Skip to content

Update: Sad news from Disney World alligator attack

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Photo Source: Disney Theme Parks website)

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Photo source: Disney Theme Parks website)

Law enforcement officials in Orlando, Florida, on the scene of the tragic alligator attack on a 2-year-old boy have made a sad announcement. According to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, the attack is being considered not survivable because of the amount of time that has elapsed. The child was attacked last night around 9:30 p.m. at the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

A family vacationing from Nebraska, that included a mother, father and three children were relaxing and wading in the water at the lake’s edge. As the boy was playing in the water an alligator attacked the child. His father wrestled with the alligator and attempted to free his son from its jaws but was unsuccessful. A lifeguard was alerted and the beach area was evacuated and guests were told to go to their room. According to Demings, the alligator was 4 to 7 feet long.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials have stated that five alligators have been caught since  the attack. Efforts have now changed from a rescue to a search and recovery for any remains or evidence as officials continue to investigate.

According to FFWS, Disney World is very proactive in managing any wildlife issues that may be dangerous to the public. There is a dedicated staff that works along with FFWS to mitigate any hazards. According to authorities, there has never been an alligator attack at the world-renowned theme park.

The name of the family and victim have not been released to media. According to Demings, attention is being focused on the family’s sense of comfort and closure at this difficult time.

The property covers 27,258 acres (42.6 square miles) and has 27 themed resort hotels, nine non–Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, several golf courses, a camping resort and other entertainment venues.

@4 p.m. ET: Police recovered remains of two-year-old Lane Graves and have been turned over to Orange County Florida coroner. The parent’s names are Matt and Melissa Graves of Elkhorn, Nebraska. The child’s body was completely intact according to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. He also said the family “appreciates the prayers.”



3 Comments

  1. Johnny Cromwell on June 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Sorry for the loss but I can’t help but think about how the media ridiculed that Black family when their baby fell into the gorilla den at the Cincinnati zoo, yet here you have a White family from Nebraska who let their baby go in the water, when there was clearly a ‘No swimming’ sign posted, baby dies as a result of the parents ignoring the sign and the media goes silent. Wtf? Smh.

    • britishrose on June 15, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      YES THAT IS how discrimination work its a accident when it come to whites who kill or negligent parents so many tragedies and mahamad ali died in the midded we barely finish celebratng his legacy god at least let him have his due before all this ciaos i can not imagine him not getting his respect while the child death is a tragedy its a reminder of how fragile life is … we all have to go and no one knows when and money cant save you god calls us all home ….. getting old we all will some feel they have more time while laughing at the old folk whom are here still .. and a 2 yr old set the example how age has no factor in earth last day

  2. britishrose on June 15, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    ok SO THE BODY WAS INTACK? WHAT A WELL CRAFTED LIE , THEY COULD TELL US THE ALIGATOR DEVOURED THE KID FOR FEAR DISNEY WOULD GO BANKRUPT WITH SUCH A HOROR I PROMISE U THAT FAMILY WILL NEVER GET OVER HIS NIGHT MARE .. ITS THE WORST OF FATES AND DISNEY BETTER PAY .. THE BEACH SHOULD BEEN OFF LIMIT TO CHILDREN PERIOD ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHAT COULD GO WRONG FAST I FEEL SO BAD FOR THOSE PEOPLE U FINALLY GET A VACATION AND THIS DID THEY SAY THEIR ;LAST NAME IS GRAVES? OMG LIFE IS FULL OF MYSTERIES