You’ll recall the 2-year old little boy who was dragged to his death by an alligator last month at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. At that time, the only signage on the beach surrounding the lagoon did not warn of the dangers of gators in the water.
Disney World was lambasted for its seemingly lackadaisical attitude about the dangers on their properties. In fact, after the baby’s death, employees talked about how tourists were actually feeding the huge reptiles causing them to come closer to the resorts in search of food.
Disney finally replaced old signs with new ones warning visitors of alligators in the waters surrounding the resort hotels. Of course, it would have been nice if the family from Nebraska had known this before their little boy was killed by one.
Now, an intern at the park has been fired after posting to social media a picture of a sign that she says she found misleading. Shannon Sullivan has since been rehired after Disney World says the sign was unauthorized, and they don’t know who posted it.
Here, in part, is what it said: “If guests ask whether there are gators in the water around Tom Sawyer’s Island (or any other bodies of waters), the correct response is, ‘Not that we know of, but if we see one, we will call Pest Management to have it removed.’ Please do not say that we have seen them before. We do not want our guests to be afraid while walking around Frontierland.”
Sullivan says she told her bosses that the sign was misleading; the next day, her boss told her that her intern program would be ending early.
Disney says its employees are advised to tell visitors that the theme park does attract wildlife, and if they see an alligator they should notify security.
What rating would you give Disney World on the way they have handled this issue? Will you still feel as safe when you and your family visit the park?
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