Sign - Danger- Alligators and Snakes in Area

Disney World Removed 200 Alligators In The Past Five Years

According to state records and media reports, wildlife trappers working for Disney World have removed more than 200 alligators over the past five years.  Disney World has special permits with the state of Florida that allow it to work directly with wildlife trappers.

It was on June 14, 2016, that Lane Graves, a 2-year-old boy, was killed by an alligator near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.  In reaction to that event, Disney installed warning signs and barriers around many natural bodies of water.

Here are the number of alligators Disney has removed in the past years:

  • 2016 – 83 alligators removal
  • 2017 – 57 alligators removal
  • 2018 – 33 alligators removal
  • 2019 – 33 alligators removal
  • 2020 – 46 alligators removal

Based on Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission standards, alligators 4 feet or longer are considered to be a threat, and the state allows a state-contracted alligator trapper to remove the animal.

Some trappers send the animals to zoos or alligator farms, but most are euthanized.  They don’t relocate alligators because the animals usually try to return to their point of capture.

Have you seen an alligator on Disney property?