Theme Park Dates: May 31 - June 6, 2016
The first week in June each year is when an annual festival known as Gay Days takes place in Orlando. Disney theme park visits are part of the festival, but Gay Days is not a Disney-run event, so there are no special events or merchandise on property. The event is simply a way for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) individuals, along with their families and friends, to show support for one another and their community. 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the first event in Magic Kingdom, and the organizers expect attendance of over 170,000 visitors to Central Florida. (Note that not all festival attendees will visit the theme parks.)
Gay Days organizers designate a different Walt Disney World theme park to visit on each of four days. The large groups are, for the most part, non-intrusive and easy to spot as many tend to dress in a similar fashion. Therefore, even with their large numbers, it is easy to avoid any attractions that are developing longer waits due to the extra guests. We always suggest the use of a good touring plan and the Lines app to avoid any large groups in the parks.
If you wish to avoid the crowds from Gay Days altogether, the best solution is to go to a different park than they visit. For more information about Gay Days, check their web site at www.gaydays.com.
Last updated by Brian McNichols on November 8, 2015