Disney World installs lighthouse honoring Lane Graves

Disney Unveils Sculpture Honoring Toddler Killed by Gator

Walt Disney World erects lighthouse memorial for 2-year-old boy of Christian family killed by alligator at Seven Seas Lagoon

Walt Disney World has erected a lighthouse sculpture to honor the memory of a 2-year-old Elkhorn-area boy who was killed by an alligator last year at one of its hotels.

Two-year-old Lane Thomas had been playing in the sand near the resort's Seven Seas Lagoon when he was dragged underwater by the creature.

The gold and blue statue featuring two big blue stars is accompanied by a plaque honoring the Lane Graves Foundation and was built near where the tragedy happened at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in June 2016, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

In the year since Lane's death, Disney has made numerous changes to increase safety for its guests.

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Wildlife officials classified the killing as a predatory attack, saying the boy did nothing to provoke the alligator.

They established the foundation after Lane's death to support organ donations for children.

Lane's father tried to grab his son and fight off the alligator, but it was too late.

Since the attack Disney has installed more signs warning people about alligators in the lagoon. "To provide continued awareness of the foundation and its mission, we've commissioned an original sculpture of the lighthouse the foundation uses as a symbol of love and hope, to be installed on our property this summer".

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