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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.   


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

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 BY TMZ STAFF

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.


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.


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

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.


Disney Attack Child's Body Recovered Body Intact

6/15/2016 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The body of the missing 2-year-old boy has finally been located after an exhaustive search ... and after analyzing the remains, cops believe the alligator drowned the child.

The name of the boy was also released ... 2-year-old Lane Graves from Elkhorn, Nebraska -- and his parents, Matt and Melissa.

The Orange County sheriff said Lane's body was located 10-15 yards from where he was pulled under water ... in about 6 feet of water. They said the body is still intact.

A rep for Fish and Wildlife said they will run forensics on the 5 gators they've pulled out of the Seven Seas Lagoon to determine if one of them is responsible for the child's death. They said if they can't find a match ... they'll continue searching for the culprit.

As we previously reported ... there were no signs warning of alligators in the water at the Disney Resort.

Disney Attack Child Presumed Dead ... Alligators Persistent Problem in Lagoon

6/15/2016 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cops have laid to rest any hope of rescuing the 2-year-old boy dragged into a Disney lagoon by an alligator, and they just revealed gators in the area have been a big problem for a long time.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings just said the boy is presumed dead. But a Fish and Wildlife official raised troubling questions about a hidden danger at Disney resorts ... gators populating its lagoons.

As we reported, the resort in question did not warn guests about alligators, but now officials say they routinely kill the gators they find in the waters, and that it's hard keeping them away.

Divers are now using sonar to find the child's body.

Disney has closed all beaches around the resort out of precaution. 

Disney Attack Neighboring Resort Warned of Alligators

6/15/2016 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


A resort just a few miles from Disney's Seven Seas Lagoon where a 2-year-old was attacked by an alligator had a clear warning sign -- BEWARE OF ALLIGATORS.

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has a lagoon similar to the one at the Disney Grand Floridian Resort. As we reported, the Disney resort has a sign saying NO SWIMMING, but no mention of alligators. The Hyatt went the extra step and warned of gators.

As we reported, a gator was allegedly caught on video in the Seven Seas Lagoon just days before the attack.

We called several other nearby Disney resorts, and we were told there were no signs warning of alligators ... just that the waters were not for swimming.

Disney Attack Evidence of Alligators Prior to Attack

6/15/2016 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A video has surfaced showing an alligator in a lagoon ... and the person who shot it tells TMZ it's the same body of water where a 2-year-old boy was attacked.

The clip shows a lagoon that has the same markers as the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando. Check out the raised sandbar. You also hear a small child excitedly yell about seeing an alligator.

The person who shot the video tells us it was recorded a few days ago ... shot from the wedding pavilion at the resort.

0615-sub-gator-polynesian-resort-facabook-01And we got this photo (above) which shows a gator in the same lagoon back last month.

Search and rescue responders have pulled several gators from the water in the last 12 hours, yet there are no signs posted warning people that alligators are in the water.

We contacted Disney but so far no comment.


Disney Resort Gator Attack ... 2-Yr-Old Missing

6/14/2016 8:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:30 PM PT -- Cops say the 2-year-old was with his parents and siblings wading in about a foot of water when the attack happened. A rep for the Orange County Sheriff's Department says the boy's father tried rescuing the child from the gator but was unsuccessful and suffered minor injuries. Cops say there are "no swimming" signs posted around the lagoon. It's estimated the gator was between 4-7 ft. long.

A rep for Disney added, "Everyone here at Walt Disney Resort is devastated by this tragic accident. Our priority is the family and we are doing everything we can to help law enforcement." The family was staying at the resort on vacation from Nebraska.

Florida Fish and Wildlife is currently trying to locate and trap the gator.

update_grey_gray_barA 2-year-old child was snatched by an alligator and dragged into a lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, officials say ... and now cops are desperately searching the water.

Officials say the attack occurred around 9:30 PM Tuesday ... when the gator pulled the child into the Seven Seas Lagoon -- a man-made lake located between the resort and Walt Disney World.


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