Gay Days at the Disneyland Resort is Almost Here!

Back for its 22nd year, the Gay Days celebration returns to the Disneyland Resort October 4-6. One of the largest annual events at the park, Gay Days attendees come together in solidarity and celebration. Like most theme days, this one is unofficial but recognized and supported by the Disneyland Resort. During this “mix in” event, the park is still open to the general public with Gay Days attendees and families wearing red T-shirts to identify one another and show their numbers.

In addition to the Disneyland Resort offerings at both parks, the family-friendly celebration includes informal meet-ups and activities throughout the weekend. Here’s a guide to enjoying this unforgettable event!

Where to Stay

If your castle isn’t local, don’t fret. There are plenty of fabulous accommodations available around the Disneyland Resort. Howard Johnson Anaheim, a sponsor of the event, offers family-friendly fun with its own Castaway Cove water park and Garden Pool. The Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel will be hosting a Friday night party (18 and over) and a Sunday pool party. But don’t delay; rooms are selling out fast!

Friday, October 4 – Check In & Pre-Days Fun

Start your weekend by checking into the Welcome Center at the Grand Californian Hotel for goodie bags, merch purchases and mingling with sponsors. Mixers, workshops, entertainment screenings and book signings are scheduled from 12- 8 PM on Friday.

Take the shuttle over to the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel and down the rabbit hole for Wonderland, an 18+ party in the rose garden hosted by Kelly Bailey. Ru Paul’s Drag Race finalist A’Keria C. Davenport will be performing. Dance like it’s your very merry unbirthday to the sounds of DJ Ray Rhodes. Tickets are $25, and VIP Party Passes are available for the weekend’s celebrations.

Saturday, Oct. 5 at Disneyland

"To all who come to this happy place, WELCOME!" - Walt Disney The celebration continues with a full day of fun at the Disneyland Resort. The park opens at 8 AM, allowing attendees a full day of magic.

Multiple meet-ups are scheduled throughout the day. Plan on a lunch with new friends, joining in the group photo at 3 PM in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, and other informal get-togethers. Check out the official Gay Days site for the full schedule.

The sun won’t set on the celebration as evening activities keep the fun going. Save your seat for the hilarious Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist here. Book your pumpkin coach and head to The House of Blues Anaheim for Kingdom, a majestic must-do celebration, where Ru Paul’s Drag Race stars Nina West and Miz Cracker will join DJ Roland Belmares.

Sunday, Oct. 6 at Disney California Adventure

Sunday’s festivities take place at Disney California Adventure Park. Walt Disney headed to California with a suitcase and a dream. But all you need is a pair of ears and a red shirt! The Gay Days schedule includes another day filled with themed get-togethers at various locations throughout the park. Don’t miss the sweetest group photo in front of Bing Bong’s Sweet Shop in the afternoon.

Other Gay Days Events Not To Miss

In addition to all the fun at the Disneyland Resort, there will be offsite events. Some highlights include:
Plunge! - Splash over to the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel for a pool party.
Drag: Combing through the Big Wigs of Show Business -  Join author Frank DeCaro and special guests for a discussion and book signing (inside the resort at the Grand Californian Hotel).
Wonderland - Head through the looking glass for a nighttime party at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel.
Kingdom Party - Party like royalty at the House of Blues Anaheim.

Other Fun Things to Do in Anaheim

Enjoy local entertainment and dining during your stay in Anaheim. Foodies can dig into diverse culinary offerings at the Packing House. Grab a booth in the House of Blue VIP Foundations Room or hit up the La Palma Beer Trail. Learn to fly at SwingIt Trapeze or in the cockpit of a fighter jet at Flight Deck Flight Simulation Center.

Gay Days Red T-shirts & Other Merch

It’s easy to spot your fellow Gay Day attendees! They’ll be the ones in red T-shirts. You can pick up official Gay Days Anaheim merch, including shirts and pins. The 2019 shirts honor the newly opened Star Wars: Galaxy Edge saying “May The Fierce Be With You.” Shop online or bring your own red shirt!

Disney’s Pride Month merch is also still available, including rainbow Mickey ears.

For a complete guide to the weekend’s festivities, please visit the official Gay Days website here. If you can’t make it to this October’s Gay Days or want an encore, there is also a mini version in spring. Stay tuned for more info.