Which lake in Florida has the most alligators?
ORLANDO, Fla. – If you live in Central Florida, alligators can show up anytime, anywhere. (Scroll down to see which Florida lakes have the most “bull” alligators.) While gator encounters often make headlines, News 6 wanted to know just how frequent are those sightings, and where are Florida alligators spotted the most? News 6 found, at least once a day on average, Florida alligators and human habitats collide. That is considered “bull gator” status, and locally, Lake Poinsett on the St. Johns River, Lake Kissimmee in Osceola County, and Lake Jesup in Seminole County had the largest population of “bull” alligators (or alligators longer than nine feet).
Gatorland extends special rate for Florida residents
ORLANDO, Fla – Gatorland is extending its popular Florida resident special. Now through Feb. 15, guests can visit the alligator capital of the world for just $9.99 for single-day admission. The park has a large collection of alligators, a free-flight aviary, a petting zoo, one-of-a-kind animal shows, the thrilling Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and the new Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure. Guests must show proof of Florida residency when purchasing the special offer at Gatorland’s admission gates. The theme park is also allowing guests to apply the cost of admission toward an annual pass, which includes a number of benefits.
Gatorland brings back special rate for Florida residents
ORLANDO, Fla – Gatorland has brought back its most popular Florida resident special, but only for a limited time. The theme park said guests can visit the alligator capital of the world for just $9.99 for single-day admission. The park has a large collection of alligators, a free-flight aviary, a petting zoo, one-of-a-kind animal shows, the thrilling Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and the new Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure. Guests must show proof of Florida residency when purchasing the special offer at Gatorland’s admission gates. The theme park is also allowing guests to apply the cost of admission toward an annual pass, which includes a number of benefits.
Gatorland takes a bite out of the holidays with all new Christmas event
ORLANDO, Fla – Christmas in Florida would not be complete without a Christmas tree surrounded by dozens of hungry alligators. The popular wildlife park is beginning its first annual Holiday Ho Ho Ho-Down Christmas event this weekend. [TRENDING: Animal nearly severs woman’s arm at Carole Baskin’s rescue | CDC: Avoid travel to Mexico | Brightline targets 2022 for OIA station]“We are so excited to be presenting our very first holiday event this year. The theme park will also offer holiday food items for purchase throughout the park. The holiday event is included with regular admission and runs Dec. 5, 6, 13, 14, 19 and 20.
Gatorland thanks veterans, active military with free admission
Gatorland is showing its appreciation to veterans, as well as active and retired military personnel, with free admission starting Nov. 11. [TRENDING: Donald Trump wins Florida | US presidential race results | Floridians vote to raise minimum wage to $15/hour]Four family members with the veteran or active military member will also receive 20% off admission. The veteran’s free admission deal lasts through Nov. 30. Also in November, Gatorland is offering anyone 50% off its Greater Gator Package. For $20.21 you can get admission to the park, an alligator meet-n-greet, unlimited train rides and gator chow to feed those hungry beasts.
Gatorland kicks off Gators, Ghosts, and Goblins Halloween event
ORLANDO, Fla. – Gatorland Orlando is celebrating Halloween all month long with its second annual Gators, Ghosts and Goblins event. Though this year things are different because of the pandemic, visitors can expect a lot of social distancing. Though SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular event was not canceled this year. The Halloween event takes place every weekend in October and ends November 1. “We’ve been running a very safe park for the last four five months and people should feel comfortable coming out here,” McHugh said.
How Gatorland’s CEO kept reptiles, employees happy during coronavirus closure
ORLANDO, Fla. – Gatorland has been around for 71 years and current CEO Mark McHugh says they have never seen anything like what the coronavirus pandemic. It has weathered hurricanes, tornadoes, recessions and even a fire that burned down its main building some 14 years ago. While nothing could prepare them for the coronavirus, Gatorland was somehow prepared to take care of its 190 employees though it all. “Most of them were at home, sheltering in place, taking care of themselves and their families," McHugh said. Listen to the full episode of Florida’s Fourth Estate on iTunes here or on Sticher here.
Gatorland reopens after COVID-19 shuts down park for two months
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Gatorland reopened to park guests on Saturday after getting approval from the Governor and Orange County mayor earlier this week. RELATED: Gatorland announces reopening date alongside Universal, other attractionsThe theme park reopened for the first time Saturday morning since closing on March 18 due to COVID-19. McHugh said people lined up outside the park an hour and a half before it was set to open. The park got approval from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Governor Ron DeSantis to reopen. "It's nerve-wracking, but with social distancing and stuff I think everything will be fine," Perry said.
Gatorland announces reopening date alongside Universal, other attractions
ORLANDO, Fla. – Gatorland will reopen its doors to the public just in time for Memorial Day weekend. By entering Gatorland, guests must agree to the following: They do not have a fever, cough or other symptoms of COVID-19. They will endeavor to maintain social distancing from other groups. The attraction also introduced what it’s calling “The Gatorland Social Distancing Skunk Ape,” a character that aims to take social distancing efforts to the next level, according to the release. MORE: Skunk Ape: Here’s how Gatorland will enforce social distancingGatorland is the fourth attraction to announce its opening date Friday.
ICON Park, Gatorland, Fun Spot America receive initial approval from tourism working group
ICON Park, Gatorland, Fun Spot America receive initial approval from tourism working groupPublished: May 20, 2020, 7:22 pmNearly a dozen other area attractions will seek approval for reopening from county leadership before plans are submitted to Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Here’s what Fun Spot, Gatorland, Icon Park want to do to keep you safe
ORLANDO, Fla. – Some of Orange County’s smaller attractions said they have strong guidelines in place for keeping guests safe, and they want to open by the end of the week. Leaders from Fun Spot America, Gatorland and Icon Park presented their plans to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force on Monday. “Our priority is number one the customer’s safety comes first,” said Chris Jaskiewicz with Icon Park. “Keep things clean and keep people healthy.”All three parks have been closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Our goal is to seek approval from the task force and from Mayor Demings and open our park this Saturday, May 23,” said Mark McHugh with Gatorland.
Fun Spot America, Gatorland push to reopen during phase 2
ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s been almost two months since Gatorland Orlando closed its doors due to the pandemic. Now with the news of Universal's CityWalk and Disney Springs partially reopening, workers say they are ready to reopen whenever they get the green light. Gatorland Orlando, along with other local attractions like Fun Spot America and Icon Park submitted letters to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings asking to be included in phase two of the governor's reopening plan. Employees at Gatorland Orlando have safety measures already set up throughout the park-like 6 feet place holders on the ground and signs with new restrictions for guests. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
You can virtually visit Gatorland amid coronavirus closures
ORLANDO, Fla. – Gatorland might be closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but you can still visit the “Alligator Capital of the World” virtually. According to a news release from Gatorland, a reopening date has not been determined, as the situation regarding the pandemic continues to rapidly develop. So until we can open our doors and welcome all our fans back to Gatorland, we’ll see you later, Alligator!”The virtual visits begin Wednesday. Click here to see when Gatorland goes live on Facebook. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Florida’s Fourth Estate: Gatorland helps News 6 anchors get up close and personal with wildlife
ORLANDO, Fla. – This week on “Florida’s Fourth Estate,” News 6 anchors Matt Austin and Ginger Gadsden explore Florida’s vigorous wildlife population with a little help from a local expert. Brandon Fisher, from Gatorland, stops by to talk to the anchors about gators and snakes. In Austin’s own words, here’s how this week’s episode goes down:“Two scaly critters arrive in the podcast studio. Learn a little and laugh a lot during this week’s episode of “Florida’s Fourth Estate.”Watch Florida’s Fourth Estate in the video player at the top of this story or download the episode on Apple Podcasts. Florida’s Fourth Estate podcast with Ginger Gadsden and Matt Austin looks at everything from swampy politics to a fragile environment and even the crazy headlines that make Florida the craziest state in the Union.