Disney World is closing its beaches, ferry boats and marinas “out of an abundance of caution” the company said Wednesday after an alligator attacked a 2-year-old last night near the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
The alligator dragged a child who was wading in a “no swimming” area at the Seven Seas Lagoon into the water. This is a man-made lake that connects to the park’s canals.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has deemed this a “search and rescue operation.”
“We are very hopeful,” a spokesman said at a news conference this morning. “Sometimes you get the worst, but we are hoping for the best.”