Gay Days in Orlando 2012

Author: , June 20th, 2012

We recently had the opportunity to visit Orlando, FL for the Gay Days event. Gay Days is a week long event leading up to Saturday, which is the big day, at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This week attracts over 100,000 gay people from all over and is the first Saturday in the month of June.  During the week, different gay bars around the city host event parties to get things going. The Parliament House is a great example. They bring in famous DJ’s and Drag Queens from around the country to perform. This year they even brought in stars like Chaka Khan, Mia, and Sonique. The host hotel is sold out to mostly Gay Days attendees and has afternoon and evening pool parties for both men and women, and there is even a trade show where guests can purchase some fabulous merchandise.

Perhaps the biggest and most sought after party of the week is Riptide, held Friday night at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.  This private event is attended by a sold out crowd of nearly 6,000 gay boys, and some girls, dancing and drinking the night away in some really tight swimwear. Most of the parks attractions are open and heavily used by the partying guests. Drink stations are planted heavily throughout the park for easy access and purchase your favorite adult beverage.  The main stage and giant video screen were placed on the beach of Disney’s largest wave pool so guests can dance to the latest hits with the sand between their toes and Go Go boys gyrating on the stage for everyone to enjoy.

Finally the big day has arrived. It’s Saturday and Disney’s Magic Kingdom is starting to fill with a sea of red. Those attending the park that which to stand out as being there for the Gay Days event wear a red shirt to show their support.  Every ride, every food or merchandise stand was infected with red shirts. It’s a beautiful sight to see. Main Street is lined with red shirts for the three o’clock parade. As the day ends and night time begins we all again try and gather in front of Cinderella’s Castle for the night time firework show. It truly is the best way to end a magical day.

Sunday is the last day of the event and those who have not worn themselves out yet attend Epcot. There are still those who wear their red shirts and most others wear their rainbow mickey head pins that they bought at the park the day before.  It seems that most of the guys head for the rides in the morning and then after lunch they just go where the booze is. Drinking your way around the world at Epcot with new friends is a nice way to end your magical week in Orlando for Gay Days.

 


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Win a Trip to Gay Days Vegas

Author: , June 14th, 2012

Gay Days Las VegasGay Days Las Vegas will hit the Las Vegas Strip September 4-10, 2012 and Gay Vegas Travel is offering a chance to win an all expense paid trip to be a part of the action. The contest is open to anyone aged 21 or older and offers a once-in-a-lifetime prize package that promises to keep the winner and a guest partying non-stop in a town made for 24-hour fun.

According to Gay Vegas Travel promoter, Val Collins, “We are excited to offer this amazing package to come to the world’s most exciting city and return home with vacation memories that friends will be jealous of.” Gayvegastravel.com is the official gay resource for everything Las Vegas and offers members myriad resources for everything from hotels to spas to nightclubs.

“Our goal is to be the world’s go-to spot for anyone planning a trip to Las Vegas or just wanting to know what’s happening on our gay scene. We are located right here in Vegas and stay on top of what’s new, what’s hot and what’s happening. Gayvegastravel.com is the one-stop place for planning your trip, meeting locals and visitors and sharing the fun stories about visiting one of the hottest gay vacation spots in the U.S.” says Collins.

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Gay Days Las Vegas to Challenge Gay Days Orlando

Author: , June 3rd, 2012

Gay Days Las VegasFor two decades, Gay Days has been synonymous with Orlando. It started as a way for the local gay-and-lesbian community to celebrate gay pride with an annual high-profile visit to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park, but it quickly grew into a nationally known festival with a week’s worth of parties, networking, social events and theme-park trips.

But the festival, which kicks off Tuesday with a party in the upscale Mall at Millenia, has some serious cross-country competition this year — of its own making: The organizers of Gay Days Orlando are also making preparations for their first Gay Days Las Vegas this September.

Still, official hotel bookings for Orlando’s Gay Days are pacing ahead of last year’s reservations — an indication that the theme-park capital of the world is at least holding its own against the casino capital of the world.

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Gay Days Orlando Starts Today

Author: , May 29th, 2012

Disney World Gay DaysDress up as your favorite childhood character or just enjoy the show and activities at Disney Gay Days where anyone can be a princess. Happening May 29-June 4, this weeklong extravaganza features many events, so you can pick and choose your favorites.

With options like the Main Lagoon Pool Parties that happen day and night at the Doubletree SeaWorld, great packages for special days at all Disney parks, and the Taste of Gay Days wine, beer, and spirits tasting, you’ll have a hard time choosing. The Doubletree Hotel will play host for the event, and it will include Park Hopper tickets for the Gay Day at Magic Kingdom and other parks.

Disney-themed parties not your style? Check out the 2012 Wonder World, Orlando’s international dance music weekend happening through May 31-June 4.

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Win 6 Nights at Hilton Orlando for Gay Days 2012

Author: , April 4th, 2012

Gay Days OrlandoAs the 2012 Gay Pride travel season begins, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travelers, friends of the LGBT community and others traveling to Pride Season celebrations can take advantage of a special offer at more than 140 Hilton properties worldwide.

The “Stay Hilton. Go Out.” package created by Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, extends discounts and added value for LGBT travelers and their friends. The offer is part of a wider campaign that includes sponsorship of major LGBT events and a sweepstakes offering travelers a chance to win a VIP experience at Gay Days Orlando.

“Whether attending celebrations close to home or in top destinations around the world, Pride season is a peak travel period for our LGBT guests,” said Dave Horton, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “Our offer extends a warm welcome during this special time and is an extension of our presence at top community events.”

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Gay Days Orlando – Filling Up Fast

Author: , March 29th, 2012

Universal Studios OrlandoMickey, Donald, Goofy and the whole Disney gang will be waiting for you at Gay Days Orlando 2012, but you might not be so lucking with a room.

This year’s Gay Days, May 29 to June 4, is expected to attract 150,000 participants. And rooms at the host hotel, the recently remodeled Doubletree by Hilton Orlando At SeaWorld (formerly the Doubletree Resort Orlando – International Drive), are already selling out.

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Disneyland’s Gay Days to Draw More Than 30,000 Visitors

Author: , September 30th, 2011

Once an underground gathering that was regularly protested by religious groups and conservative politicians, the annual Gay Days at the Disneyland Resort marks its 14th anniversary this weekend and is expected to draw more than 30,000 people to the Anaheim amusement parks.

Though not officially sponsored by the Disneyland Resort, the annual celebration has become one of the most crowd-dependable and popular gatherings at the park.

This year, there are to be Disney-themed “Gay Day” T-shirt sales, discount tickets for attendees, an ABC television screening, concerts and a chance to talk with 90-year-old actress Carol Channing or meet up with Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch, a star of the hit TV show “Glee.”

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“Gay Day” Warning Flown Over Disneyworld By Anti Gay Group

Author: , June 7th, 2011

Disneyworld Gay Days WarningA Christian conservative group protested Disney World’s annual Gay Day by flying a warning message over the park. The Florida Family Association contracted a plane to fly over the park dragging a giant banner that reads, “Warning Gay Day At Disney.”

The group said it flew similar banners on Friday and Saturday: “Thanks to the generosity of many supporters, Florida Family Association contracted this aircraft company to fly a seven foot high banner for ten hours the day before and ten hours the day of Gay Pride Day at Disney World.”

The group estimates as many as 10,000 unaware people exit the park because they are offended by the gay event.

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Gay Days to Add Las Vegas Event in September, 2012

Author: , May 28th, 2011

Gay Days Las vegasThrongs of gay and lesbian tourists arrive in Orlando next week for their annual Gay Days celebration at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, but starting next year, those travelers will have a second option come summer’s end: Las Vegas.

The organizers of Orlando’s Gay Days said this week they’re expanding and will host a Gay Days Las Vegas starting in September 2012. The event is designed to complement the annual expo and party in Orlando.

“When we decided to start researching Vegas, … the feedback was just tremendous,” said Chris Alexander-Manley, president of Gay Days Inc., who noted the expansion will coincide with Gay Days 21st anniversary. “We say, ‘We’re 21, we’re legal, we’re going to Las Vegas.'”

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Gay Days Coming to Orlando on May 31st

Author: , May 27th, 2011

Orlando Gay Days 2011What started 21 years ago has grown into a week, May 31 – June 6, 2011, of park hopping, pool parties, shopping, and sunning. There’s something for everyone. Gay Days has evolved from a one-day walk in the park to one of the top 3 GLBT vacation events in the world with over 150,000 attending. We’re proud that this year Gay Days was named one of the top 100 events in Florida, and one of the top 7 in Orange County. Attend some of the Gay Days events listed below, and you’ll know why.

Start the week off Tuesday, May 31 at the Gay Days Kick-Off Party at Mr. Sisters, Orlando’s newest club.

On Wednesday, June 1 starts five days of pool parties. We have 11 daytime pool parties between the main pool, women’s pool and the Bear pool and 8 evening pool parties. The pool parties bring in the world’s hottest DJ’s, courtesy of GayInternerRadioLIve.com! Visit one of the day and/or evening parties at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, Gay Days Host Hotel.

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