Gator Chomps Truck

Photo of a giant gator statue clenching a truck in its jaws while a man in safari gear rappels down from the gator's mouth.
“Gator Chomps Truck “

The last time Doug and I were in Orlando, we were driving through Kissimmee to go hiking when we spotted this wonderful example of Florida kitsch. What’s not to love about a statue of a giant alligator chowing down on a truck while a guy in safari gear escapes by rappelling down from the gator’s mouth?

This statue originally attracted tourists to the now-abandoned zoo in the background. Both Jungleland Zoo and its predecessor, Alligatorland Safari Zoo, closed due to animal welfare issues. Depsite the Gator Motel’s sign, the motel (not pictured) is actually located to the left.

© 2015 Karen Joslin