Disney to Shut Down Toontown Online
Disney sent the following statement: 'Disney Interactive is committed to offering high-quality, entertaining play experiences in both online virtual worlds and mobile apps. At this time, we are shifting our development focus towards other online and mobile play experiences, such as Club Penguin and a growing selection of Disney Mobile apps.'
- nsaidi, CNN iReport producer
Disney's Toontown Online, a family-friendly MMORPG which has been around for a remarkable ten years, is now set to shut down indefinitely on September 19, 2013. Despite winning several awards such as the WiredKids 2005 Safe Gaming Award, as well as having many fansites dedicated to it, Disney has justified their choice to shut down Toontown by needing to "shift [their] development focus towards other online and mobile play experiences." This fate is shared by two other Disney MMORPGs - Pirates of the Caribbean Online and Pixie Hollow Online.
Toontown's fans did not take kindly to this announcement, even going as far as to circulate various petitions to change what some have said to be a "final decision." Many videos have been uploaded to Youtube regarding this decision in the days since August 20, the date of the announcement, reinforcing the fact that the general reaction was negative. Some fans even attempted to communicate with Disney through social media such as Twitter and Instagram, although they have yet to receive a response.
Fortunately for the fans, though, Disney has not decided to shut down Toontown on the spot, and they have given all registered members unlimited access to the game for its final month, meaning that all fans, old and new, do have the opportunity to savor the ultimate moments of the game to its full extent.
Fans are starting to claim that Disney cares not about the fans, only the money, as they have not done any useful update in over two years. "The game has so much potential. They just don't advertise and do enough useful updates. This is hurting so many people worldwide, they know and they don't care."
Disney's Toontown Online was going to be undoubtedly successful as 2006, Disney claims that over one million registered accounts for their game. What went wrong? Some outgrew the game, some found it tedious and some found the long game tiresome.
The closure enraged many fans worldwide and they are currently starting a petition to help keep the game alive. Although it is not guaranteed that the petition will work, many have hope while some people remain to in despair, thinking that it will not work. Disney is aware of this petition and the hundreds of upset fans globally but they still plan to stick to their closure date.
Disney gets hundreds of fans calling in to check on the game each day but they dismiss the fans with the same, repetitive answer, that the graphics are old. A majority of the fans believe it is closing because of Club Penguin while some believe otherwise. Disney also claim that they lost a large amount of money, it is unknown how much at this time. However, regardless of the fact, fans remain to have a stubborn nature and will not give up until their job is done: to stop the closure of their beloved game, Disney's Toontown Online.