Everything you need to know about Gatorland

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Adventure Calls. Answer the Call.

So as we have an amazing offer on at the moment for FREE Gatorland General Admission per person when you spend over £500 this January, I thought I would give you the run down on why this is such a great park to visit.

Even if you don’t know a lot about Gatorland, i’m sure you’ll be familiar with the famous Gator mouth entrance!

Gatorland is the renowned ‘Alligator capital of the world’ it was founded by
Owen Godwin in 1949, and still privately owned by his family today! It is the best place to see alligators and crocodiles of all sizes, from babies, to the 14-foot monsters that call our Breeding Marsh home. They even have the largest collection of extremely rare white leucistic alligators.  But, Gatorland is more than just a gator park!  They have a free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one-of-a-kind animal shows, thrilling Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and new Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure to ensure your day will be full of fun, smiles and special memories!

The animals you will encounter when visiting Gatorland.

Did you know – A baby alligator is called a Grunt. (cute huh 😉 )

There is also a lot of extra activities and experiences to do at Gatorland – i’ve popped my favourite ones below.

Screamin’ Gator Zip Line

This experience is an extra cost but totally worth it! Here’s what it includes:

  • Launch from heights of up to 65 feet
  • Soar across five intense zip lines ranging in length from 230 feet to more than 500 feet, and carefully cross a swinging bridge over the park’s main walkway
  • Fly over alligators and crocodiles at speeds near 30 miles per hour. Equipment (helmet and harness) provided
  • Just minutes from area hotels, theme parks, and the Orlando International Airport

Gator Gauntlet

Soar 350 feet through the air and defy gravity while gliding over the Alligator Breeding Marsh, complete with one hundred and thirty giant alligators watching from below! “That’s one wild ride!”


This is one of my personal favourite things to do at Gatorland. It is truly hilarious!
Gatorland guests can board one of three, 12-foot-high custom-made, off-road monster vehicles for a 15-minute rugged and hilarious adventure like no other theme park ride anywhere. This exciting ride is chocked full of wacky new Gatorland characters, singing tour guides, swampy adventure, and, of course, lots of alligators. Each vehicle is specially branded and named after iconic real alligators and crocodiles at Gatorland, including Bonecrusher ℠, Cannibal Jake, and Swamp Ghost ℠

Gator Night Shine

Armed with only a flashlight and gator food, you bravely make your way along the winding wooden walkways of Gatorland’s Alligator Breeding Marsh. The sounds of the night come alive around you as the rustle of feathers overhead and the splashing of water nearby signal that you are not alone.
Turning your flashlight towards the water, you suddenly become aware of hundreds of hungry, glowing, red eyes slowly making their way closer… it’s now your turn to experience the ‘real Florida.

Gatorland is open from 10am – 5pm 365 days of the years come rain or shine. It is located around 20 – 30 minutes away from International Drive. Gatorland, 14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837, United States

Smiles Included (even if there is loads of Gators behind me)


Interview with Sandy from Gatorland

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Next up for ‘Tell Me Tuesdays’ is Sandy Sweatt from Gatorland. Sandy and Gatorland are personal favourites of ours here at OAT towers.. Lets get to know Sandy a bit better…

Name:  Sandy Sweatt
Company:  Gatorland
Position: Senior Sales Manager


What did you want to be when you grew up?  A model

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be and why? Spaghetti

What movie title best describes your life?  Never ending story ….

If you were stranded on a Desert Island and could only take 3 items what would they be and why?  Well … food, water and my husband!

Would you rather be able to time travel into the past or the future and why?  Into the past to experience more time with the loved ones that have passed on.

How would you describe your theme park / attraction using only 3 words? Such an adventure!



What was the highlight of 2017 for your company?  The best summer attendance in Gatorland history!

What are you most looking forward to in 2018? Continuing to watch Gatorland grow and share special memories with guests!

Favourite Theme Park ride/attraction of 2017?  Our Adventure Hour that is only sold in the park!  Feed the huge gators in our breeding marsh!

What is going to be BIG for your company in 2018?  The new swamp buggy ride – The Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure!

Best Theme Park/attraction tip?  Go to parks even it is raining, it will most likely stop within 30 minutes.

Tell us something we don’t know about Florida… Gatorland was one of first attractions in Florida, we opened in 1949!

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions Sandy it is much appreciated! I can’t wait to have a go on The Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure!!

Don’t forget that you can purchase your Gatorland tickets for as little as £20.00 for an adult and £15.00 for a child from us!!

Smiles Included,


NEW Stompin’ Gator Off Road Adventure now open at Gatorland!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

On the 13th December The Alligator capital of the world celebrated the official opening of the Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure ride and Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost as part of their $2.2 million park expansion.

Visitors to Gatorland can now hop on one of three 12 foot tall off road monstor vehicles which are custom made just for Gatorland (i’m now realising it may be pretty difficult to ‘hop’ on one) to embark on a ’15 minute rugged and hilarious adventure like no other theme park ride anywhere. Gatorland have said that “this exciting ride is chocked full of wacky new Gatorland characters, singing tour guides, swampy adventure, and, of course, lots of alligators. Each vehicle is specially branded and named after iconic real alligators and crocodiles at Gatorland, including Bone crusher, Cannibal Jake, and Swamp Ghost. (My fave is definitely Bone crusher)” 

With every great ride comes a story line. The story line for Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure is a journey in to the world of ‘gator gardens’ which is a fictional rival park that has taken over a swamp buggy business from a new Gatorland character called ‘Swampy Sal’ who you’ll be attempting to find. Guests will be taken on an adventure like no other through unexpected twists and turns, through a alligator graveyard and a pond of hungry gators (probably a good thing you’ll be 12 feet in the air at this point) . Gatorland are confident that guests will be laughing the whole way through with a comedic plot, monser vehicle drivers and on board personal guides. The cost for a child/adult ticket will be $10.00 and guests will need to be a minimum of 36 inches to ride. You can purchase tickets from the parks admission gate or from Gator Joes Adventure Outpost.

The vehicles for the Stompin’ Gator Off Road Adventure will depart from Gatorlands brand new ‘Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost’ which is now the home for all Gatorlands add-on’s such as the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, Adventure Hour, Trainer for the Day and Gator Night Shine.

Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost is named after Ernest “Gator Joe”Brown, who was hired by Owen Godwin Sr. – Gatorland’s founder, to work at the park. Brown was known all over Central Florida, especially throughout Kissimmee and Osceola County, as Gator Joe because of his great love and expertise with alligators. Gator Joe raised thousands and thousands of baby gators at Gatorland. He had a special knack for getting them to eat and grown quickly. When he hollered “GATOR! GATOR BOY!” across the lakes, every gator would swim as fast as they could to meet him. Gator Joe worked at Gatorland from 1958 until shortly before he passed away in 2013.For lmost 60 years, Gator Joe and his family’s influence on Gatorland has run long and deep, with some of his family still working at Gatorland today.

This looks like an absolute BLAST and I would love to do this, it’s definitely on my list of things to do on my next trip to Orlando! Don’t forget, you’ll need your Gatorland admission ticket too!

What do you think.. Would you give it a go?

Smiles included,



Interview With Sandy Sweatt From Gatorland

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Its interview Tuesday (still not a thing) and today’s interview happens to coincide with our fabulous February offering! Sandy represents Gatorland who for the whole of this month is part of our added value program.

Lets get to know Sandy a little better…

Name: Sandy Sweatt
Company: Gatorland
Position: Senior Sales Manager

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Pasta, Pasta, Pasta!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why? A Gator of course … so I can just watch people all day long and not have to say a word! If they make me mad, I would snap at them!
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? A comedy, I am a native Floridian, but hate to be hot, my degree is in Fashion Merchandising and I promote a 110-acre park with lots of Alligators!
If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? My Grandfather – to share past family history with me! Jackie Kennedy Onassis – would really like to meet her! Julia Roberts —- Love her!

What was the highlight of 2016 for your company?: Gatorland has so much to brag about. We have the most incredible team that is so dedicated to making Gatorland the best it can be for our guests! Our entertainment and animal care departments love what they do and the animals they care for and work with daily. They ensure our guests visit to Gatorland is filled with Fun, Smiles and Special Memories!
What can we expect from your company in 2017?: Gatorland will be 68 years old and we will continue to entertain guest for all over the world with our amazing animal show and exhibits! Look for a “New” Attraction at Gatorland in Fall 2016!
Make a 2017 prediction…: I really cannot predict what will happen in 2017. But, I do believe Orlando will continue to be the top tourist destination and Gatorland will continue to be that special place to visit, to see and touch those amazing gators that they cannot see everywhere! Orlando has a lot of amazing attractions small and large!
Best Theme Park ride/attraction of 2016?: Diagon Alley at Universal Studios
Best Theme Park/attraction food of 2016?: Butterbeer
Best Theme Park/attraction tip?: If it is raining in Orlando, still go to the parks. It may be raining where you are, but not necessarily a mile away! And the rain normally last a short time.
Best kept secret in Florida?: Boggy Creek Airboat Rides! An amazing adventure and so beautiful to see a bit of the real Florida!

Ooo a new attraction opening in the Fall… wonder what that will be! Thanks very much to Sandy for taking her time to answer our questions. Gatorland is an amazing attraction to visit and one that you wont regret. Gatorland is included for free in February with some of our most popular tickets.

You can read more interviews in the series here;

Kids Eat Free Card


Fun Spot

Eat & Play Card

Smiles included…


Top 5 Things To Do At Gatorland

Hey Thrill Seekers,

For those of you who don’t already know, any bundle purchased including Disney  or just Disney tickets on their own will receive FREE tickets to Gatorland!! That’s right, FREE!! These tickets are worth £20.00 on a usual sale but we’re giving them away for the whole of February this year!


So let’s have a little look at Gatorland and some of the awesome things that you can do there!

Trainer For A Day gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the Gatorland family. Starting from some of the tiniest members like baby alligators and working your way up to a great big alligator!

Rookie Wrestling is maybe not for everyone (I would be too much of a pansy) but you can enter into the Gator Wrestlin’ Arena and take a seat upon an alligators back. These gators can be up to 8 or 9 feet in length with 82 razor sharp teeth!


Screamin’ Gator Zip Line is 1200 feet high! You will soar through the air viewing some of the theme parks greatest attractions including some of the parks most beautiful alligators and crocodiles.

Gator Night Shine is one of the most stunning sights that you will see at Gatorland as this is when the alligators really come out to play!

Not forgetting some of the amazing shows that Gatorland have to offer such as the Gator Jumparoo Show, Gator Wrestlin’ Show and Up Close Encounters.


All of this is coming free with your Disney tickets for a whole month! Why would you not want to jump in on this?!

Smiles Included…


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Do You Really Mean All The Parks?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

A lot of our customers ask for a ticket that includes ‘all of the parks’ without realising how many parks there actually are. Ticket purchasing can become quite complicated when you aren’t aware of all the parks and attractions, especially if you’re a first timer. We have ‘The Big Three’, Disney, Universal and SeaWorld but there is so much more!

Let’s take a look at the big three first.

Walt Disney World actually consists of 6 parks in total, 4 theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and 2 water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. All of our Disney tickets include all 6 of these parks, we do not offer single day or single park tickets.

Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the park to explore lands of endless enchantment, where your fantasy becomes a reality. 

Disney’s Epcot allows you to travel around the globe, under the sea, into outer space…and beyond!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will amaze you, behold the magic of nature with rare animals and world-class entertainment.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios puts you smack bang in the middle of the action, take center stage in the world of movies, television, music and theater.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is a storm ravaged tropical bay while Disney’s Blizzard Beach is a melting ski resort.


Moving onto Universal now with their 2 theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. These 2 parks are joint together using The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express. You must have a hopper ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express, which is of course, what we offer! 🙂

Tip: Ride the Hogwarts Express both ways to encounter two completely different experiences. 😉

Universal Studios is where you can jump into the action of your favourite movies and TV shows’. At the back of the park you will find yourself in Diagon Alley.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is where you can live the adventure. Towards the back of this park you will be in Hogsmeade.

Universal’s Volcano Bay is the newest park which is due to open on the 1st June 2017. Water is life. Life is joy. 


SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment have a total of 4 parks including SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Discovery Cove.

SeaWorld Orlando has a mixture of thrill rides, family rides and animal interactions. SeaWorld rescue a lot of animals from the wild to treat them and then release them back into the wild.

Aquatica is SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s water park which is themed to the Southern Pacific and features Australian and New Zealand mascots that you can spot relating to each attraction.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is about an hour out of Orlando but so worth the journey! The 19th century African themed park is also, like SeaWorld, a mixture of the thrill and family rides as well as the animal encounters. All of the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is suitable for all the family.

Tip: We offer these parks at an amazing 3 parks for the price of 2 offer which entails free parking!

Discovery Cove is an amusement park where guests can completely relax with an all inclusive day and have the choice to ‘talk, touch, play and swim with bottlenose dolphins’.

There are 2 Discovery Cove packages available, 1 including 14 days into SeaWorld and Aquatica and our Ultimate package including 14 days into SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens.

Tip: You can make the most of the free parking with our Ultimate Package as well. 😉


LEGOLAND Florida & Merlin Attractions is next up. LEGOLAND Florida has their theme park and their water park – great fun for all the family. As well as Legoland, Merlin also have I-Drive 360 which is made up of The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and SEALIFE Orlando.


We offer a number of different ticket options for these attractions, so if you don’t necessarily want to visit all of them, you can take your pick!

If you’re looking to visit some of Florida’s more alternative attractions, you won’t be at a loose end as there are so many options!

Kennedy Space Center

Fun Spot


Boggy Creek – 30 minute

Boggy Creek – 1 hour


Orlando Magic

So if you were stuck for ideas, I hope you’re not anymore! All of these attractions are available on our website and any questions you have, you can contact us to find out more!

Smiles Included…


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