After the fatal alligator attack on a 2-year-old boy this week, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida has decided to install a temporary barrier at the spot where the child was snatched, accompanied by warning signs along the shoreline of its lagoon.
The New York Post reported that workers erected a wooden fence with rope just outside the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, which buffets the Seven Seas Lagoon. The beach there is where Lane Graves of Nebraska was attacked and ultimately killed by a gator, despite the struggles of his family.
The 172-acre man-made lagoon previously had signs advising against swimming and deep water, but none warning of alligators in the area. Now, permanent signage will be placed at all of Disney’s resorts in order to warn guests of the threat.
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“Danger, alligators and snakes in area, stay away from the water, do not feed the wildlife,” reads the sign.
“We are installing signage and temporary barriers at our resort beach locations and are working on permanent, long-term solutions at our beaches,” said Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler 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 [employees] for reporting sightings and interactions with wildlife and are expanding our communication to Guests on this topic,” she continued.
One employee said of the new measures, “Disney takes time to do anything … but they did this right away. They’re doing this at all the [Disney] beaches today.”
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