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Gay Days expecting record attendance, economic boost (Orlando and Disneyworld)
WFTV-TV ^ | May 28, 2012

Posted on 05/29/2012 2:15:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

ORLANDO, Fla. — Beginning on Tuesday, more than 150,000 people will be in Orlando for the annual Gay Days event.

Eyewitness News learned that event organizers are expecting record crowds, and hotels are already booked solid.

Gay Days started 20 years ago as a celebration of gay pride at Orlando's most famous theme park, but now it is an economic powerhouse that pumps significant money into local businesses.

The Parliament House Resort and Night Club has been planning for the event since November.

"We couldn't do it if we didn't start that early," said Drew Sizemore with the Parliament House Resort.

The hotel caters to gay clients and its 130 rooms are sold out and so are the 950 rooms at the Double Tree near SeaWorld, where most of the events are being held.

For the first time, Gay Days is expecting more than 160,000 people.

"We travel around the country promoting it throughout the year, so I think we are reaching more people through our face-to-face meetings as well as our online," said Chris Manley, president of Gay Days.

The event kicks off on Tuesday at the Macy's at Mall at Millenia. Officials are expecting the entire parking lot to be full because Macy's is going to be giving a 10 percent discount on everything from clothes to sunglasses.

Gay Days will also have an expo at the Double Tree, starting on Thursday and ending Sunday.

Local bars will also get a boost.

The Parliament House is bringing in 27 bar tenders this weekend, nearly double the number on a regular weekend night.

"We don't like people to wait in line, we want them to be able to come in and get a drink, have a good time (and) go see a show," said Sizemore.

For the first time, Gay Days is also holding a similar event this year in Las Vegas. However, because that event is in September, the planners do not believe it will take away from visitors in Orlando.


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: disney; florida; gaydays; homosexuals; homsexualagenda

1 posted on 05/29/2012 2:15:27 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Think I’ll skip DW from now on. Too bad, was interested in the animal park.


2 posted on 05/29/2012 2:26:46 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Woo woo, I have unnatural sex so I am special AND ALL WHO DISAGREE WILL BE DESTROYED!!!”

The “gay” agenda in a nutshell (npi).

3 posted on 05/29/2012 2:44:27 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("If an Evil be politically correct--none dare call it Evil.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I used to live in the Central Florida region. Between Gay Days and the ticket prices, (even for residents), I just stopped going. The interesting thing is that my children also stopped wanting to go.

I had heard from others that the major customers for Disney were from foreign nationals and that the locals, (Americans), while welcome weren’t their bread and butter any more.


4 posted on 05/29/2012 3:09:56 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is Ubama going to be The Grand Marshall for the daily parade?


5 posted on 05/29/2012 3:13:18 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's too bad that gathering of 15,000 Moose Limbs in Connecticut to discuss Sharia Law didn't decide to hold their event on the same day in Disney World instead.

That woulda been fun.

6 posted on 05/29/2012 3:16:07 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t there a “tropical depression” dampening events this week?


7 posted on 05/29/2012 3:21:40 AM PDT by ZinGirl
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To: The Working Man

In 2003 I was getting an early start leaving Orlando around 7:30 a.m. Had been working with Army reserve units. Surfing the AM band I came upon a talk show where a Hispanic accented host was practically screaming, “Don’t take your kids to Disney World!! It’s Gay Pride week at DW! You don’t want them to see all those perverts!”

It was this time of year, come to think of it. I hear more horror stories about DW than what a great time folks had, anhyway. Oh, well.


8 posted on 05/29/2012 3:52:36 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: The Working Man

In 2003 I was getting an early start leaving Orlando around 7:30 a.m. Had been working with Army reserve units. Surfing the AM band I came upon a talk show where a Hispanic accented host was practically screaming, “Don’t take your kids to Disney World!! It’s Gay Pride week at DW! You don’t want them to see all those perverts!”

It was this time of year, come to think of it. I hear more horror stories about DW than what a great time folks had, anyway. Oh, well.


9 posted on 05/29/2012 3:52:48 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: elcid1970

Heh, heh, tried to correct a misspelling on the fly and got a double post (note `anyhway’). Sorry.....


10 posted on 05/29/2012 3:54:20 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
For the first time, Gay Days is expecting more than 160,000 people.

Hide the women and children!

11 posted on 05/29/2012 3:54:30 AM PDT by Does so (....... Justice Scalia just turned 78 .........==8-O ............They don't think ... they PLOT!)
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To: Does so

Hide the Chilren.

There will be tons of women there.
They might be dressed as men , but I am sure snap-on tools has a booth there, just for them.


12 posted on 05/29/2012 4:18:28 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As it was in the days of Lot. Luke17:28
13 posted on 05/29/2012 4:37:00 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Orlando is not a hotspot for couples, but rather for families.

So why have homosexuals chosen Orlando instead of Vegas, Cancun, etc.??

Simple and clear. Its an in your face demand for acceptance.


14 posted on 05/29/2012 4:41:42 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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"We travel around the country promoting it throughout the year, so I think we are reaching more people through our face-to-face meetings as well as our online," said Chris Manley, president of Gay Days.

Really? Chris Manley? There is a picture of this guy (?) in the dictionary beside the word 'misnomer'...

15 posted on 05/29/2012 4:47:37 AM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: skr

Well, you have to go at the right hour of the day to see the animals - and those hours are overwhelmingly crowded. When we went, the animals were all asleep - completely out of sight. Very disappointing. But the trappings of the trip - pretending to be in Africa - are a lot of fun.


16 posted on 05/29/2012 4:53:49 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Interesting that they (disney) want to bring the homosexuals into the resort right after Memorial Day weekend and right when many schools are letting out.
Puts a real crimp in the old family vacation. Who wants to go to a park with thousands of perverts running around?


17 posted on 05/29/2012 5:08:26 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I feel sorry for families that inadvertantly booked this week for their DW vacation. I know of a familt that did so. My friends have refused to go since they found out but their other family members say what the heck, let’s go antway. It is causing a big division in their family. I’m sure they’re not the only family.


18 posted on 05/29/2012 5:45:59 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As a former local, the worst stories I heard were regarding routine sex in the bathroom stalls and other areas. NEVER send a child unaccompanied to the RR on a normal day. During Gay Days? A frightening thought.

Sad thing was that this sort of behavior was routine in some SoFlo area public restrooms or rest stops. They had to post guards or lock public RRs up altogether during off hours.

Wasn't George Michael arrested for similar behavior in LA? Same thing in SoFlo on a regular basis.

19 posted on 05/29/2012 6:14:45 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Happy Rain
“Woo woo, I have unnatural sex so I am special AND ALL WHO DISAGREE WILL BE DESTROYED!!!”

Want to see a gay rights advocate melt down? Ask them this:

So if I understand the official gay line of thought, gay people are born that way, they do not choose to be gay. Thus it's natural and you cannot be judgemental about it; indeed if you do make judgements you are little different than a racist who dislikes people for other natural things like skin color, is that about it?

So pedophiles are born that way too, right? Can I judge them or is what they want to do okay?

20 posted on 05/29/2012 6:31:58 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Chris Manley and Drew Sizemore? Just fab names for “Gay Days!”

I guess Dick Little isn’t going to be there?


21 posted on 05/29/2012 7:17:52 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Opening for a lawsuit by family attendees who were not aware that they and their children would be surrounded by perversion?


22 posted on 05/29/2012 10:11:30 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Good point. Plenty of wildlife cams stationed around nests, glens and waterholes without having to buy tickets. Saw some giraffes, zebras and baby elephants live last night. And there’s always YouTube if one can’t stay up late for the African and European morning visitors.


23 posted on 05/29/2012 1:56:39 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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