Disney Adds Alligator Warning Signs, Barriers After Florida Attack
Disney has added new signs around its Florida waterways and they will feature more than a simple “No Swimming” message.
There has been speculation Disney should have added signs warning visitors about a potential alligator threat after a gator dragged a 2-year-old boy to his death at the Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando.
“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,” Jacquee Wahler, Vice President, Walt Disney World Resort, told Epoch Times in a statement.
On Friday afternoon, June 17, ABC correspondent Gio Benitez said signs and barriers were put up at the beach.
Signs are up at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort w/ temporary barriers at the same beach where a toddler was killed. pic.twitter.com/BSv2HzZczH
— Gio Benitez (@GioBenitez) June 17, 2016
The body of Lane Graves, 2, was found by a dive team, and officials found that he died of drowning and other traumatic injuries, the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday, June 16. When Graves was dragged into the water by the alligator on Tuesday night, it sparked a 17-hour search.
“Words cannot describe the shock and grief our family is experiencing over the loss of our son. We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time,” the family told ABC News. “To all of the local authorities and staff who worked tirelessly these past 24 hours, we express our deepest gratitude.”
Beaches at Disney resorts have remained closed.
— D Murphy (@Murph7071) June 17, 2016
Some lawyers have said Lane’s parents, who are from Elkhorn, Neb., could file a lawsuit against Disney.
“If Disney had notice that its lagoons could attract alligators, or that alligators were present in its lagoons, it would have a duty to protect those that it welcomes to its premises. It would also have superior knowledge of the specific risk, an alligator, than a family visiting from Nebraska,” Michael E. Perez, a lawyer at the Warshauer Law Group in Atlanta, Georgia, told Epoch Times. “This was not a family visit to the swamp or a wildlife center, it was a visit to a highly regulated and controlled theme park.”
The Epoch Times has reached out to Disney for comment.