• Lighthouse sculpture honors boy killed by alligator at Walt Disney World

    By: WFTV Web Staff


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A lighthouse at Disney World will honor a young life lost at theme park.

    Lane Graves, 2, was attacked and killed by an alligator at the Grand Floridian in June 2016.

    He and his family were on vacation and he was scooping sand on the beach area when the alligator appeared out of Seven Seas Lagoon and snatched him.

    Experts: It's prime time for dangerous alligator attacks

    Disney and the Graves family announced in June a sculpture of a lighthouse will soon stand on Disney property to remember Lane.

    The family set up The Lane Thomas Foundation to support pediatric organ donation.

    The light house sculpture was recently installed near the resort where Lane died.

    The Graves family said in a statement, “We find comfort that so many people continue to remember our sweet boy, Lane, and we believe the lighthouse stands as a beacon of hope and support for families in the depths of despair.  We will continue to honor Lane and preserve his spirit through the Lane Thomas Foundation."

    Disney has since posted alligator warning signs around its lakes and has added additional fencing.

    A spokesperson for Disney said in a statement, “The lighthouse sculpture has been installed to help spread awareness of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was established to provide assistance and support to families whose children need organ transplants.” 

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