Families of all shapes and sizes will be treated not just to classic rides like Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean but a cavalcade of live performances and parties
From Frontiers: Once again, the Disneyland theme park promises family fun, no matter how you define family. On Oct. 2, Gay Days returns to the happiest place on earth, expecting to attract over 30,000 LGBT attendees. While the event takes place on Disney property, it’s not an official Disney event, meaning the park is still open to the general public, but the result is an interesting mix of traditional families and their LGBT counterparts.
“From the beginning, we thought there was something quite significant about bringing our families of choice to America’s number one family destination, where we could all be families together,” says Eddie Shapiro, producer of Gay Days Anaheim. “Now, of course, gay families aren’t exclusively families of choice. There are marriages and kids, and those families are part of the mix, too. But I think that being there makes an important statement, both to the straight families and to our own community.”
Families of all shapes and sizes will be treated not just to classic rides like Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean but a cavalcade of live performances and parties. The festivities kick off Friday evening with Gay Days’ first-ever live concert. Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald takes the stage at the Disneyland Hotel, which serves as a teaser for the upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast movie, in which she will play Garderobe (the wardrobe).
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