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Gatorland uses 'Social Distancing Skunk Ape' video to remind visitors of new guidelines

Follow safety protocols at Gatorland -- Social Distancing Skunk Ape has his eyes on you! (CNN Newsource)

ORLANDO, Fla. (WPEC) – Gatorland, the Alligator Capital of the World, is using a hilarious and ridiculously Florida video promoting the tourist attraction and reminding visitors to keep to social distancing guidelines and use hand sanitizer.

The marketing video starts off with a pig-tail, cowboy hat-wearing spokeswoman who wishes to welcome visitors back to the now-opened location.

The spokeswoman then introduces the Skunk Ape, a big-foot lookin' fellow known 'round these parts.

The President and CEO of Gatorland, Marck McHugh, tells CNN Travel he and his social media manager, Savannah Boan, were inspired by a local radio show host who told them to use a a Social Distancing Skunk Ape. After that, magic happened.

"The Skunk Ape is part of our Gatorland family, and he will be with us for many years," McHugh said. "His role as Covid-19 safety manager will extend at least through the summer. He's always trying to advance up the corporate ladder."

The official safety measures for the park are listed on the website. They include:

  • All queues have been marked for distancing from admissions and rides to shows and food venues.
  • Capacities on rides and in other places have have reduced.
  • Employees get a temperature check before work and must wear face masks. Guests are "encouraged" to wear face coverings as well.
  • Rides, show seating and other surfaces are disinfected after each use.

Watch the full video for Gatorland's reopening here: