It Seems Gators Have Always Been All Around Disney

Video of a Disney employee trying to keep an alligator away from the Splash Mountain attraction in 2009 is getting a fresh look after a gator killed a 2-year-old boy at one of the park’s premier resorts. The attack on Lane Graves, a young boy who was playing at the edge of the water at a Disney resort, has led to questions about the presence of alligators at Disney and the organization’s response and safety protocols. While there was a prominent “no swimming” sign on the beach where Lane was snatched, there was not a sign warning about alligators. Reports of guests at Disney’s parks and resorts feeding stray gators have emerged in the aftermath of the incident, and the 2009 video, appear to show someone throwing a few morsels of food to the beast. In that footage, a park employee uses the blunt end of a pool skimmer to nudge the aggressive gator back into the water and away from the Splash Mountain ride. The gator makes several attempts to stay on land, but is repeatedly pushed back into the water. Disney has also put up fences around the beach area at the Grand Floridian. Plus, alligator warning signs are being erected everywhere.

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