Everything You Need to Know for Disneyland Gay Days

by Mommy Frog on January 15, 2019 33 Los Angeles

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Gay Days is one of the most popular “unofficial” events at Disneyland, drawing crowds annually the first Saturday in October and again in March for "Mini Gay Day," for those who need a little red shirt boost in the spring. The Gay Day events are not presented by Disney, who does not endorse any group that meets during regular park hours. Disney does not offer information about the festivities, but Disneyland Resort is supportive of the events and the many guests it brings to their parks, hotels and restaurants. Because this is an unofficial event, the parks are still open to the public, so you don’t need a special ticket to visit the parks.

Disneyland Gay Days - Group in Front of Cinderella Castle, Credit: Gay Days Anaheim

Photo Credit: Gay Days Anaheim

Disneyland Gay Days definitely bring in more people to the parks. Mini Gay Day is scheduled for March 2, 2019 at Disneyland Park and Disneyland Gay Days are scheduled for Oct. 4-6, 2019. There is a schedule of events for each day, with one park playing "host" each day during normal operating hours. There are family-friendly events, informal chats, cocktails, a concert and other events. You can find all of the fabulous details on the Gay Days Anaheim website. Whether you are planning to attend Disneyland Gay Days or just visit the parks this same weekend, here are some important details to get you ready!

Disneyland Gay Days

Gay Days and Crowds


Disneyland Gay Days - Rainbow Ears

Disneyland Gay Days do bring in quite a few people, and the impact it has on crowds is growing — along with the general higher crowds the parks see on weekends. The crowd levels can vary each year. When Gay Days aligned with Columbus Day weekend in 2018, there were massive crowds — we saw 300-minute waits for Haunted Mansion Holiday! But other years, it is not as busy. Based on park hours, Disneyland usually plans for a busy weekend with long park hours. If you already have vacation plans for the Gay Day weekends, don't let it stop you, but make sure to arrive ahead of park opening for each day of your trip. Take advantage of the lowest crowds early in the day by riding the most popular rides when you first arrive. Use our tips for maximizing your time at Disneyland, which always come in handy whether the park is crowded or not. If you're really concerned about the crowds and have a trip planned on these days, make sure to avoid the park that Gay Days is being hosted in. If Gay Days is at Disneyland on Saturday, then go to Disney California Adventure that day (although with popular Park Hopper tickets, those red shirts may hop between both parks). Even with more crowds, Gay Days create a fun, festive atmosphere.

Wear Red

Disneyland Gay Days - Wear Red

There is an official Gay Days red t-shirt that you can purchase, but if you don’t have or want the shirt, the organizers suggest you stick to red shirts. The red shirts help Gay Days participants to identify each other and show their numbers. You’ll see a lot of rainbow colors, and you can even purchase rainbow Mickey ear headbands and hats in the parks if you need the perfect Disney accessory for the event. It goes without saying, but you don't have to officially be part of the event to show your support by wearing red!

Follow the Schedule

There is a schedule that Gay Days participants can follow. Consult the website to find out about parties, meals, scavenger hunts, group rides, group photos, discounts, teen events, concerts and free activities dedicated to families with children. Whether you are participating in Gay Days or not, knowing the general schedule can help you manage your time in the parks. The most important scheduling detail to know for all park guests is which park is scheduled for Gay Days. For example, the event is at the parks the following days:

  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 — Mini Gay Day at Disneyland
  • Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 — Gay Days expected at Disneyland
  • Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 — Gay Days expected at California Adventure

There may be other Gay Days festivities during the surrounding days, as well.

Find Gay Days Menu Items

Disneyland Gay Days - Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats

The Gay Days Anaheim site also promises special Gay Days dessert menu items and even some meal packages at several quick service restaurants in each park all weekend. You’ll see rainbow caramel apples, rainbow Mickey rice krispie treats and rainbow cookies. Check out our favorite quick service restaurants in Disneyland and California Adventure for some ideas on where to eat. Since you can expect weekend crowds in the parks, you might also make an advance reservation at a table service restaurant to secure your table.

Discover Entertainment

Disneyland Gay Days - Credit: Gay Days AnaheimPhoto Credit: Gay Days Anaheim

Outside of the amusement parks, there are pool parties, mixers, live music, DJs, dancing, brunch and other events in Downtown Disney and the hotels. Some require tickets, but many are free.

Enjoy Halloween Time at the Same Time

Gay Days also happens to fall during Halloween time at Disneyland, so there is a lot going on in the parks that weekend. This can also affect your planning if you are planning to extend your trip to make a long weekend of Gay Days. If you want to attend Mickey's Halloween Party on Friday night in October, buy a ticket in advance during the summer, or you may want to hop over to California Adventure during the party time because Disneyland will be closed to the general public during the party.

If you are interested in other unofficial events at Disneyland, check out our post on Dapper Day. These unofficial days at Disneyland offer a unique way to experience the parks and meet other people. They can also affect crowds, so knowing about them can help you join the fun or plan the best time for your family to visit.

Related: Full Schedule of Disneyland Events in 2019

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Jun 18, 2018 at 1:36 p.m. Kristin Says...

Not sure if this has been said already, but Oct 7th is Sunday, not Saturday. I assume the dates are Sat 10/6 and Sun 10/7??

Jun 19, 2018 at 4:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin!

Thanks so much for pointing this out. You are correct, and it has been fixed!

Keep hopping!


Sep 24, 2017 at 6:04 a.m. Patrick Hanson Says...

Excited to share a shirt that is making its debut this year. https://www.etsy.com/listing/557574483/love-is-love-disney-shirtdisney-gay-days?ref=shop_home_active_1

Jul 11, 2017 at 10:24 p.m. Johanna Says...

I just need you all to know (as I am a member of the LGBT community) that every theme part has a gay day some official some unofficial sooooo good luck avoiding us ???????????? we are everywhere!!

Mar 5, 2017 at 10:51 p.m. Marcella Lindert Says...

I have been at Disneyland many times during Gay week. It is crowded and the lines are long, but the only thing that truly bothered me were some of the incredibly gross graphics on some of the red T-shirts. This is a family park and I would like to suggest some discretion. My five year old granddaughter was asking more questions than we wanted to answer. She was way too young to hear them.

Oct 10, 2018 at 5:18 p.m. Shelley Says...

We were there this past weekend and it was crazy, busy, overcrowded. Not to mention they shut down Maxpass for the entire day Saturday. We were reimbursed by Disney but had we known what we were in for we would have planned a different week. What disturbed us the most was some of the men we saw were extremely inappropriate for a Disney park???? there are children everywhere. I was saddened by this and have to say that almost all the gay female couples and many of the males were fine. Just normal families enjoying Disney. Some though were dressed very inappropriate, behaved inappropriate even so much as pulling their shirts up while having pictures with characters while children stood in line behind them?! Our daughter is 11 and we had to remind her many times not to stare, it robbed us of some of the magic. Never saw any females behave this way nor any of the more mature males. Most were very kind, friendly and fun. A few rotten ???? I guess.

Jul 30, 2018 at 4:55 a.m. Michael C Joyce Says...

I've seen this before as well. Too bad we can't be considerate of others. It's things like this that preturb the people we want to accept us. But instead, we have to rub their noses in it! Can you tell it upsets me? LOL

Feb 7, 2018 at 8:27 p.m. Carlosinator Says...

Marcella, I agree with you. I love and accept everybody, but as I walked around I noticed many of the t-shirts were kind of insulting. Many of them wearing these shirts even made eye contact with me darinh me to make a remark, I just smiled and moved on.

Sep 28, 2016 at 5:51 a.m. Carol Says...

I will be there this weekend during Gay Days. Although I fully support this event, I would like to avoid really long lines. Would it be better to go to DCP on Saturday and Disneyland on Sunday since there are scheduled meetups for DL on Sat and DCP on Sun?

Aug 29, 2016 at 12:54 a.m. Nic Says...

Jesus was accepting of everyone and loved all. Maybe go back and read that bible. And remember that there is only one judge, and it's not you. Stay home!

Aug 3, 2016 at 12:45 a.m. Kate Says...

Amen Chadrock! Love thy neighbour does not mean except the behavior and promote that which goes against everything the Bible teaches us. Love the child of God...but don't support the Sin. Christians stop picking out pieces of the Bible that suit you and just read it as the WHOLE WORD OF GOD:)

Jul 12, 2016 at 5:24 a.m. Nat Says...

I am a heterosexual Christian who has worked in the hospitality industry for nearly 20 years. News to those who have no clue, a large majority of employees of Disney, hotels, airlines and other businesses in the hospitality industry are gay!!! And just as their straight counterparts who have also found their calling in this industry, the majority of them are wonderful, talented & dedicated people, who go out of their way to make your family vacations delightful and memorable. While I have never attended, I do know that Disney is not the sponsor of Gay Days, nor is it considered a sanctioned Disney event. So if you want to boycott Disney because they are inclusive to all, then please do. I beg you to! I would much rather have a magical day in the parks with my family with others who are accepting and inclusive of all.

Our last trip to Disneyland was in May, there was a couple (obviously newlyweds) waiting in line wearing matching t-shirts that said #Not Brothers. My daughter asked what that meant. I would much rather explain to my child that two people who are in love have chosen to spend their lives together than explain to my child why in this day and age intolerant, ignorant bigots still exist.

May 4, 2018 at 2:50 p.m. Jasmine Says...

I LOVE this!!! As a married lesbian, I absolutely love that there are people who love and accept everyone. LOVE IS LOVE #lovewins

Nov 9, 2018 at 1:08 a.m. lady d Says...

it looks like to many mens not to many ladies

Mar 9, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. M Deann Mazins Says...

THANK YOU. You rock!

Sep 29, 2016 at 1:37 a.m. Diane Says...

Amen sister! The intolerance of people is not Christian at all and it's easier to explain two people that love each other than the hate someone has for another that he doesn't even know.

Jul 16, 2016 at 12:16 p.m. Chadrock Says...

You need to read your Bible Sister!

Jun 17, 2016 at 6:25 p.m. Becki Says...

Seriously when someone told me they had gay days at Disneyland? I did not believe it for a second. So sad that I will not be going someplace that was my childhood favorite anymore. Yes, I have a narrow mind because I'm walking the narrow path Sharon. Better rethink your views.

Feb 6, 2019 at 6:05 p.m. Kiaya Beasley Says...

so just because you don't like people who are gay your going to take somewhere special from your kids. If there happy and not bothering you then leave them alone. We don't need people like you talking crap on amazing and beautiful people like them. I'm a bisexual teenager and it's difficult because of older people like you don't understand us and can't accept it. People hurt themselves over comments and people like you. Watch what you say, it could hurt someone!!!!!!

Sep 15, 2018 at 8:11 p.m. Nancy Says...

You won’t be missed!

Aug 16, 2018 at 4:34 p.m. I certainly agree.Not everyone agrees with it. I'm one of themk Says...

I really would wish that you people would keep your views somewhere else other than Disneyland. I thought that was for children. Come on

Oct 3, 2018 at 10:29 p.m. Charlie Says...

Seriously think about it. Yes it is a family park and a lot of us have families. My children and grandchildren go to the park with me and my partner. So sad for those that have such narrow and closed minds.

Apr 11, 2016 at 3 a.m. Charles Says...

You have got to be kidding me. I thought Disney was moral, but I guess I was wrong. Will never visit Disneyland again.

Mar 21, 2019 at 4:38 p.m. Ty Says...

Now, if you will also boycott all businesses who don't discriminate it will make my shopping experiences that much more pleasant.

Feb 25, 2017 at 2:36 p.m. Mark Says...

Bye, have a good time!

Jul 29, 2016 at 11:58 p.m. Scott Says...


Just because this isn't an official Disney event, it doesn't make them immoral. Disney is still very supportive and compassionate toward the LGBT communities.

Jun 20, 2016 at 6:33 p.m. Abis Says...

Dear Charles

I have just learnt about these days and I feel I am in a state of shock. I always thought Disney was a stronghold for everything pure and light in this world. I have to guess again.

This is a lot more than accepting homosexuality. It is the most insidious way to promote the whole idea to chlidren!

But don't worry. I know there is still innocence in this world. Just not in Disney

Aug 23, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. melanie macdonald Says...

I completely agree. I have no issues with gay people. I just don't want to have to explain to my five year old son what a drag queen is. Especially at disneyland. Disneyland has always been a wholesome family oriented environment. Maybe the park owner should take a moment and educate himself on why walt created the park in the first place

Nov 8, 2016 at 9:21 p.m. Scott Says...

To quote Walt, "To ALL that come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land."

May 22, 2016 at 1:08 p.m. Sharon Says...

Charles, your narrow mind and your money are not missed.

Feb 19, 2016 at 4:10 p.m. Alfred Verhoeven Says...

Dear friends,

Thought you might be interested in following:

Gay Days Disney: from an informal friends' day out to a weekend with 150,000 participants in RED. How Disney embraced the LGBT & families.

See the case study for my PhD Research Marketing the Rainbow: http://marketingtherainbow.info/case%20studies/disney.html

Best regards from Amsterdam,

Alfred Verhoeven


Oct 1, 2015 at 5:09 p.m. Daniel Says...

Have they considered doing this even the last weekend of September to avoid the Halloween party and park closing early?

Apr 23, 2016 at 9:30 p.m. Person Says...

Yes. They will be doing this next year

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