Want a Land of Gators? Go to Gatorland in Orland, FL!
I loved Gatorland when I visited back in 1998 with my boys. It was lower key than all the big Disney parks, but was so fun. The first thing I noticed as we drove up was that it looked much nicer than it did when I was here before. They have done a lot of improvements and updated things. I had a vision of a place that was a bit run down, but it wasn’t run down at all. Everything looked fresh and in great shape. I was really glad about that.
The first thing we did was go to the Gator Jumparoo show. It was a very entertaining show. They had a contest between the two “new people they were going to hire”, Bubba & Cooter, to see who could get the gators to jump the highest for the raw chickens. They divided the crowd into two sides to cheer their potential employee on.
You wonder how they don’t loose a hand, don’t you?
Elise got to hold a small gator and snake for a picture. We did buy the keychain and magnet. There several options of things you could purchase and a couple other photo opps while you were in the park.
We headed over to the Gator Wrestlin show. It was nice seating in the small four side seating arena.
If you purchased the “Grunt package” you had a chance to be a rookie gator wrestler before or after the show. I think you could also pay to do it (I’m thinking $10/person, but don’t hold me to that) on the spot.
On the grunt pass we also had a chance to ride the train, so off we went. It lasted about 10 minutes and the train took you around an part of an area that I don’t think is accessible by foot (not positive on that) to see a few other gators. The train conductor was a hoot.
We climbed up the observation deck. I remember there being a huge number of gators that we saw from there.
The view was great, on the opposite side of this view you also have a good view of the zip liners that zip by.
Elise spotted these birds in one of the trees as we were walking by.
Elise wanted to see the white alligators, so we made sure we saw them before we left. I was amazed that they were real – they looked so fake. Until I saw them move, I wasn’t so sure. lol
I like when I see signs for social media up in the park! Way to go @Gatorland!
There was a very nice gift shop to stop in when you left. I was very impressed with Gatorland and would tell (and have) anyone to be sure to visit if you are going to be in the Kissimmee/Orlando area.
I was provided with two Grunt package tickets for our visit today. The opinions and pictures are my own.