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Gatorland in Orlando, Florida
Gatorland strives to provide a unique, family experience in an entertainment park setting. The park offers the chance to view different types of alligators and crocodiles in a controlled environment. The park can make special accommodations to large groups like a school field trip or scout adventure. They are ready to provide space for birthday parties and other celebrations in the park. While the park does not offer rides like other nearby theme parks, there is always something to see and do.
THE SCREAMIN' GATOR ZIP LINE
When guests are ready to experience the park from all new heights, they can clip into the zip line and fly high above the park. This zip line experience offers more than 1,200 feet of lines to ride along. The zip line towers are high quality and built for safety, standing seven stories tall. Each tower has more than one launch pad at varying heights. Before guests even begin there thrilling bird’s eye view adventure, they will get amazing views from the zip line towers. From this height, riders will get a view of both Nile and Cuban crocodiles and the opportunity to see the entirety of the Alligator Breeding Marsh.
After signing a release form, riders must wear closed toe shoes, and it is recommended that they not wear skirts, dresses, or short shorts. Riders must be at least 37 inches tall and weigh less than 275 pounds. Cameras, cell phones and other recording equipment are not allowed on the ride and should be stored in the provided lockers.
The Gator Jumparoo Show allows guests the chance to watch the largest alligators jump four or five feet out of the water to get the waiting food. This show offers the chance to learn more about alligators and their powerful bodies.
The Gator Wrestlin’ Show is located in an 800 seat stadium that is shaded. The experienced handlers jump onto the backs of 6 to 8 foot alligators and show the watching crowds the way to survive an alligator attack. Later, the alligator is rolled over onto its back where it will go to sleep.
Up Close Encounters is a chance to meet some of the park’s residents up close and personal. There are a variety of animals from around the world and some of Florida’s native snakes.
Night Shine is an evening adventure where guests make their way along the winding, wooden path in the Alligator Breeding Marsh area. Guests have only a flashlight and a couple of hot dogs. This experience gives guest a real fright with splashing water in the dark and flashlights that meet many glowing eyes.
Pearl’s Smokehouse is a sit down dinner where family’s can enjoy a lunch or diner of hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and other favorites. Most guests try the fried gator nuggets (no alligator is not an ingredient)!
Popcorn, pretzels and nachos are always available as a quick snack at the park’s Snack Bar.
In the General Store, guests can grab a canned drink or a beer to quench their thirst. Candy bars, chips and ice cream bars are also available for sale.
Gator Jake’s Fudge Shop makes fudge the traditional way in copper pots and on marble tables. There are 10 delicious flavors to choose among.
For a caffeine jolt, guests can pick up a cup of traditional coffee or espresso at the park’s Coffee Shop.
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Experience Kissimmee invited me on an all-expenses paid press trip to Kissimmee Florida for the #RockYourVacation FAM Tour. All opinions are my own. Photos courtesy of Gatorland in Orlando, Florida.