On the 30th September 2006, Alton Towers opened its gates for one of the longest periods in its history, when Gay profile site, Gaydar, semi-hired out the park for the day. Selected areas across the park including Forbidden Valley, did close at the usual 6pm, however other rides such as Rita – Queen of Speed stayed open until late in the night, allowing for dark rides.
There were also special gay party tents for use of over-18, Gaydar members, though anyone of any sexuality or age was permitted entry to the park at any time during the day. Queues were said to be minimal for the event with many attractions being walk-on to the lucky few who went.
Both hotels and park were complimented by Gaydar banners and Cariba Creek was also left open late into the night for enjoyment of all guests.