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Disney Officials to Review Alligator Warning Signage

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 16, 2016

Disney Officials to Review Alligator Warning Signage

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On Wednesday, a Disney official revealed that the company plans on reviewing its alligator warning signage following the death of a two-year-old boy who was attacked and dragged into a lagoon by an alligator.

According to The Associated Press, the company official spoke to the media on the condition of anonymity. In addition, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and the state wildlife agency will also be looking into the lack of warning signs around the Seven Seas Lagoon at The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa near Walt Disney World.

There were several “No Swimming” signs around the Seven Seas Lagoon, but no warnings about the presence of alligators. There is only one alligator warning sign on the property, but it was next to a small pond.

Now, Disney is coming under fire for not properly informing guests about the possibility of alligators in the lagoon. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission acknowledged that Disney removes alligators from the water on a regular basis.

All of Disney’s beaches remained closed through Wednesday.

Search teams using divers found the body of Lane Graves, the two-year-old son Matt and Melissa Graves from Elkhorn, Nebraska. The body was found completely intact around 10-15 yards from the edge of the lagoon where the child was attacked.

The child’s death was the first alligator attack on Disney property since 1986.


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