The leftist Disney Corporation has some explaining to do…
Despite Disney official’s claims that they do everything in their power to protect guests from alligators at their resorts, employees at the Orlando theme park say the reptiles have become a problem that the company has been ignoring.
Tragedy struck the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ on Tuesday when a two-year-old boy was snatched and drowned by an alligator while wading on a beach outside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
In the aftermath of toddler Lane Graves’ death, law enforcement officials defended Disney, saying they are proactive about removing alligators from the lake and releasing them in uninhabited areas.
Blaze–The family of the 2-year-old boy who died after being dragged into a manufactured lake by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando has released a statement for the first time.
Matt and Melissa Graves, from Elkhorn, Nebraska, described their shock, grief and devastation following the horrific death of their son, Lane, earlier this week.
Lane was killed when the gator dragged him into the resort’s Seven Seas Lagoon Tuesday night. The family was on the lake’s shoreline because, earlier in the evening, they were watching an outdoor movie, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Wednesday.
Disney announced Thursday it will install alligator warning signs near waterways at all of its resorts as soon as possible. A sign posted at the time of the attack warned patrons not to swim, but said nothing about possible gators in the water.
But employees at the park are now telling a different story.
Several employees spoke to The Wrap and said that they had complained about alligators becoming a problem over the past 14 months, thanks to guests feeding the creatures.
The problem has allegedly been exacerbated by the opening of the new Bora Bora Bungalows, a an expensive collection of private rooms situated directly on the Seven Seas Lagoon – just across from the beach where Lane was snatched.
The bungalows have private porches and guests apparently feed the alligators as they float past.
‘Disney has known about the problem of guests feeding the alligators well-prior to the opening of the bungalows,’ said an insider. ‘With the opening of the bungalows, it brought the guests that much closer to wildlife. Or, the wildlife that much closer to the guests.’
A few employees said they had complained about the bungalow guests feeding the alligators, but alleged that park officials may have been hesitant to reprimand guests staying in $2,000-a-night suites.
‘Disney knew these alligators had become desensitized to humans, as they had begun to associate guests with food, and did not act in a proactive manner,’ the insider added.
Disney officials declined to comment when reached by The Wrap.
Other employees said the resort wasn’t doing enough to warn guests about alligators in the lake. While the Grand Floridian had posted several ‘no swimming’ signs, none of their signs warned of alligators in the lake.
Mike Hamilton, a custodial employee at Disney, said he warned his bosses that the gators were swimming too close to the shore and that a fence should be erected to keep them away from the hotels.
If any wrong-doing is found on Disney’s part, that could open the company up to a wrongful death lawsuit.
Here’s what happened:
Last night, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demmings confirmed the body of Lane had been recovered ‘intact’ from the lagoon.
It came 17 hours after his father had attempted to to save his son after the gator snatched him, but he could not pry the toddler from the animal’s grasp – and the creature disappeared underwater, taking the child with it. –Daily Mail