|This article is about the MMORPG. For more uses of "Toontown", see Toontown.|
First introduced in the United States on June 2, 2003, Disney had since produced versions of Toontown Online for the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Brazil. The foreign versions were closed and all players had to use the USA server. Toontown Online could be played free, with many in-game restrictions, or it could be played with a subscription, with no restrictions whatsoever.
The game focused on the carefree toons in a world called Toontown, trying to stop the evil business-like robot cogs by teaming up and battling them with gags. There were also some non-combat activities. The world was divided into seven neighborhoods with several smaller areas. Each neighborhood has a non-player Disney character in its playground. Playgrounds are safe areas with no cogs. The streets that link them together, however, are greatly populated with cogs and cog buildings.
- Main article: Toons
Toons are the main protagonists of the game. They are cartoon characters who look like animals. Toons use gags to battle the cogs and to make the toons laugh. In Toontown Online, players can create their own toon and complete tasks called ToonTasks to win rewards (higher laff limit, gag tracks, and more).
- Main article: Cogs
Cogs are the main antagonists of the game. They are evil business robots that are trying to take over Toontown by turning toon buildings into cog buildings. They were created by Gyro Gearloose, originally to help the toons in Toontown. Scrooge McDuck found the cog and put the wrong wires together, thus activating it and turning it evil.
- Main article: Gag
Gags can be used in a cog battle to make a cog laugh. If a cog laughs, it explodes. There are seven types of gags, called gag tracks. Each gag track performs a different role. A toon starts with two gags, the Squirting Flower and the Cupcake.
- Main article: Jellybeans
Jellybeans are Toontown's form of currency. With jellybeans, the player can buy in-game items, such as doodles, gags, furniture, and more. Jellybeans can be stored in their jellybean jar. They can also be fed to Doodles.
Doodles and pet shops
- Main article: Doodle
Doodles are pets. They are jellybean-shaped creatures that have the ability to make a players toon laugh, and laughter is good for a toon's health. They can perform a variety of tricks at a players request, and these tricks can get them some laff points. They can be purchased with jellybeans at a pet shop.
Toon houses and estates
- Main article: Estate
Toons have their own house, located in their estate. At a toon's estate, you can fish, play with doodles, and plant a garden. They can also go in their house and decorate it with furniture, which can be purchased with jellybeans from Clarabelle's Cattlelog. In a toon's house, a player can also find a jellybean bank, a phone, and a wardrobe.
Fishing and Fish Bingo
- Main article: Fishing
There are fishing ponds in every playground, on every street of Toontown, and at every toon's estate. Toons can catch fish via a simple game and then sell them for jellybeans to a non-player pet shop clerk or a nearby fisherman. There is a fisherman at every pond. There are currently seventy species of fish, and players earn a trophy for each ten new species that they catch. Toons can use these trophies to earn laff points.
Every Wednesday is "Bingo Wednesday." Toons on each pond share a bingo card and try to complete it by catching different fish species before a timer runs out and win up to 10,000 jellybeans.
- Main article: Trolley
Trolley games are played on the trolley. Trolleys can be found in any of the playgrounds, except in Chip 'n Dale's Acorn Acres and Goofy Speedway. Trolley games are minigames that up to four toons can play to win jellybeans. The amount of jellybeans a toon get depends on their score in the trolley game.
- Main article: Gardening
Toons can grow and maintain a garden of flowers, statues, and gag trees at their estates. The gags picked from gag trees have higher-than-normal damage capability. Different species of flowers can be grown by planting different combinations of jellybeans. There are forty types of flowers, and a player earns a laff point and a trophy for each ten species grown. Bloomed flowers can be sold for jellybeans. To sell flowers, go to the wheelbarrow located in the sandy area at your estate.
- Main article: Goofy Speedway
Toons can race against each other in Goofy Speedway, an area that consists of six different race tracks (along with their reversed versions) plus a shop that sells karts and kart accessories. Similar to all kart-racing video games, racers can collect and use items (pies, anvils, speed-boosts, banana peels) on each other during the race. Thirty racing trophies can also be earned, and for each ten, the toon will earn another laff point. Every Monday, the Grand Prix is held, in which toons can win many more tickets than usual as well as special trophies. There is also a scoreboard featured showing the recent best time scores with certain toons and their names.
- Main article: Chip 'n Dale's MiniGolf
In Chip 'n Dale's MiniGolf, toons can play miniature golf to earn trophies which can be redeemed for laff points (one for every ten trophies up to a total of three). There are three courses with their specific colors: "Walk in the Par" (green), "Hole Some Fun" (yellow), and "The Hole Kit and Caboodle" (red), each progressively more difficult than the last. Toons are able to access Minigolf from Chip 'n Dale's Acorn Acres, which is located next to the playground of Donald's Dock.
- Main article: Toon party
Toon parties are a non-combatant gathering with friends. These half-hour parties can be public (anyone can come) or private (only invited toons). Special activities for the party include a jukebox, a catching game, a dance floor, trampolines, party cannons, fireworks, Party decorations, and Tug of War. To host a party or go to a party, there are party gates in every playground except Goofy Speedway and Chip 'n Dale's Acorn Acres.
- Toontown Beta 1 - August 20, 2001
- Toontown Beta 2 - September 10, 2002
- Toontown Beta 3 - January 4, 2003
- Official release - June 2, 2003
- Japan release - April 19, 2004
- UK release - May 24, 2004
- Germany release - November 15, 2004
- France release - May 1, 2005
- Spain release - November 24, 2005
Click here to see the release notes of 2013.
- Main article: Closure of Toontown Online
Toontown closed on September 19, 2013. All players were given free membership benefits starting August 20, 2013. The site now redirects to Disney's homepage at disney.com.
Over the course of the decade, Disney's Toontown Online has received several awards.
- Children's Software (Technology) Review - All Star Award (2003)
- Computer Gaming World
- Game of the Year, MMORPG category (2003)
- Game Industry News - Family Game of the Year (2004)
- iParenting Media Awards - Greatest Products Award Winner, Video Games (2007)
- Nominated for Academy of Interactive Arts Society 2003 PC Massively Multiplayer/Persistent World Game of the Year Award
- Parents' Choice — Silver Honor (2003)
- Parent Tested Parent Approved - Seal of Approval (2009)
- Webby Awards
- Webby Worthy Selection (2005)
- People's Voice Award, Kid's Category (2003)
- Web Marketing Association's Web Award
- Outstanding Website (2007)
- Outstanding Game Website (2004)
- WiredKids — Safe Gaming Award (2005)
- Toontown is based on the fictional universe that was home to Roger Rabbit in the 1980's film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.