PHOTOS: One Magical Weekend’s host hotel was a nonstop party for RED Shirt Pride Days

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One Magical Weekend had three days of hot pool parties and cool vendors at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort May 31-June 2.

Each day featured a different themed pool party — Flamingo Friday, Red + Wild Saturday and Emoji Sunday — but the one constant for all three was show some skin. 

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PHOTOS: One Magical Weekend had us snatching wigs at the first ever Wig Party

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One Magical Weekend closed the weekend out with its first ever Wig Party at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort June 2.

The wigs came in all shapes, sizes and colors and the creativity in hair, makeup and outfits (in some cases lack thereof) had our wigs snatched.

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PHOTOS: One Magical Weekend’s RED IV: Galaxy party was out of this world

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One Magical Weekend continued its traditional #RED party at Disney Springs’ House of Blues with the fourth installment called Galaxy.

The dance floor was packed with a sea of red shirts, fans, harnesses and swimwear while huge planets and space debris swayed above their heads. The House of Blues was serving up rainbow-colored Bud Light bottles, sexy dancers and so much Pride that the universe could barely contain itself.

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PHOTOS: One Magical Weekend was back to take over Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon for RIPTIDE 2019

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One Magical Weekend’s signature annual event, and the weekend’s longest running party, RIPTIDE was back at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and had something for everyone this year.

Whether you wanted to dance the night away, take the plunge on the Crush ‘n’ Gusher or chill in the lazy river, RIPTIDE was the party to be at.

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RED Shirt Pride Day looks to continue Orlando’s traditional Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom

By : Jeremy Williams
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In June 1991, a group of LGBTQ Central Floridians—led by openly gay Orlando resident Doug Swallow—decided to meet at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to say to “The Most Magical Place On Earth” that “We’re here, we’re queer and we’d like to see Cinderella’s Castle!”

“[Doug said] ‘let’s go be somewhere where we can be ourselves and let people see that we’re normal people, but let them know that we are gay … we’ll do something like wear a red shirt so we can know who each other are.’ That was totally Doug’s idea, to make that day what it is,” said Michael Wanzie, a Central Florida entertainer who was at the very first event, in an interview with Watermark in 2018.

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KindRED Pride Foundation forms to continue Orlando’s red shirt tradition

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ORLANDO | KindRED Pride Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed by One Magical Weekend owners Tom Christ and Billy Looper, announced in a press release March 7 their intent to have as many people as possible wear red shirts on June 1.

“On St. Patrick’s Day everyone is inclined to express connection to what that day represents by wearing green on March 17—whether they are Irish or not,” the organization said in the press release.” So the first Saturday of June will continue to be the day that kindred spirits around the world wear RED in solidarity.”

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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: Partygoers strutted into Disney Springs’ House of Blues for One Magical Weekend’s RED party

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One Magical Weekend continued with the weekend’s biggest parties with RED Vol. III: #STRUT at the House of Blues in Disney Springs June 2.

The days official color of red continued on as many partygoers swapped out the red t-shirt for red shorts, crop tops and harnesses. The dance floor was packed by midnight as thousands moved, shook and strutted under a giant, red 9-foot high heel.

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One Magical Weekend holds therapy sessions at B Resort pool parties

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Showing as much skin as possible was the uniform of the day for One Magical Weekend’s Therapy pool parties at its host hotel, The B Resort.

The pool parties featured incredible productions from Europe’s hottest LGBTQ event brand, WE Party. They debuted, for the first time in the U.S., We Party: PINK on June 2. The pool was surrounded by hot bodies and pink everything.

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PHOTOS: One Magical Weekend’s RIPTIDE brought a wave of partygoers to Typhoon Lagoon

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One Magical Weekend’s signature event, and the weekend’s longest-running party, RIPTIDE brought thousands of partygoers to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon June 1.

Disney’s 52-acre waterpark was overflowing with scantily clad party animals for a night of dancing, swimming and drinking.

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

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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

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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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