Disney Shutters Childhood Obesity Exhibit
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Walt Disney World says it is retooling an Epcot exhibit targeting childhood obesity after critics complained that it stigmatized fat kids.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that the interactive Habit Heroes attraction was closed shortly after its unofficial opening. The official March 5 opening date has been postponed indefinitely.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield partnered with Disney to create the exhibit, which takes visitors through a series of interactive experiences to fight bad habits such as too much television and junk food. Spokespeople for Disney and the health insurer say the soft opening of the exhibit was meant to collect feedback.
The National Association of Fat Acceptance accused Disney and Blue Cross of using "the tool of shame" to communicate with children.
- Fantasyland Opens At Walt Disney World
- Disney World Patron Finds Gun On Ride
- Medical Spotlight: Childhood Obesity
- Taking the Blame for Childhood Obesity
- Medical Spotlight: Childhood Cancer
- Local 'Miracle Child' visits Washington, Disney World as CMN Champion
- Boy, 4, Nearly Drowns On Disney Cruise Ship
- Disney Offers Free Wi-Fi at Magic Kingdom
- Woman Killed in Bus Crash Identified as Disney Employee
- Disney Park Evacuation was "Precautionary"