More Concern About Year of a Million Dreams

8 Mar

In late February, many travel agents received emails about a special sweepstakes, for one lucky travel agent to win a night in Cinderella’s Castle, as part of the Year of a Million Dreams.

The problem with this? The thing that’s got some of us cynical and irritable? Well, the winner must take their night in the castle on June 2, 2007. And it just so happens that Magic Kingdom is “park of the day” for Gay Days at Walt Disney World.

Co-incidence? Maybe, maybe not. But for those of us feeling a little twitchy about not seeing any families headed by same-sex couples winning the big photo-op YOMD prizes, well, it makes us even a little more so. Is Disney trying to avoid awarding a night in Cinderella Castle to participants at Gay Day? I wish I could give them the benefit of the doubt here, but I’m still too sad about the fact that same-sex couples can’t use Disney wedding services to think that there’s not something amiss here.

2 Responses to “More Concern About Year of a Million Dreams”

  1. Patrick March 10, 2007 at 9:25 pm #

    What is so bad about being there in gay day? The American public really needs to be more tolerant. Look a winniung as a way of learning something new about our rich culture! Not all gay folks are out for a “pick-up”! We enjoy the magic of Disney EXACTLY the same as anyone else! The only difference may be that we see more magic than others, we have learned to appreciate an escape from the cruel harsh world of the Gay and Lesbian culture as non-gay folks see it! Besides the park is NOT closed to the public! ANYONE can go it just so happens that Disney respects divrsity and they offer solice for the Gay and Lesbian traveler.

  2. Kitty-chan March 10, 2007 at 10:12 pm #

    Patrick, I think you know I’m with you here . . . but I’m not as sure as you are that Disney as a corporation (as opposed to Disney Cast Members) is entirely welcoming to the gay or lesbian traveler. The fact that they won’t permit same-sex couples to use their wedding facilities doesn’t feel quite welcoming to me. And regardless of whether Disney intentionally slighted Gay Day participants with this travel agent contest, it nevertheless creates a perception of discrimination.

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