Stop the Closing of Disney MMORPGs

  • by: Disney Fan
  • recipient: Disney Interactive Studios (e.g. chairman and chief executive Bob Iger, Disney Interactive Co-Presidents James Pitaro and John Pleasants)

On Tuesday, August 20th, 2013, Disney Interactive posted on several of its MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) that they would be closing on September 19th, 2013. These roleplays include Toontown Online, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, and Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow Online. According to their Closing FAQ Pages,

"The Walt Disney Company is committed to offering high-quality, entertaining play experiences in both online virtual worlds and mobile apps. At this time, we are shifting our development focus towards other online and mobile play experiences, such as Club Penguin and a growing selection of Disney Mobile apps. We deeply appreciate your enthusiasm and loyal support and sincerely hope you will continue to enjoy the large variety of online and mobile play experiences Disney offers - with more to come soon!"

However, each of these Disney MMORPGs have a legacy behind them. For instance, Toontown has just celebrated its 10th year anniversary, and has been spatting cogs all the while from its start in 2003. Toontown has also received multiple awards, including "2003 MMORPG Game of the Year". Pirates of the Caribbean Online was started to promote the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series, and was eventually released in 2007 to the pirates of the US, Canada, parts of Mexico, and the UK. Its "Revive POTCO" petition has received over three thousand signatures. Finally, Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow was created in autumn of 2008 to promote the Disney Fairies franchise, especially it's movie series. Since then, the game has evolved and changed--and so has each of the other MMORPGs. Each one is unique in its playing style, and has hundrends if not thousands of players. Now, suddenly, three of Disney's four MMORPGs are being shut down due to a "shifting development focus". This leaves tons of players out in the cold, suddenly unsure of what to accomplish in their Toons'/Pirates'/Fairies' last month.

Please sign this petition to help show Disney that we do care about these MMORPGs, and that they mean something to us all. Thank you.

EDIT: Thank you all for the 300 signs, everyone! Every signature counts! However, I have just recently been informed that according to some, Disney Interactive will consider keeping the sites open if we happen to reach 5,000 signatures. I do realize that that is a lot to accomplish in less than a month, but it is worth a try. I am not meaning to sound ungrateful for each and every signature posted so far, but if Disney is willing to consider keeping the sites if we reach 5,000, then I will set the bar that high.
Thank you all again for your participation. - Disney Fan

EDIT: I am completely speechless at how many signatures we've currently collected. Over 4,000? We'll reach 5,000 in no time!
Of course, the more signatures we receive on the more petitions there are, the better chance of Disney keeping these wonderful online worlds open.

Here are some Toontown petitions that would love your support:

Here are some Pixie Hollow petitions that would love your support:

Here are some petitions advocating for all three sites to not be closed, and would love your support:

Again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart for signing this. If it wasn't for you all, this would just be a fruitless attempt at saving the online worlds I--and as I know now, a lot of people--hold dear.
- Disney Fan 

Update #19 years ago
Hello pirates, toons, fairies, and sparrowmen!

First, I would just like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. If it wasn't for all of you and your dedication, this petition would not have gotten us anywhere.

Second, I know how much these games mean to all of you. So, to increase the chances of keeping these games alive, please sign the other petitions available online if you haven't done so already.

Here are some petitions for Toontown:

Here are some Pixie Hollow petitions that would love your support:

Here is a petition that is hoping to save all three sites:

Again, thank you all for your constant support. Hopefully, Disney will listen to us, and decide to keep these wonderful worlds open.

Sincerely, Disney Fan
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