The first Saturday in June is typically the first Saturday during the summer break from school when parents take tens of thousands (10,000s) of children to the Magic Kingdom theme park. Starting in 1991 Disney World in Orlando Florida allowed thousands of homosexuals, lesbians and trans-genders to hold a coming out party with offensive revelry in the Magic Kingdom on the first Saturday of June. That all changed when Florida Family Association started flying airplane banners to warn parents about Gay Day at Disney.
The Florida Family Association team attended Gay Days at Disney World and took hundreds of photos. Florida Family Association issued a press release in June 1991 that contained photographs of dozens of drag queens that paraded up and down the streets of Disney World. Florida Family Association estimated and reported that nearly 1,800 cross dressers were flamboyantly exhibiting their weirdness at Gay Day 1991. This would never happen today, but 21 years ago all major news networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox reported on Florida Family Association’s findings. Disney officials took this to heart and banned cross dressers from Gay Day at Disney World 1992. Florida Family Association watched as Disney officials vigorously blocked cross dressers from entering the park and escorted people out of the park who wore normal cloths to get through the gate but changed into drag once inside.
For the next several years the Florida Family Association team attended Gay Day at Disney, took photos, issued reports, and launched email campaigns that called on Disney to stop allowing Gay Day Patrons to wear explicit sexual tee-shirts, openly demonstrate same-sex affection, and demonstrate their own queer entertainment in front of a captured audience of tens of thousands of children. See photos posted below titled Photos from Gay Days at Disney prior to 2015 show behavior that Florida Family Association was urging Disney to stop from happening in front of tens of thousands of children in the Magic Kingdom.
However, Disney did not stop the offensive Gay Day behavior. The company claimed that Gay Day was a private event and that they had nothing to do with it. However, Florida Family Association documented evidence which refuted Disney’s claim. See section below titled Disney lied about its support for Gay Day and what it can really do about it.
Florida Family Association strongly believed that it was important to warn families that were planning to spend the day at Disney World when Gay Day patrons were there in all of their revelry. Florida Family Association hired a company to fly several planes that warned people about Gay Day from 2011 through 2014 with banners that stated “Warning: Gay Day at Disney 6/1.” At one point three planes flew for four days prior to the event and the morning of to warn families with children. Florida Family Association donors provided close to $50,000 for this project. Photo of actual banner posted below.
Click here to see first report for results of banner for Gay Day 2011 which also documents 32 news reports covering the banner.
Click here to see report for results of banner for Gay Day 2012 where attendance dropped even more than 2011.
Click here to see newsletter report for results of banner for Gay Day 2013.
Click here to see newsletter report for results of banner for Gay Day 2014.
The airplane banners influenced a huge drop in attendance and caused a large negative cloud over the event. A prominent and influential gay business leader in Central Florida criticized the LBGTQ revelry that takes place in the Magic Kingdom on Gay Days. He expressed disapproval of Gay Day patrons’ inappropriate behavior and attire in front of children and that Florida Family Association's airplane warning was rightfully pointing this out to families. Subsequently, leaders of Gay Day at Disney apparently reigned in the revelry at the Magic Kingdom.
GOOD NEWS!! The Florida Family Association team witnessed that LGBTQ revelry was significantly absent from Gay Days of 2014 and later with a huge drop in the wearing of red Gay Day T-shirts and an absence of personalized T-shirts with offensive words or photos and the absence of overt demonstration of same-sex affection in the Magic Kingdom where tens of thousands of children were in attendance.
With all of the recent angst against Governor Ron DeSantis after he signed the Parental Rights in Education bill (aka “Don’t Say Gay”) into law Florida Family Association expected to see a major LGBTQ demonstration at Gay Day at Disney on June 4, 2022. However, the Florida Family Association team found that Gay Day at Disney 2022 was still 95% tamer than it was in the years prior to when Florida Family Association executed its airplane banner campaign from 2011 through 2014. Gay Day in the Magic Kingdom went from thousands of noticeable revelers to a few pockets of a few patrons wearing less provocative tee-shirts nothing more than what one would expect to see on a regular day. See the photos published below titled Gay Day at Disney June 4, 2022 LGBTQ revelry was absent from the Magic Kingdom.
It would have been optimal if Disney had stopped the Gay Day event altogether by preserving the sanctity of the Magic Kingdom aka “America’s playground” for children. However, the huge reduction (95%) in LGBTQ revelry works significantly towards the goal of protecting the innocence of children. Florida Family Association discontinued the banner warnings in 2015 because of the 95% reduction in LGBTQ revelry. A team goes to Gay Day at Disney each June to determine if the airplane banner warnings should resume in following years. Florida Family Association's four year campaign continues to be a success. A special thanks to all who gave so generously to support it.
Disney lied about its support for Gay Day and what it can really do about it. Here's proof.
• Disney prohibited drag queens from entering the Magic Kingdom following Gay Day 1991 when even the mainstream media reported in a negative light the estimated 1,800 cross dressers in the park with children. Yet, Disney continued to allow thousands of people to wear shirts promoting homosexuality.
• Dozens of gang members visiting Disneyland in California have been evicted after entering the park wearing gang colors according to Kenneth Green, Director of Corporate Communications. He said the company was concerned the groups might intimidate or invoke fear in the hearts of regular patrons. So, Disney can see where a dozen people wearing gang colors might be offensive to regular families but not thousands of same-sex revelers wearing shirts that flaunt and promote homosexual, lesbian and transgender behavior.
• Disney provided special group discount tickets with a pink Mickey logo for Gay Day Patrons.
• Disney paid personnel to hand out special pamphlets to Gay Day patrons informing them of organized activities.
• Disney paid personnel to greet Gay Day patrons at the front gate.
• Disney recruited employees to be guides for special groups of Gay Day patrons.
• Disney gave free Disney tee shirts to people who complained that they did not know that the red shirt they innocently wore meant they supported Gay Day.
• The State of Florida does NOT prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Photos from Gay Days at Disney prior to 2015 show behavior that Florida Family Association was urging Disney to stop from happening in front of tens of thousands of children in the Magic Kingdom.
Gay Day at Disney June 4, 2022 LGBTQ revelry was absent from the Magic Kingdom.