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Disney Beaches Reopen Security Heightened

6/23/2016 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623-grand-floridian-resort-getty-01Disney has lifted the ban on its beaches 8 days after the deadly alligator attack ... and is employing a new security protocol to avoid another death.

We're told in addition to the fences and warning signs ... Disney is now going to staff employees at their resort beaches to watch over guests and make sure they stay out of the water.

Furthermore ... the beaches will only be accessible during the day and must be cleared an hour before sunset.

As we previously reported ... Disney closed beach access after 2-year-old Lane Graves was attacked and killed.

Wildlife officials believe they killed the gator responsible for the death.

Disney Attack Law Enforcement 'Confident' Killer Gator Euthanized

6/22/2016 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0622-grand-floridian-beach-getty-01The alligator that killed a 2-year-old boy vacationing at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort has been trapped and killed ... so far as law enforcement can tell.

A rep for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission tells TMZ they captured 6 gators in the Seven Seas Lagoon, all of which matched the description of the killer. They say they're confident one of them killed the boy, but since his wounds didn't contain any gator DNA ... it's impossible to make a 100% match.

Adding to their confidence ... officials say they haven't spotted or trapped any other gators matching the description of the killer since June 16.

Disney has since put up a temporary fence and warning signs. 

Disney Gator Attack 911 Call

6/19/2016 6:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A breathless guest at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort called 911 to report a drowning ... not aware that what actually happened was a 2-year-old boy had been dragged underneath the water in the grip of an alligator.

The women reveals a lifeguard by the pool was close enough to the area of the attack to arrive quickly.

It's the first in a series of 911 calls.

Disney Resort Building Fences After Alligator Attack

6/17/2016 3:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0617-florida-orlando-gator-beach-area-grand-floridian-new-fence-TWITTER-01Disney finally fenced off the Seven Seas Lagoon on Friday and posted proper alligator warnings ... nearly 3 days after Lane Graves' tragic death. 

Construction workers encircled the lagoon with poles and strung ropes between them on the same shoreline where the 2-year-old was attacked.

"Beach Closed" signs remain up and they've added other signs warning of gators and snakes too.

Walt Disney World Resort Vice President Jacquee Wahler says the new signage is temporary while they work out permanent, long-term solutions.

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Wahler says they're also "reinforcing training with our Cast for reporting sightings and interactions with wildlife and are expanding our communication to Guests on this topic."

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Disney Attack Hilton Apologizes for Biting Email

6/17/2016 12:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0617-hilton-hotel-orlando-03Hilton Grand Vacations Club is apologizing for sending an email urging members to "take a bite out of Orlando" just hours after 2-year-old Lane Graves' body was retrieved from Disney's Seven Seas Lagoon.

Hilton reps tell us the email was written and scheduled for distribution far in advance of Tuesday's horrific alligator attack. They became aware of the poor choice in words when people began blasting them on social media. 

According to HGVC, "a bite" was in reference to the new Mako hypercoaster at the nearby SeaWorld whose mascot happens to be a shark.

Hilton says from now on it will review pre-scheduled content more carefully.

Disney Attack Look ... Could've Been Any of Our Children

6/17/2016 11:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0617-janice-croze-grand-floridian-lagoon-02Disney has more problems over the alligator attack. It's no longer a case of one child stepping into dangerous territory ... several Disney lagoons have been populated with kids for years.

Janice Croze posted a 2012 photo of her little girl, Olivia, in ankle-deep water in the lagoon at Disney's Beach Club Resort, a short drive from where Lane Graves was attacked by an alligator earlier this week. Check out all the kids in the background.

It's highly improbable Disney didn't know kids would stand in the water -- they're not violating the "no swimming" sign ... they're just wading.

To be clear ... Janice isn't blaming Disney, but thinks it should update its signs and aggressively monitor and remove dangerous wildlife that wanders into the lagoon.   

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On top of that ... the resort's own advertisement shows models doing the same thing.

Disney World Scary Gator Encounter Weeks Before Deadly Attack

6/17/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Turns out Disney World is a haven for gators ... which have become so bold they tried to board a raft that is often filled with unsuspecting guests.

TMZ obtained this footage ... shot a month ago at Disney World. You see a gator climb aboard the log raft that takes guests to Tom Sawyer Island on the Rivers of America.

Our Disney World sources say gators are a nagging problem that has not been abated. After the gator mounted the raft park employees set out to catch the female gator ... we don't know the outcome.

Disney's Rivers of America sits less than 2 miles away from the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort where Lane Graves was snatched and killed.

As we previously reported ... the resort only had "no swimming" signs, and the boy wasn't even swimming ... he was standing in a foot of water at the time of the attack.

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Robert Shapiro Disney on the Hook in Gator Attack

6/17/2016 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Famed attorney Robert Shapiro thinks there's little doubt ... Disney is going to pay dearly for the alligator attack that resulted in the gruesome death of a 2-year-old boy.

O.J. Simpson's former lawyer was leaving Madeo Thursday night when our photog asked about Disney's legal exposure.  

TMZ broke the story ... neighboring resorts specifically warned of alligators, but the Disney resort in question only had "NO SWIMMING" signs. Fact is ... the 2-year-old was not even swimming ... he was wading in 1 foot of water.

Shapiro thinks Disney's gonna have to open its wallet.

Disney Gator Attack Cause of Death ... Drowning, Traumatic Injuries

6/16/2016 3:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0616-grand-floridian-police-journo-christal-twitter-01The 2-year-old boy attacked by an alligator at a Disney hotel in Florida died from a combination of drowning and traumatic injuries ... this according to the Orange County Medical Examiner.

The M.E.'s office made its determination just a day after the body of Lane Graves was retrieved from the Disney lagoon.

For some reason the resort is still hunting for the alligator that killed the boy, despite the fact that all alligators are capable of killing a small child and mistaking it for food. Search teams have already captured and euthanized five gators.

The forensics team is comparing the teeth of the alligators they've captured against the bite marks on the child's body to make their determination.

Disney We Might Need Alligator Signs

6/16/2016 12:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0616-orlando-resort-lagoon-disney-alligators-GETTY-01Disney is acknowledging it may need signs around its properties warning of a hidden danger ... alligators.

A VP for the mouse says, while the beaches remain closed, Disney is reviewing its protocols, including "the number, placement and wording of our signage and warnings."

As we previously reported, Disney resorts in the area have "no swimming" signs posted, but no warnings of alligators ... despite the fact that numerous alligators have populated its lagoons.

It's almost certain the family of the boy who died will sue Disney, but a change in signage would not be admissible to show negligence on the part of the Resort. Courts don't want to discourage companies from improving safety.

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The Kardashians We're a Main Attraction at Disneyland

6/16/2016 7:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0616_kardashians_kanye_west_noth_birsthday_disney_launch_2Kim and Kanye gave Mickey and Minnie Mouse a break when they rolled through Disneyland Wednesday ... because all cameras were trained on them.

It was North's 3rd birthday and going to Disneyland to celebrate is kinda a thing

Scott and Kourtney were there too with Penelope and Mason, so it was quite the attraction for everyone who thought they'd be bored waiting an hour to get on Space Mountain.

We doubt Kim and co. had to wait for any rides.

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Alligator Attack But for the Grace of God ... Another Child at Risk

6/16/2016 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0616-boy-lagoon-alligator-florida-disney-FACEBOOK-01A little boy was wading in the lagoon at the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort -- in the exact place where an alligator put a 2-year-old in a death grip -- just 30 minutes before the attack.

Jennifer Vendetti and her son, Channing, went to the lagoon around the same time Lane Graves arrived. It appears Jennifer was okay with her son wading in the lagoon, despite the sign that warned people not to swim. Fact is ... he wasn't swimming -- he was wading.

As TMZ first reported, there were no signs warning of alligators, despite the fact that alligators populated the lagoon, and other resorts specifically warned guests of the reptiles.

Other former guests are now posting pics on social media ... showing their unsuspecting children wading in the Disney lagoon.

Disney Resort Free Rooms for All After Alligator Attack

6/16/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-disney-grand-floridian-wikiDisney did a frantic make-good after the fatal alligator attack, comping many of the guests with free rooms.

A number of guests staying at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa tell us the hotel was turned upside down after the 2-year-old went missing. Various parts of the property were on lockdown, and no one from the resorts was cluing in the guests.

After some complaining, the resort offered free rooms, which averaged $560 a night. It's unclear if everyone got comped, but if they did ... with 867 rooms that's nearly half a mil. 

As we reported, Disney also has a big PR problem ... there were no signs near the lagoon warning of alligators, like some of the nearby competing resorts.

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