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

By : Danny Garcia
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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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5.31.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I’m pretty sure I was 16 the first time I went to Gay Day at Disney. I was only out to my mom and a handful of friends back then, so it was a little awkward when my brothers and I rolled up on the second annual Gay Day at Disney. It became a tradition in my family that when one of the brothers graduated high school, we’d celebrate with a trip to the Magic Kingdom—just us boys. Turns out that celebration always happened on the first Saturday of June. We didn’t know what that day meant to so many people, but we picked up on it pretty quickly.

I remember being petrified my brothers would figure out somehow I was gay, as if just being in close proximity with so many LGBTQ people would cause me to grow a boa and hum the ABBA anthology. I also remember experiencing immense joy and comfort. It was scary being gay in the early ‘90s, not to diminish the struggle today’s 16-year-olds face with their own coming out. But that one day, every year, was a day of happiness in the happiest place on earth. It was a day to be normal, to be together and to be visible.

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One Magical Weekend’s signature event RipTide makes a big splash

By : Jeremy Williams
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One Magical Weekend’s RipTide, the weekend’s longest running party during Orlando’s big LGBTQ week, at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon was the place to be June 2.

The people packed the 52-acre waterpark to dance, meet up with old friends, make some new ones and ride some of the most thrilling waterslides in Orlando.

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Get ready to soak up the fun for one of the planet’s biggest LGBTQ celebrations

By : Jeremy Williams
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What started out nearly three decades ago as a day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom for LGBTQ families has turned into one of the largest, and most lucrative, LGBTQ events in the world.

The first week of June in Central Florida brings over 150,000 LGBTQ people from across the globe to the state and generates millions of dollars every year for the local economy, and this year is without exception.

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Guest Column: GayDays, Pride, and thoughts on being a June bride

By : Steven Yacovelli
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Steven Yacovelli

Steven Yacovelli

I remember my first GayDays: it was 1995 and I was a young gayling of 24 years old here in O-town. My BFF (at the time and still to this day), Bruce convinced me to go. I didn’t quite know what to expect: being newly out, this was one of my first “Pride” events and it was an incredible, powerful, moving, and affirming experience.

A sea of red shirts at the Magic Kingdom, boys in swimsuits at Typhoon Lagoon, and just a feeling of support coupled with a whole lot of fun. Being part of this was more than encouraging: it was the opportunity to not only see so many of my “people” being out and proud in one spot, but just as important was the opportunity to be seen by others outside of the community as an out gay man as well.

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