Disney World Resort Adds Alligator Warning Signs After 2-Year-Old's Death

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Walt Disney World Resort is adding warning signs around the resort area where a 2-year-old boy died in an alligator attack.


On June 14, Lane Graves was wading in the water near Orlando’s Grand Floridian Resort when an alligator came and dragged him into the lagoon, according to reports. A “no swimming” sign had reportedly been up at the time. Hours later, a search and rescue team found the boy’s body and determined he died by drowning.

Disney announced plans on Friday to place new signs in the area that read: “DANGER. ALLIGATORS AND SNAKES IN AREA. STAY AWAY FROM THE WATER. DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE,” along with images. Disney wrote in a statement:

“We are installing signage and temporary barriers at our resort beach locations and are working on permanent, long-term solutions at our beaches. We continue to evaluate processes and procedures for our entire property, and, as part of this, we are reinforcing training with our cast for reporting sightings and interactions with wildlife and are expanding our communication to guests on this topic.”


The fatal incident has launched a debate among Orlando residents about insufficient safety precautions against alligator attacks. People reports:

Disney employees attended meetings on Thursday to discuss precautionary measures being taken to prevent further incidents with gators on resort property, a source tells PEOPLE.

Image via Disney World Resort


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I know a lot of people are arguing that it should be common sense that alligators are in the water, but I wouldn’t have known that. Particularly not in a Disney Park - just wouldn’t have thought of it. The fact that these signs weren’t posted to begin with is amazing and to be honest, I think Disney didn’t put them up because it some marketer argued it would “break the atmosphere”.

And for people who argue that there’s the “no swimming sign”, wading is different than swimming, and here’s a photo of the beach and the barrier that is up NOW - but wasn’t before. I’d certainly dip my toes in before knowledge of alligators. There’s a lot of pics of families wading in the low water here. The fact that Disney knew that people waded in the water but still put up no barrier is certainly cause for a lawsuit - one I hope the family wins.