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Old 05-12-2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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WDW SNAKE BITE - pics of my son's "adventure

I have posted this story before, but someone suggested I repost it. If this story will help prevent anyone from going through what we did, then it is worth reposting.

Last May 2009, my son was bitten by a water moccasin at CBR. He dropped a toy at the edge of the sidewalk into some landscaping and bent down to pick it up, his feet never leaving the sidewalk. A snake bit him three times on the finger. He spent three days in intensive care and received 12 vials of anitvenin. Thankfully he is fine, all fingers still intact.

Just be aware of your surroundings, keep out of the landscaping, and you should be fine.

This is where the accident occured. The snake was curled up under a bush next to the light pole.

This is my son in Celebration Hospital's ER. He was transferred to Florida Chidren's Hospital

The day he was released from the hospital. Check out the swelling in his hand.

I saw 2 water moccasin in the lake the day we moved to another resort.
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:19 PM   #2
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Wow, how awful. I'm sorry for your son's ordeal, and hope Disney treated him well!
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:21 PM   #3
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Yikes!! Thanks for the heads up.

I'm glad your son is doing well. That must have been a very frightening experience.
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:27 PM   #4
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Thanks for this post, it's someting to be aware of. We live in an area that has no dangerous or venomous animals, so it quite a change for us when we travel. I try to know what to watchout for before we go. The only anmial we have to look out for on P.E.I is the skunk.
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:32 PM   #5
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So scary...thanks for reposting this!...To think of the times my DD and DS have put their hands in shrubs to try to find a golf ball at mini golf!

Your story has made sure we will NEVER do that again.
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:22 PM   #6
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How horrifying for your son and you. I am so glad he was okay! Can you direct me to your original thread? How did WDW respond to this?
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:24 PM   #7
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Saw two snakes at CBR within 100 ft. of each other last week (May 1-8) one evening. I think they were both garter snakes to me but it was a bit hard to tell. My DS7 nearly stepped on the first one before he saw it in the dim light of the evening. My DS2 wanted to pick them up!
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:40 PM   #8
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can someone post a link to the op post about the snake bite? TY
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:20 PM   #9
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Glad to hear your son is A OK!

We stayed at the Poly May 12-18. There was a huge...I'm talking 4 foot long snake sunning himself on the beach. The staff brought in a snake wragler and got rid of it. Keep your eyes wide when on the Poly beach. We saw quite a few water snakes too.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:40 PM   #10
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Its a small world. Now I will be having nightmares. Did you ummm happen to get pics? Of the resort of course!
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:57 PM   #11
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I'm probably beating a dead horse with this but these are my thoughts:

Having read both threads thoroughly I'm still standing by my personal belief that Disney should've covered the hospital bill, given the exact account of the situation and the photo evidence in the first post.

People can argue that venomous snakes are nature and that this is technically their turf etc etc. I can understand if this were to occur in let's say a construction area or a grassy knoll off the road inside of WDW because those aren't areas where guests are expected to be around (or should mingle anyway). Inside of a resort where hundreds of people will be walking about, it's a whole different story.

And people can argue that the OP didnt watch her child despite the fact that he only reached his arm into the landscape and didn't take one foot off the sidewalk. But this was landscaping that is manicured and tended to by cast members, not some natural shrubbery that is left there to grow. The landscape was created and placed there to be part of the resort and guest experience (see the mulch in the OP pic) and is therefore supervised by the landscaping or resort people. Otherwise there would just be a bunch of mixed up trees and tall grass.

An animal that can cause deadly harm to people has no place in an area like that where there is a high expected exposure of people. I'm sure the resort people ensure that dangerous/venomous animals do not step foot in an area like that because that snake could've easily slipped into one of the rooms. They wouldn't just let the crocodiles escape from the water and run around the parks. I'm not saying they should've been sued for all their worth but if other guests are getting full coverage by Disney for falling on a sidewalk while you have to pay full price to save your son's life because of something that happened within a tended-to resort like that, I consider that a ripoff.

I don't mind if Disney wanted to hide something like that from the media but if all I got out of rare life-threatening situation to my child in WDW was a resort switch, I personally would've felt insulted.

Anyone is free to disagree with me but this is my honest opinion on this.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:41 PM   #12
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Firstly, thank goodness your son is okay. That is a blessing!

I'm kinda surprised Disney didn't offer more either. Did they at least prolong your vacation for free to make up for the days you had to spend in the hospital? I thought they would at least do that.

That being said, the important thing is your DS is thriving today and well!
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:20 PM   #13
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There is absolutely no way Disney can prevent everything natural from happening.

Preventing snakes from being on Disney property would be as hard as preventing a hurricane.

I am just glad the OP has shared her story I am simply amazed at the number of people that do not realize that snakes, bugs, and alligators are the norm for Florida.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:25 PM   #14
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A black bear was spotted in May at OKW. We saw another black racer at the South Point pool at OKW last week.

And I agree with Sammie.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:44 PM   #15
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Thank you so much for posting those pictures. What a great way to celebrate how brave and strong he was through that ordeal.

I was watching a "Where are they now" Bridezilla show and while they were filming one of the women they found a snake in the pool of her FL home. Anytime I see a snake I think of your son, and that made me wonder how he was doing. Thank you again for the update.
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