Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Gay Days & Disney
The 2010 Gay Days are not far off, taking place this year June 1-7. What is different is that since Pleasure Island clubs are no longer there, not as many events take place on Disney property anymore. In fact, the official hotel this year is over at the Doubletree Hotel on International Drive. Sure, there are still the popular Gay Day events at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. And yes, there is going to be a pool party at Typhoon Lagoon this year. But if you look at the event list you'll see that most of the pool parties, comedy shows and the film festival are all over at the hotel on I-Drive. No disrespect to the DJ's listed to spin, but I've never heard of any of them.
OneMightyWeekend this year appears to have been replaced with OneMightyReunion. Their event actually does take place on Disney property at the Buena Vista Palace June 4-7. So far the listing is just for pool parties at the hotel. I'm not familiar with any of the DJ's on their list either.
With the economy in the tank, apparently no repeat of World Vibe Orlando (which got cancelled last year) or Gay Day Reborn, the last dance club event ever at Motion. (See blog photos last June)
It's not likely that Gay Days will ever completely disassociate itself from Disney but there is a gap that is widening. Pleasure Island was a huge draw to stay at DTD hotels. My recollection of the 2009 advertising for Gay Days is that they still listed the clubs, not realizing they had been closed the prior September. I have my doubts that Celebrate Tonight is going to have the same pulling power.