Get well soon Gatorland.

7 11 2006


Before there was the Crocodile Hunter, there was Gatorland. As a boy growing up in Orlando, a field trip to Gatorland meant you saw alligator wrestling and other “educational” things like that.

Sadly, early this morning a fire broke out at Gatorland and destroyed much of their facility. Fortunately, it sounds like all of the alligators survived, which provides a silver lining to this otherwise horrible story. The owners say that they will reopen and that would be great, because in the land of Disney, Universal and over-priced tourist traps, there was something special about Gatorland.

I’m acting like I went there a lot — I didn’t. But when I did go it was fun and it is just one of those small pieces of Americana that just don’t seem to be around any more.

Here is a link to some old photos from Gatorland that kind of sum up what the place was.

Let’s hope they rebuild, but that they don’t change a thing.

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