February 22, 2018

Disney Unveils Sculpture Honoring Tot Killed by Gator

09 August 2017, 12:28 | Rudolph Thomas

Walt Disney World erects lighthouse memorial for 2-year-old boy of Christian family killed by alligator at Seven Seas Lagoon

Disney World unveils statue honoring toddler killed by alligator

Walt Disney World has unveiled a statue in memory of a boy who was killed by an alligator at its resort past year. The child's body was pulled from the water almost 16 hours later.

The gold brick lighthouse features two blue stars, commemorating the youngster who introduced himself saying, "I'm Lane Thomas; I'm 2".

The lighthouse is meant to spread awareness for the organization, a Disney spokesman said in a statement.

Lane Graves was vacationing at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Orlando with his family when he was snatched by the alligator as he waded in the water.

Last year, the two-year-old was playing along the Seven Seas Lagoon Beach when he was grabbed by an alligator. Suddenly, a gator pulled the child underwater.

Disney installed a lighthouse statue in Lane's memory as a symbol for the Lane Thomas Foundation, which is a charitable organization established by the Graves family. That's when an alligator attacked him. Witnesses tried to save him. Lane was found in 6 feet of murky water 10 to 15 yards from the shore, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at the time.

Disney faced scrutiny on traditional and social media.

Disney has since posted alligator warning signs around its lakes and has added additional fencing. The reptile dragged the boy's body to the bottom of the lagoon.

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