10 Black Disney Characters to Celebrate
January 26, 2023
Celebrate Soulfully at Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Springs® and the Disneyland® Resort honors Black heritage and culture, offering Guests the opportunity to enjoy dining that nourishes the soul, live musical performances, gift shopping from Black-owned businesses and more. Cardmembers joining the celebration can redeem Disney Rewards Dollars toward merchandise that celebrates African-American icons and authors.1 To mark the occasion, we’re spotlighting 10 inspiring heroes and heroines that show how Black Characters have added style, smarts and many other strengths to Disney movies over the years.
The Princess and the Frog
A culinary mastermind and determined go-getter, Tiana shows that anything is possible when it comes to chasing your dreams. She’s a true fan favorite for her ability to maintain high hopes no matter what zany surprises life throws her way. Channel her optimism and tenacious spirit when you carry the Tiana card design with you.2
2. Joe Gardner
A passion for music fuels Joe Gardner on his moving quest in the Disney and Pixar movie Soul. A dedicated schoolteacher to budding musicians, he never loses sight of his own dreams of being a jazz pianist. He’s won over audiences of all ages for asking the deep questions of who he really is at his core and finding out what he was put on Earth to do.
3. Penny Proud
The Proud Family
The teenage years are no match for Penny Proud. High-spirited Penny brings hilarity and heart to The Proud Family and all their adventures. She’s a natural leader who makes an impression on audiences for the way she can balance friends, family and school—all with a dazzling smile.
No superhero can keep his cool better than Frozone. A trusted friend to Mr. Incredible and “Uncle Lucius” to Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack, he wears his supersuit with slick style. And as a master manipulator of ice, he impresses fans with his ability to make any villain freeze!
5. Alisha Hawthorne
As Buzz Lightyear’s commanding officer, Alisha Hawthorne knows all about going to infinity… and beyond! In Lightyear, Alisha’s leadership inspires Buzz to become the hero he’s meant to be. With an Alpha Blaster in hand, she’ll always have her best friend’s back!
6. Cobra Bubbles
Lilo & Stitch
There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Cobra Bubbles, the tough guy of Lilo & Stitch. That gruff exterior hides a compassionate man who truly cares about little Lilo’s well-being. And as a former CIA agent, he knows a thing or two about keeping secrets of the extraterrestrial variety!
7. Meridian Clade
The action-packed adventure of Strange World stars the legendary Clade family, intrepid explorers who attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land. Taking the helm as pilot—and mom—is Meridian Clade. Heroic and funny, she’s a real team player who knows how to steer her loved ones in the right direction.
8. Antonio Madrigal
Antonio Madrigal shows that it’s often the quiet ones who have the greatest power to wow. The youngest cousin to Mirabel in Encanto, Antonio knows how to lean on his loved ones, whether they be human or animal. His sensitivity gives him the gift of communicating with animals, a magical talent that allows him to build courage at a very young age.
9. Doc McStuffins
She may be six years old, but Doc McStuffins has already learned just how important it is to lend a helping hand—or paw—when friends need it most. A caring vet who knows just how to heal toys and stuffed animals, Doc has a tender heart and an uplifting mindset. For those who put staying healthy and happy first, Doc is the perfect role model!
Big Hero 6
Wasabi is a careful fellow. Science is a huge part of his life, so he’s always sure to take a methodical approach, no matter the task. Sure, his friends may gently joke with him about always following the rules and avoiding risks, but it’s his composure and organization that keeps them grounded. Every team could use a Wasabi.
We hope this list has helped inspire you to Celebrate Soulfully at Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Springs® or the Disneyland® Resort. As you plan your travels, remember that you can redeem Disney Rewards Dollars toward food, experiences and souvenirs to remember this special time for years to come.1