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Remembering Lane Graves: 4 Years Since Gator Attack at Walt Disney World

Many of us can remember hearing the news four years ago on June 14, 2016 that a 2-year-old old boy had been attacked and killed by a gator on the beach of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World Resort. 4 years later and the thought of it still makes our stomachs drop.

A beautiful Lighthouse Statue to honor the child, Lane Graves, still stands tall at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Photo: Orlando Sentinel

Lane was playing near the Seven Seas Lagoon water at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort when an alligator emerged and pulled him into the water. Lane’s body was found the next day. After the incident, Disney has been adamant about having state wildlife remove gators. Barriers were also set in place, along with signs warning of possible alligators around all beaches and waterways throughout the Walt Disney World property.

Photo: Orlando Sentinel

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The Graves family started the Lane Thomas Foundation that supports families of children seeking an organ donation. To learn more about the Lane Thomas Foundation, click here.

Photo: Orlando Sentinel

Families come from all over the globe to spend time together at Walt Disney World. There aren’t many dark days we can associate with Disney, but that day 4 years ago was a particularly sad day. We’ll continue to remember and honor the sweet life of Lane Graves.

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.