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A Christmas Toontown Pictorial, 12.26.08

December 27, 2008

Celebrate Christmas in Disney’s virtual world of fun.

By Blake

Originally posted December 26, 2008.

It’s been a while since I’ve put together a Toontown pictorial (and as of the time I’m writing this, I’ve unfortunately not uploaded the other TT pictorials into the BlakeOnline archives . . . I’ll get on that soon). However, with the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions, and one of those for me includes completing archiving the past year’s worth of articles, even the Toontown pictorials.

But getting back to the subject at hand, recently Disney’s Toontown Online has turned into a wintry wonderland of fun. If you don’t already know, Disney’s Toontown Online is a virtual Internet game where players create their own online pseudonym, in this case being in the form of a “Toon,” which can include a dog, cat, duck, horse, pig, bear, rabbit, mouse, or monkey (!). Toontown is somewhat like Disney’s other online games such as Club Penguin, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, Pixie Hollow, and the now-closed Virtual Magic Kingdom, though in my opinion Toontown outlasts them all and has a very large fan base, which has generated official real-live events in the past. The game features players that can interact with each other in real-time and is based somewhat on the classic Disney cartoon shorts of the 1930’s-1950’s, which is probably part of why it appeals to me. All of the “architecture” is exaggerated colorfully, several Disney characters make appearances throughout the game, and instead of using weapons to fight against their enemies, Toons use “gags” such as banana peels, whole cream pies, and fog horns.

Not only does the game include (clean) good vs. evil battles, but it also allows its players to participate in many other activities such as fishing, go-kart racing, golfing, gardening, home decorating, owning a pet, playing mini-games, and much more. The game is very amusing, and even though I generally am not a big video game player and I don’t think I’m in Disney’s target audience for the game, I enjoy it and have been playing off-and-on since its conception in 2003.

The holidays are certainly not forgotten in the Toontown universe, and every Christmas, Toontown is adorned with Christmas lights on many of the trees and Toons can “purchase” (with virtual jellybeans that they earn in the game) special Christmas-themed clothes, wallpapers, flooring, and speed chat phrases. New for this year, Toons can also purchase snowmen statues for their garden, wreaths for their houses, and several other Christmas-exclusive items. Lastly, other new items added this year to Toontown are Christmas-themed street lamps that differentiate for each “land” of the game. Toontown Central, Donald’s Dock, Daisy Gardens, Minnie’s Melodyland, The Brrrgh, Donald’s Dreamland, and the Toon Estates have all been decorated for Christmas, though everywhere else remains the same as it is year-round.

But enough of all that blabbing! Let’s get on to the “pictures!”

The Donald’s Dock-themed lamp post.

The Daisy Gardens-themed lamp post.

The Brrrgh-themed lamp post.

Donald’s Dreamland has two themed lamp posts.

The first of the two Donald’s Dreamland-themed lamp posts.

The second of the two Donald’s Dreamland-themed lamp posts.

Special Christmas-themed items that Toons can purchase with virtual jellybeans in their “Cattleog,” including “lit” fireplaces, meaning that there’s actually virtual fire in them instead of just an empty fireplace.

Special Christmas-themed items that Toons can purchase with virtual jellybeans in their “Cattleog,” including a Christmas Tree, flooring, and shorts.

Special Christmas-themed items that Toons can purchase with virtual jellybeans in their “Cattleog,” including shorts, a wreath, and shirts.

Special Christmas items that Toons can purchase with virtual jellybeans in their “Cattleog,” including moulding and Speed Chat phrases.

One of those Christmas items is a Melting Snowman, which Toons plant in their garden.

As always, The Brrrgh has a 100% chance of snow every day of the year, which makes it a great backdrop for the Christmas decorations. Additionally, Toontown is expected to have its annual New Year’s fireworks display on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (every hour on the hour in every playground), as well as its annual Top Toons New Year’s Day Marathon on New Year’s Day. Check the game’s official website, for details.

Merry Christmas!!!

By Blake; originally posted December 26, 2008. All game footage, screenshots, and images (C) Disney.