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Gatorland will be bringing alligators and more to Fun Spot America with the new Gator Spot

by Banks Lee

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Guests at Fun Spot America’s Orlando location will soon have the opportunity to meet live alligators, birds and more, thanks to a new partnership with Gatorland. Construction has started on the brand new Gator Spot.

Gator Spot mapGator Spot at Fun Spot America is estimated to open this March and will be the only location on International Drive to showcase alligators up to 12 feet. Located inside the park, the 15,000 square-foot reptile oasis will incorporate several of the nostalgic elements that Gatorland guests have seen for more than 65 years. The interactive attraction will include an array of alligators, an extremely rare leucistic “white” alligator, numerous crocodiles, up-close encounters, photo opportunities and much more.

“We are excited to be working with Gatorland and the history they bring to Orlando and our industry,” states John Arie Jr, chief operating officer of Fun Spot America. “Being able to offer this experience to all our guests at the International Drive location is another unique experience visitors to Orlando can share with their families and friends. Gatorland and Fun Spot together is huge!”

“For many years, Gatorland has investigated opportunities to expand our brand into Orlando’s major tourism district and give folks a taste of our unique entertainment experiences,” stated Mark McHugh, Gatorland’s President & CEO. “John Arie, Sr. and I began talking a year ago, and the more we learned about the history and culture of our two family-owned businesses, the more we realized that this is a perfect fit.”

Admission to the new attraction at Fun Spot America in Orlando will cost $6 per person. In addition to Gatorland’s 110-acre original tourist attraction and wildlife preserve located on South Orange Blossom Trail, Gatorland is also celebrating a 10-year partnership with the Gaylord Palms Resort. Gaylord’s “Best of Florida” exhibit is home to 15 juvenile alligators and 30 native species of turtles.

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