During the 16-hour search for Lane, five alligators were killed. His body was found intact 15 yards from the shore, about six feet under water, sixteen hours later.
Florida has an estimated 1.3 million wild alligators, or about one for every 15 residents.
An email recently made public is now shedding light into the hard circumstances that kept Matt Graves from saving his son Lane from a deadly gator attack. Authorities say an alligator pulled Lane Graves into the water last Tuesday, June 14, 2016, despite the frantic efforts of his father.
Wellons wrote that Graves, in need of medical treatment, "refused to leave the area" after his toddler son disappeared into the water, but ultimately agreed to go to a hospital with the promise of being able to return to the lagoon later.
Three days after the boy's death, Disney put up fences around the lake and other lakefront resorts.
"This incredibly sweet couple insisted on showing us pictures of their happy son. (The) mom kept referring to him as her 'happy boy, '" Wellons wrote in the emails.
Later the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that it had caught the alligator that had grabbed the boy.
The resort has since posted signs warning of alligators and snakes in the area. Employees have been deployed in hotel beaches, which are closed during nighttime except when there are fireworks shows.
The father also talked about a second alligator involved in the attack.
Walt Disney World Resort Vice President Jacquee Wahler issued an official statement and confirmed to The Washington Post that the company "made changes out of respect for the family".