WATCH: Close connections between gators, Disney tourists

ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX NEWS / INSIDE EDITION) - Days after a two-year-old boy was killed by an alligator at Disney World, a shocking video emerged. It shows a Disney World employee fending off an alligator at one of the Magic Kingdom's most popular attractions, Splash Mountain.

The video, apparently shot in 2009, shows the employee poke the alligator with a pole, trying to force it back into the water.

But the predator seems determined to get on land.

What about the tourists? They enjoy the ride mere feet away, oblivious to the danger.

Other folks saw what was going on and were amused, one tourist threw popcorn at the gator for a snack, a huge no-no when trying to avoid the predators.

Another video shot at the Coronado Springs Resort shows kids throwing chicken and lettuce at an alligator.

Reports say Disney World ignored warnings that guests were feeding alligators at the park and the areas along the lagoon where Lane Graves was snatched.

Guests staying at the swanky Bora Bora Bungalows were reportedly known to frequently feed gators in the same lagoon.

The luxurious private villas at Disney's Polynesian Resort rent for $2,000-a-night. They were built on stilts over the 7 Seas Lagoon.

"Disney has known about the problem of guests feeding the alligators," a former employee told

He says he recommended a "fence... be erected to protect guests." but he claims his warnings fell on deaf ears.