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Disney Alligator Attack Guest Sounded Warning Before Attack

8/22/2016 10:12 AM PDT

0822-disney-land-gator-attack-grand-floridian-GETTY-01A guest at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort saw an alligator looming in the area where 2-year-old Lane Graves was playing ... and she even sounded the alarm to someone at the hotel.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Orange County Sheriff's Office released a final report -- obtained by TMZ -- about the circumstances surrounding Lane's death.

According to the report, Shawna Giacomini, a North Carolina tourist, told investigators she was on the beach at 8:15 PM with her 2 daughters, and the girls saw an alligator about 5 feet from the shore, near the marsh. The older daughter told the Walt Disney World AV/Movie Coordinator about the gator.

The trio went to the store, and when they returned at around 9 PM the attack had already occurred.

The report details the attack, explaining Lane went toward the water with his dad and a pail. The dad saw a splash, looked over and saw the gator had locked onto Lane's head. He tried pulling the gator's mouth open, to no avail, and the gator dragged Lane into deep water.

The cause of death was cranio-cervical trauma and drowning.

The report is damning because of the lack of signs warning of gators, which the authors call "predatory."

Disney Gator Attack Family Will NOT Sue

7/20/2016 6:52 AM PDT

0719-disney-aligator-attack-instagram-01Lane Thomas Graves' parents say they're not going to sue Disney over the alligator attack that killed him.

Matt and Melissa Graves say they're still struggling to "comprehend why this happened" ... and admit, "As each day passes, the pain gets worse." Still, they released a statement Wednesday morning saying they will not pursue a lawsuit.

Instead they plan to open the Lane Thomas Foundation "to keep his spirit alive."

The Graves were not specific about the foundation's purpose or if Disney was funding it ... but you gotta figure.

Manic Keyboard Player I Want to Land A Gig at Disney!

7/13/2016 8:35 AM PDT

Anna Eberhart, the keyboardist whose insane performance caused her band's video to go viral, wants to take her enthusiasm to the Happiest Place on Earth.

The 17-year-old who plays for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps tells TMZ ... she's hoping if anything comes out of the clip -- which has reached over 3 million views this past weekend -- she's crossing her fingers for a role as a Disney princess ... specifically, Rapunzel.

Check out the vid, Anna explains why she was mean-mugging so hard and it's a classic. Seriously. Like ... a literary classic.

Disney star Debby Ryan Pleads No Contest in DUI Case

6/30/2016 1:26 PM PDT

0630_debby-ryan_TMZDisney Channel superstar Debby Ryan is walking away from her DUI arrest without a day of jail time, but she'll be on probation for 3 years ... TMZ has learned. 

Debby pled no contest to reckless driving. In addition to the probation, she also must complete 3 months in a DUI program and perform community service.

We broke the story ... the star of  "Jessie" was arrested in April for drunk driving after slamming her Audi into a Mercedes. During Thursday's hearing in L.A. Debby got 2 misdemeanor DUI counts dismissed in exchange for her plea.

It's a good deal for Debby, but not uncommon for first time DUI offenders.

She has to make another court appearance in September to determine how much she owes for the damaged Mercedes. 


Disney Beaches Reopen Security Heightened

6/23/2016 12:00 PM PDT
Breaking News

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
Breaking News

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
Breaking News

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
Breaking News

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.


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."


Disney Attack Hilton Apologizes for Biting Email

6/17/2016 12:11 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

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

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.   


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

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.


Robert Shapiro Disney on the Hook in Gator Attack

6/17/2016 6:30 AM PDT

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
Breaking News

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.

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