New signage at Disney World explicitly warns about alligators.
New signage at Disney World explicitly warns about alligators.

The Walt Disney World Resort is installing signs and barriers along its beaches following an alligator attack last week that killed a 2-year-old Nebraska boy.

“We are installing signage and temporary barriers at our resort beach locations and are working on permanent, long-term solutions at our beaches,” Jacquee Wahler, vice president of communications for the Walt Disney World Resort, said in a statement.

The body of Lane Graves of Elkhorn, Nebraska, who was snatched by an alligator and dragged underwater while wading in the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, was recovered by divers on Wednesday.

The new signs say, “Danger! Alligators and snakes in area. Stay away from the water. Do not feed the wildlife.” The old signage in the area had simply warned, “No swimming.”

The Seven Seas Lagoon is a man-made lake that is dotted with several Disney World properties, including the Magic Kingdom theme park, the Grand Floridian, the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Resort.

Added Wahler, “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.”

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