Disney World Unveils Sculpture to Honor 2-Year-Old Killed by Alligator

Disney World Unveils Sculpture to Honor 2-Year-Old Killed by Alligator

The statue, a small lighthouse sculpture, has been installed to spread awareness of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was established to support families who need organ transplants.

Disney World recently unveiled a sculpture honoring the toddler killed in an alligator attack at their Grand Floridian hotel previous year. The statue has a plaque that reads: "Presented to the Lane Thomas Foundation". The Nebraska boy, who was killed by an alligator while playing near the shoreline of the Seven Seas Lagoon at a Walt Disney World hotel, is now memorialized with a lighthouse sculpture near the site of the attack. That's when an alligator snatched and drowned the toddler in a vicious, predatory attack.

The Graves family said in a statement they found solace in the gesture. Reports indicted the resort had "No Swimming" signs posted, but no warning of the unsafe reptiles. Signs at other Walt Disney World bodies of water did caution visitors about alligators and snakes.




The Thomas Lane Foundation, which was set up by his family after his death, posted a picture of the lighthouse on its Facebook page on Monday.

Disney added the reptile warning signs near its waterways and constructed a boulder wall along the edge of the lagoon in the months later.

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