Just like Christmas, Easter, and the day my house is 100% totally clean, an annual event takes place at Walt Disney World. If you haven’t been to the theme parks the first week in June, you may not have ever heard of this event, and even if you have, you may not have been totally clued in. The first weekend in June every year for the past 25 years is Gay Days at Disney. This is not a Disney sponsored event, however, the theme parks welcome thousands of people from the LGBT community, and it may impact your vacation.
There are many events taking place in the Orlando area during Gay Days, so you won’t see all of those tens of thousands of people storming the theme park. Guests who are with the group visit the parks on specific days – June 4th at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; June 5th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; June 6th at the Magic Kingdom; and rounding out the weekend fun is a visit to EPCOT on June 7th. Many guests, especially on Saturday, will don red shirts, and you may notice groups posing for photos and lining Main Street for the parade.
I’ve had many people ask me what they should be prepared for – as if visiting the theme parks the same weekend as Gay Days is the same as hunkering down during hurricane season. Lines may be a little bit longer, so use FastPass+ when you can. Restaurants may be a bit busier. Plan to eat earlier or later than the normal dining times.
And the biggest question I get – How do I explain this to my kids?
What is there to explain? Love comes in all colors and forms – your kids should know that. Will they see parents holding hands with each other? Yes. Might they see families having fun? I hope so. Are there going to be naked orgies in the castle forecourt? Seriously, that is a question.
Not all families look like yours – and you might find that out if you are visiting Walt Disney World during Gay Days. If you aren’t ready for your children to know that, shame on you.
For more information on Gay Days, visit http://www.gaydays.com/