One of the world's largest gay celebrations is GayDay at Disney World in Orlando Florida
when the whole resort, and now many of the neighbouring attractions like Sea World
and Universal Studios join in with all kinds of special events. This year GayDay is between June 5th
and 7th though there are events and circuit parties the whole of that week. Here in the UK
Disney World is regarded as a purely family destination, but there's lots which'll appeal to a
gay visitor. To coincide with GayDay 2003 there's a new book out about both Disney World in
Florida and Disneyland in California which'll guide you to the gayest places in the Disney universe.
Take the words Disney, and mix them with gay and lesbian, and you have a recipe for
controversy, and yet, somehow, it all works!|
Despite right-wing evangelist Pat Robertson's
assertion that gays at the Disney park in Orlando would result in hurricanes and all
manner of manifestations of God's wrath, Gay Day at Disney draws over 100,000 people from around the world.
Now, whether it's Gay Day or not, US Out magazine senior editor Jeffrey Epstein and
Eddie Shapiro have created Queens in the Kingdom which is a funny, camp, practical
guide to getting the most gay goodies from your Disney outing.
Queens In The Kingdom is available now for £10.99 from
Think of them as the tour-guide version of Patsy and Edina from AbFab -if
those two ever were sober enough to write a book. Knowing that the agenda of the average
gay traveller is a bit different from that of Mum, Dad and two kids from Essex,
Jeffrey Epstein and Eddie Shapiro have come up with a guide to the Disney resorts that
specifically caters to gay readers. While sniping at each other only
occasionally, they offer candid, informative, and always-humorous opinions on everything
from hotels and attractions to restaurants and shows.
The most fascinating part of the book is that they take you through the history of each ride
and attraction, when it first opened and what changes have been made. The writers also provide
information about nearby theme parks and local gay life
surrounding the Disney landscape. Additionally, the book boasts: 'fairy facts,' unique
titbits of trivia about every attraction in the park; vital tips on how to make the
most of your stay such as which restaurants offer the best bang for your buck and
how to avoid all the long lines; help on finding the parks' 'gay goodies' like
Ellen's Energy Adventure (starring none other than Ellen DeGeneres); and where to
grab a kiss without feeling stared at.
Queens In The Kingdom is published by Alyson Books and can ordered direct from
Amazon here in the UK.
ORLANDO DESTINATION GUIDE
ORLANDO'S GAY DAY CELEBRATIONS
ORLANDO'S GAY DAY - Where To Stay
ORLANDO'S GAY DAY - Parties & Events