We are planning on arriving Disney World on June 2nd and staying until June 8th. In your opinion if we avoid the schedule “Gay Day’s” at the certain parks do you think we will be ok not to witness what this event is about? If the events end on Sunday do you think we will be ok for the rest of the week? Do they stay on Disney? We have 2 rooms at Beach Club and I am wondering if I should change the date! Ughhh.
Morning at the Beach Club
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Dad’s Family-Friendly Plan Answer
Shirley, as a parent I totally understand the concern of ensuring that your Perfect Vacation at Walt Disney World is everything you’ve been hoping and planning for – magical, fun, and family friendly. Don’t worry, this is all still very possible with your trip. You’re one step ahead in avoiding the Gay Days crowds just by knowing that it’s happening. It’s a shame, but thousands of families show up each year without a clue about this event.
In 2012, Gay Days is happening May 30 to June 3, which means you’ll only be there for the final two days. Saturday June 2 the day for celebration at the Magic Kingdom, and on Sunday June 3 the crowd will head to EPCOT. Avoid those parks on those days and you’ll be fine. Since you’re staying at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, which is connected to Disney’s BoardWalk (as is EPCOT), you may want to avoid the that area on the night of June 3 in case the party carries over to the bars and nightclubs there.
As luck would have it, the week AFTER Gay Days is a great time of year to visit Walt Disney World – moderate crowds, temperate weather – Perfect. And don’t worry, while there may be a handful of celebrants who stay on for another day or two, most of the Gay Days crowd will head back to the airport on Monday morning, leaving the Most Magical Place on Earth as family-friendly as ever.
If you are a Star Wars fan, make sure to head over to Disney Hollywood Studios on June 2 or 3 – that’s when the park hosts Star Wars Weekends, which is pretty cool as far as Dad’s concerned.
If you want to make sure you make the most of your time in the parks and avoid the crowds whenever possible, mosey on over to Touringplans.com. They can help with your PLAN by giving you crowd projections, line wait projections, and even full touring plans to help you see more of the park in less time.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Shirley, I hope I’ve lessened your concern. Trust me, there’s no need to change your trip dates, just make sure you have PLAN for the first two days of your trip that avoids the “special” park of the day, and you’ll be fine. I know you’ll have a great trip that is everything you’ve been dreaming of.