The sign read, “NO Swimming”, but it said nothing about dangerous alligators in the area. Now a 2-year old Nebraska boy is missing after being dragged into the water by a gator. Does his family have a legal case against the iconic theme park?
The family had travelled from Nebraska on Sunday, and they were staying at the property’s most luxurious hotel, The Grand Floridian, while on a family vacation to Disney World. On Tuesday evening, they apparently went down to the beach at the lagoon around which the resorts are built to enjoy a movie night.
Around 9:20 Tuesday night, the boy was paddling around the edge of the lagoon in less than a foot of water. His mother was right there with him, when suddenly a four to seven foot gator grabbed the child and dragged him away from his mother and 4-year old sister.
If you’ve been to Disney World and stayed on their property, you’re familiar with the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian resorts which are built on the Seven Seas Lagoon. Alligators are a relatively common sight at the resort but are removed and relocated when they reach four feet and get too close to guest areas.
However, you do have to wonder how they can keep track of every single gator that could pose a threat to humans. Obviously, in this case, they missed one, and now a little boy is missing and presumed dead.
The boy’s father tried to rescue his child and received minor injuries to his arms. The sheriff says there is very little hope of finding the boy alive; the massive search will continue as they try to locate the gator. It is a tragedy all the way around. A family comes to the “happiest place on earth” and the unthinkable happens.
Do you think the family will have a case against Disney World?
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