Disney knew but didn’t warn guests about alligators in property

Published on : Friday, June 17, 2016

Bora-Bora BungalowsIt seems that Disney’s claim to protect guests from alligators in its resorts may not be altogether true as employees in the Orlando theme park have been complaining and warning the company about the presence of too many reptiles in the property  from the last year  but the company has somehow turned a  deaf ear to their pleas.

 

 

 

Employees claim that they had warned their bosses for more than a year about guests feeding alligators at seven Seas lagoons, specially those living in the $2000 Bora-Bora Bungalows, an expensive collection of private rooms situated directly on the Seven Seas Lagoon. The reptiles were a growing problem over the last 14 months. The alligators were fed by guests as they float past the bungalows. The company was well aware of this behaviour and took pride that this action brought guests close to the wildlife.

 

 

The company knew that these alligators were desensitized to humans as they begun to associate guests with food, but failed to take action at the right time. The resort apparently didn’t do much to warn its guests against the alligators in the lake. While there were many ‘no swimming signs’ none of the signs warned guests against the presence of alligators in the lake.

 

 

Disney spokespersons have said that the company is conducting a swift and through review of all processes and protocols which includes numbers, placements and wordings of signage and warnings. Wildlife officials defending Disney said the property is safe for guests and that the company has made sure that none of the properties include anything that is dangerous for guests.

 

 

While searching for the toddler’s abandoned body that was drowned by the alligator at the bottom of the lagoon, on his third day of vacation in Orlando , wildlife officials caught and killed five alligators in the lake. The officials will use forensic to determine whether the gator responsible for the attack has been euthanized. If not the search for the alligator will continue they said.

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2 Responses to Disney knew but didn’t warn guests about alligators in property

  1. Ed & Robin says:

    I guess I am not understanding why they will stop ridding the pond of Alligators once they find the one responsible for the death. I believe that Alligators with any type of access to tourists is a recipe for disaster. Either get rid of them all or fence off the areas that tourists frequent. This should be a no-brainer.

    • Carrie says:

      Because of 3 reasons – 1. WDW is a nature reserve – part of their agreement with the state of Florida and how Disney was able to obtain 43 acres of swamp land way back when relatively inexpensive. 2. Because it is Florida and there is no way to keep alligators completely away (always seen on golf courses, within gated communities etc) 3. Because you can’t “fence in” 43 acres of swamp land, impossible….if not taking away from the astetics of the “magical place”….furthermore – it is truly called common sense…it was 915pm at night – in an area that is not well lit because you are not meant to be there – the sign is posted NOT to “swim” which pretty much means DO NOT GO INTO THE LAGOON…the “man made beach area” that is protect as much as it can be was 50 yard away…the pool area was about 500 yards away…just why would you even consider taking your child, your 2 year old child and putting that child in that kind of danger – and I’m not talking about wildlife…it is a lagoon – that area has not been dredged – it has a current – that child could of got stuck in mudd or sludge – he could of toppled over and swept away in the current – the father wasn’t even next to his 2 year old son – he was not even in the lagoon water “wading” with his 2 year old son – and 1-2 feet into that lagoon for a 2 year old is definitely in my book NOT “wading” at all….those are my issues – they live in Nebraska – they know about wildlife – again just down right common sense

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