A redneck adventure through swampy alligator graveyards is in the works for Gatorland’s largest expansion since opening as a roadside attraction in 1949.

Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure, which opens in September, will take visitors through ponds, mud puddles and scrubland along the eastern section of the 110-acre home to the Alligator Capital of the World in Kissimmee.

The 20-minute journey includes a stop to feed gators from the 12-foot-high, open-air buggies. The monster-trucks are named after some of the park’s iconic animals: Cannibal Jack, Bonecrusher and Swamp Ghost,

Mark McHugh, president and CEO of Gatorland, described the ride as more authentic than “the tamer theme park rides.”

The $2 million project includes three, 12-passenger buggies and a 3,900-square-foot Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost, named for Ernest “Gator Joe” Brown, a longtime employee who died in 2013.

The off-road adventure will come with an upcharge between $10 and $15, in addition to Gatorland admission.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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