Zip across danger – Gatorland adding an eco zip line attraction
Gatorland will be soaring to new heights when they open the world’s first zip line to race above giant alligators and crocodiles. The Eco Zip Line will open at Gatorland this fall.
This one of a kind ride will take guests on a breathtaking journey along 1,200 feet of high flying adventure from platforms designed to replicate the Breeding Marsh Tower. At heights up to 56 feet, guests will slide at speeds near 30 miles per hour.
The Eco Zip Line will carry the brave riders along four zip lines, ranging from 230 feet to more than 485 feet. On the second leg of the journey, guests will soar above the theme park’s collection of jumping Cuban Crocodiles. They’ll also get a bird’s-eye view of the Alligator Breeding Marsh featuring more than 150 alligators.
“We spent a tremendous amount of time designing this incredible experience that combines the most modern safety features available in a zip line with the raw beauty and excitement of Gatorland’s natural exhibits and majestic animals,” says Mark McHugh, Gatorland’s president and CEO.
The 45-minute experience includes a brief orientation session, a nature walk through the swamp, four zips and a swinging bridge for $60, which includes all day admission to the “Alligator Capital of the World.”
Construction of the Eco Zip Line is being managed by Global Expeditions, a privately owned company specializing in the development of ecotourism adventures.
Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combining “Old Florida” charm with new exhibits and entertainment. The park opened as a roadside attraction in 1949. Today, it provides family fun with thousands of alligators, crocodiles, an aviary, breeding marsh with observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, educational wildlife programs, a train ride, Gator Gully Splash Park and reptilian shows including the Gator Wrestlin’ Show, Gator Jumparoo and the Upclose Encounters Show. NEw to the park is the world’s largest collection of giant white alligators in the White Gator Swamp.
To find out more about Gatorland visit gatorland.com.