Disney World Removes Alligator And Crocodile References From Rides And Parades After Tragic Toddler Death

Shaunee Flowers

Disney World is taking an extra step to revamp the popular Orlando attraction, following the tragic death of a toddler who was attacked by an alligator on their grounds. In addition to posting more signage warning of the deadly reptiles, Disney World also has removed all references to alligators and crocodiles from their rides and parades.

After Lane Graves died at Disney World, the park has been taking precautions to warn visitors of the alligator threat that lies in and around the expansive bodies of water within Disney's Orlando theme park borders. One of the most notable changes after the tragic toddler death includes new signage warning guests of the alligator threat. Previously, there were just "no swimming" signs posted.

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One of the most notable changes to the program includes axing references to alligators during the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise, according to Local 10. The cheesy Jungle Cruise script has been around since 1962 and pretty much anyone who has been on the ride has heard it. Now, the boat captains on the famous ride have removed lines such as, "Do you know what the difference between the crocodiles and alligators are? The crocodiles are made of plastic and the alligators are made with fiberglass."

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The Kilimanjaro Safari ride at Animal Kingdom also removed a crocodile reference. Previously, guests were teased that an old bridge may break and drop them into a crocodile pit. Now, there are no jokes made as those who dare to cross the bridge make their way.

It seems that Disney World has gone out of their way to remain sensitive to the alligator tragedy and even removed Tick Tock Croc, the famous alligator from Peter Pan from their Festival of Fantasy parade. There are rumblings that more cuts might be made, including the debut of Louis the Alligator from The Princess and the Frog who was supposed to be joining the stage as part of the Mickey's Friendship Faire show, according to Inside The Magic.

It is unclear if any of the now-removed crocodile or alligator references will return later, or if Disney World has nixed them for good. After the tragic death of 2-year old Lane Graves, it seems appropriate for the company to show at least a little bit of sensitivity.

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