You are here

Home  >  Blog  >  Gator Gauntlet Launches at Gatorland
Gator Gauntlet Launches at Gatorland

Gatorland, the "Alligator Capital of the World," is officially launching its newest zip line ride, the Gator Gauntlet, an attraction accessible to park patrons with mobility challenges or other disabilities.

The ride, which is wheelchair accessible, allows participants to travel 350 feet down a zip line, soaring over the park and its lake of giant alligators.

"We're very excited about the launch of the Gator Gauntlet accessible zip line-we're not aware of any other place in the Southeast that's offering this type of experience," said Gatorland president and CEO, Mark McHugh. "One of the primary objectives at Gatorland is to make our attractions accessible to as many people as possible."

Gatorland worked closely with the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association, which provided consultation on the design and construction of the Gator Gauntlet. The Tallahassee-based nonprofit organization promotes recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.

"It is so important that we allow families to participate in all of our park experiences without anyone being excluded," said McHugh. "In addition to accessible viewing stations in all of our shows, the park's very first ride that began tours in 1971, the Gatorland Express Train Ride, was upgraded to allow wheelchair access and security on the train cars in 2001. We are constantly looking for ways to make our park a safe and enjoyable experience for all of our guests regardless of their unique needs."

In areas inaccessible to wheelchairs, such as a sand pit where patrons can get close to the gators, McHugh said they accommodate people who use wheelchairs by bringing the animals to them for an up-close encounter. "You should see the looks of excitement on their faces," he said.

"It was a great pleasure to partner with Gatorland on this project," said David Jones, CEO of the FDOA. "They share our enthusiasm that family and friends of all abilities should recreate together. We were happy to assist them and we hope a lot of people take advantage of this ride."

Travel Tricks & Insider Tips

Women enjoy their vacation at Universal Studios

What’s Your Kissimmee Vacation Resolution?

January 14, 2021 by Experience Kissimmee
Looking for something new to add to your 2021 bucket list? This quiz offers awesome suggestions to make your year one to remember!
Continue Reading

What's New in Kissimmee 2021

December 29, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
Check out what's coming to Kissimmee in 2021!
Continue Reading

Indulge in Some of Kissimmee’s Holiday Cheer at Home!

December 18, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
This year, you deserve some Central Florida holiday cheer! So raise a glass and share a toast with specialty drinks from a few local restaurants!
Continue Reading

'Twas the Night Before Christmas in Kissimmee

December 17, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
What happened the night before Christmas in Kissimmee? Find out!
Continue Reading

Vacation Home for the Holidays

December 10, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
The holidays are right around the corner, and there's no better place to celebrate than in a Kissimmee vacation home!
Continue Reading

JOLLIEST HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

December 07, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
Kissimmee is a happening place during the holidays and the merriest of activities are awaiting visitors from near and far.
Continue Reading