Gaydays...Is It Worth It???

Discussion in 'Gay and Lesbian at Disney' started by SeattleRedBear, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. SeattleRedBear

    SeattleRedBear Mouseketeer<br><font color=red>An old floorboard c

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    The post by the gay-friendly couple who expressed an interest in going to gaydays really floored me. Are we that entertaining that we're an attraction? So I want to hear from the people who have really been.

    Was it worth it?

    Would you do it again?

    Are there as many womyn as men there (I don't want to go unless my GRRLfriends feel comfortable)?

    Husbear & I have talked for years about going to gaydays but we went to summer WDW for the first time last year and it was just so-o-o-o-o miserable (us weather wimps in the northwest just can't take the heat & humidity) and the crowds were pretty bad. So we backed off from planning for it, but if it's extra special (as in SF pride parade extra special) then we might consider. Wait, what am I saying. Disney is always SF pride parade extra special but I want the...

    Facts ma,am...just the facts.
     
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  3. buckylarue

    buckylarue Can't decide who's Statler and who's Waldorf...

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    We didn't go for years because of the heat and crowd issues, but finally decided to brave it last year. We LOVED IT!! I would say there are probably 75% guys and 25% gals, and we all seemed to be having a real good time. We linked up with a couple of other guys from here for some parades & meals, and just went with the flow most of the rest of the time. We didn't do any of the afterparties or hard ticketed events, just some of the park gatherings. Our favorite moment: Sitting in the Country Bear Jamboree with 200+ bears in red shirts, singing along with "All The Guys That Turn Me On Turn Me Down". :earboy2: :earboy2: Well worth the trip for that moment alone!! We're skipping this year (going for my birthday in December instead), but hope to go again in 2007!
     
  4. SeattleRedBear

    SeattleRedBear Mouseketeer<br><font color=red>An old floorboard c

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I agree with you; it would be worth it for that moment alone. I don't think we can do 2006, but we'll have to plan for 2007!
     
  5. vascubaguy

    vascubaguy <font color=blue>DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Hon

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    We were there in 2005, but we missed the Country Bear Jamboree... bummer!

    We didn't go to any of the events, but we saw the swarms of red shirts heading to PI when we were going in Wolfgang Pucks for dinner at DTD one night. Oh, and the swarms of red shirts at MGM for Star Wars weekend too (there was a lot going on then). We didn't find it too hot while we were there, but it rained quite a bit.
     
  6. bsusanmb

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    Ok, I want to give you a good laugh - I am not gay, and I am not homophobic. I was in the pageant world for years, and have many wonderful gay friends. DH and I went to WDW the first week in June. We arrived at Magic Kingdom and I saw all these folks in red shirts. No biggie, thought that it was some special group or reunion. I didn't see too many families. Went to lunch at Liberty Tree, and still it didn't dawn on me until I saw 4 men sitting at a table wearing Peter Pan hats, I started looking closer at the writing on the shirts - WHOA, chose the wrong day to be at MK. But I had a great time watching everyone have such a great time! The shirts were a hoot, and the "Pink Posey" was too much. What a fun day. Go if you can
     
  7. buckylarue

    buckylarue Can't decide who's Statler and who's Waldorf...

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    Here are 4 of our red-shirted 'tribe' outside Country Bear Jamboree...
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  8. SeattleRedBear

    SeattleRedBear Mouseketeer<br><font color=red>An old floorboard c

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    OK. Which one's Statler and which one's Waldorf???
     
  9. bsusanmb

    bsusanmb DIS Veteran

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    Yes, I love those guys! I take my camera everywhere I go and that day I didn't have mine. I would have loved to have pictures for my scrap book.
    Never saw so many good looking men. :cool1: :worship:
     
  10. RickinNYC

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    Joe and I have never been to WDW for Gay Days. We don't really plan on it since we live in NYC and have access to all things gay! Actually, it's just too darn hot, we always go during offseason anyway. Love the lower crowds!
     
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  12. LukenDC

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    Gay Days has never really interested me because of the heat and crowds. I also live in Washington, DC which has a huge gay community and I do not need to travel to commune with other gay men. I recognize, however, that Gay Days can be a very important event for members of our community who are just coming out or live in areas that lack a substantial gay presence.
     
  13. micknpluto

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    I've been to gay Days once a few years ago. It was fun, it was cool, but I doubt I would ever go again. The heat was almost unbearable and it was a bit too crowded. Personally we love October for Halloween :)

    The one thing I remember about being there that sticks out in my mind is how everyone was so friendly. You would be in the Magic Kingdom and strangers would walk by and smile and say hello.. It was nice. :goodvibes
     
  14. FergieTCat

    FergieTCat <font color=green>No, I'm serious. And don't call

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    I'm straight but I would go to Gay Days just to witness the festivities on "The Great Movie Ride."

    Rick -- the new board is fabu!

    (I'm now thinking of a line in "Will & Grace" -- "Maybe this is why I don't get dates on a Saturday Night.")
     
  15. TinkerChelle

    TinkerChelle Happy Mommy of 2

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    Pete: LOVED that commentary on Gay Days. We have never been to WDW during gay days mostly because we just can't go during the summer months because of my partner's work schedule. But, I have to agree with your thoughts on the issue. Everyone has the right to express themselves in the manner they find appropriate, but I don't understand putting forth the image of promiscuous and drunken behaviour. I don't want to see a hetero couple making out....not even my closest hetero friends....I don't want to see a gay couple making out....not even my closest gay friends, so why do we think PDA makes us more gay...or that people should have to witness it. I am no prude, either......I hold my partner's hand in public...have even been known to smooch her during Wishes (after I have cried, of course :sad: ) I just don't get the PDA thing.
     
  16. SeattleRedBear

    SeattleRedBear Mouseketeer<br><font color=red>An old floorboard c

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    That's why I asked the initial question. I've heard such extreme things about the event from "It's just like any other crowded day in the park" to "Homos out of control" that I'm just curious as to what the event is really like. Anyone else have direct experience they want to report?

    I guess Husbear & I will have to see for ourselves some year.
     
  17. Chuck S

    Chuck S DVC Boards Co-Moderator Moderator

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    I go to gay days every year, I do NOT attend any of the hard ticket "events". just the parks...and truthfully, there are a few "costumes", but I haven't seen anything "over the top". My 81yo Mom has been with me, too. I did see a couple wearin gred leather short shorts, all I could think of was how uncomfortable they were in that heat. Neither of us have seen any unruley behavior, and in fact, it is much easier negotiating Mom's wheelchair through the more adult crowd with fewer children that are "caught up" in the magic and don't look where they are going...there are enough adults that do that as it is.
     
  18. Mandabella

    Mandabella <font color=red>My cups runneth over at times<br><

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    DH and I went during Gay Days last year, and would go again during that time frame. When you own an AP/PAP, you'll go whenever you can get away and whenever you can sneak away and whenever you can...the AP/PAP is a sickness...it's evil! Anyhow...the bad part of our trip had to with all the RAIN and it is more crowded than we are used to...but not really horrible. We usually prefer to go during early December and late October to give you an idea of what type of crowds we are used to. Fastpass is your friend! Surpsingly, it wasn't too oppressive with the heat....but it rained....A LOT! Have I mentioned all the rain we got that week? ;)

    Honestly, I didn't notice any lewd behavior from either gays or straights in the MK on Saturday. I saw hand holding and maybe the occassional hug or a quick kiss....and a lot of red t shirts. Then again, I wasn't really looking for any "out of control" behavior. Later that night we went to the AC in PI. And that place was PACKED!!! You could barely move around. It was the most crowded I have ever seen it, but we had a blast!

    As far as women vs. men, there were definitely more guys than girls. I'd agree with that 75% men and about 25% women.
     
  19. iankh

    iankh It's never done till it's overdone

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    We haven't had any great desire to go during Gay Days, mainly because of heat and crowds. It's not our favorite time of year for the world.

    Plus living in Chicago, we have a large active gay community. If I want a crowd of gay people, I can go to Halsted Street Market Days, a 2 day street festival, largely gay and the mid-west's largest with crowds exceeding 300,000.

    So, schelpping to Florida doesn't hold the attraction.
     
  20. bsusanmb

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    I will say that 90% of the crowd was just there having a great time like any other day at WDW. By late evening the other 10% was a little brash. I don't really appreciate PDA either from anyone, unless it is innocent like you say. The news media in Orlando was covering this event and the opening of a resort that caters to the gay community. IMHO, it displayed the weekend like adolescents during spring break - you know those Girls Gone Wild type of things. DH was at EPCOT later during the day, and there really was no PDA there like at the Magic Kingdom. As a 55 year old straight female, I always thought that Gay Pride Day at WDW was an opportunity for the gay community to come together in unity so that we straight folk could see that we are all the same - we all have the same desires and emotions and love WDW too. I don't know that I would want my grandkids to have witnessed some of what I saw. I am old and wise enough, and have so many gay friends that I thought it was a fun day, and enjoyed it. I know my friends who went to Rehobath Beach (sp) that weekend would have enjoyed WDW much more. We don't live in city, we are in a very conservative area of Central PA in the Amish and Mennonite area. You can see why these events would draw from our area.
     
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