Disneyland Paris will be kicking off Pride Month 2019 with a special event. “Magical Pride,” the first-ever Disney Pride event, will be celebrated in the Walt Disney Studios Park, which will be privatized for the Pride party from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM on June 1, 2019. The event will include the Magical March of Diversity Parade, access to selected attractions, Disney character meet and greets, DJs and special live music performances for an epic dance party, karaoke theatre experiences, and themed photo locations.
According to the official website, Disney wants guests who show up on June 1 to “dress like a dream, feel fabulous and experience the Walt Disney Studios Park like never before — loud, proud, and alive with all the colors of the rainbow.”
Magical Pride is the latest of Disney’s efforts to encourage acceptance and inclusivity. When Disney began hosting same-sex weddings back in 2007, Donn Walker, spokesperson for Disney Parks and Resorts, told CBS News, “We want everyone who comes to celebrate a special occasion at Disney to feel welcome and respected.” While Disney has made several gestures to the LGBTQ community in the past, including the debut of a Rainbow Mickey Collection in 2018, this will be the first official Pride event held at any of its parks.
“Diversity and equality are strong values at Disneyland Paris,” a spokesperson for Walt Disney told NBC News, “and each year, we host millions of visitors regardless of their origins, gender, or sexual orientation. We are committed to fostering a welcoming environment for all of our guests where magic is for everyone.”