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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.


'Finding Dory' Cash Cow for Fish Stores ... Deadly for the Fish

6/10/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0607-finding-dory-getty-disney-01Disney's "Finding Dory" is causing a rift in the exotic fish community ... which believes the movie could bring a financial boom -- but also massacre the fish population.

We called a bunch of fish dealers who say they've stocked up on blue tangs -- Dory's species -- expecting a rush once the movie premieres. The same spike happened for clownfish after "Finding Nemo."

Tangs ain't cheap -- one goes for $40 to $60 ... So there's big money to be made.

But many experts told us they're worried tons of blue tangs will die when parents flock to buy the fragile fish for kids because tangs require a very specific, exotic tank setup. As one enthusiast put it ... fish novices "will kill these creatures."     

One store owner sounded like he had PTSD from the 'Nemo' craze, and said he's stocking ZERO blue tangs ... just to avoid the "screaming kids."

Shop wisely.


Disney Resorts Sued You Had a Loose Screw That Screwed Me Over Good

6/6/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0603-california-screamin-disney-getty-01A Disney roller coaster ride became unhinged and a visitor, who was on the sidelines minding her own business, got knocked out by a bolt out of the sky ... literally.

Tatjana Goodall claims in a new lawsuit she was sitting on a park bench enjoying a cool drink when an errant bolt that had just flown off the California Screamin' roller coaster nailed her in the head, knocking her off the bench and rendering her unconscious.

Goodall claims she began vomiting, but the nurse at Disney California Adventure assured her the only worrisome sign would be if it was projectile vomiting, and she had the regular kind.

Goodall says she was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, and she says there's permanent damage.

According to the lawsuit, the ride was shut down immediately after the incident.

Disney had no comment.

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