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Report Says Alligators Were a Known Threat at Disney Lagoon in Orlando

Jun 16, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Alligators were a known presence at the Disney lagoon where a 2-year-old boy was snatched this week while he was playing near the shore of the lagoon, according to a report by The New York Post. The boy’s body was found underwater Wednesday by a search team.

“Officials admitted that the dangerous animals are ‘routinely’ removed from the grounds — and that Disney even has its own wildlife-management team — yet the signs at the Seven Seas Lagoon, just across from Magic Kingdom Park, warn only against swimming and about deep water and steep drop-offs,” The Post reports.

A grounds worker at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in the Orlando area, where the boy, Lane Graves, was snatched, is quoted in the story saying: “There’s gators in the lakes and lagoons here.” He noted that the animals don’t often come onshore, but added: “You should not go into the water.”

Said another resort employee: “There is such a problem on property with guests feeding the alligators thinking it’s cool.”

The report adds: “Witnesses said Lane was giggling and having fun in about 6 inches to a foot of water on the shoreline of the 172-acre lagoon during an outdoor movie event before the alligator dragged him away at about 9 p.m. Tuesday — with his horrified parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, nearby.”

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  1. Disney new about the alligators for “years”. Threatened guest as well as employees if they ever spoke out about it. So Disney Corp played the odds with people’s lives. Children’s lives. So stock $ would matter over humans. Bite the hand that feeds you, ah Disney.
    Noes the time for the press and people to find out all the tragic events held secrect…not a happy place. B8n

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