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After an unofficial opening last month, Disney World has closed its Epcot exhibit on childhood obesity following harsh criticism, Marni Jameson of the Orlando Sentinel reports. The Habit Heroes exhibit (whose website has been shut down for maintenance) was developed in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield to teach children about healthy eating and lifestyle habits through interactive rooms and video-arcade games.
In a statement from the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, the organisation accused Disney of using the “tool of shame” as a way to talk to kids.
The Huffington Post reports that the theme park responded to questions about the exhibit’s suspension with the following statement:
We are currently in a soft opening period for Habit Heroes, which gives us a chance to collect guest feedback and test and adjust the attraction prior to its opening. In order to work on further improving and refining the experience, we’ve decided to close the attraction for the time being. We look forward to officially opening it soon.
Habit Heroes was originally scheduled to open on March 5.
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