Construction workers have put up a waterfront barrier at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Walt Disney World, three days after a toddler was killed by an alligator at the resort.
Meanwhile, Disney World released a photo of signs it plans to erect at all its resorts with beaches. The red, white and black signs say “Danger! Alligators and snakes in area. Stay away from the water. Do not feed the wildlife.”
Previously, signs had said simply “no swimming.”
“We are installing signage and temporary barriers at our resort beach locations and are working on permanent, long-term solutions at our beaches,” Disney said in a statement. “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.”
Construction workers put up wooden posts connected with rope along the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon. All of the beach areas at Disney World remained closed Friday. Eight hotels and the Fort Wilderness campground have lakefront areas with a beach.
From The Orlando Sentinel
Walt Disney World Resort plans to install alligator warning signs in the area where a two-year-old boy was killed. Police divers recovered the body of Lane Graves on June 15th from the Seven Seas Lagoon where he had been snatched by an alligator as he played at the water’s edge the night before.
The resort had ‘No Swimming’ signs where the boy was killed, but did not specifically mention alligators. A source with knowledge of the situation said the resort now plans to install signs explicitly warning of the dangerous animals. The boy was grabbed by the reptile at the water’s edge at about 9:15 PM on June 14th while his family, on vacation from Omaha, Nebraska, relaxed on the shore nearby, authorities have said. His parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, tried to save the child but were unable to free him from the alligator’s grip.
Wildlife officials pulled four alligators from a lagoon at Walt Disney World after a 2-year-old boy was dragged into the water by an alligator near the upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as his father frantically tried to rescue his son.
Meanwhile, Disney closed beaches Wednesday at their resorts “in an abundance of caution,” divers remained on standby and stunned summer visitors to the Magic Kingdom waited to hear news of efforts to find the child.
The family of five from Nebraska was on vacation and wading in the Seven Seas Lagoon about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday when the child was taken from an area where “no swimming” were posted by an alligator estimated to be between 4 feet and 7 feet long, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told a news conference early Wednesday.
The grim news is the latest for a city hammered with tragedy in the past few days. On Sunday, a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, leaving 49 people dead in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. On Friday night, Christina Grimmie, 22, a contestant on season six of “The Voice,” was killed as she signed autographs after a show in Orlando.
From the Chicago Tribune