nardstar* will be live painting her artwork, which will celebrate natural hair, at the Disney Springs Art Walk June 15 through 20. Kenyan artist Wise Two begins painting in EPCOT on July 5 and new art at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park will be available in August.
Get a Glimpse of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
As construction continues on Magic Kingdom Park’s much-anticipated Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, guests will soon be able to see the centerpiece of the attraction, Tiana’s Foods water tower, topped by her signature tiara.
Highlighting Black-Owned Businesses
Discover authentic African craftsmanship at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and indulge in the fresh and flavorful cuisine offered by the Black-owned Local Green Orlando Food Truck at Disney Springs. Savor a variety of food and beverage items available throughout Walt Disney World made with the award-winning Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, the world's most successful Black-owned distillery.
Let the Games Begin
Guests can watch future NBA and WNBA players competing in the AAU Girls and Boys Summer Basketball tournament, July 3-16, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Likewise, the nation’s top high school talent will be on display at the sports complex during the NBPA Top 100 Camp, June 26-July 2. Soccer fans won’t want to miss the LaLiga Promises international tournament, June 23-25, widely considered one of the most important events in the world for 12-and-under players, and the USYS National Championship, crowning the best youth club teams in America, July 18-23. For more information on the events and tickets, guests can visit www.espnwwos.com/events.
Get ready to rock out and travel beyond the stars at EPCOT's Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind! Guests can also take a thrilling whitewater ride through an Asian jungle at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park on Kali River Rapids. Plus, rev up your own concept car at Test Track Presented by Chevrolet and experience the speed of light on the newly-opened TRON Lightcycle/Run Presented by Enterprise. It's time to buckle up and let the adventure begin!
Witness the amazing spectacle of Happily Ever After Presented by Pandora as it illuminates the sky with stunning fireworks at Magic Kingdom.
Walt Disney World Resort has something for everyone. No matter what activities you choose, expect your vacation to be one of a kind. To experience any in-park offerings, guests must have valid theme park admission and may need a theme park reservation depending on type of admission and date of visit. Guests can visit DisneyWorld.com for more information about planning their visit.