Disney World Adds Warning Signs On Beaches as Family of Boy Killed By Alligator Speaks Out
In a bid to ease the minds of partents left anxious in the wake of the death of a toddler in the jaws of an alligator, Disney World has erected warning signs and barriers on its resorts' beaches.
"We are installing signage and temporary barriers at our resort beach locations and are working on permanent, long-term solutions at our beaches," Walt Disney World Resort VP Jacquee Wahler said in a statement.
The announcement was made three days after Nebraska 2-year-old Lane Graves was snatched from shallow water in a lake at a Disney hotel and dragged to his death.
"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 statement continued.
The gator, described as up to 7 feet long, snatched the boy around nightfall on Tuesday at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
The beach had "no swimming" signs but no warning about alligators.
The signs posted this week read "Danger Alligators and Snakes in Area. Stay Away From the Water Do Not Feed The Wildlife."
On Thursday, the family of Lane Graves spoke out for the first time.
In a brief statement released by a family member, Matt and Melissa Graves of Omaha said "We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time."
The statement also thanked authorities for their efforts in locating Lane.