I am a huge Disney fan. I’d go way more often if my husband didn’t mind me spending the money, but he does mind, so I have to compromise. 🙂
I was pretty horrified to read about the toddler who was attacked by an alligator at the shoreline of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World. I looked at photos of the area where it happened and I can absolutely see myself walking along the waters edge there. It looks just like a beach. There are even lounge chairs for people to relax in. There are of course “no swimming” signs and alligator warning signs and if you are from Florida you probably know to take the alligator signs pretty seriously. Even so, I lived in Florida for 4 years next to a lake with an alligator in it and I still think I would have walked along that shoreline.
Disney is really good at what they do and one of the things that they do is make people feel very safe. Surely nothing could go wrong at Disney, right? There are plainsclothes security officers all over the place. If I lose my kid in the crowd, Disney will do everything in their power to find them. When I visited Disney in April I left my phone and wallet inside the Space Mountain rollercoaster car I was sitting in and didn’t realize it until after the car had left to go back to the beginning of the ride. Disney responded quickly and efficiently and I got my belongings back.
I don’t think it’s the parents fault that their child was attacked by an alligator. They weren’t swimming in the lake, the area looks like a beach where you can safely walk along the shoreline, and it was dark. They probably wouldn’t have been able to see an alligator in there.
Now I’m wondering if Disney is going to respond to this by making that beach area less accessible, or killing all of the alligators in the lake or something else. I wonder if the second option is even feasible. Probably not, as alligators are endangered. I hope there’d be an outcry if their solution was to keep the lagoon alligator-free by killing them all. I think they should either have a curfew in that area, so that you can’t go on the beach part after dark, or have a large barrier between the beach and the rest of the resort, like a fence… or both. They could lock the fence gates at night so you aren’t in danger of being attacked by an alligator, which I imagine is hard to see in the water at night.
I’ll be interested to see how they respond.