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How Disneyland's 'Gay Days' Support My Mental Health

I recently visited Disneyland with my partner J.V. for “Gay Days,” an annual LGBTQ+ pride celebration at the parks.

I originally signed up for Disneyland’s annual pass holder program in 2018 as a birthday gift to myself. After Disneyland sunsetted the program (I am now considered a Disneyland legacy pass holder), I quickly joined their new magic key program, a revamped version of the park’s membership program.

Despite the significant investment associated with these memberships, I repeatedly prioritize my investment in Disneyland’s membership program. As someone living with multiple mental health challenges (generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder), Disneyland is invaluable to my mental

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I recently visited Disneyland with my partner J.V. for “Gay Days,” an annual LGBTQ+ pride celebration at the parks.
Aphantasia is a condition where you cannot visualize — in effect, you are “blind” in your mind’s eye. When most people are told to imagine an apple, they close their eyes and can actually see an apple in their mind. However, due to my aphantasia, when I close my eyes, I see nothing but darkness. So instead of images, my aphant mind connects words. When told to imagine an apple, my mind races to retrieve everything I know about apples, from their color, shape, size and taste, to things you can do with apples, stories that involve apples, pretty much anything apple-related.

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