JoJo Siwa Opens Up About Why Her Disney Love Runs Deep: ‘I Realized I Was Gay At Disney World’

Jojo Siwa and WDW President Jeff Vahle on Tron: Lightcycle Run
(Image credit: Walt Disney World)

Disney Parks are special places for a lot of people. People get engaged in front of the castle, they get married at one of the hotels, or if they have some serious cash, inside the park itself. They are places where life events can happen and that’s even the case with stars like JoJo Siwa, who says Walt Disney World was the place she realized she was gay.

JoJo Siwa recently visited Walt Disney World to go on the new Tron: Lightcycle Run roller coaster and while there she talked to People about the memories that she has made every time she has visited Walt Disney World. There have been some pretty major life events attached to the parks. She explained…

I fell in love for the first time at Disney World. I realized I was gay at Disney World. I went through stages of heartbreak at Disney World. There's been a lot in my personal life that Disney World has really attributed to.

JoJo Siwa is in good company with a lot of people who have also had a lot of life events connected to Disney World or other Disney Parks. For many, this is done very intentionally. Proposals, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations are frequently done there. Disney World is a place where people want to celebrate milestones. And Disney World loves celebrations just as much. But sometimes you’ll just find yourself at a Disney Park when something major happens.

And sometimes the trip itself is just that memory. Many people plan once-in-a-lifetime trips to places like Walt Disney World, and the idea is to make those memories that last a lifetime. Hopefully, most people are successful and are able to look back at their time in Disney Parks fondly.

It was in February 2021 that Jojo Siwa came out to her fans and revealed she was gay. She also introduced her girlfriend at the time. The two had been friends for a long time and had even visited Disney World together the previous December. As it turns out, it was actually on that trip that Siwa realized how she felt. She continued…

I was here for 14 days with a girl that was my really good friend and I realized that, 'Oh, I like her.' And having all those feelings while just being in the most magical place in the world and the happiest place on Earth was so cool. We're not together anymore, but we did have some really fun, happy memories here.

In addition to the good memories JoJo Siwa admits she dealt with heartbreak at Walt Disney World too, but when you’re in a place like the most magical place on earth, that pain can be softened. 

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.