Seven Seas Lagoon
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The Seven Seas Lagoon is a man-made lake at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando. Located south of the Magic Kingdom theme park, the Seven Seas Lagoon serves as natural buffer between the Magic Kingdom and its parking lot and connects with the adjacent Bay Lake. The lake reaches a depth of 14 feet. The lagoon is used mainly for recreational boating, as well as by the resort's two ferryboats that transports guests between the Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Center.
The Seven Seas Lagoon is used for boating activities at the resort. Fishing was not allowed in the Lagoon until the mid-1990s, some 25 years after Walt Disney World's opening. However, the plan had existed from the start and fish were set free in the lagoon in 1973. Swimming was originally allowed, but has since been prohibited for safety reasons due to the operation of the rental boats. The lagoon is also the site of the Electrical Water Pageant. The lagoon, despite being man-made, is home to native Florida species such as alligators, snakes, and turtles.
The Seven Seas Lagoon was originally configured for artificial waves, tall enough to allow surfing. The machine began operation with the opening of the resort in 1971. However, it was soon disabled after causing severe beach erosion to the Polynesian Village Resort, for which the machine was installed.
At around 9:15 p.m. on June 14, 2016, a two-year-old boy wading in the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was grabbed by an alligator. His father tried to intervene but was unsuccessful. The boy's intact body was discovered at the bottom of the lagoon the next day. Five alligators were earlier killed in the search, to examine their stomachs.
Three resorts border the Seven Seas Lagoon, with each having beaches. These hotels are the only hotels on Walt Disney World property that are directly serviced by the Walt Disney World Monorail System, allowing full monorail access from these hotels to the Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Center.
- Disney's Contemporary Resort
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort (Disney Vacation Club)
- Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney's Polynesian Resort
- Pedicini, Sandra (June 15, 2016). "Alligators a frequent sight at Disney World". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- Nick Madigan and Christine Hauser (June 15, 2016). "2-Year-Old Snatched by Alligator at Disney Resort Is Believed Dead". The New York Times (Lake Buena Vista, FL). Retrieved June 15, 2016.
- "Orlando alligator: Body of boy seized by alligator found" from BBC News
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