Disney is expecting thousands of fans to show up for its first-ever ToonFest, the official fan fest dedicated to the family-friendly video game, Disney’s Toontown Online. The sold-out event takes place this Saturday, Aug. 26, at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. Festivities will include panel discussions with Disney Online game designers, contests, activity stations, carnival games, computer play, a judged costume parade and a celebrity appearance by Kyle Massey from That’s So Raven and the upcoming Disney Channel original series Cory in the House.
Toontown Online is a massively multiplayer PC video game in which users create Toon characters and join forces with other Toons to save the world from the invading Cogs’humorless business robots unleashed by an unsuspecting Scrooge McDuck. Since Cogs can’t take a joke, Toons confront them with gags, such as dousing them with seltzer or giving them a pie in the face. Since its launch in 2003, the game has seen more than 15 million Toons created by players.
Disney’s Virtual Reality Studio, established as part of Walt Disney Imagineering R&D, developed Toontown Online using its own PANDA3D proprietary network game engine. The game can be accessed at www.toontown.com, and a U.K. version is available at www.disney.co.uk/toontown. In addition, a retail version was released by Sony Online Entertainment’s Platform Publishing.