Alligators On Disney Property

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Alligators On Disney Property

So we have alluded to it in several other threads, but does this really happen that often? It sounds like it's actually pretty common. Has anyone seen an alligator while they were there?

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Only on the Kilimanjaro Safari (and then, maybe they were crocodiles?)!

Those are crocs. Alligators are not native to Africa, which is where, as you know, Kilimanjaro is set.

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Only on the Kilimanjaro Safari (and then, maybe they were crocodiles?)!

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Only on the Kilimanjaro Safari (and then, maybe they were crocodiles?)!

Those are crocs. Alligators are not native to Africa, which is where, as you know, Kilimanjaro is set.




What's the difference between a croc and alligator?

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What's the difference between a croc and alligator?



An alligator is a big, lizard looking thing that will eat you. A croc is just an ugly shoe.

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I was waiting for that Before I posted.

Crocs are Bigger, Meaner, (Alligators usually wait for prey, A Croc will come after you.) and prefer salt water or even open ocean. It's head is narrower then an Alligator and as a result has a weaker bite force.

The easiest ways to tell them apart is Crocs are tan and you see both upper and lower teeth when their mouth is closed. Alligators are more Green and you only see the upper teeth when the mouth is shut. (Either way run...)

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You have to Zig and Zag to get away from them! (Actualy Mythbusters proved that it really isn't hard to get away from them as long as they don't ambush you)

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I have seen alligators on property in Disney. When I was doing the Halloween 5K last year there was one in the retaining pond behind space mountain. It was so cool!

The far side of Bay Lake actually has a section that is roped (buoyed) off because it's an alligator nesting ground.

Has anyone else come face to face with these critters in the "wild" at Disney?

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I have posted this picture before but this thread is just made for it. Also rest assured it is a real photo taken by a cast member BEFORE the MK opened for the day. Better beleive it was removed by Disney pest control services very quickly.

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We hadn't seen one but on one of our travels by boat between fort wilderness and wilderness lodge a boat driver was telling us bout a large one he saw the day before. Seeing one at Disney would be a huge hightlight for me especially in Bay lake.

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Vettelover wrote:
I have posted this picture before but this thread is just made for it. Also rest assured it is a real photo taken by a cast member BEFORE the MK opened for the day. Better beleive it was removed by Disney pest control services very qiuckly.

I have never seen that before! Holy crickey that would scare me!

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Aaaaaaannnnnddd....that's why I stay OUT of fresh water in FLORIDA. Even at Disney. Trust me, folks. They are EVERYWHERE here. In fact, I assume they are there, and am shocked when they are not.

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I saw one at Animal Kingdom between Dinoland and Asia.

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I have seen one in CSR in the water that the resort surrounds. But its Florida so you are supposed to see them.

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We saw one while on the boat from the MK to the Poly last trip. One was in Bay Lake by the Grand Floridian beach. The boat captain spotted it first. That is the first we saw one on property in all the years.

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We actually saw one on our way to the airport! It was cool! I took video of it... havent had a chance to look at it. If it has anything... ill post it.

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Alligators have a rounder snout and are not as big or as aggressive as Crocs. Both will kill you so stay away!

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And we do actually have crocs in FL too, from what I understand, just more in the southern part. We're on Lake Monroe (the St. Johns flows thru it) and we see gators ALL the time. I don't let the kiddoes dangle their legs over the wall of the lake. EVER.

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Yes, the Crocs are mainly in the Everglades. Lots of room for them and not a lot of human contact.