We went last year and didn't know it was Gay Day- ( Wasn't aware of the day or the event cal either).. Anyhoo- It was tough trying to explain it to the little ones.. I mean we always were planning on telling them about the other side of the fence but it got a little difficult right on the spot.. If you know you are going and with the chance that something is seen or read by your little ones- I would have some kind of dialog prepared on how to handle it. I think we did OK right on the spot and the rest of the trip went fine... It was bound to happen at some point but we just weren't prepared, so I think you have a advantage of knowing ahead of time how to respond to questions from little minds
Actually, it didn't seem any more crowded then normal and everyone was really nice- We would go again gay day or not.... It was the Bat day that scared the little ones....
I went to the parks every single weekend last fall (including Thanksgiving Day!), and Gay Days was the most crowded of all those for the fall! It's like a sunny Saturday in mid-spring. But it was pretty fun for me, not torture.
"And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by" (John Masefield)
If you go to the gay Days web site you can see the schedule. They usually plan one park for each day. There are always people who do their own thing, but I think most of the crowds stay with plan. We were there a few years ago and the crowds were very manageable.