It’s Gay Days At The Magic Kingdom!

Author: , June 25th, 2013

 

Every year on the first Saturday in June, thousands of LGBT people and their supporters arrive at Disney’s The Magic Kingdom in their red shirts for Gay Days. The idea behind wearing red shirts is to be seen out and proud at the world’s most popular theme park. So once again Traveline Out & About decided to attend this incredible event.Disney Castle

With so much to see and so much to do at The Magic Kingdom it’s a good idea to plan on spending a full day there. The park does get crowded on this day but it’s very manageable. If you use a bit of planing with your fast pass, most of your waiting time in lines should be reasonable.

This year the new Fantasy Land opened, with exception of the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train roller coaster (due to be completed in 2014). Because of it’s recent opening to the public, this was one of the more congested sections of the park. I will say that Disney did their magic yet again with an amazing job in creating and designing the parks largest expansion! The new Under the Sea- Journey of The Little Mermaid ride is another great addition to Disney’s variety of family rides. If time is on your side, I would recommend the first time you ride to skip the Fast Pass and experience the entertaining and beautiful line cue complete with waterfalls and lagoons, moving crab holograms, and a talking Skuttle the Sea Gaul.FantasyLand

The new Be Our Guest Restaurant was open with a high demand. Lunch is counter service so no reservations are needed but expect a long line to enter. Dinner, however, is a sit down service and it is highly recommended to make reservations. Reservations can be accepted up to 180 days in advance and should be placed then. Guests can visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/#/reservations-accepted to make any Disney dining reservations.

At 3pm everyone who is wearing a red shirt is encouraged to gather together in front of Cinderella’s Castle to watch the Main Street Parade. It is quite a sight to watch this sea of red shirts come together for this afternoon gathering.

At the end of your day be sure to stick around for the Main Street Electrical Parade followed by fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle. I was fortunate enough to have dinner reservations for later in the evening so afterwards I was able to sit on the front porch of the restaurant and watch the parade.

With the beautiful firework show over and the evening has come to an end, I was overcome by a sense of amazement at what I had accomplished in a single day, all of the sights and rides I had experienced, and all of the love and support for the LGBT community that I had witnessed. It was yet another successful Gay Days weekend here in Orlando, FL.

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The Grand Resort and Spa – Fort Lauderdale Beach’s largest and finest gay owned and operated men’s resort hotel

Author: , November 8th, 2012

Traveline Out & About recently had the pleasure of staying at The Grand Resort and Spa, Ft. Lauderdale Beach’s largest gay owned men’s resort. Their standard of contemporary luxury rivals that found in today’s popular boutique hotels.  Just steps from the Atlantic Ocean, this is a pleasurable slice of paradise.

Check into your room and discover  their spacious and meticulously clean accommodations. There are a variety of rooms to stay in. From a simple courtyard or pool view guest room to a suite or penthouse, each room allows for comfort and relaxation.

Head outside and feel your stress strip away as you peal down in the clothing optional tropical garden, complete with a 10 man Jacuzzi and a cascading three tiered fountain.  Rub on your tanning lotion and enjoy your favorite book or chat away the afternoon with your new found friends. Head up to the ocean view sundeck or relax on a raft in the oversized heated pool.

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, The Grand hosts a complimentary pool side happy hour serving wine with light refreshments. This is the perfect time to get to know some of the other guests and make plans for the inevitable evening of fun.

During your stay, pamper yourself at one of Ft. Lauderdale Beach’s best Spas. Here, guests are offered an experience that is unique and wonderfully indulgent with an environment that is welcoming, calming, nurturing, and safe. The fully licensed staff has a variety of treatments to offer. Enjoy a Swedish or deep tissue massage, body scrubs and wraps, facials, micro-dermabrasion, or manicure and pedicure.  Make sure to visit their new hair studio as well.

The Spa at The Grand Resort has been named one of the ten best gay-owned spas by OutTraveler Magazine. Some of the services they can provide: Customized and Specialty Massages, Facials, Wet Room Treatments, Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing, and Hair Cut’s. Here are some of their suggestions made for spa use:

  • Walk-ins welcome, but appointments are strongly recommended.
  • Arrive 15 min early to check in.  Your service will end on time so that the next guest is not delayed.
  • Lockers provided for Spa guests not staying at resort.
  • Robes, Towels, and Refreshments provided.
  • Non–resort Spa guests are welcome to use our amenities while the Spa is open.
  • Draping for Spa guests is up to your comfort level, we provide as much or little cover as you need.
  • For your best Spa experience, please tell the therapist any specific requests or limitations.
  • The Spa atmosphere is tranquil and relaxing. Please turn off phones and be respectful of others Spa experience.
  • If you need to re-schedule or cancel an appointment please notify us 4 hours in advance. Package cancellations please notify us within 24 hours.
  • Our goal is to provide our guests with an environment that is welcoming, calming, nurturing and safe. Be assured our staff is fully licensed and constantly being trained on the newest treatments.

The Grand is just as beautiful at night as it is during the day. The LED lighting in the pool just begs you to take a night time dip. The bamboo and palm trees dance in the ocean breeze help to accentuate that tropical sensation of the resort. Join in the night time Jacuzzi conversations about everyone’s evening adventures then head to your guest house, suite, or penthouse and rest up for another day of pending adventure.

 

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Trip to Toronto

Author: , September 7th, 2012

Here at Traveline Out & About we like to share our travels with our followers. We recently visited Toronto, ON and discovered what a great city it is for gay Americans to visit. We are welcomed in this city like nowhere else! From the bellhop at the hotel, to the doorman at the bar. Everyone is open and accepting of the gay lifestyle. Here are some helpful tips on what you can expect.

Walking up and down Church Street, Toronto’s gay hub of activity, you will notice several boutique shops and adult themed stores. Feel free to pop in and browse for whatever tickles your fancy.

Boutique Bar, serving delectable martinis and spirits with a double deck hanging over Church Street, provides some fabulous boy watching and a great social environment. Across the street is Flash, a dance/ strip club by night and a bingo hall by day. Get your Bingo cards with a drink purchase and have a chance to win $300 and a spa gift certificate. This member’s only club is open to the general public. You can enjoy a relaxing lunch at John’s Bar and Grill or across the street at O’Gradys, both having suitable patios for some delectable cruising.

Remington’s, located outside of the village, is Toronto’s only legal all nude male strip club. Both men and women can be tantalized by an assortment of men displaying their goods. Want to show one of the performers your appreciation? Trade in a Canadian ten dollar bill for US single dollar bills in return for easier tipping (amount varies on the current exchange rate).

Toronto also has some amazing theaters for live performances. Stop by the Ed Mirvish Theatre, formerly the Canon Theatre, to see what shows are playing during your visit.

Looking for an escape from the city? Hop on the Hanlan’s Ferry for a quick float over to Hanlan’s Point. This beautiful part of Toronto’s Island is the home of the only clothing optional beach on the east side of Canada. Both men and women gather to soak in the sun while in the buff. The unofficial gay section of the beach can naturally be found at the furthest point of the beach. Snack stands and washrooms are located near the beach for the visitor’s convenience.

Best of all, everything is within walking distance from several hotels located near Church Street. Park the car and walk to your desired destinations. Want to travel outside of the village? Public transportation is abundant with taxis, electric street cars, busses, and an efficient subway system.

Visiting Toronto, ON will not be a disappointment for the gay traveler. Contact Traveline Out & About and let us get you there!  Visit us at www.travelineoa.com for further information.

Insider Access to Learn From Broadway Professionals

Author: , June 25th, 2012

Explore the Theater District; learn one of the numbers from a Broadway show with a cast member. Then, discuss it with friends, old and new, over lunch or dinner.

The Theatre District is an area in Midtown Manhattan where most Broadway theatres are located, as well as many other theatres, movie theatres, restaurants, hotels and other places of entertainment. It extends from 40th Street to 54th Street, and from west of Sixth Avenue to east of Eighth Avenue, and includes Times Square. The Great White Way is the name given to the section of Broadway which runs through the Theater District. Theatre Row, an area on 42nd Street from Ninth Avenue to Eleventh Avenue, which contains many Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theaters, may be considered to be an extension of the Theatre District, although it is not officially a part of it.

Who: Theater Lovers, Culture Mavens, and Actors who want to fine-tune their parts!
What: Insider Access to a rehearsal studio, A private one-on-one with a Broadway performer and musical director – to learn one of the songs or dance routines from the very show you’ll be attending that night.
Where: Theater District
When: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Monday – Sunday
Why: Learn what it’s really like to be on Broadway from the professionals.

Our four-hour programs include:

  • Expert guide to learn about the history and cultural legacy of the Times Square Neighborhood/Theater District.
  • Insider’s Access for a private 1 ½ hour lesson from a Broadway professional actor and musical director to learn a number from the show that you will see.
  • Performance Bragging Rights over lunch or dinner at Blue Fin – Who would you cast in the part?
  • All taxes and gratuities included

Not included:

  • Transportation is additional upon request since all programs are designed for walking rain or shine
  • Alcoholic beverages may be paid individually at the end of the meal
  • Ticket to the Broadway show of your choice is additional

For more information or other NYC Experiences, check out our site or contact us at 888-713-TRIP (8747)


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LGBT Danube River Cruise August 19-26, 2012

Author: , June 20th, 2012

Experience the Enchanting Danube

Cruise the romantic Danube River from Budapest to Vienna, Melk and Nuremberg. Enjoy private guided tours and learn about the rich history and culture of this spectacular region on the spectacular brand new Avalon Waterways Vista. You’ll treasure every moment of this unforgettable cruise as you experience these grand cities. Sail through the fascinating Main Danube Canal and witness the scenic beauty from your luxury suite as you cruise past quaint towns and visit some of Europe’s most historic and beautiful ports. This cruise is open to gay men and women along with family and friends.

About the Avalon Vista:

Year built: 2012  – Passengers: 164 – Crew: 47 – Panorama Suites: 64 (200 sq ft.) Royal Suites: 2 (300 sq. ft.) – Avalon Deluxe Staterooms: 17 (172 sq ft.) – Length: 443 ft. – Decks:3 The Avalon Vista set sail in 2012, adding to the unique offering of Suite Ships. The Vista’s two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Cruise along the legendary Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers, enjoying fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an expanded fitness center, Internet corner, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful open-air bistro. As part of our thoughtful and inspired efforts, Avalon Waterways offers cruisers an exclusive, premium-bedding suite (Comfort Collection by AvalonSM) in all staterooms, fleet-wide, in Europe. Comfort Collection by Avalon provides travelers a choice of pillows as well as orthopedic mattresses, high-comfort mattress covers, European-style duvets, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, extra blankets and bed configuration options.

 


Sailing through History

Your days will be filled with amazing sights, entertainment, informative talks, fine dining and great conversation. You’ll be sailing on the brand new Avalon Waterways Vista, featuring two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air-Balcony. Enjoy fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your with Vista Suite along with complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks with all onboard dinners.

Day Port Arrive Depart
Sun Budapest Embarkation
Mon Budapest – Vienna, Austria
Tue Vienna
Wed Durnstein – Melk
Thu Linz-Passau, Germany
Fri Regensburg
Sat Nuremberg
Sun Nuremberg Disembarkation

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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.

 


This was guest blogged by Traveline Out & About.

We are a full service travel agency who has over 45 years of experience in working with travelers like you, looking for the perfect cruise, resort, spa or exotic trek! We want to be your “personal travel consultant” understanding what your preferences may be and ensuring the trip you choose lives up to you, your partner, friend or family’s expectations. Each individual is unique – gay, lesbian, transgender, or straight, we all have our own ideas of what makes a trip wonderful. Whether it is a weekend change of scenery or an exotic trip of a lifetime! It’s a wild and wonderful world out there! Be a part of it!

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