19 miles to Walt Disney World Resort
Gatorland, a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, is located in Orlando Florida.
Founded in 1949 by Owen Godwin, it features alligators and crocodiles, an observation tower and a breeding marsh, reptile shows, a petting zoo, a swamp walk, an aviary and educational programs. The park saves nuisance alligators from hunters that would kill them for their meat and skin.
A road show provides activities like alligator wrestling, with an educational lecture. In addition, there is a Florida snakes display, with indigo snakes, rattlesnakes, and cottonmouths.
This park is also famous for its leucistic alligators.
The Gatorland Express, which first opened in 1961, is a 2 foot narrow gauge railroad attraction within the park. It is believed to be the oldest amusement attraction in Central Florida. The original locomotive was retired in 2000 and put on display, and a new locomotive began operation the following year. There is an additional fee to ride the railroad and prior to the 2011, it was the only non-animal-related attraction in Gatorland.
Zip line ride
In 2011, Gatorland added a new zip line which was to travel across a pool of alligators and past several of the existing attractions. The ride is approximately 1,200 feet long, several stories high and for riders above 3 feet tall.
In 2015, Gatorland opened Gator Spot, at Fun Spot America Theme Parks. The attraction allows Gatorland to extend their brand to the I-Drive tourist area. Here visitors are able to feed and take photos with the alligators. The star of the attraction is Bouya, a white leucistic alligator with blue eyes.
The Breeding Marsh area of the park was used in the filming of the 1984 movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, starring Harrison Ford.
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