Once again, Guests of the Walt Disney World Resort are reminded that they are vacationing in the middle of Florida.
It appears that another alligator was spotted by Guests in one of Disney World’s waterways. The past few times we at Disney Fanatic have reported Gator sightings, it has been inside one of the Theme Parks. But this time, the gator was spotted floating in the waters of the EPCOT Resort Area near Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
A Guest shared a picture of a sizeable gator floating in Crescent Lake (around which also sits Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Resort), saying,
“This bad boy was hanging out in the water just outside the quiet pool at Beach Club!
“Saw this guy in the water under the bridge between the parking lot and the DVC villas at Beach Club. First time seeing one on property!”
It should be noted that Walt Disney World’s waterways are living ecosystems that are home to a menagerie of birds, fish, and even some of the Sunshine State’s more dangerous reptiles, like alligators and water moccasins. While Disney World has an aggressive relocation program in place for these more dangerous animals and certain water activities like bass fishing and boat rentals are perfectly safe, it is still built on a Central Florida swamp, teeming with life. Sometimes, that life finds a way back into the Parks.
Signs have been posted throughout Walt Disney World property telling people to avoid the water features due to the possibility of an alligator or snake encounter. It is unclear at this time if or when this alligator was removed from the Guest area. All would-be Guests should be advised to contact a Disney World Cast Member as soon as an alligator is spotted anywhere near Guest areas.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.