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Old 01-28-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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So what should one do at Gay Days

This will be my first Gay Days ever. I've seen the website for it and it lists some events at the official site for it. Basically just pool parties and an expo.

Is it worth checking those things out or just staying at WDW and doing the official parks they days they say?

Thoughts, comments, suggestions?

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Old 01-29-2012, 12:24 AM   #2
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This will be my first Gay Days ever. I've seen the website for it and it lists some events at the official site for it. Basically just pool parties and an expo.

Is it worth checking those things out or just staying at WDW and doing the official parks they days they say?

Thoughts, comments, suggestions?

Scott
I would post over on the gay days thread . There's a list of stuff we generally do as a disboards/facebook group on the GD thread.

I haven't done any of the parties, etc. but I've heard mixed reviews.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:44 AM   #3
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It really depends on what you are into - the parks, pool parties, evening festivities, the clubs downtown Orlando at night...........and plan accordingly. We are all about the parks, and it's great being in the designated park for the day. We love WDW, and being there on Gay Days knocks into high gear for us.

MK day on Sat is the BEST and the most attended of the 4 days. Be sure to wear red that day. Some wear red to the parks each day, but most only wear red on MK day. The 3pm parade on Main Street is a must!!!! Seeing the sea of red T-shirts on Main Street for the parade is a religious experience for me! When everyone joins in at the end.....words can't express what it does to me - I got teary eyed the first time, and I still do!!! I've heard the Crystal Palace for breakfast that day is also a great time.

Because we are all about the parks, we prefer to stay on property and be submerged in Disney during those days. That's enough for us. We do, however, rent a car and attend a few of the evening events. If you like to be around a certain group of peeps, there are many varying events around to attend. There's a few more web sites out there for a few other groups than the one you've mentioned. We are more into the bear events, and the Tidal Wave Party on Friday night is a must for us as well as the Country Bear Jamboree at noon on Sat!

My best tips - smile, be friendly, say hi and you'll have a great time and meet lots of new people! As you do, ask them what activities and places they enjoy. You'll get a lot of good advice for this trip and the next ones too!
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:56 PM   #4
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I've seen the website for it and it lists some events at the official site for it. Basically just pool parties and an expo.

Is it worth checking those things out or just staying at WDW and doing the official parks they days they say?

Thoughts, comments, suggestions?

Scott
There is nothing "official" about Gay Days in the least. While Disney does not acknowledge or support the series of days which sees an influx of the LGBT community, it ends up having greater attendance than the officially sanctioned celebrations like Night of Joy or Tom Joyner's Family Reunion. Since Disney does not sanction the event, it’s not mentioned anywhere, or to anyone booking a reservation during that week. The most recognition that you might see is if you are staying on site, your resort may slip a note under your door to warn you that they anticipate large crowds in the Magic Kingdom on the first Saturday in June and you might want to take that into consideration in making your plans. The web site you visited may give you the impression that they are the "official" producers of Gay Day events. They are not. No one is an official producer of Gay Day events. This fact does create a bit of confusion for those who are just discovering things. On the flip side it highlights the wonderful thing about Walt Disney World and Orlando...there is something for everyone. This all started over 20 years ago by folks that communicated via a Bulletin Board System kind of a precursor to the internet as we know it today. They wanted a day that was fun to meet each other. It was decided to meet in Walt Disney World on the first Saturday of June (which at that time wasn't a particularly busy time of year). How would they recognize each other? They all decided to wear red since it is a nice bright color. The rest is history.

I highly recommend the Gay Days experience to all gay and lesbian folks that enjoy amusement/theme parks. There is something for everyone throughout the week. We are not a monolithic culture and there is so much going on 24 hours a day (literally). You will have a blast regardless of your interests. The sense of community you feel is always welcome and invaluable. The reason I believe we call each other "family" is we are a minority that is not raised by members of our own minority. Our family of origin aren't like us! If you are hispanic, then your mom, dad, and siblings are all hispanic too. It's a shared experience that they can understand. Gay and lesbian folk have to seek out others who would understand them like their family of origin ordinarily would, but in this case don't. It can prove problematic at times. There aren't any physical markers that identify us as "gay", "lesbian", "bisexual". So when we encounter a park filled with red shirts - what a treat. So many just like me. I think it is especially empowering for those who live in small town or rural areas. Any opportunity to enjoy being yourself without hiding or compromising is welcome. Especially when you can feel safe from physical harm or words of hate. Even I, who live in a major metropolitan city, appreciates that. An ex-boyfriend had been brutally attacked while walking home from a convenience store for being gay. So, safety is key. Why do the gays seem to need special treatment? We don't. I just want to live my life on equal footing as someone in the straight community.

If you enjoy huge, big dance parties with lots of thumpa, thumpa blasting with laser lights and lots of skin, there will be parties galore every night of the week. If you like a pool party filled with hot bodies and a DJ playing fun music, you can find that too. If you like to play a round of golf, there will be gays out shooting little white balls on freshly trimmed greens. However, if you are a member of the DIS community, it is highly likely that you will be most interested in the Disney parks. If you go over to the Gay Day thread in this forum you will discover which park our community tends to gather on which day.

Poor Peter Pan NEVER got so much attention as on the first Saturday of June at the 3 pm parade. What a roar erupts as he passes by! Also, the WDW employs a huge number of glbt. At least 1/2 of the CM's are gay, themselves. I'm exaggerating, but trust me we are there in full force.

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1. Interact with people on the DIS boards in these months leading up to June. Meeting other Disney park fans in person totally enhances the Gay Day experience. DIS board members have made life long friends this way and a very small few have even met their very special someone.

2. I am a Disney park fan. I want the full Disney park experience. I recommend staying on site if at all possible. I couldn't fathom going to WDW and not having the Extra Magic Hour perk.

3. I am a morning person so this wasn't difficult for me, but on that Saturday morning I do love getting the first seating to a breakfast in the Magic Kingdom. You gain access to the park before the rest of the public and can score some great pictures. Plus, I just love the sunlight streaming through the Crystal Palace.

4. It's going to be several months before these boards start to be really active regarding Gay Days. Be patient. Before you know it you will start reading about all sorts of great ideas that will appeal to you.
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:09 PM   #5
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Back where Pleasure Island had the clubs it was so much fun - now not so much (but yes the Saturday at MK and the 3 p.m. parade is still a wonderful experience). If you are a "bear" there typically is a special time to go to Bear Country Jamboree (caught that once "by mistake" and it was so much fun). Get a great red shirt (my favorite is still the Beauty and Beast with "Barely even friends, then somebody bends.......unexpectantly").
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info everyone. I just wanted to get some info on Gay Days. I will be doing the park stuff that is for sure. May go and do some of the other activities listed on the website for the events.
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