The Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure has soft-opened at Gatorland ahead of the grand opening on December 13.
Gatorland broke ground on April 19, 2017 for the new off-road attraction coming to their Orange Blossom Trail alligator park. Using an undeveloped area to the east of the existing park, Gatorland has built a half-mile off-road drive through pine and palmetto woods, hills, mud puddles, swamps and ponds. It is the biggest expansion in Gatorland’s over 65 year history with a cost of around $2.2 million.
The new attraction, is called the “Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure” and was originally scheduled to open in September 2017. It is a separately priced add-on attraction much like Gatorland’s zip-line rides. The price is $10 per person on top of the regular park admission.
Guests board one of three custom-built oversized 12 foot tall open-air off-road monster buggies before setting off on an adventure that lasts 15 to 20 minutes. Mid way through the drive, the buggies stop to let guests feed some of the alligators.
Each buggy holds up to 12 passengers plus the driver/guide and are named after famous Gatorland alligators and crocodiles; Cannibal Jack, Bonecrusher and Swamp Ghost (one of Gatorland’s rare white alligators).
Like the skippers on Disney’s “Jungle Cruise”, there are plenty of jokes from the driver/guide plus amusing signs scattered along the drive. The back story for the ride is that Gatorland has taken over a swamp buggy business from a (fictional) rival called Swampy Sal of Gator Gardens.
Somewhat morbidly, the ride also passes through an area where hundreds of alligators have been buried in the past.
As part of the expansion, Gatorland have constructed a new 3,900 square foot Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost named after a longtime employee, Ernest Brown. At the Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost, you are able to purchase Gatorland tickets to the “Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure,” “Gator Night Shine,” “Screamin’ Gator Zip Line” and other add-on experiences.