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Celebrate ToonFest with Toontown Online Designers

Posted by The Toontown Team on June 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM

For over a decade and a half, Toontown has been a hub for players of all ages to harness their inner silliness and become the Toon they've always wanted to be. As of Sunday, June 2nd, Toontown is now officially 16 years old -- that's old enough to drive! (Don't worry, Goofy offered to give the town a crash course in driving.)

Toontown's Birthday isn't the only thing to celebrate this summer. Read on to learn more details about the upcoming Fifth Anniversary of ToonFest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from August 1-4!

A Toontown Flunky is attacked by Jesse Schell and Shawn Patton at ToonFest at ReplayFX 2018 in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

It's been almost five years since we hosted our very first ToonFest, and boy have we loved every single minute of it. It's an experience like no other to be surrounded by Toontown's biggest fans and the families who come with them. Enough about the past fun, though -- you want to hear about the exciting things we have planned for this big anniversary!

It's hard to say that you've truly been to ToonFest without witnessing Jesse Schell's real-world juggling act that was used to model the Toon-Up gag, or talking to Shawn Patton about his favorite Toontown Party activity. These two former Toontown Online developers are coming back again to celebrate and discuss the past, present, and future of Toontown!

Jesse Schell and Shawn Patton will be at ToonFest to answer questions and participate in a fun kick-off event from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 1st.

Check out the bios below to learn more about Jesse and Shawn, or watch some of the videos from our YouTube Playlist to see their past shenanigans! You can also check out Schell Games to see some of the awesome games they have worked on outside of Toontown.

Jesse Schell of Schell Games

About Jesse Schell

Jesse Schell is not only one of the original developers behind Toontown Online, he was the lead designer who brought the Tooniverse to life. After developing Toontown, Jesse Schell left Walt Disney Imagineering to become Distinguished Professor of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University.

In 2002, he also established his own game studio, Schell Games, which today is the largest full-service education and entertainment game development company in the United States. Jesse continues to follow Toontown and its fans, and you may even see his Toon, Jaymo, running around from time to time!

Shawn Patton of Schell Games

About Shawn Patton

Shawn Patton first worked on Toontown in 2002 when he helped to develop Create-a-Toon and some trolley games, including Match Minnie and the Ring Game. After that, he was heavily involved in the creation of Toontown Parties, and worked on both the mini-games and the party editor.

Shawn is currently a Principal Designer at Schell Games, where he has been an important part of the design team for the last seventeen years. Most recently, he served as Design Director on the company's latest VR escape-the-room puzzle game I Expect You To Die and the game’s free expansion, First Class.

This is just the first of many events that we'll be announcing for ToonFest. Some will be returning favorites, like this one, and some will be brand new experiences that we can't wait to share with you. For the fifth anniversary, we're putting the emphasis on FUN!

Toontown Online would have closed its gates forever if it wasn't for folks like YOU who have continued to be "Toon Enough" for so many years. Come celebrate at ToonFest and help us keep Toontown's community alive for many more years to come!

To learn more about ToonFest and purchase tickets, check out the ToonFest Information Page. If you already know that you're attending the event, feel free to RSVP on our Facebook Event Page. We'll see you there!


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Pancake said on June 7, 2019 at 12:22 PM
I wish I could go to toonfest.

Ginger Sparklesticks said on June 7, 2019 at 1:14 PM
This is so cool! Also can't believe Toontown is now 16... time flies when you're having fun!

Princess said on June 7, 2019 at 2:37 PM
Wish I could go! It sounds so fun!

Maiden said on June 7, 2019 at 3:51 PM
NOOOOO!! We are driving up all day thursday and can only make it friday to sunday! Bummer! I'm so sad but also so excited to be going to my first toonfest ever!

Flipperspeed said on June 7, 2019 at 5:03 PM
Happy birthday Toontown! And have fun at Toonfest if your going this year!

King Droopy Electrohoffer said on June 7, 2019 at 5:44 PM
Sadly, it looks like I won't be able to go this year due to lack of money but I'm saving up so I'll most likely be able to go to the one next year! See you then! :)

Little Sadie said on June 7, 2019 at 5:49 PM
See you all there!!! <3

Mr Rowdy said on June 7, 2019 at 6:06 PM
It's cool to hear that toontown can drive now.

Atlas said on June 7, 2019 at 10:20 PM
I wish I could go to this years ToonFest... I cannot believe how quickly 16 years have past! Time sure flies when you're enjoying yourself!

Skinny Alex the footballer said on June 8, 2019 at 1:52 AM
Awesome! If I was able to make it I would, however I live in England and can’t but Happy Birthday toontown and it looks amazing!

Doctor Curly Crinklecorn said on June 8, 2019 at 3:37 AM
Unfortunately I cannot go due to personal reasons. But I cant wait to watch it on stream! Happy 16th anniversary Toontown!

Lucky Charm said on June 8, 2019 at 8:53 AM
This is so exciting and cool! :D

Nautical Subnugget said on June 8, 2019 at 4:34 PM
Yay! I honestly cannnnt waiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!

Sir Raviolli said on June 8, 2019 at 5:09 PM
Toonfest looks so fun! I want to meet the creators!

Bean said on June 8, 2019 at 5:36 PM
Happy 16th Birthday

Wiggles said on June 9, 2019 at 1:29 AM
I can't come to ToonFest, but it looks so fun! Hope everyone has a great time!

Eclipsa said on June 9, 2019 at 9:35 PM
I can go to this!!! ??

Meh Dog said on June 10, 2019 at 3:03 PM
woah, 16? happy birthday!

Firestar said on June 12, 2019 at 9:56 PM
I can't wait to go there once again!!

Princess Clara Pillowsprinkles said on June 14, 2019 at 8:25 AM
AAAHHH!! I remember playing Toontown when I was 3. 10 years really fly by!
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