Celebrate Soulfully at Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The holiday season is upon us.


Walt Disney World is honoring Black heritage and culture with its festivities under the diverse theme of Celebrate Soulfully.

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EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will run from Nov. 25 through Dec. 30.

The Candlelight Processional will return this year with celebrity narrators Whoopi Goldberg, Daymond John of “Shark Tank,” actor Courtney Vance and Angela Bassett. The Disney Parks tradition tells the Christmas story with a Disney choir and live orchestra.

“JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season” returns with multiple performances daily at the World Showcase Plaza Stage in Epcot. This fan-favorite entertainment event honors Christmas and Kwanzaa with gospel, jazz and R&B music.

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EPCOT will have Holiday Kitchens around the World Showcase.

Guests can enjoy the Hoppin’ John and Blackened Catfish at the American Holiday Table at The American Adventure Pavilion. This is a New Year’s treat from West Africa.

The Belle Vue Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort will also have a new beverage called the Sparkling Hibiscus.

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Disney Springs

At the Disney Springs Tree Trail, guests can visit the Black Panther Tree in honor of Marvel’s newest film, “Wakanda Forever.”

Disney said there will also be a drink inspired by the movie with grapefruit juice, Empress gin, pure cane sugar and cherries. The drink will be available until Dec. 22.

Black artists will also make an appearance at the Art Walk: A Canvas of Expression.

Featured Black artist David Anthony Geary joins the other artists in the exhibition with his Chicago art experience.

Afropop band Wassalou will perform on the Waterside stage during the holiday season to celebrate Kwanzaa.

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