Controversial new exhibit opens in Epcot

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Habit Heroes ©The Walt Disney Company

Habit Heroes ©The Walt Disney Company

Disney Vacation Guide: Habit Heroes

A brand new attraction by the name of Habit Heroes opened in Epcot’s Innoventions East earlier this month and it seems to be causing quite a stir.

In an effort to battle childhood obesity, Epcot’s Habit Heroes attraction, presented by Florida Blue and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, invites Disney World guests to join buff super heroes Callie Stenics and Will Power in their battle against some bad habit villains.

Battle the bulging villains

Try to resist “Sweet Tooth and the Snacker,” go head-to-head with the “Control Freak” in a fight for the remote, get up and moving to help “Lead Bottom” shake his booty!

When you beat the bad habit bad guys you have a chance to scan your own body so you can enter the virtual world of Habit Heroes to play online from your home computer after your vacation.

This attraction, which is intended to encourage children to become more active and to learn healthier lifestyle habits, has many up in arms about the message it may be sending to youngsters.

What bad habits are being battled?

These bad habits in Epcot are personified by obese cartoon characters whose crimes include such “bad habits” as binging and inactivity. Many people believe that overweight children on vacation in Disney World won’t feel very good about themselves when they exit the Habit Heroes attraction, despite the good intentions of its creators.

In fact, Habit Heroes has many up in arms about the message it is sending to youngsters.

Tell us…

What do you think; is Epcot‘s Habit Heroes shaming children or setting a good example? Please leave a comment and let’s discuss.