Where Did Toontown Come From?
To this day, no one knows who invented the Toontown theme park! It all started back in the summer of 1980, when three friends from California opened up the first of its kind – The Disney theme park to be exact. The first of its kind was only for California residents, but now there are many other areas around the world that have this theme park. It was only TOTO that created Tonto and saved the young girl from getting gray like her other surroundings.
The park had many rides that were both family friendly and extremely exciting. It also had a wonderful array of foods to eat at its many restaurants. Many of the restaurants, such as the Golden Gumbo House, were located just outside the theme park itself. TOTO also built the infamous Dumbo the Flying Elephant. The story behind Dumbo is simple, but it was definitely unique.
TOTO was also responsible for opening up the first of the three main areas of the park: the Main Street. The areas featured were The Wizarding World, The Disney Store, and The Barn. There was also a small shopping area right next to the main shopping area called The Barn Bazaar. Most of the stores featured items that were made by Disney, as well as TOTO’s own products.
The biggest draw of the TOTO theme park, however, is the Toon Town. This was the very first and largest Toon Town area. It was made entirely of the Toons from the Toontown community and it was completely populated by Toons. The attractions in Toon Town included the Tooniverse, the Big Wheel, the Laff-A-Lympics, The Great Toon Race, The Toon Museum, the Big Top, The Trolley Stop, and even Toontown’s Trading Post. The Trading Post served as an auction house and an auction block.
In addition to its attractions, Toontown was also designed with several different areas for its many residents. The first was a playground and was called The Slinkytown. The second was the Trolley Town Square that featured many street-side vendors selling food and drinks, the Big Top was the place where Toons would watch the races from, and a huge statue of Toontown King Tuto was located to watch over the area.
Toontown is still open to this day. There are so many people that attend the park on any given day that they will soon surpass the Disneyland park. as well as the Disney theme park itself. Because of its popularity, the Toons’ favorite cartoon character, Toontown was even featured on several television shows, such as “The Simpsons” and “The Price Is Right”. TOTO also did a lot of work with the local community, giving many of them discounts and free entertainment.