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PIXAR “Soul” attraction originally opened at EPCOT to open this week in New York City

PIXAR’s Soul was released on Christmas Day 2020, adding a spark to a year that had proved very challenging and somewhat dreary for the country and the world as a whole, as an unprecedented pandemic arose almost overnight and swept across the globe with a furor that left many in shock, many sick, and many mourning the loss of loved ones.

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The Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning story of jazz musician-hopeful and 8th-grade middle school teacher Joe Gardner asked us to take a deeper look on the inside to determine our spark–that which makes us “tick,” and it challenged us to be intentional about discovering our purpose.

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As with many new Disney and PIXAR films, the characters and concepts of Soul found their way into the parks at Walt Disney World. At EPCOT, inside the American Adventure pavilion, Joe Gardner and his love for jazz were the focus of an exciting new exhibit called The Soul of Jazz: An American AdventureNow that experience is opening in Harlem, New York, a neighborhood known for its exciting jazz scene that inspired the legacy of many jazz icons through the years. 

The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure will open on Thursday, February 10, at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem in celebration of Black History Month.

Trumpet owned by Louis Armstrong on display at 'The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure' at EPCOT

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“Like the film that inspired this exhibit, The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure is a tribute to the human experience,” said Carmen Smith, Senior Vice President of Creative Development-Content and Exclusive Strategies at Walt Disney Imagineering.

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Visitors to the exhibit will get to take a tour through the history of jazz alongside Joe Gardner. The exhibit at the National Jazz Museum will have some added extras to it that have been curated by the museum, including a working 78rpm Victrola, a player piano, and even Duke Ellington‘s white grand piano.

Tickets are available online at no cost. However, visitors must secure a 30-minute time slot to enjoy the exhibit by visiting the museum‘s website. The exhibit runs from February 10, 2022 to August 31, 2022. For more information, you can visit the museum website here.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!