The Gay Day events are not presented by Disney, who does not endorse any group that meets during regular park hours. Disney does not offer information about the festivities, but Disneyland Resort is supportive of the events and the many guests it brings to their parks, hotels and restaurants. Photo Credit: Gay Days Anaheim.
The massive corporation has been moving toward a more liberal approach to sexual identity over the last decade, but the "Magical Pride" parade, set to take place on June 1,is the first time the Disney Parks have openly embraced and endorsed the shift. The event will take place right at the beginning of global pride month — June — and will feature a "Magical March of Diversity Parade," reportedly involving DJs, live music performances, and themed photo opportunities for visitors to the Disneyland Paris park, according to Queerty. Gay pride events in Disney Parks are not new.
Hi Dad! I am so glad I visited your site a few days ago, otherwise I wouldn't have been warned that our vacation in Orlando will unfortunately overlap Gay Days! Your site is the only one I've found that is truly "upfront" about this--most other sites and even guide books seem to barely mention it at all, and you'd have to really hunt for it in the first place!
Sincegays have worn red shirts to Disney World the first Saturday in June. Like pretty much every child who walks up Main Street U. Evan wants to ride Space Mountain. Alix is so excited, she can't even say what she wants to do.
It's really a shame that every year, hundreds of families innocently plan trips to Walt Disney World without knowing about Gay Days. Over 30 years ago, a group started gathering at Disney World every first week in June. Through the years it's grown into a huge event.
Gay Days at Walt Disney World is a loosely organized event where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT individuals, their families, friends and supporters go to Walt Disney World on a single day each year. It is held on the first Saturday in June with numerous other events in the area during the preceding week. The first documented event, in Junehad 3, gays and lesbians from central Florida going to area theme parks on one day wearing red shirts to make their presence more visible.
Over the last three decades several organizations—including GayDayS, One Magical Weekend, Girls In Wonderland and Tidal Wave—have been formed surrounding Gay Day increasing the one-day celebration to nearly a week of theme parks, pool parties and vendor fairs. There are some that do come every year for that, which is great, but Magic Kingdom will be open for the Saturday of our event. Change is good sometimes.
That means double the gay celebrating in Orlando this year, along with hopes that a million people worldwide will stand with Central Florida on Saturday. It belongs to all of Central Florida. They wore red shirts in a display of unity — and so they could recognize each other.
By Andrew Collins. From its modest beginnings in as a informal, one-day celebration at Walt Disney World at which gay and lesbian participants donned red shirts and traveled around the park together, Gay Days at Disney World—also known as Orlando Gay Days—has evolved into one of the world's foremost LGBTQ celebrations. It's also helped spawn an unrelated though similarly popular event in California each October, Gay Days Anaheim at Disneyland.