Carol Channing Headlines Gay Days, Which Also Draw Glee Star to Disneyland
Diamonds may very well be a girl's best friend, but Carol Channing is a gay's best friend.
The 90-year-old entertainer will join a bunch of other celebrities at the end of the month to help celebrate the 2011 Gay Days Anaheim at Disneyland Resort. The three-day event will take place from Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 1st.
Learn more about Gay Days Anaheim, and the celebrities scheduled to attend, after the jump.
Now in its fourteenth year, the "unofficial" event known as Gay Days Anaheim (unofficial because Disney doesn't officially sponsor or endorse the event, much like Bat Days), is expected to draw a crowd of more than 30,000 members of LGBT community from all across the country.
The weekend kicks off Friday with Wonderland, a dance party with DJ Ray Rhodes and hosted by Los Angeles drag diva Momma. Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) will also be in attendance at the event which runs from 9:30pm-1am at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney.
Saturday is Gay Day in Disneyland park. That afternoon, Glee star and Emmy-nominee Dot-Marie Jones and Bruce Vilanch will host a cocktail party at 5:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders. It will be followed by the event's signature dance party Kingdom, which will feature music from DJ Kimberly S. and a special performance by The Voice finalist Frenchie Davis. Kingdom will be held at the House of Blues Anaheim from 9pm-1:30am.
Saturday night will also offer a ladies night event that will feature comedienne Suzanne Westenhoefer as she performs her live show Semi-Sweet. The event will be followed by a lesbian lounge (High-five!) at The Anabella Hotel across the street from Disneyland.
The weekend winds down on Sunday with Gay Day at Disney's California Adventure, and the return of the event's annual pool party Plunge! from noon to 4:00 p.m. at The Anabella Hotel. DJ Zach Moos is scheduled to spin poolside.
Gay Days Anaheim is a "mix-in" with the park's other guests (meaning it's not an exclusively gay event) but members of the LGBT community are encouraged to wear red shirts to show strong numbers. Or, if you're a confident and comfortable straight person who would like to show your support of the LGBT community, go ahead and wear a red shirt as well. However, if you're a scared or small-minded bigot like this idiot here, you might want to avoid Disneyland that weekend.
For complete details on Gay Day Anaheim, including discounted hotel rooms and park tickets, visit their website here.
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