After having to cancel its 2020 event due to the theme parks being closed amid the pandemic, the incredibly popular Gay Days are set to make their return to the Disneyland Resort! In addition to its return, the celebration will also change dates and take place on a new weekend at the theme park.
Even though it is not an official Disney event, Gay Days have been drawing massive crowds to the Southern California theme park since the celebration first began in 1998. The first event only attracted about 2,500 Guests, but in 2019, there were approximately 30,000 Guests who attended the weekend event. Disneyland has embraced the event and will special pride-themed merchandise during the weekend.
As reported by The Orange County Register, this year’s Gay Days will be happening from September 17-19 instead of October as a way to try to avoid the massive crowds that come to the theme park to celebrate Halloweentime at the Disneyland Resort.
The Orange County Register also reported what Guests might be able to expect at the 2021 event, based on past Disney Gay Day events.
“The Disneyland event typically features a scavenger hunt, attraction takeovers on the Mark Twain Riverboat and at the Enchanted Tiki Room with a massive group photo in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Lunch normally takes place at four Disneyland restaurants: Plaza Inn, Alien Pizza Planet, Rancho del Zocalo and Hungry Bear.
The DCA event usually involves more ride takeovers (Grizzly River Run, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Silly Symphony Swings) plus a group photo on Pixar Pier. Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff is a popular selfie spot throughout the day.”
Gay Days Anaheim is back, September 17-19! Some of you may not know that Mini Gay Days in 2020 occurred just days before the Covid lock down, making us the last group event at the Disneyland resort. And now, we are so excited to announce that Gay Days Anaheim will be the VERY FIRST GROUP to return to Disneyland!!! There is still a lot that we don’t know as Disneyland and California navigate new protocols. We will be sharing more information very soon. regarding discounted park tickets, parties, and our event schedule. But for now… HOLD THE DATE! Gay Days Anaheim is back!!!
In addition to celebrating in the theme parks, a number of events take place outside the Park, including cocktail mixers, book signings, and parties. While Disney does not officially host the event, past sponsors have included Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, Disney Pride, and Disney Vacation Club.
Disneyland theme park reservations are only available through August at this time, so Guests wanting to visit for Gay Days will have to wait a few more weeks before they can make theme park reservations for September 17, 18, and 19 — the weekend of the event. Again, this is not an event that requires you to pay for a separate event ticket as it is not an official Disney event. All you need to attend is a valid theme park ticket and theme park reservation