Why doesn’t Disney make the event official?
Disney doesn’t endorse any group that comes into their park during regular park operating hours. While they may reserve space (like they’re doing for us at several times), that does not connote an official endorsement. In order to make it truly official, we’d need to rent out the entire park, and they don’t do that during regular operating hours.
Is Disney involved?
Disney has been wonderfully supportive of the event, especially as it has grown. They are involved in all of the official aspects of the event (hotel room blocks, the Welcome Center), and have been very accommodating. But they are not involved in the actual ‘unofficial gay days’ in the park. We continue to work closely with PRIDE, which is Disney’s LGBT diversity group, and they have done a great job of integrating the event as much as possible into Disneyland’s schedule.
Where do I pick up my VIP, show and/or Plunge party tickets?
All tickets are held at the Will Call desk in the Gay Days Welcome Center in the Grand Californian Hotel (the Trillium Room). Additionally, tickets will be held at each of the party venues.
When I go into the ticket store for discounted tickets, it says "convention tickets." Am I in the right place?
Yes, Gay Days is treated like a convention by Disney for the purposes of ticketing, even though it is unlike typical conventions.
Do I need a special ticket to get into Disneyland and/or Disney California Adventure for Gay Days, or will a regular park ticket do? What about annual passes?
Yes, regular park tickets and annual passes will get you in to the parks over Gay Days (as long as your annual pass isn't blocked out). Discounted park tickets are available (CLICK HERE) until October 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm.
Why do we wear red shirts?
We take after our sister event in Orlando, which also uses the red as the color of choice. Red stands out in the crowd. Because the park is open to everyone, it’s easiest to identify one another if we’re all wearing the same color. And while we don’t consider the event political in any way, a sea of red shirts does make a lasting impression on all who see it.
Why is the event the first weekend in October?
While the first weekend in October is sometimes Columbus Day weekend, it is also the month in which Disneyland traditionally sees its lowest attendance, which makes it the ideal time to fill the park with as many gays as possible. Also, the weather in October is generally pleasant and warm, rather than oppressively hot as it can be during the summer or cool and possibly rainy as the winter can be. Technically, we base the event around the first Saturday in October, so the Friday could be in September.
Is it safe even though it’s not gay-exclusive?
We have not had any reports of physical confrontations between gay people and homophobic guests during gay days. While we have heard of a few isolated incidents of people muttering rude remarks under their breath, 99% of the comments we get back from people are overwhelmingly positive. Plus, while Disney does not endorse the event, they are aware it happens so security are on alert for any harassment, and the people in guest relations do a great job of handling any problems which may arise.
Will there be alcohol at the Kingdom and Wonderland parties?
Yes, alcohol will be served. IDs will be checked both at the door and at the bar.
Where do I pick up my tickets?
We will have Will Call at both parties for people who are on the guest list. VIP Party Pass holders can pick up their tickets in the Gay Days Anaheim Welcome Center. Kingdom ticket-buyers can pick up tickets at the Kingdom Will Call in front of the event.
Are there accommodatiions for the disabled?
All of the Gay Days events are wheelchair accessible. Should you require a sign-language interpreter, you must contact us 30 days prior to the event. For needs within the parks, Disney's Guest Services (located at the front of each of the parks) can help you upon arrival.
Where do I park for the parties?
Park in Downtown Disney. It’s free for three hours, and free for five with validation from either House of Blues or Brennan’s.
Who produces Gay Days?
A company called Where's My Dress Productions is responsible for Kingdom, Wonderland, the Info Center, the Group Photos, and all other “official” aspects of the non-official weekend.
How can I find out more about Gay Days?
Sign up for the private Gay Days email list. You will get updates about everything from the parties and hotel rooms to T-shirts and other Gay Day-related events. We will not sell or give your email address to anyone else. This is only for Gay Days updates.