9 Things to Check Out at Orlando Gay Days
We're unabashed Disney-philes at Out Traveler, so when you combine the tropes of Pride — parties, parades, daytime drinking — with water parks, Frozen, Epcot, and Cinderella's Castle, it's heaven on Earth. Orlando Gay Days begins on Tuesday, June 3 with a kickoff party and a performance by rapper Da Brat, and closes six days later. Most of the week's action takes place at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando; here's everything unmissable:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 7 p.m., Doubletree by Hilton Orlando
Miss Gay Days Pageant
Drag Race star Coco Montrese and Frank Marino, star of Divas Las Vegas, host this over-the-top pageant in the SeaWorld Great Lakes Ballroom.
THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 5 p.m., Doubletree by Hilton Orlando
Wet Bears Thursday Evening Pool Party
This hirsute event at the Serenity Pool is bound to get wild, especially since it doesn't end until 2 a.m. at the Serenity Pool. What would Walt think?!
THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 6 p.m., Doubletree by Hilton Orlando
A Taste of Gay Days
If the bear pool party isn't your thing, check out this scrumptious tasting event, with brews, wines, spirits, and plenty of hors d'oeuvres.
FRIDAY, JUNE 6, noon - 5 p.m., Doubletree by Hilton Orlando
Girls at Gay Days Main Friday Afternoon Pool Party
Ladies can get just as wet and wild as the guys at this event for lesbian and bi women at the Doubletree's Key West Pool.
FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 5 - 6 p.m., Doubletree by Hilton Orlando
Singles Meet & Greet Social Hour
Hosted by LGBTQutie.com, this mixer is a great way to meet a friend or something more for the rest of your time in Orlando. The tequila and wine should lubricate everyone nicely.
FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 7 p.m. - 2 a.m., Typhoon Lagoon
Gay Day at Typhoon Lagoon
This Disney watermark rules — it's 52 acres — and it's even better with 6,000 of your closest LGBT friends in skimpy bathing suits.
SATURDAY, JUNE 7, all day, Magic Kingdom
Gay Day at Magic Kingdom 23rd Anniversary
This is when the queers invade the Magic Kingdom! Make out on "It's a Small World"! Pinch a nipple on "Space Mountain"! Propose at Cinderella's Castle!
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2 - 9:30 p.m. Epcot
Drink Around the World and E-Tea at Epcot
Check in at 2 p.m. at Epcot, ride a few rides, head to the World Showcase and start boozing (if that's your thing). Then dance amongst the replicas of European, Asian, and African countries. The World Showcase is even cooler when you're tipsy!
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 8 p.m., Parliament House
Dev and En Vogue
Dance diva Dev and '90s girl group En Vogue close out the festivities. Free your mind and the rest will follow!