Disney Removes Alligator References From Resort Following Boy’s Death


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Disney are removing all references to alligators following the death of a two-year-old boy.

Lane Graves was dragged away from his parents by the gator at the five-star Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida.

His dead body was later found ‘intact’, after four alligators were killed and dissected during the 17-hour search of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Disney are now said to be making changes to remove alligator references from the resort.

Tick Tock, the crocodile from Peter Pan has been given the elbow from the park’s Festival of Fantasy parade.

And Louis, an alligator from The Princess And The Frog has also been dismissed from the Friendship Fairy castle show.

Other references, including tour guides telling jokes about alligators eating children during the Jungle Cruise tour, have also been removed, according to the Miami Herald.

After the toddler’s tragic death, Disney added warning and security to the resort.

Workers were seen installing fencing and signs which read: ‘Beware! There are alligators and snakes in the area.’



At least Disney did something about it at all and the family never sued.

The family of Lane Graves, the toddler killed by an alligator at a Disney World hotel in June, won't sue the Walt Disney Company, his parents said Wednesday in a statement.

"Melissa and I are broken," Matt Graves said. "We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane. As each day passes, the pain gets worse, but we truly appreciate the outpouring of sympathy and warm sentiments we have received from around the world."

Tragic Lane Graves
The Graveses, who are from Nebraska, said they have started the Lane Thomas Foundation. According to its website, the foundation will donate funds to charitable organizations.
When asked whether it provided a contribution to the foundation, Disney sent a statement that said it would continue to support the family.

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An alligator grabbed 2-year-old Lane as he was walking in a foot of water in a lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and dragged the boy into the water. He was found the next day not far from shore. He died from drowning and traumatic injuries, the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office said.

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Before his death, there were "No Swimming" signs at the hotel beach, but Disney has since installed four sets of messages: "Danger," "Alligators and snakes in area," "Stay away from the water" and "Do not feed the wildlife."
Disney also roped off the beach by the water.
At one point, a GoFundMe campaign had raised about $25,000 for the family. That fundraising drive is no longer active.
Article: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/20/us/disney-alligator-attack/index.html
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