The last thing that Disney wants to happen in their lakeside resorts is the untimely death of a visitor, but unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to a very young visitor last year, and now they’re planning to erect a statue in his memory.
A little bit over a year ago, on June 14, 2016, 2-year-old Lane Thomas Graves from the midwestern US state of Nebraska was playing near the resort’s Seven Seas Lagoon. He was accompanied by his parents Melissa and Matt Graves, along with his slightly older sister. While he was playing near the Lagoon, he got dragged into the water by an alligator. He tried to escape, but it was too late and it ultimately led to his untimely death.
“To provide continued awareness of the foundation and its mission, we’ve commissioned an original sculpture of the lighthouse the foundation uses as a symbol of love and hope, to be installed on our property this summer,” George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort, said in a statement to the Sentinel on Tuesday.
Kudos to Disney World for the statue idea, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Graves family. Let’s hope that this will bring them comfort, and this story could serve as reminder how important it is to be careful and love and hug our children every day.