Disney installs statue to honor toddler killed by alligator


Walt Disney World unveiled a statue this week honoring a boy more than a year after he was killed when an alligator dragged him into a lagoon, a horrific tragedy that led to calls for change at the family-friendly resort.

The lighthouse features two blue stars and a plaque that reads, "Presented to the Lane Thomas Foundation".

The toddler had just stepped into the water at the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort when the alligator grabbed him, to the horror of his family.

Lane Graves, 2, was killed at the park previous year. At the time of the nightmare incident, the child's father, Matt Graves, frantically tried to free his son from the gator's capture along with efforts of the lifeguards, but attempts were unsuccessful.

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They established the foundation after Lane's death to support organ donations for children. Reports indicted the resort had "No Swimming" signs posted, but no warning of the unsafe reptiles.

The Thomas Lane Foundation, which was set up by his family after his death, posted a picture of the lighthouse on its Facebook page on Monday.

Disney added warning signs throughout the property after the attack. "We will continue to honor Lane and preserve his spirit through the Lane Thomas Foundation".