Gay Day Family Opens the Door for a Magical, Inclusive Adventure in Orlando LGBT Families have a Weekend of Events to Call Their Own During Gay Day at Disney 2007

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When Gay Day at Walt Disney World celebrates its 17th anniversary this year, Gay Day Family will ensure that alternative families have a place in the festivities. The new events, held June 1-3 in Orlando, will unite gay parents and their children with other families just like theirs.

Event co-producers Alison Burgos, Amy Alonso and Yesi Leon, the team behind seven years of successful Girls in Wonderland parties during Gay Day at Disney, often had single moms ask if they had a day care option or if they could bring a child under the age of 18 to their events. Rather than just saying "no," they realized they needed to provide a different, more inclusive option -- and Gay Day Family was born.

"Disney is a place for kids and families," Leon says. "We didn't want gay families staying home, because they felt excluded. We're creating a weekend that feels safe and welcoming for everyone."

Whether your family includes toddlers or teens, the Gay Day Family weekend has fun-filled offerings guaranteed to bring smiles to their faces. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, and family friends are welcome too.

The vacation package includes: accommodations at the Fairfield Inn at Marriott Village host hotel; roundtrip airport transfers; admission to the Magic Kingdom and roundtrip transportation from the hotel; admission to the Gay Day Family Luau (buffet style dinner, entertainment, non-alcoholic beverages); Shamu picnic at SeaWorld (picnic style buffet, non-alcoholic beverages), park entry and roundtrip transportation; a Gay Day Family T-shirt; complimentary breakfast each morning at the Fairfield Inn; and complimentary use of the Treasure Cove Kids Club on Friday and Saturday evenings for children 4-14.

Additional child care services must be arranged independently. Information about local vendors providing in-room babysitting and detailed information on the entire weekend is available at

Event Schedule
Friday, June 1, 2007
Milk & Cookies Welcome Party: 5-7 p.m.
Fairfield Inn at Marriott Village, 8623 Vineland Ave., Lake Buena Vista
Meet and mingle with other gay families while snacking on complimentary milk and cookies. Kids can decorate their own cookies and play games (supervision provided).

Friday, June 1, 2007
Treasure Cove Kids Club: 6-11 p.m.
Marriott Courtyard at Marriott Village, 8623 Vineland Ave., Lake Buena Vista
The exclusive Gay Day Family Treasure Cove Kids Club is a fun-filled place just for kids ages 4 through 14. Age-appropriate, supervised activities will keep kids entertained while adult family members check out Orlando's nightlife or go out to dinner. Activities include arts, crafts, movies, board games, video and arcade games, nightly themed activities with cool prizes, and souvenirs. A team of caring counselors will staff the Treasure Cove, so parents can be assured of a safe environment that their young ones will love.

Friday, June 1, 2007
Medieval Times Dinner Tournament: 8-10 p.m.
Medieval Times Castle, 4510 West Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee
Take a family trip back in time to the 11th century for a knightly battle and a four-course feast fit for a king. The Gay Day Family group will be privately shuttled to their own table in the castle for this special dinner show. Adventures continue after the show in the Knight Club, which offers full bar service, lively music, and a dance floor. Resident knights and royalty will sign autographs and pose for pictures surrounded by authentic suits of armor, etched swords and shields, and medieval murals.

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Disney Character Breakfast at the Crystal Palace on Main Street: 8-10 a.m.
The Magic Kingdom at Disney World
A private shuttle will whisk you to the Magic Kingdom for a bountiful breakfast buffet with your favorite Disney Characters. Includes early admission to the park. This will be a limited capacity event.

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Gay Day at The Magic Kingdom at Disney World: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Put on red T-shirt to show your Gay Day spirit and join more that 30,000 gays and lesbians and their friends as they descend on the Magic Kingdom for 15 acres of classic Disney attractions, special parades.
and nighttime fireworks. Meet all of your new friends dressed in red in front of Cinderella's castle at 3 p.m. for the Main Street Parade. It's the Happiest Place on Earth (and the gayest spot in the park)!

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Gay Day Family Luau : 8-11 p.m.
Marriott Village at Lake Buena Vista, 8623 Vineland Avenue
Celebrate with family and friends at this exclusive Gay Day Family Luau, with a scrumptious Polynesian style buffet, a live steel drum band by the pool, and the chance to do the limbo. The kids will have their own customized schedule, including a hunt for pirate's treasure. Wear your favorite island-themed outfit and enjoy entertainment for all ages.

Saturday, June 2, 2007
Treasure Cove Kids Club: 6-11 p.m.
Marriott Courtyard at Marriott Village, 8623 Vineland Ave, Lake Buena Vista
The Gay Day Family Treasure Cove Kids Club will be in full swing for kids ages 4 through 14 to enjoy games and camaraderie while their parents have an evening out. On-site counselors will ensure a safe and fun experience.

Sunday, June 3, 2007
Sea World Shamu Family Picnic: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando
Climb aboard a private shuttle for a family outing to the world's premiere marine adventure park, featuring 200 acres of world-class shows, thrilling rides, and unforgettable animal encounters. Gay Day Family members will meet at noon in the complex's Sea Harbor Pavilion for a family-style picnic with grilled goodies, salads, and sweets. Shamu the Killer Whale will make a special appearance and play games with the kids.

Gay Day Family Sponsors: Jane and Jane magazine, Gay Parenting Magazine, Miami and the Beaches, Miami Boutique Hotels, KB Toys, Family Pride Coalition.

For more information, please call 305-527-9760.

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