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“Gay Day” warnings flown over Disney World

ORANGE COUNTY, FL (WESH/CNN) – A Christian group is protesting the annual "Gay Day" by flying a banner plane over Disney World with a warning message for visitors.

The six day celebration for gay pride is a 20 year celebration, held in Orlando, FL, with Saturday spent at the Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom.

"It's just about people being proud of who they are here," said Gay day participant, Floyd Benefield.

With the 160,000 people visiting central Florida to celebrate, Florida Family Association is boycotting and spending $7,000 to fly banners for two full days near Disney, warning unsuspected families of the festivities.

Event participants say both sides should respect their differences.

"I don't fly a banner or fly a flag, and they shouldn't either," said a Gay Days participant.

"The economy is improving because of what Gay Days bring into it," said Gay Day president, Chris Alexander-Manley. "Our crowd behaves better than most convention crowds, so come on out and see what it's really about."

"Gay Day" brings an estimated $150 million to the area, and some say the opposition to their sexual orientation will not keep them away.

"They really don't have a grasp of what it means to be tolerant of people that are different from you," Benefield said.

Florida Family Association claims thousands of people enter the park, then turn around, and leave when they see the same sex couples, saying mainstream America is offended. Disney and event organizers say that's just not true.

Gay Day started in 1991, as a single day in June, for the gay community to "Wear Red and Be Seen" while visiting the world's most popular theme park, it then evolved into a week-long, area-wide celebration.

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