ORLANDO, FL (WFLA/AP) – Walt Disney World installed new signs and temporary fence on the beach where the alligator attack claimed a life of a little boy.
An animal described as being as long as 7 feet snatched the little boy as he waded in shallow water around nightfall Tuesday. The beach, located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa across a lake from the Magic Kingdom, had “no swimming” signs but no warning about alligators.
The parents of the toddler say they’re devastated by the loss of their son, whose death prompted the entertainment giant to add gator warnings at the resort. A statement by Matt and Melissa Graves of Omaha, Nebraska, said words can’t express the shock and grief their family is enduring.
“We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time,” said the statement, released by a family friend Thursday.
The brief statement also thanked authorities in Orlando, Florida, for their assistance after the gator grabbed 2-year-old Lane Graves from shallow water in a lake at a Disney hotel Tuesday.
The company said it will now add gator warnings. The signs and the fencing were added Friday afternoon. Workers could be seen from air adding the fencing to the beach. Disney also promised to educate guests about the dangers and train its employees to report gator sightings.