Published on : Friday, June 17, 2016
It 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.