Gatorland Offers Florida Resident Special for August 2012

Once again, Gatorland is offering a great deal on admission to their park for Florida residents.

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From now until August 31, 2012, Florida residents of all ages can get in for only $9.99. Regular price is $24.99 for age 13 and up, and $16.99 for ages 3-12.

Tickets may be purchased at the entrance and proof of residency (like a driver’s license) is required.

Gatorland is located at 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando (near Kissimmee). Their phone is 407-855-5496.

Gatorland Opens Zipline Attraction with Laser Light Show

It’s been several months in going from ground breaking to ready for guests, but this morning, Gatorland opened the newest attraction in the park: the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line.

It was an early morning grand opening celebration – 5am, to be precise. So early that the park hosted an awesome laser light show in the pre-dawn darkness to celebrate.

From the event, Gatorland President and C.E.O. Mark McHugh talks about the attraction and kicks off the grand opening in a video posted to the park’s Facebook page.

Want to ride the new attraction? Currently they have several time slots throughout the day with a 10-12 guest maximum per slot. The zip line experience does cost extra. With park admission, tickets for a ride on the zip line costs $69.99 per person.

Would you zip line over live gators?

[Photo courtesy Gatorland]

Gatorland to Install New Zip Line Attraction

Ever visited Gatorland and thought, “wow, it’d be really cool to get an aerial view of this!”? If so, then you might want to get yourself ready for a new attraction that is scheduled to open this summer.

The Screamin’ Gator Zip Line will take guests on an aerial tour of the park. According to details released at this week’s groundbreaking, the first tower will be located by the Gatorland train station and will send guests over the crocodile exhibit.

The second line goes over the jumping Cuban crocodiles, the third over the giant Nile crocodiles and the fourth, almost 600 feet long, comes out at the south end of the breeding marsh and ends near the gator wrestling area.

The final stretch will be a dual zip line, where guests can race each other. It will run parallel to the parking lot, and be visible to folks driving by on Orange Blossom Trail.

Though pricing hasn’t been set, Mark McHugh, Gatorland’s president and CEO, says he expects it to be between $60 and $70, in addition to the regular admission price, which won’t change.

While I personally have no desire to zip line over alligators and crocodiles, I can see where it’d add that bit of extra thrill to those who do it. Plus, McHugh says this new attraction will probably create about 15 or so jobs, which is a good thing.

A tentative June 2011 opening for the zip line was mentioned, but no specific date, as of now.

What do you think? Would you pay to do this?

[Images courtesy of Gatorland: top – Gatorland president and CEO Mark McHugh; bottom – Bubba and Cooter]

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