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Everything You Need to Know for Disneyland Gay Days

by Mommy Frog on September 29, 2015 21 Los Angeles

Gay Days is one of the most popular “unofficial” events at Disneyland, drawing crowds annually the first weekend in October. The event is not presented by Disney, and Disney does not offer information about the festivities, but Disneyland Resort is supportive of the event 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 (but there are discounted convention tickets for participants available until Oct. 3 at 9:00 p.m.).

Disneyland Gay Days - Credit: Gay Days Anaheim

Photo Credit: Gay Days Anaheim

Disneyland Gay Days does bring in more people to the parks. An anticipated 30,000 people will be participating at Disneyland Gay Days in 2015. There is a schedule of events for each day, with one park playing "host" 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 does 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. Based on park hours, Disneyland is expecting a busy weekend! If you already have vacation plans for this weekend, 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.  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. Even with more crowds, many people report that it is a fun, festive atmosphere.

Wear Red

Disneyland Gay Days  - Credit: Gay Days Anaheim

Photo Credit: Gay Days Anaheim

There is an official Gay Days red T-shirt 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. They also sell Gay Days pins. 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 Oct. 3, 2015 — Gay Days at Disneyland.
  • Sunday Oct. 4, 2015 — Gay Days at California Adventure

Find Gay Days Menu Items

Disneyland Gay Days  - Credit: Gay Days Anaheim

Photo Credit: Gay Days Anaheim

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. Check out our favorite quick service restaurants in Disneyland and in 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 AnaheimOutside 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. One event you won't want to miss is six-time Tony winner and Beauty and the Beast star Audra McDonald, who will present an intimate concert Oct. 2 at the Disneyland Hotel.

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. On Friday, Oct. 2, Disneyland closes at 7:00 p.m. for Mickey’s Halloween Party, a special event that requires a separate ticket. Also, on Monday Oct. 5, the park closes at 6:00 pm for Mickey’s Halloween Party. If you want to attend the party, buy a ticket in advance, otherwise 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 recent 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.

Hoppy Planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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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

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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!!

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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:)

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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.

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

THANK YOU. You rock!

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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.

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

You need to read your Bible Sister!

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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.

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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.

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

Bye, have a good time!

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

Charles,

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.

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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

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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

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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."

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

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

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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

www.marketingtherainbow.info

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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?

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

Yes. They will be doing this next year

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