Did Disney World Do Enough to Warn Guests About Alligator Danger?
Did Disney World do enough to warn its guests about the danger of alligators?
The body of two-year-old Lane Graves was recovered yesterday in the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World.
Graves was snatched by an alligator along the shore right near his father, who attempted to wrestle his son away from the gator. Graves drowned and his body was found intact Wednesday afternoon, police said.
While the dangers of alligators in Florida fresh waters may be common knowledge to some, many have pointed out that Disney World visitors come from all over the world.
The Graves family was on vacation from Nebraska and may not have realized that danger.
A nearby Hyatt hotel, however, specifically warns guests of alligators in a lake on their property.
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Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. analyzed the legal issues this morning on Fox and Friends.
Johnson said in his opinion, Disney did not do enough to warn its guests and the Graves family would have a legitimate lawsuit arguing negligence by Disney.
He said there have been alligator sightings at Disney resorts and properties, recalling that he saw one on a trip of his own.
Johnson said it's common for guests to stand in the water of the lagoon, but not actually go swimming. He said that the sand and beach along the water is an "invitation" for guests to go close to the water.
A family from Great Britain said they were "chased" by an alligator at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, but were not injured. Meantime, a custodian at Grand Floridian told the Orlando Sentinel that he suggested to management that fencing be put up because of alligators coming close to the shore.
Watch the segment above.