Olly Alexander is going to make Disney’s first official Pride event even gayer.
Years & Years, the band fronted by Alexander, has been chosen as one of the headlining acts of Disneyland Paris’s Magical Pride, the first ever official LGBTQ+ pride event hosted at a Disney theme park, Gay Star News reports. Years & Years will headline the event along with French singer-songwriter Connie.
Magical Pride has been happening at Disneyland Paris since 2014, but this is the first time that the event is an official part of the theme park’s annual calendar. Queer patrons look forward to similar events at other Disney parks every year, such as Gay Days at Walt Disney World, though they are not technically sanctioned by the parks.
The event is set to take place on June 1, 2019, at Disneyland Paris. From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on that night, the entire park will be made private for the event. The festivities will include a brand new “March of Diversity” Parade, live performances and DJs as well as character meet and greets, and access to selected rides and attractions.
Alexander is clearly a fan of Disney, as he once shared a video of he and his six friends taking a trip to Disneyland Paris in 2018.
.@alexander_olly - had a ridiculously insane experience where I time-warped to my childhood dreams and went to @DisneylandParis we had such a great time thank you disney cuties it was amazing pic.twitter.com/9uAI2WxNhb
— Years & Years (@yearsandyears) August 24, 2018
According to the band’s official Twitter, he had a “ridiculously insane experience where I time-warped to my childhood dreams and went to Disneyland Paris.”
He added, “We had such a great time thank you Disney cuties it was amazing.”
Disney getting an actual queer artist to headline an LGBTQ+ pride event puts it miles ahead of some other LGBTQ+ pride festivals, which have gotten increased scrutiny for charging lots of money to showcase straight allies instead of actual queer musicians. In February, Ariana Grande had to defend her decision to headline Manchester Pride after she was announced as the event’s headliner. Of course, that was before she kinda, sorta came out as queer in her new song, “Monopoly.”