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Gatorland Launches Social Media Campaign Showcasing Eight Nominations

Open in Orlando since 1949, The Park is Up For Top Honors As Best Theme Park and Best Local Leader During The Pandemic Among Many Others

Gatorland®, the “Alligator Capital of the World”, is calling all super fans once again this year to vote for them for top honors in the annual Orlando Weekly Best of Orlando® 2021 Readers Poll awards.  Nominated in eight categories under LOCAL COLOR in 2021, Gatorland is in the running for:

  • Best Theme Park
  • Best Local Leader During The Pandemic, for CEO Mark McHugh
  • Best Kept Secret
  • Best Local Big Shot Who’s Not An Elected Official, Savannah Boan
  • Best Place to Show People the Real Florida
  • Best Theme Park Ride, for the Screamin’ Gator Zipline
  • Best Zipline or Ropes Course, for the Screamin’ Gator Zipline
  • Best Attraction That’s Not A Theme Park

Online voting is open now through August 1 via https://vote.orlandoweekly.com.  Winners to be announced Aug. 25.

Gatorland’s colorful social media campaign promoting the park’s huge number of nominations and encouraging voting, features a fun Savannah Boan video tour of the park highlighting unique features that compare to all the bells and whistles of the big theme parks in the area and a whimsical poster of Social Distancing Skunk Ape with Savannah Boan in his hand, reminiscent of the days of King Kong and Faye Wray. Check out their facebook page for these fun videos!

Mark McHugh, President and CEO of Gatorland, was continually interviewed by local and national press for his leadership and swift action to continue paying his employees during the pandemic, even while the park was temporarily closed along with many others in Orlando.


Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park combining Old Florida charm with exciting experiences, exhibits, and entertainment. Named Best Non-Theme Park Attraction by the readers of Orlando Magazine in the Best of ORL 2020 Reader Poll and the winner of four awards in Orlando Weekly’s Best of Orlando® 2020 Reader Poll, including Best Place To Show People the Real Orlando, Best Local Big Shot Who’s Not An Elected Official – Gatorland’s Savannah Boan, Best Attraction That’s Not A Theme Park, and Best Zip Line or Ropes Course, Gatorland’s Screamin’ Gator Zip Line.  Orlando Weekly Staff Pick also named Gatorland as Best New Theme Park Attraction this year for its Social Distancing Skunk Ape. 

Originally opened as a roadside attraction in 1949, the park celebrated its 70th Anniversary in 2019.  Today, it provides affordably-priced family fun featuring thousands of alligators and crocodiles, breeding marsh with observation tower, free-flight aviary, nature walk, petting zoo, educational wildlife programs, award-winning gift shop, Florida’s best train ride, Gator Gully Splash Park, on-site restaurant, and one-of-a-kind shows including Gator Jumparoo, Alligators-Legends of the Swamp, and Up-close Encounters.  Popular adventure experiences inside the park include the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure.

          For more Gatorland information, visit us online at www.gatorland.com or call 800-393-JAWS.  

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