Disney to Honor 2-Year-Old Killed by Alligator a Year Ago With Lighthouse Sculpture
The sculpture is inspired by the late toddler's foundation.
Walt Disney World has unveiled plans to honor the 2-year-old boy killed by an alligator while playing at one of its resorts on the first anniversary of the tragic incident.
The park said they will construct a lighthouse sculpture to honor Lane Thomas Graves, who was dragged underwater by an alligator at the Seven Seas Lagoon outside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa a year ago Wednesday.
The lighthouse will reportedly be installed over the summer in an undisclosed location at the park.
“The Lane Thomas Foundation was created to give honor and light to Lane's life," George A. Kalogridis, President of Walt Disney World Resort, said in a statement. "The foundation is dedicated to supporting families of children needing life-saving organ transplants.
"To provide continued awareness of the foundation and its mission, we've commissioned an original sculpture of the lighthouse the foundation uses as a symbol of love and hope, to be installed on our property this summer,”
Lane was playing in six to 12 inches of water when the alligator, which was between four and seven feet long, reportedly attacked him.
The boy’s dad, Matt Graves, jumped in the water to rescue his son, to no avail.
Lane’s body was found “intact” 16 hours later.
The water line had “no swimming signs” but there were no signs warning of alligators in the water.
Disney officials say they monitor the resorts for alligators, but the giant amusement park and hotels, circled by marshes and canals, span more than 40 square miles
Lane's parents did not sue the park after his death.
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