Orlando GayDays Expo: Our First Experience

Orlando GayDays expo is an event held at a resort for the LGBT+ community to come and have a good time, meet up at theme parks, and enjoy events and vendors at an Expo. The Expo started August 13th and ended August 19th. This year the host hotel, Wyndam Resort on International Drive was absolutely conveniently located close to everything!

We checked into our rooms at another property, ate, and got dressed to head to the host hotel to check out the pool party. We decided to take a lyft in case we became intoxicated. Upon arriving at the Wyndam we could hear the music playing and were excited to see what hype was about. While headed to the pool we walked around the area where the events were set up and took a look around. Finally made it to the pool area and were told if we didn’t have wristbands the entrance fee would be $45 each. Now I’m looking around to actually debate if I pay $45 will we have a good time and I see lots of guys in speedos and decided this wasn’t the party for us.

We decided to walk over to Mango’s and see what they were about. They turned out to be a Latin/ Caribbean dinner show restaurant that turns into a club at night. We didn’t have any reservations and decided to head over to the line for lounge entry. It was $10 each and we got a complimentary picture taken. We found seats in the bar area and order drinks and food. The energy was high and the music and performances were great. When time came for the club switchover a DJ and a guy on drums took the stage and got the crowd rocking. We had so much fun that we decided to come back to the place the next time we were in town. We called our lyft yo head home to get rest. We had been on go since we arrived in Orlando and needed to rest for the next day’s events.

Saturday morning we wake up to head to the owners lounge and grab coffee and hot tea. We then drive over to the Wyndam to enjoy the “Big Gay Brunch” and expo. The brunch was an intimate buffet set up in a conference room and option to add-on bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. The food was delicious and the bartender was entertaining.

After enjoying food we walked over to the other rooms and found a Trans Lounge, and Family Pride Carnival going on. We enjoyed some of the games with out having to get tickets and won small prizes. We then walked to the expo to check out the vendors. Upon entering the Expo site we were given tickets for a raffle and samples of Jack Daniels Honey, new Bud Light flavored beer, and Smirnoff. We also received free shirts, necklaces, headbands, bags and other items. We took pictures, bought things and got to enjoy demonstrations on new intimate items. It was a lot to take in but definitely enjoyed it. However we noticed that a lot of the vendors that were there were targeting the male audience which we were perfectly cool with and enjoyed. After exploring all the booths, we returned to our hotel to unload all the free things we received and took a nap. When we awoke we drove to Disney Springs to purchase our rainbow Mickey ears and enjoy a meal at Planet Hollywood Observatory.

Later that night we decided we would skip the other events since we didn’t see any other lesbians while we were there, and we went to Icon Park and discovered King’s Dining and Entertainment, which was like a Main Event. They had bowling, arcade games and pool tables. Drinks and food were great but I think our server may have been overwhelmed but he was still nice.

For my gay guys I highly suggest the Expo! Make sure you get you tickets in advance for events to avoid the higher prices at the door. For my lesbians, I suggest going to the expo for the vendors and free things and theme park red shirt days and doing your own thing at night unless you like Drag Shows. We still enjoyed the experience and will be returning next year!

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