Disney World Unveils Sculpture Honoring Toddler Killed by Gator Last Year

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The Lane Thomas Lighthouse

Disney World has unveiled a statue honoring a toddler killed by an alligator at the Grand Floridian Resort last year.

Disney installed a lighthouse sculpture this week in memory of 2-year-old Lane Graves.

In June 2016, the toddler from Nebraska was playing in the water at the Seven Seas Lagoon beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Suddenly, a gator pulled the child underwater. His father tried to free the boy but it was too late. Lane’s body was found 16 hours later and his death was ruled an accident.

The sculpture is of a lighthouse, which is a symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was created in memory of the child. Disney teamed up with the Lane Thomas Foundation to erect the memorial.

Video of dedication:  Lighthouse Unveiling.

“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,” a Disney spokesperson said.

If you would like to donate to the Lane Thomas Foundation, click here.

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New signs were put up within a week of the gator attack along with rope barriers.

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Headless Horseman will be Appearing at Fort Wilderness

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He’s at Fort Wilderness in the early evening, then heads on over to the Magic Kingdom to lead off the Boo to You Parade during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights.

Attention, everyone! The Headless Horseman is returning to the Fort Wilderness Campground this fall. Fort Wilderness will be offering an “up-close-and-personal” encounter with the Headless Horseman as part of a spooky event themed around the Disney classic “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” film.

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One of our all time favorite Disney movies! Movie starts at 8pm.

The main attraction of the event is a screening of the 1949 Disney animated Halloween classic. (One of our favorite movies!!!)

Guests will then have an opportunity to interact with, and have their photos taken with, the Headless Horseman himself. All party attendees will receive a limited-edition Headless Horseman pin.

General admission is $22 per person, while premium seating is $38. The special Headless Horseman event will take place from 8:00-10:00pm on select nights. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.

Movie Party Dates:

September 29, 30

October 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-31*

Premium seating allows you to sit up close in the first 5 rows, first meets with the Headless Horseman, the limited edition pin, and a special goodie bag filled with candy and more treats.

*Halloween Night is sure to sell out early for this event!

Headless Horseman Leads Parade

The Headless Horseman leads the Boo to You nighttime Halloween parade at Magic Kingdom.

If you can’t make this event, be sure to check out 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Details.

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Our favorite time of the year at Disney World.


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We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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