Disney Unveils Sculpture Honoring Tot Killed by Gator

Leigh Mccormick
August 9, 2017

A sculpture of a lighthouse will soon stand on Disney property to remember 2-year-old Lane Graves.

Disney World recently unveiled a sculpture honoring the toddler killed in an alligator attack at their Grand Floridian hotel previous year.

The lighthouse is a symbol of the foundation, which aims to "create a strong base of support for families in crisis". Suddenly, a gator pulled the child underwater. That's when an alligator attacked him.

His family has since set up the Lane Thomas Foundation to support pediatric organ donation.

The gold and blue statue featuring two big blue stars is accompanied by a plaque honoring the Lane Graves Foundation and was built near where the tragedy happened at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in June 2016, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Witnesses tried to save him.

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Disney faced scrutiny on traditional and social media.

People soon called for clearer signs and barriers warning visitors of the alligators.

Some critics also questioned why alligators were present at a vacation resort popular with children.

The week after the attack, Disney reopened its beaches with new signage, and the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced it was confident it had "removed" the 7- to 8-foot killer reptile from the lagoon.

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