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Robert Niles

Fire damages Orlando's Gatorland park

Published: November 6, 2006 at 12:12 PM

Okay, I'll fess up. I didn't know that Gartorland was still around. But, after this morning, part of it isn't.

A early morning fire destroyed part of the 57-year-old roadside attraction, killing at least four animals. The entrance and gift shop also were badly damaged, according to several news reports. And yes, the park's signature big gator head was among the burned and damaged.

The park's alligators were believed to have found refuge in the lake, and park owners told local reporters that they expect to reopen the park as soon as they can.

I know it's not a major theme park. But I also know that many theme park fans find a retro charm in Gatorland, so I'm sure that there will be some folks wanting to comment on its recent state, and the park's prospects for the future.

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Mitchell Botwin

Published: November 7, 2006 at 6:03 AM

An interview this morning with the manager of Gatorland said that 2 boas and a gator were killed, the rest of the animals were far enough away from the fire to be safe. They will be opening soon and the big gator will be back.
Mitchell Botwin

Published: November 9, 2006 at 5:08 AM

The fire at Gatorland was caused by a Boa Constrictor....well actually it was caused by the heating pad in use by the boa.

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