Gatorland announced the opening date for their new ride at their Orlando based alligator attraction, the first true ride if you ignore the railway that skirts the park. It is called the Screamin’ Gator Zipline and it opened on June 16, 2011.
Guests get the experience of riding a zip line over several enclosures containing live alligators and crocodiles, surely a first for Florida! The zip line towers are around 50 to 75 feet tall and resemble the existing breeding marsh observation tower.
Starting next to the Gatorland train station the first section of the zip line will take you over the crocodile exhibit followed by the "jumping" Cuban crocodiles. Luckily crocodiles cannot jump 40 feet in the air. Then you zip over the giant Nile crocodiles and close by the saltwater crocodiles.
The fourth section, the longest, is over 500 feet in length and takes you through pine trees ending up near the gator wresting arena. Having crossed a swinging bridge there is the opportunity to race against a friend on the final dual zip line. This final section will be clearly visible from the Orange Blossom Trail.
The whole ride is around 1,200 feet in length and you can expect to reach speeds of up to 30 mph. Including a briefing session and nature walk through the swamp, the whole experience lasts around 45 minutes.
This will be a separately priced attraction of $69.99 including admission to the park. Normal park charges will remain in force for guests who do not wish to go on the zip line. Maximum capacity is expected to be around 200 people per day.
There are no age restrictions but guests must be able to fit into the harnesses which in reality means you must weight somewhere between 75 and 275 lbs. For children under 75 lbs there is the possibility to ride in tandem with a parent/guardian as long as they still fit the harnesses.
For the safety of the park's animals you cannot take cameras on the zip line and for your own safety, you must wear closed toe shoes. Secure lockers are available to store your valuables etc.
Other Florida Zip Line Rides
There are already several other zip line rides in Florida including Zip Adventures at Adventures Unlimited near Milton and and the Baytowne Adventure Zone in Destin, both in the Florida Panhandle. Then in central Florida there is the Zipline Safari at Forever Florida near St. Cloud (just east of Kissimmee) and Zoom Air at the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford . For children, there is also the Jungle Flyers zip line at Jungala in Busch Gardens.