A two-year-old boy has been pulled into a lagoon by an alligator near the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, a popular destination with Disneyland tourists.
Police are searching for the toddler after the animal pulled the child into water outside the resort.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rose Silva said the toddler was last seen at 9.30pm (2.30am UK time) being taken into the the Seven Seas Lagoon.
The hotel is a high-end luxury resort, popular with guests of the Disneyland park due to its monorail link with the Magic Kingdom.
Reports have said the child’s father attempted to grab his son from the jaws of the alligator, leaving him with cuts on his hands and arms.
Hotel guest A.J. Jain and his family were visiting Disney from Georgia.
He told the Orlando Sentinel he and his children were playing on the beach near the scene of the incident earlier Tuesday.
He told the newspaper: “I’m just here to say a prayer.
“I can’t imagine what those parents are going through. It’s been one tough week in Orlando.”
Walt Disney World director of communications Jacquee Wahler said everyone at the resort was “devastated by this tragic accident.”
The sick contrast of events… pic.twitter.com/lNelCyD4ki
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