With changes to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend coming in 2019, we look back on the history of Gay Day

By : Jeremy Williams
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Outside of Pride parades and festivals, one could argue that no other LGBTQ event in the world is as recognizable as the one that occurs on the first Saturday in June every year at the happiest place on Earth.

Gay Day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom has gone through many changes and obstacles in its 28-year history. What began as one day at the park ballooned into multiple days of events from many groups who bring circuit parties, concerts, expos and pool parties every year that encircle the original event and carry the same message of visibility that Gay Day at Magic Kingdom was founded on.

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PHOTOS: Girls in Wonderland take over BB King’s for Signature Event

By : KathleenHarper
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BB King’s at Pointe Orlando was the place to be for Girls in Wonderland’s Signature Event June 2.

Over 2,500 women took over the dance floor moving to top 40 beats and more. Guest D.J’s ran the turntables and Jemiini and Reckless rocked the stage with a live performance.

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PHOTOS: Comedian Chaunte Wayans brought the laughs to Girls in Wonderland

By : Layla Ferris
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Comedian Chaunte Wayans and emcee Anna Lepeley brought the house down at the Improv Comedy Club at Pointe Orlando June 1.

Around 250 people filled the Improv for the Girls in Wonderland event. Wayans and Lepeley held a meet and greet after the show to take photos and chat with the fans.

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PHOTOS: Girls in Wonderland reach Climax at Pointe Orlando

By : Layla Ferris
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More than 1,200 women flooded Cuba Libre Rum Bar at Pointe Orlando for Girls in Wonderland’s Climax party June 1.

Go-go dancers energized attendees all night long as they blasted fog into the crowd. DJ DLux and DJ Tatiana kept the ladies dancing inside while DJ Pat Pat took care of the music in the outdoor Salsa Garden.

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PHOTOS: Girls in Wonderland welcome attendees with a Bud

By : Maia Monet
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Welcome ladies!

Girls in Wonderland and Bud Light welcomed attendees at the Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration, GIW’s new host hotel, with a poolside party, with free Bud Light, of course.

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PHOTOS: Girls in Wonderland cause a Traffic Jam at Ember

By : Maia Monet
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Girls in Wonderland held its annual Traffic Light party at Ember in downtown Orlando May 31.

The ladies came out, mingled and sported either a red bracelet for taken, a yellow for proceed with caution and a green for GO FOR IT!

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Update: GayDayS, Inc. moves dates for 2019 event; One Magical Weekend, Girls In Wonderland to remain

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | GayDayS, Inc. stirred up controversy within the community as it announced new dates for their annual LGBTQ celebration in Central Florida from the first weekend in June to mid-August starting in 2019.

Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom began the first Saturday in June 1991 when a group of LGBTQ people came together wearing red shirts for a day of celebration and visibility at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Over the last three decades several organizations—including GayDayS, One Magical Weekend, Girls In Wonderland and Tidal Wave—have been formed surrounding Gay Day increasing the one-day celebration to nearly a week of theme parks, pool parties and vendor fairs.

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GayDayS moves dates, host hotel for 2019 event

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | GayDayS, Inc. has a new location and dates for their annual Gay Days celebration, according to organization co-owner Chris Alexander-Manley.

GayDayS will call the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive home starting in 2019 as it becomes the event’s new host hotel. The event will change dates as well moving from its traditional spot on the first weekend in June to Aug. 13-19.

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Central Florida Overheard: Girls on the move

By : Anonymous
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Just because it is the holiday season doesn’t mean we can’t be thinking about Orlando’s big LGBTQ party that first weekend in June.

As thousands ascend upon the theme park capital of the world, host hotels will be preparing for their biggest weekend of the year. GayDays, Inc. has the Doubletree by Hilton at SeaWorld, One Magical Weekend has the B Resort & Spa, Tidal Wave will be at the Holiday Inn Disney Springs and that leaves Girls in Wonderland.

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Wet Hot Gay Summer! Orlando’s big gay weekend succeeds despite the weather and a year of mourning

By : Billy Manes
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ORLANDO – It was the best of times, it was the wettest of times.

Whether it was a pool party or a thunderstorm, the underlying theme beneath the gray skies of Orlando’s resort area in its big gay weekend occupying June’s first week was one of water falling, often with thunder and lightning included.

For 27 years, GayDayS Inc., One Magical Weekend and Girls in Wonderland have been tourism drivers for the area, growing from simple notions of red shirts at theme parks all the way to huge circuit parties and even bigger profits. In economic development parlance, the annual June event brings hundreds of millions of dollars to the region.

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Girls in Wonderland’s Climax party at the Cheyenne Saloon

By : KathleenHarper
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Girls in Wonderland held their big Saturday night bash, Climax, at the Cheyenne Saloon on Church Street June 3.

DJ Gigi kept the dance floor packed playing top 40 and hip hop favorites while DJ Pat Pat and JJ Drums had the salsa room grooving.  The bud light girls even made their way though the dancing crowds giving out swag.

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Splish, Splash; the Girls in Wonderland get wet at the pool

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Girls in Wonderland didn’t let the weather get in the way for their Splash pool party at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort June 3.

The ladies swam, drank and mingled as well as had some fun playing games, doing giveaways and a having a killer bikini contest.

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