Despite a year plagued by bankruptcy and lawsuits, it appears that promoter Johnny Chisholm is attempting a comeback on the Gay Days Weekend circuit party scene.
Chisholm and his company, Chisholm LLC, gained notoriety as producers of “One Mighty Weekend,” which included the huge theme-park events that have monopolized the Gay Days Weekend nighttime party scene the past several years. But last April, less than two months before scheduled event dates, Chisholm announced that he had moved Friday night’s Beach Ball to the Buena Vista Palace, and Saturday night’s One Mighty Party to the Gaylord Palms convention hotel on International Drive. Then, just three days before One Mighty Party, the venue was switched again, also to the Buena Vista Palace.
Chisholm blamed the economy, pricing and parking issues, but based on correspondence made public on a circuit web site, many speculated that the promoter still owed Disney money. A lawsuit brought by two of Chisholm’s investors reinforced the appearance of financial problems. On March 8, 2010, Chisholm LLC was dissolved by a judge in a bankruptcy ruling. Many speculated that would be the end of Chisholm’s lengthy high-profile involvement with Orlando’s annual big gay event.