Walt Disney World has removed many references to alligators and crocodiles from its attractions after a 2-year-old boy was snatched and killed in an alligator attack at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on June 14.
The trumpet-playing alligator Louis from Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" was pulled from the Friendship Faire castle show at Magic Kingdom, and the Tic Toc Croc from "Peter Pan" was removed from the Festival of Fantasy parade, the Miami Herald reported
Jokes about crocodiles snatching children were also removed from Jungle Cruise scripts and the Kilimanjaro Safari ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. "Remember, folks, if you don’t watch your children, the crocodiles will," went one joke.
Park officials also have installed temporary barriers and new signs warning about the alligators near waterfronts.
“We continue to evaluate processes and procedures for our entire property, and, as part of this, we are reinforcing training with our cast for reporting sightings and interactions with wildlife and are expanding our communication to guests on this topic,” Walt Disney World Resort vice president Jacquee Wahler said in a statement last week.
Disney World has banned fishing except as part of an excursion, the Orlando Sentinel reported
. The park also began closing its hotel beaches at night except during fireworks shows and staffing them during the day.
During the past decade, 240 nuisance alligators have been trapped on Walt Disney World property, including 15 during the first five months of this year, The Associated Press reported
Many Twitter users weighed in on the changes.
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