I went to Gatorland for the first-time last week. I have been meaning to go for years, but life kept getting in the way. Last week, I was invited to a media preview of Gatorland’s Halloween event – Gators, Ghosts and Goblins, so it was a perfect time to check out Gatorland.
To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t really certain what to expect; I mean it is an amusement park based on Alligators. But, I had a great time and I will be back with my kids for even more Gator fun.
Gatorland is a smaller amusement park located on a main road in Orlando, which makes it super easy to get to and even better it makes it easy for little feet to navigate. At Gatorland, you can see a variety of animals, including the aforementioned gators, bobcats, tortoises, crocodiles, birds, snakes and other critters. There are also different shows for the family where you can learn more about gators and even watch them jump out of the water to grab food.
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What there is to do at the Gators, Ghosts and Goblins Event
The Gators, Ghosts and Goblins event is being held every weekend in October and until November 1st. In addition to the regular Gatorland lineup, there are costumed characters that will be walking throughout the park. We met the Merry Widow, who told us all about her dead husbands, and the grim reaper uber driver, who’s car of choice was a hearse. Of course, there was also an Alligator (not a real one) dressed to the nines in his Halloween costume. There were also a few more characters who were walking around interacting with guests.
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Want to go for a ride? Then hop on the Gatorland Express, for a scavenger hunt of sorts, where you have to look out for “special animals”. Kids will love riding the train and also trying to spot the spooky characters.
Kids will also love the candy trail, where they can go trick-or-treating, from 11am to 2pm everyday at the event. On Sundays, there is a costume parade, so you will want to make sure that they are dressed in their costumes.
As a part of the event, there will also be specialty vendors and kids will be able to meet the personalities from Gatorland’s School of Croc and their Vlog team as they do special presentations throughout the day.
But what about the adults, you are probably asking. While the adults will also enjoy the Gators, Ghosts and Goblins event, Gatorland has thrown in a little extra for you. Adults can also enjoy Frank & Stein’s Octoberfest with some great eats and libations and live music as well.
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How much does Gatorland cost?
If you have been putting off going to Gatorland because of the cost, then now is the perfect time to go. Until the end of the month, Florida residents are half off, making it $15 for adults and $10 for kids.
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Good to Note
Masks are required to be worn at Gatorland.
Social distancing is still recommended and Social Distancing Skunk Ape, will give you a reminder if you forget.
There are hand sanitizer and hand washing stations located throughout the park.
Do I recommend visiting Gatorland?
The little bit that I was able to experience of Gatorland, was a lot of fun and I look forward to going back to experience the entire park. I highly recommend that you go and check it out with your family.