With Halloween, October is always a great time to visit Disneyland. But this autumnal month is also when Gay Days Anaheim is staged, a three-day smorgasbord of events that range from wild to tame, and with everything in between. No one is left out of the fun: parents, kids, ladies, and bears all have parties and gatherings geared just for them (everyone should be wearing red though, as is the tradition). Here are the events we won’t be missing on Friday and through the weekend:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3
An Intimate Conversation with Disney Legend Bob Gurr
Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr helped design the Monorail and iconic parts of the Haunted Mansion and Autopia. Gurr, who’s out, will talk about his Disney days with Disney superfan (and former Out editor) Jeffrey Epstein.
6:30 p.m., Grand Californian Hotel
Nothing Like a Dame: A Chat About Broadway Divas
Buyer & Cellar star Michael Urie leads a discussion with Queens in the Kingdom co-author Eddie Shapiro on Broadway superstars like Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, and Angela Lansbury — Shapiro spoke to all those ladies, and more, for his new book, Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater.
7:45 p.m., Grand Californian Hotel
This southern-themed bash features music from DJ Ray Rhodes and entertainment from drag legend Momma. The $20 tickets benefit The Point Foundation.
9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m., Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Downtown Disney
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4
Family Scavenger Hunt sponsored by the Family Equality Council
This is a perfect event for LGBT families; teams will scour the park and win prizes.
10:30 a.m., meet at Jolly Holiday Bakery
Ladies Who Lunch
This event brings together Gay Days’ LGBT women. Keep your eyes peeled for ladies in red.
Noon, Rancho del Zocalo, Frontierland
Hungry Bear Lunch
Hirsute fellas and their fans gather for a rowdy meal at an appropriately-named restaurant.
Noon, Hungry Bear Restaurant, Critter Country
Cheyenne Jackson CD Signing
This stud of the small- and big-screen (and Broadway) will sign copes of his newest CD, I’m Blue Skies!
6:45 p.m., Gay Days Welcome Center
This “centerpiece” event of Gay Days features Kimberly S spinning tunes, and performances from Cheyenne Jackson and Drag Race star Courtney Act.
House of Blues Anaheim, Downtown Disney
From Here on Out screening
This adults-only series from Here TV (parent company of Out Traveler) gets screened for those who like their gay comedy extra spicy.
11 p.m., Grand Californian Hotel, Sorrell Room
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5
You know it’s going to be a good meal when there’s an exclamation point attached. This $37 buffet includes authentic New Orleans cooking and all-you-can-drink mimosas.
10:30 a.m., Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Downtown Disney
A pool party in October? Yup. There will be cocktails, menfolk (!), and barbecue at this raucous gathering.
Noon – 4 p.m., The Anabella (1030 W. Katella Avenue)
Buyer & Cellar
This hit play from Jonathan Tolins and starring Ugly Betty‘s adorable Michael Urie centers on a man who gets hired to work in Barbra Streisand’s basement.
6:30 p.m., Grand Californian, Sorrell Room
One of Gay Days’ most beloved events, the T Dance is a perfect way to close out the weekend.
7:30 p.m., Hollywood Pictures Backlot
World of Color
Tickets for this anticipated event must be purchased in advance. Details are scarce but we know it’s a big, rainbow-colored spectacle.
9:45 p.m., Paradise Pier Lagoon