- Posted August 24, 2013 by
How Toontown Changed My Son
Hi, I wanted to tell you why Toontown is massively important to my family. I have 3 beautiful children, one of them is autistic. He loves this game and spends a lot of time working on his toons. Now, I see a lot of people commenting on how kids should be outside anyway and not on a silly video game but for my son, being outside is a nightmare. He is very sensitive to noises, crowded places and it all becomes too much for him. Some kids have also been mean to him because they see him as weird or unfriendly and due to his stimming, they have made fun of him. Before he played Toontown, we hardly ever saw him, he spent most of his time in his room, alone. His siblings tried to include them in games but he just wanted to be left alone. He hardly talked. He wanted friends but due to social difficulties, he didn't know how to approach kids and was also constantly scared of being judged or rejected. He was such a sad child, it was heartbreaking to see. I joined Toontown in 2005 and he saw me playing the game, he was curious and in 2007 I gave him and his siblings an account each. He started to play and making friends, spending more time with us too as we all played. We saw a difference in him, he was happier and chatty. Because of Toontown, he came out of his world into ours. After hearing the news that Toontown is closing, he was heartbroken and is now even sadder. All these friends he made will be gone and he will be lonely once again. Disney has no idea of the impact their game had on him but I wanted to tell them. Toontown changed my son's life and I'm sure many others like him. Please Disney, understand how much everyone loves this game, how it makes so many people's lives better just for playing it. PLEASE DON'T CLOSE IT.