Walt Disney World Resort will add alligator warning signs in response to a 2-year-old Nebraska boy dying from drowning and traumatic injuries after being grabbed by a gator.
“We have closed all of our beaches and have made a decision to add signage, and we are also conducting a swift and thorough review of all of our processes and protocols,” Walt Disney World Resort vice president Jacquee Wahler said in a statement.
A gator attacked and killed Lane Graves while he was wading in shallow water at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort on Tuesday night. Disney has been criticized since the attack for not having signage warning of alligators despite a well-known presence of the deadly animals.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings has said that charges will not be filed against the parents, who are obviously devastated.
“Words cannot describe the shock and grief our family is experiencing over the loss of our son. We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time,” Matt and Melissa Graves said in a statement released Thursday.
Graves’ body was recovered intact by a dive team Wednesday near the location where the attack occurred. Nick Wiley, executive director of Florida Fish and Wildlife, said they would “make certain that we have the alligator that was involved and remove it from the lake.”
A legal expert told TheWrap that Disney could face a “multimillion dollar” lawsuit in the wake of this attack. Attorney Joseph Balice says that the family could sue for wrongful death and possibly negligent infliction of emotional distress.
“As a parent and a grandparent, my heart goes out to the Graves family during this time of devastating loss,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement Wednesday evening. “My thoughts and prayers are with them, and I know everyone at Disney joins me in offering our deepest sympathies.”