Begun in 1998, seven years after the similarly popular Gay Days at Disney World in Florida, the continuously growing Gay Days Anaheim brings more than 35,000 GLBT revelers to Southern California's noted Disneyland resort and theme park. The event takes place over the first weekend in October, with the dates this year October 3 to October 5, 2014. If you're in the area in August, also be sure to check out Orange County Gay Pride in nearby Santa Ana.
As with the original GLBT Disney gathering in Orlando, Gay Days at Anaheim is not an official Disney event - the park remains open to all throughout the weekend, and GLBT attendees typically wear red shirts to indicate their participation. Events over the three days kick off on Friday, and throughout the three-day weekend, you can pick up the latest information on the event by visiting the Gay Days Info Center in the Trillium Room at the Grand California Hotel.
There are plenty of activities throughout the weekend, from the opening Wonderland Party to the Plunge (Sunday) and Kingdom (Saturday) parties to comedy performances, cocktail receptions, and lots more. Check the official Gay Days at Anaheim calendar for details.
Also be sure to check out the page on Host Hotels - these include the Grand California Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney's Paradise Pier. The Anabella and the Howard Johnson Anaheim are also sponsors of Gay Days at Anaheim.
A number of gay bars in the area as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Anaheim Gay Days weekend. Check region gay papers, such as the Blade California Magazine, for details. Also check out the excellent travel site produced by the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau.