Disney World unveils statue honoring toddler killed by alligator


A lighthouse was chosen for the statue because it is the logo of the Lane Thomas Foundation, a charity set up by Graves' family.

Disney World recently unveiled a sculpture honoring the toddler killed in an alligator attack at their Grand Floridian hotel a year ago. - More than a year after a 2-year-old was killed by an alligator while playing at a Disney resort, the global tourist destination has erected a sculpture in the toddler's memory.

The commemorative sculpture was installed within the last week, according to reports, near where the reptile pulled Lane Graves underwater as he played in the Seven Seas Lagoon. At the time of the nightmare incident, the child's father, Matt Graves, frantically tried to free his son from the gator's capture along with efforts of the lifeguards, but attempts were unsuccessful.

The Graves family said in a statement they found solace in the gesture.

The gold and blue lighthouse sculpture is a symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, and is located near the spot where the June 14, 2016 incident occurred. Signs at other Walt Disney World bodies of water did caution visitors about alligators and snakes. While there were "no swimming" signs posted at the lagoon, there were no warnings about alligators.