Many things are missing from Epcot right now because of COVID and construction. One new exhibit recently added to World Showcase is “The Soul of Jazz — An American Adventure.” The display is nestled in the lobby of the America pavilion, on the left as you walk in.
The exhibit is tied to the new Disney movie “Soul” that premiered on Disney+ at Christmas. The film’s main character, Joe Gardner, reminds us that “this isn’t just music, this is jazz.” Jazz was born and bred in America with influences from around the country.
It’s not a huge display. There are six posters and two cases full of instruments. It’s a nice touch to have jazz music piped overheard. Depending on your level of interest, it will only take you 5 or 10 minutes to peruse, maybe until showtime for the main presentation upstairs or while you wait for a mobile order at Regal Eagle Smokehouse.
My jazz-trumpet-playing teen was actually impressed when I sent him pictures of Louis Armstrong’s trumpet and Bix Biederbecke’s cornet.
More posters and the other display case
A talented rhythm section — including drums — is an integral part of any jazz combo or band.
One of Charlie “Bird” Parker’s saxophones
If you are on the Play Disney Parks app you can take its trivia challenge.
It’s nice to see Epcot pavilions adding small touches while other concerns resolve themselves. It’s not a marquee new attraction like the upcoming Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, but it does keep Epcot’s spirit of edu-tainment alive.
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