Flying in the face of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his “Don’t Say Gay” law, Disneyland Anaheim has announced that it will host its first-ever official Pride Night.
The after-hours ticketed event follows Disney’s public opposition to DeSantis and his anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. It marks Disney’s first official LGBTQ+ event, a departure from the previously run unofficial events, including the annual “Gay Days” celebration.
“I’m happy Disney is finally doing something, especially in the wake of what is going on in Florida,” said Eddie Shapiro, organizer of the annual unofficial Gay Days event in Anaheim.
In 2022, Disneyland Anaheim offered special food and decor for the annual June Pride Month, such as special cookies, pretzels, and floral displays, but this is the first official event in the park.
Disneyland has not always welcomed the LGBTQ+ community. Beginning in 1957, Disneyland banned same-sex dancing, and security guards warned and ejected gay couples from the dance floor. However, the policy changed after a series of lawsuits in the 1980s.
In France, Disneyland Paris now holds a well-attended annual pride event in June.
“Disneyland Resort drew on inspiration from events like Disneyland Paris Pride for the first-ever Disneyland After Dark: Pride Nite event in honour of Pride Month in June,” Disneyland officials said in a statement.
Tickets for the event, which include dance parties, a cavalcade, photo opportunities, special food, and more, cost US$139 (NZ$225) and are on sale now.
Last Updated on Apr 24, 2023