ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The vice president of Walt Disney World Resort says the resort will be adding alligator warning signs.
Jacquee Wahler says in a statement Thursday evening: “We have closed all of our beaches and have made a decision to add signage, and we are also conducting a swift and thorough review of all of our processes and protocols.”
A gator attacked and killed a 2-year-old-boy wading in shallow water at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort Tuesday night.
The medical examiner’s office in Orlando says a 2-year-old Nebraska boy died from drowning and traumatic injuries after being grabbed by an alligator at Walt Disney World.
The District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office finished the autopsy of Lane Graves on Thursday and issued the cause of death.
Authorities recovered the boy’s body intact Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after he was snatched from the shore of a lake.
His family was vacationing at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World.
It’s an unwritten rule for Florida residents: Keep your kids away from ponds and lakes because alligators are everywhere.
But after a gator killed a 2-year-old Nebraska boy at a Walt Disney World resort, attention soon turned to tourists.
Now people are asking: In a state with an estimated 1 million alligators, how should theme parks and other attractions warn visitors, and did Disney do enough?
Disney beaches remained closed Thursday after the death of Lane Graves. The company says it is reviewing policies that do not currently include posting alligator warnings around park waters.
Local law enforcement and state wildlife officials have publicly praised the company for spotting and removing nuisance gators from park waters.
A Florida sheriff says charges are unlikely against the parents whose 2-year-old son was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings tells The Associated Press there was no indication Matt and Melissa Graves of suburban Omaha, Nebraska, committed any crime that contributed to the reptile grabbing their son, Lane Graves.
Demings says his department and the state wildlife agency would look into the issue of signs around Seven Seas Lagoon, where Disney had posted “no swimming” signs but no warnings about alligators.
Authorities say the boy waded into no more than 1 or 2 feet of water in the lagoon around nightfall Tuesday when he was taken from a small beach. The boy’s father desperately tried to fight off the gator, but couldn’t save his son.