Video: Disney's Epcot Changes 'Habit Heroes' Attraction After Offending Fat People
The Walt Disney Company re-opened a controversial attraction, 'Habit Heroes,' at Epcot on Friday in Orlando, Florida after it was closed down over claims that it showed obese people in a negative light (video below).
Habit Heroes is an interactive educational program, which was launched in February 2012 to help kids eat healthy and exercise, reports The Daily Mail.
The attraction originally included overweight unhealthy characters: The Snacker, Lead Bottom and The Glutton who were battled by fit action figures such as Will Power and Callie Stenics.
However, complaints flooded in that Habit Heroes did not portray the morbidly obese and unhealthy characters in a positive light.
The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said in a statement at the time: "We're appalled to learn that Disney, a traditional hallmark of childhood happiness and joy, has fallen under the shadow of negativity and discrimination. It appears that Disney now believes that using the tool of shame, favored so much by today's healthcare corporations, is the best way to communicate with children."
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an assistant professor of family medicine, told the Calgary Herald: "'It's so dumbfounding it's unreal. I just can't believe somebody out there thought it was a good idea to pick up where the school bullies left off and shame kids on their vacation."
Habit Heroes was closed after a month, but re-opened on Friday minus the obese animated characters, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
Brent Strong, creative director for Walt Disney Imagineering, told the Orlando Sentinel: "When the attraction had its soft opening last February, the creative team sought guest feedback. We found that some pieces were getting in the way of our story, which is that healthy living can make us all feel like super heroes. We had to try to tell that story in a different way."
Old 'Habit Heroes'
New 'Habit Heroes'