• Cierra Bynum

Disney dedicates statue to boy killed by alligator at resort

On June 14, 2016, two-year-old Nebraska boy Lane Thomas Grave was killed by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

While Grave was playing in the sand at Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Orlando, Florida, he walked into the lagoon and was grabbed and taken under by an alligator. His father ran into the lagoon and tried to save his son, but he was not successful, and the two year old was killed.

Disney had to close the beach and let Orange County Police Department search and find the body. They found Grave's body five feet below in deep, murky water. The alligator was found and relocated. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told USA Today the horrific accident was “not survivable.”

Disney erected a statue of a light house for the boy to honor him and his family. “We find comfort that so many people continue to remember our sweet boy, Lane, and we believe the light house stands as a beacon of hope and support for families in the depths of despair,” the Graves family told USA Today.

Disney is now taking precautions to make sure no alligator attacks occur again. Disney is putting up a boulder wall between the guest area and the edge of the water, and they are also adding signs.