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
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.”