Is Disney World Going Too Far By Removing Alligator References At Park?
Following the tragic alligator attack that claimed 2-year-old Lane Grave’s life, Disney has made changes to keep patrons safe. Within days of the incident, Disney constructed barriers and posted signs warning about alligators and other dangerous wildlife.
Now, Disney is taking it a step further by slowly removing references to alligators and crocodiles in their parks.
As a result, Disney has cut all jokes related to crocodiles and children on their Jungle Cruise attraction. A long-standing script from 1962 used to warn ride-goers “watch your children, or the crocodiles will.” Given the tragic circumstances of Graves’ death, it is unlikely this particular joke will ever return.
In addition to removing sensitive material from scripts, Disney has removed characters that could serve as visual reminders of the tragedy. The Miami Herald reports, Tick-Tock Croc, Captain Hook’s menace, has been removed from the Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom. In addition, Louis, the trumpet-playing gator from The Princess and the Frog, was pulled prior to his castle show debut on June 23.
It is unclear whether these changes will be permanent, or how much further Disney will go in removing the predators. For now, it appears Disney is doing what it can to keep visitors safe and happy.
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