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Disneyland Article
Gay Days Are Coming Back In October

Sleeping Beauty Castle
Orange County Register
Marla Jo Fisher
August 03, 2018
August 08, 2018
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Disneyland's annual unofficial Gay Days celebration is scheduled this year to run Friday, Oct. 5, to Sunday, Oct. 7, in and around the Anaheim resort.

This is the 21st year of the event, during which organizer Eddie Shapiro said people attend the theme parks from around the world, wearing red T-shirts to show their solidarity.

Disneyland does not encourage or discourage events organized by outside groups, and it will be held alongside regular visitors.

Shapiro said there's a party-like atmosphere on those days and some people who might feel concerned about being outwardly gay elsewhere can be comfortable.

"We are an actual majority in the parks on those days," Shapiro said. "People feel safe to be themselves during those days."

He said he's already been sending preordered T-shirts for the event to places as far away as Idaho, Hawaii, Pennsylvania and Australia.

Straight people are also invited to participate. According to Shapiro, Disneyland has estimated attendees at more than 30,000 annually.

"People say, "Can I come? I just want to show support,' and we say, "Of course,'" Shapiro said.

Friday, Oct. 5

Check in at the Gay Days Welcome Center at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. Free.
Outdoor free movie, "Hocus Pocus" at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel at 7 p.m.
DJ party at the Rumba Room Live at Anaheim Garden Walk ($25)

Sat. Oct. 6

Disneyland park unofficial Gay Day from 8 a.m. to midnight
Meet at the Mark Twain Riverboat at 11 a.m.
Join the Gay Days scavenger hunt in front of the Jolly Holiday Bakery on Main St. USA
Lunch at the Plaza Inn, noon for families with children.
Teen lunch, noon, at Redd Rockett's Pizza Port, Tomorrowland
Ladies' lunch, noon, at Rancho del Zocalo, Frontierland
Enchanted Tiki Room 1 p.m. hula sing-along at the Enchanted Tiki Room. Grass skirts welcome.
Group photo at Sleeping Beauty Castle, 2:30 p.m.
Pixar Play Parade viewing party 3:30 p.m. in front of It's a Small World
Teen Java Jive informal meetup for teens 5:30 p.m. at the Starbucks on Main St. USA.
​VIP Gold cocktail reception 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with advance tickets only
DJ Party at Highway 39, Anaheim, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Sun. Oct. 7

Disney California Adventure unofficial Gay Day 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
​Run the Grizzly River at 11 a.m.
Pool party at the Anaheim Majestic from noon until 4 p.m. (ticketed event adults only)
2:30 p.m.: Ladies Ice Cream Social at Clarabelle's
Closing drinks from 8 p.m. in the Hearthstone Lounge, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel.
Attractions Referenced

Enchanted Tiki Room

It's A Small World

Mark Twain Riverboat

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Restaurants Referenced

Clarabelles Frozen Yogurt

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Plaza Inn

Rancho del Zocalo

Redd Rockett's Pizza Port

Parades Referenced

Pixar Play Parade

Lands Referenced



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