Jungleland Zoo Kissimmee, Florida

Abandoned Jungleland Zoo

Abandoned Jungleland Zoo in Kissimmee, Florida.

Located along “Tourist Trap Row” or better known as Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee, Florida, the now abandoned Jungleland Zoo was home to the World’s second largest gator ever built. At 126 feet long the gator was the largest until “Swampy” was built in Christmas, Florida at what is now the Jungle Adventures Animal Park

The above 360-degree virtual tour was created with a Canon T1i camera body with an 8mm Sigma fish-eye lens. Stitching was completed using Kolor’s Autopano Giga and the Virtual Tour was assembled with Kolor’s PanoTour Pro.

Jungleland Zoo photos

Opening in 1995, Jungleland Zoo housed over 300 exotic animals on the property. From the giant roadside plaster alligator, you might think the zoo was known for its first class gator shows. However, the zoo was known for its big cat shows, which showcased cats from the smaller bobcats up to the large cats such as, the Bengal and Siberian tigers. The zoo closed its doors in 2002 and in 2014 the gator that stood out-front was demolished. 

During operation, the park housed a 300 seat amphitheater with shaded seating areas, gator pond, Cat show, primate exhibits among other entertainment for the family. In 1997, Nala a 400 pound lioness got loose from her cage when workers were trying to repair some damage. Named after a character in the hit Disney movie “The Lion King” Nala, was on the loose for several days.

In recent years the property was purchased by Jungle Habitat Preserve, an exotic animal sanctuary that cares for unwanted animals due to lack of funds or other reasons.

 

View more images and get more information at Old Florida Blog, abandonedfl.com or Roadside America.

Another interesting attraction we photographed was at the Walt Disney Pop Century Resort. This resort has many cool attractions themed around past decades starting in the 1950’s through the 1990’s. In the area themed for the 1980’s there is a larger than life size Foosball court that we photographed at night.

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