Deja Vu? Yeah really. There are major changes again for Gay Days slated for June 2010. The events held in Orlando and in the Disney area will have new promoters and different host hotels as just some of the major changes.
The main Gay Days people not to be confused with GayDay or OneMightyWeekend promoters have the expo with all the booths to check out normally held at the International Plaza Resort which is sort of an aging hotel. We normally stay at the Buena Vista Palace because it is so much nicer and offers better views of the hotter variety of boys than the other host hotel. They are really two different crowds one for the more club or circuit crowd and the other for the more bar friendly crowd. Not sure if I explained that too well but you would have to look at the pics to see.
This year may really change up what crowd stays at what hotel because this year the Gay Days group will be at the Doubletree Resort Orlando located central to all Orlando theme parks and not necessarily in Disney. Which is walking distance to Sea World but not as close to Typhoon Lagoon. This kind of makes it easier access to party in downtown Orlando but a much longer drive to the Disney events than last year if you were staying at the International Plaza resort. The good thing is that it is at a Doubletree and you can probably get Hilton HHonors points for staying at this resort. But who needs to be near SeaWorld… Fish anyone? You do get free self parking at this hotel with rooms starting at $99 and there are 3 pools with a larger Gay Days Expo space.
The Gay Days event will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2010 but at this time offer no night party dates like it did last year or the previous years. I assume it is waiting to see what happens with the Mark Baker and other events going on but he may be seen as a competitor since he claims on his site to have a host hotel. Not sure where this host hotel is located yet because the Mark Baker events site has not updated the information.
One Mighty Weekend may not be around this year even though the OneMightyWeekend.com site offers a coming soon banner. The One Mighty Weekend ran by promoter Johnny Chisholm seems to have filed bankruptcy and even last year did not throw its annual Typhoon Lagoon Beach Ball party which had been scheduled for months. This year there is no mention of Beach Ball or a Typhoon Lagoon party which is my favorite party and still took the top ranks last year with a last minute party thrown called Let’s Go Play with Lydia Prim.
Mark Baker Events will host Grind at House of Blues Thursday June 3rd, a pool party at a TBA Host Hotel Saturday June 5th, and a Stratosphere Party that night. Arabian nights event to follow with no dj line-up announced yet. Sunday has a pool party scheduled with a DJ Abel Fasscination at Hard Rock Live.
The best advice is to wait to buy tickets to anything right now and see what the future holds. I waited last year and did the right thing it was far less stressful with all the circuit drama going on. I am worried about hotel rooms though because I really enjoyed the Buena Vista Palace resort and loved the pool parties. Let’s hope Mark Baker picks a good hotel that is close to the other host hotel because I think we all enjoy the Expo and seeing our friends at the other Gay Days parties.