A sign at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress hotel, which is just minutes from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, couldn't be more explicit in its warning of alligators. It depicts a green alligator with its jaws spread wide and the words: "Please Be Aware of Alligators, No Swimming."
The signage at Disney's Grand Floridian resort, where 2-year-old Lane Graves of Elkton, Nebraska, was attacked and killed by an alligator on Tuesday, simple tells visitors: "No Swimming Allowed, Thank You."
The lack of an alligator warning at Disney shocked several tourists at the Hyatt.
"We didn't know there weren't any signs like they have here, 'Beware of Alligators,' " Hyatt guest Chloe Giles, 21, tells PEOPLE. "We thought they had a big sign like they have here: 'Beware of Alligators.' "
One day after authorities found the body of the 2-year-old boy, the company revealed it was reviewing its policies about warning signs.
"We are conducting a swift and thorough review of all our processes and protocols," Walt Disney World Vice President Jacquee Wahler said in a statement on Thursday. "This includes the number, placement and working of our signage and warnings."
Bill Casamassima, a New Jersey businessman and father of four, is also surprised by the Grand Floridian's failure to include explicit warning of alligators on its signage.
"Other than the fact that it said 'no swimming,' it shocked me a little bit because supposedly there's an alligator in every single patch of water in the state of Florida," Casamassima says, adding that he remembers seeing the alligator warning at the Hyatt ever since he first visited the resort 30 years ago.
Casamassima tells PEOPLE that his grief would be inconsolable if he were the father of the child who died after being dragged into the lake Tuesday night.
"How heartbreaking," he says. "I can't imagine that poor, poor father and the family. I wouldn't want to live.The father, from what I understand, went after the alligator in the water, and when he realized he couldn't get his son, he probably said the same thing – 'I just don't want to live.' "
Helen Errington, a 45-year-old human resources worker from London, is vacationing this week at the Hyatt with her husband and their 4-year-old daughter, Olivia.
"I was conscious from when we came here about this sign that says they're alligators in the lake," Errington says. "We've not been anywhere near the lake. We've not been in boats that go on the lake. I guess where you know there are potentially dangers, we just kept away from it."
Errington also questions the logic of hosting an outdoor movie night in the vicinity of open water, where alligators can lurk. The Grand Floridian featured the animated Disney movie Zootopia at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, enticing visitors to "See the Stars, Under the Stars! Catch one of your favorite movies under the moonlight at the beach."
"I guess it goes back to the resort," Errington said. "Why would you put a movie late at night, where potentially there would be younger families, near that location where potentially there are alligators?"
"I think the resort should have a rethink about where they show the movie," she says, adding, "I don't think you can put any blame on the family. I mean, that's just absolutely tragic."
Legal experts have also weighed in on the tragedy, suggesting that the Graves family may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the Walt Disney Corporation.
"The Walt Disney Corporation has a duty to warn their hotel guests of any dangers that they either know about or should know about," Matt Morgan, an Orlando attorney who has litigated negligence cases against Florida theme parks, tells PEOPLE.
"If Disney had knowledge that there were alligators in the lagoon and did not take steps to inform their guests of such dangers, then they could be liable," Morgan continues. "I believe a jury could return a verdict of 8 figures and when coming to that conclusion, one only needs to ask oneself, 'What if this were my child?' "