Even now, it seems a little surreal since we’ve been here many times before: when classic Club Penguin closed in March 2017, Club Penguin Rewritten in February 2018, then Club Penguin Island in December 2018, and when Disney issued takedown notices in May 2020. It’s difficult to accept that this truly is the end of an incredible journey – and even though there may be other smaller servers still out there, I’m afraid to confirm that it marks the end of my journey.
This will be the final post on Club Penguin Mountains, and I’m not exactly sure how to write it. I’ve never really quite put it like this before. Over the last couple of years, there have been less than a handful of active Club Penguin blogs, and even fewer which are still running today. So it’s strange to imagine that when I first signed up to the game back in 2010, there were – literally – thousands and thousands of them. I still have fond memories from back then, from purchasing my first membership at the local ToysRUs to reading the Shadow Guy comic book on the plane when I moved to South Africa for four years. Given that so many people have been sharing their Club Penguin story over the last few days, I wanted to take a final opportunity to reflect very briefly on the journey of this blog one last time.
My involvement in the community really began with the Penguin Lodge chat, which I’m sure some people will have memories of. Penguin Lodge was a “cheating site”, as it was called back then, but it had a thriving community. The IRC chat was effectively the precursor to services like Discord, and it was the first time that I was really able to connect with people about Club Penguin outside the game. It was where I spent much of my time, and I still remember the night in December where I was hired as a moderator for that chat – that was a big deal back then! But it was really through that chat where I saw people creating their own Club Penguin blogs, and I was inspired to do so myself.
With so many blogs already existing, it would perhaps seem odd that I chose to make my own – creatively named “Club Penguin Torres 126” – in September 2013. I had no experience other than trying to work on a similar blog with a friend for a month or so earlier, but I loved it. There was something extraordinary about the idea of being able to upload content online, even if only a handful of people read it. Strangely, I think that feeling remains as strong today as it did back then. I remember returning home from school, excited to see my site’s Dashboard. The one thing which still amazes me about those times is just how young we all were. Much to my embarrassment, all those posts are available to read on this blog today – and they’re not exactly sophisticated! I hope the fact that I was nine years old will make that explainable, but most of us in the community were young – too young, perhaps. It almost certainly wouldn’t be possible today, not with the clampdown on underage accounts coming with the British government’s online safety reforms. But looking back, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
I suppose that the next development came in November 2013, where I joined the Club Penguin community on Twitter. I think that my first tweet was embarrassingly asking to be added by Tommy 234 56, a “famous” blogger at the time. But signing up brought with it a wider community, all connected by Club Penguin. I don’t think that I can explain the magic of waking up at 6am during a school holiday, scrolling through overnight tweets as the community woke up (back then, it was common to tweet “good morning” without fail!) while working on this little blog. Every blogger back then had so much pride in what they published, from the little widgets on the side of the blog to the many different pages which people wrote – and I was certainly no exception. Those pages and posts may have been poor quality, but I remember having so much fun writing them. In many ways, 2013 was a golden year filled with beautiful parties and exciting updates.
In early 2014, “Club Penguin Torres 126” became “Club Penguin Mountains”, although a two-year hiatus meant that nobody initially knew that. Incidentally, I still vaguely remember the night where I came up with that name – again, only ten years old, but it’s amazing how recognisable it would subsequently become. After that hiatus, from 2016, I began posting again; it was during that year where people kept holding hope for “#ProjectSuperSecret”, which would later become Club Penguin Island, but many felt the game had already started to lose its charm. It was probably a combination of the increasingly irregular updates, a perceived disconnect with the team, and skepticism for the unknown project. In retrospect, I think that we – as a community – were probably a bit too harsh. The team were played a difficult hand, and one not made easier by the closing of global Club Penguin offices a year earlier, although I still question the wisdom of many decisions taken back then.
And so, as we approached 2017, Club Penguin Island came along. The disappointing response to it has already been well-documented, though I still find it unfortunate how it ended at a point where there was genuine potential for the game. Needless to say, my blog posts about it didn’t last particularly long, and the venture to Club Penguin Rewritten soon began. Over the last nine years, I’ve blogged at some point about six different games, albeit for varying lengths: Club Penguin, Club Penguin Island, Club Penguin Rewritten, SuperCPPS, Vintage Penguin, and Pengur. Each brought its own joys and challenges, but it’s been wonderful to see the community continue for so long, even after the official franchise closed.
Although this will be the final post, the 3768 previous ones have contained altogether just under 600K words. I’m not sure it’s possible to explain how a Club Penguin blog can contain so many; my teachers have sometimes asked what I actually write about. I’ve never been be particularly it explain well, and I’m not sure that I could now! Writing up party guides, putting together catalog secrets, tracking mascots…they might all seem slightly odd individually, but altogether, it’s been an incredible experience.
Being in this community has shown me much of human nature’s best, and a fair amount of its worst too. Like much of society, there’s a sad story to be told about antagonism and greed – one only displayed too clearly by Disney’s latest actions, and some of the responses to it. There will inevitably always be some bitterness about the way events have unfolded, and it’s undoubtedly painful to see Disney so viciously defend the intellectual property of a brand which they were only too happy to relinquish. I want to put on record my horror at seeing private servers being effectively treated as criminal enterprises. Beyond Disney, it’s made clear the capacity of human nature for cruelty, from those that seek to sow division to the hackers and crooks that have sadly disguised themselves in our community for too long. There have been some strange characters over the years! I have no doubt that it has also exposed some of my own frailties too.
But running this blog has also given me the huge privilege of seeing how a virtual world can mean so much to so many, and how people really can brighten others’ lives. I’ve always been pretty open about my attachment to Club Penguin, including in real life, and there can sometimes be a tendency to disregard it as “childish” or “just another game”. Many of us will know both of those things to be false, and it’s been moving to see all the comments over the last few days proving that by providing stories of how Club Penguin really has shaped so many lives. It’s tempting to go through the most memorable parties – from the thrill of EPF operations to the cheer of the Holiday Party – but for me, it’s much more than that: the last few years have been strange, especially during the pandemic and successive lockdowns. Club Penguin was a source of connection, even for people who had never met before, and I hope that’s helped bring even a little bit of comfort for you when you’ve most needed it.
Like all islands, I’ve learnt that being a virtual one hasn’t exempt Club Penguin from its own politics and history. I’m sure that people will have their own judgements about the debates of past, from the seemingly never-ending disputes about “takeovers” that dominated Spike Hike’s tenure as General Manager to the decisions behind Project Super Secret. It’s funny how irrelevant and distant those seem now. I still hope that the history of Club Penguin will one day be pieced together in its entirety; though much of it has been scattered online, it’s an incredible story that deserves to be told. Some of it has been (see the New Horizons documentary below!), but not so much with the later years. I’ll always try to keep Club Penguin Mountains available to read in order to serve as an archive for that reason, or even for if you just wish to have a wistful browse of old posts one day in the future. There’s very few online communities that can truly display the proud history which this one can, with such a remarkable story, and I hope that history will always be available to find online.
No farewell post would be complete without five important messages of thanks, so I hope you’ll bear with me. Firstly, to the many wonderful friends who I’ve met over the last nine years – I’m not sure where I’d be without you. Many of those friends have come and gone, and I’m still extremely curious about where the people who I knew all those years ago are now; there are names of friends like “Pinkypink363” or “euston” which I still recall, without a clue of what’s happened to them. As an only child, I’ve spent incalculable amounts of my time with online friends – and I’m extremely fortunate to still have some truly amazing friends, and to have some lovely shared memories to smile back on.
Secondly, to the incredible people and teams who have made the Club Penguin experience possible. That includes everyone who worked on the original game, from those in Support who put up with my incredibly annoying emails when I was younger (!) to the countless people needed to make the content which we all enjoyed. I still have a card on my wall filled with the signatures of the team in Kelowna, and it never fails to remind me how much the team went above and beyond anything they were ever paid for. There are very few other Support teams out there who would try to actively create a conversation with those emailing them. If you have a couple of minutes and haven’t seen it already, this Ted Talk by Lane Merrifield (Billybob) will not fail in conveying just how incredible those folks were.
That thanks extends to those who worked to ensure we could continue our experience, even after the Club Penguin franchise officially ended – we may have had our disputes, but your dedication and commitment has always been commendable.
Thirdly, while I’ve been the sole blogger on Club Penguin Mountains for well over half a decade, there were several who worked alongside me when I was just starting out. The two who really come to mind are Nathan76877 and C0mputerguy, but I’m grateful to all of you for your assistance – wherever you are now. That thanks definitely extends to the people who have helped update the Mascot Trackers over the last year, whose help have all been invaluable – both to me and the community.
Fourthly, perhaps the people who are most overlooked by bloggers, to the incredible WordPress team behind the software which powers this blog and literally thousands of Club Penguin blogs in the past. I’ve had the privilege of coding alongside some of them over the last few years, and they truly are the unsung heroes of the Club Penguin blogging community. There’s something incredible about the fact that I could launch a blog at the age of nine with barely no digital experience, and the people who made that possible aren’t given nearly enough credit.
Lastly, to you. The stats tell me that 1.79 million people have viewed this blog in over 175 regions, with over 16.4 million views. It’s impossible to compute those statistics, but I want to thank you. The fact that you’ve chosen to spend your time reading this blog is such an incredible privilege that I have been deeply touched by. It sometimes feels a little surreal that people would choose to read the random and silly things which I write online! I hope that you’ve enjoyed doing so, whether you’ve found this blog helpful for something related to in-game content or just checked it routinely to see what’s going on. I will miss blogging greatly. From reading all your comments, tweets and emails to figuring out the updates so I can share them with you, it’s been a bit of a routine that losing will take some time getting used to! I’ll the miss small things too, like writing a post at the turn of the New Year or packaging merchandise for giveaways. But I’m always acutely conscious that none of this would have ever been possible without the incredible support of the community, and for that, I am more grateful than you may ever know – or may even believe.
If you are hoping to continue your Club Penguin journey on different servers, I hope that you’ll consider the safety tips which have been on the sidebar for a while. I wrote them almost half a decade ago, but they are as relevant now as they were then:
- Always use a different password for each of the accounts you own
- Consider having an email that does not give away personal information and use that to sign up on different servers
- Ensure you are on the correct URL/website of the game which you want to play
- Avoid servers which are run by a bad team
For me, although this marks the end of my journey with Club Penguin blogging, I’ve been really fortunate to have learnt so much from this experience. I’m not naive enough to think that any of my future projects or works will ever gain nearly as much attention as this blog, but it has taught me much from writing to coding; the other website which I created, the Latin Vocabulary Tester, simply would never have been possible without the skills that I picked up on this journey. The next month will see me attempt some challenging public exams, but if all goes well, I’ll hopefully be going to university to study Politics and International Relations later in the year. I’m still not sure at all what I hope to do in life, but I’d like to think that the things which I’ve learnt on this journey will make them easier. I’m sad that Club Penguin won’t still be the constant throughout any future experience, given that it’s been there throughout when I’ve switched schools and even countries, but it’s provided me the opportunity to learn and try so many wonderful things.
The one other thing which I’d like to say is that, although this marks the end of new posts on this blog, I will always try to be around. Please always feel free to reach out, whether that be through the comments section below (I’ll keep notifications on for this blog!) or through sending a message via email or Twitter. I hope that I’ve been accessible throughout, and I’d like to continue to be. And just in case there ever will be a new post published here – perhaps a personal update every now and then – feel free to subscribe via email as well.Join 11,562 other subscribers.
I don’t think it’ll ever be possible to truly convey the magic of Club Penguin: the sheer joy of logging on for a new update when you were younger and being greeted by a beautiful soundtrack; the memories of meet-ups with mascots and moderators, scrambling to receive a postcard in the frenzy; the anticipation and excitement for an event as sneak peeks were released. Club Penguin is special. The countless articles about the game’s closure shows that the world knows it. In the bottom of our hearts, we know it too. We are the greatest community online.
So it has been a privilege and an honour to have played a small part in that magical story. There probably is no perfect way to finish this, but I’m going to end with the quote that appeared when the Iceberg tipped for the first time at the Waddle On Party back in 2017. I think that it encapsulates everything that was so special about Club Penguin: the tangible difference made by Coins for Change which funded 50+ schools and 40+ libraries, the iconic backstory behind tipping the Iceberg, and the community that formed when so many doubted the project all those years ago.
Together we can build a community, change the world…and even tip an Iceberg. Waddle on.
I’ve been truly very blessed to have had the most phenomenal audience, and I wish every single one of you the best, long into the future. I hope that you’ll fulfil your dreams and ambitions, no matter how big or how small, and maybe – just maybe – this little snowy world may play a small part in helping you do so. Above all, I hope the future ahead will be filled with joy for you. There will undoubtedly be difficult times, but I hope you’ll be able to overcome them. Take care. I’m eternally grateful for your support. It’s been a blast.
Thank you, and for the last time after nearly nine years of blogging…
-Torres 126 (Aurorum)
On December 20th, Club Penguin Island sadly closed, marking an end to the official franchise. Since then, effort has been invested into cruelly wiping every trace of its legacy online, from the YouTube channel being deleted to social media accounts disappearing.
Despite this, the people who actually made Club Penguin the magical island it was have all shared some inspiring messages of all the things which both the community and Club Penguin have achieved. I wanted to share them with you, in case you missed them. They’re a compilation of messages due to the closure, both from the last few days and from when it was first announced.
Thank you for the memories, friends. These last few years of meet-ups, parties, and adventures have been amazing and I’m so fortunate to have shared them with you. Wherever you go from here, whatever islands you discover next, waddle on. 🐧❤️
-Joe Dermo (SGT Sparkles)
Sending all my love to you, penguin family! Thanks for sharing these special moments with me on Club Penguin Island – I won’t ever forget them. ❤️ Be strong. You are unstoppable. 🐧 #WaddleOn
-Sam Hewitt (Penny Pebbles)
Over 1,000 people worked on the Club Penguin product in its 13-year lifespan. Today the CP chapter closes — but the island will live in the community’s memory forever. Sincere thanks to Lance and Lane for giving over 1,000 of us the best jobs in the world! ❤️ 🐧
To the Club Penguin community — it’s because of you that over 1,000 people got to work on such a special product. Now it’s your turn. Let’s see what you can create! Apps, music, designs, stories, artwork — use your creativity and make something new!
-Chris Gliddon (Polo Field)
For those of you affected by the layoffs at Club Penguin: I remember when I first left, one of the weirdest parts was not having anywhere to go everyday. That feeling is why we built the Kelowna Innovation Centre as a place for you to come and figure it out. Let it be your place to come every morning while you figure out what’s next. We’ll keep the coffee warm.
-Lane Merrifield (Billybob)
What an amazing adventure. This little world has inspired a generation of children to explore, play and create. Club Penguin was never a game. It was a world, a community that happened to be penguins. I look forward to watching the penguins create new worlds.
-Lance Priebe (rsnail)
Thank you immensely for letting me waddle with you all. It has been an absolute honor to be a part of this penguin family & I can’t wait to see you all stay creative. It’s not really the end – just a new beginning. Thank you. Merci. Obrigado. Gracias. 🖤🐧💙 #WaddleOn
-Amy Thiessen (Amykim)
Club Penguin was my first job in the tech/game industry and I learned a lot about myself, communties and how passionate they are the 8 years I was there. Also a lot of computer stuff! My heart goes out to my friends and others who were laid off. ❤️ #OnceAPenguinAlwaysAPenguin
-Ebi Ember (Mmm Cookies)
For every 1 CPI staff you know, there are at least 5 people you don’t hear about and they deserve all of your love as well! CPI took a team! Goodnight, Club Penguin Island. Thanks to all who made and played our game. Been awesome to be a part of something so amazing. To all that are sad, which includes myself, remember that the Club Penguin spirit lives on in our hearts, memories and actions. Waddle on!
-Russell Horton (SheepVsGravity)
Kids inspired to become developers, or community managers, or in many cases, just to connect. Many neurodiverse kids breaking my heart by talking about finding a voice through our game. It was an honour.
-Alex Newcombe (NoFunAlex)
One final waddle on! Most talented and big hearted team I’ve ever known. If you see “Club Penguin” on an (application) profile, know that it’s a badge of honor…
-Chris Heatherly (Spike Hike)
Club Penguin was the best job I ever had. There was a period of a few golden years where even the stress was constructive and exciting, and I knew that I was part of something amazing. It’s sad to hear it’s shutting down for good. Love you, CP. #OnceAPenguinAlwaysAPenguin
-Chris Hendricks (Screenhog)
To all the penguins out there, the time has come to board the Migrator once more. Now we set sail not for a website or an app, but for the future. We’re all just trying to waddle along this big life thing. Be kind to yourselves, too. Waddle on my friends, and know that if you need help a penguin is never far away. #OnceAPenguinAlwaysAPenguin
-Nate Bolton (Boltzor)
I was really sad to hear about Club Penguin (shutdown) and my heart hurts for the team for getting let go, and for the players for having to say goodbye again so soon…I’m glad the team has such an amazing community to support them during this time. Thank you for being so amazing, waddle on!
-Bobbi Jean (Megg)
Forever grateful I got to be a penguin. Club Penguin taught me so much about community, teamwork & heart. #OnceAPenguinAlwaysAPenguin ❤️
–Deanna Kent (Deamama)
I’ve said this before, but Club Penguin has been such a wonderful journey. Without our amazing community, the lovely team and everyone else involved with the game, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Waddle on (forever this time) everyone!
Hey Penguin Pals! I know you’re all ad, so I wanted to give you a reason to be proud. Here are the stats from CP’s former global citizenship leader: there are over 40+ Club Penguin primary school libraries in Africa & Asia; 50+ schools in South America, Asia, and Africa. 50+ playgrounds in the United States, Canada, UK, Argentina, Brazil, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq still standing. Plus together we made a difference for 12 species of endangered animals and protected thousands of acres of forest along with so much more! This is all thanks to YOU and your dedication to Coins For Change and to the Club Penguin team who wanted to make a difference in the world.
Thinking of all our remaining penguins in Kelowna and beyond….big, huge hugs to you all! I’m proud we had an opportunity to make a difference in millions of kids lives. Club Penguin and our team were truly special. So many great memories and so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with everyone for a decade!
And then there were none…the final Production folks have hugged & cried & said good-bye. My laptop, keys & badge have been handed in…
Thank you for the most incredible 7 years. It has been an honour working with so many talented people. 💙🐧💙 #OnceAPenguinAlwaysAPenguin
There’s one more thing which I’ve wanted to share: for the past few weeks, Jenni (IslandQueen) has been sharing some photos of the Club Penguin HQ and the talented team there. It’s really a beautiful building, and you may even find a face or two familiar!
It just shows that behind every little addition to the island was a team who really deeply cared so much about both the game and the community.
I’ve already written something with a little message to the Club Penguin team here, but to all those who contributed either to Club Penguin, Club Penguin Island or even just the mobile apps or other content: thank you for everything, the memories, experiences, fun, skills and so much more.
Waddle on, Club Penguin 🐧💙
It’s funny – before even beginning to write this, I listened to “Best Day Ever” by Cadence and the Penguin Band. I still remember from about four years ago silently singing that song to myself at school.
That’s just one of the random memories which I have. It goes further, of course, the joy of waking up for parties in 2013, meeting Darth Herbert on the Death Star and Sensei at the Cove, facing Tusk alone as a Snow Ninja. Clearing all the levels in Puffle Wild, receiving that postcard at a mod meet-up, the joy when your gold puffle which you’ve waited to adopt for years uncovered a rare golden item for the first time.
You could probably dedicate a post alone to the countless memories, which should probably be expected for a world which has reached so far for so long. Although today marks the closure of Club Penguin Island, it’s a solemn reminder of our memories from classic Club Penguin too, especially since the franchise in itself is ending in a way.
At one point, Club Penguin Island was just a distant theory disguised as Project Super Secret. For over two years, everyone wondered what was being planned, and marvelled at each sneak peek released. Since then, the island had come a long way, but Club Penguin Island has now closed.
Screenshots from the final hour on the servers Marshmallow & Permafrost
It’d be really easy to reminiscence about each of my favourite parties, or share some old screenshots, though each of us already have our own special memories which the franchise has given us.
But behind every memory, every piece of artwork, feature, response to fan mail or even just an email and the countless other things which made a world was a team of talented people. It started as just a few founders, but it turned into something so much more.
To all the faces behind this snowy virtual world: thank you, thank you for the music, memories, experiences, games, toys. The opportunity and inspiration to learn new skills (whether it be blogging or coding for me, or perhaps art or just being a better person). The days of excitement where I’d rush home just to check out the new update. Thank you for making the world a better place than it was before, through the massive impact that Coins for Change had, or just the individual lives of each and every player.
Perhaps your name wasn’t featured in the blog or mentioned in The Spoiler Alert, but there’s a whole community of penguins, including myself, grateful to the contribution you’ve made. Even though a franchise closing is by no means easy, we all wish you the best of luck in whatever you do next.
My speech is this: follow your dreams, keep being amazing, and once a penguin, always a penguin.
-Sam, Club Penguin Island community manager (20th December)
All of us here have been connected by a franchise which we all loved. Club Penguin Island may not have been for everyone, and that’s okay, but there’s few franchises so rich in history, run by a caring team and an incredible community. And ultimately, who knows? Maybe this isn’t the end.
A phrase coined over thirteen years ago by Billybob, but used countless times back then, and also now…
Waddle on, 💙
Today marks almost one week since Club Penguin Rewritten’s closure and after blogging about the game for several months and playing the game since the beta, it is with deep sadness that this will most likely be my final Club Penguin Rewritten post.
One of the things I really wanted to do is just share some of my personal favourite parties and events in just a random order. Some of the memories on the island are so cool, so I just wanted to share them one final time on this blog.
This party was probably my favourite due to a combination of extremely well-decorated rooms, an amazing selection of costumes, really fun mascot meet-ups and challenging activities.
It was so cool to be able to complete a difficult Scavenger Hunt and even help a few other penguins finish it! From the Dark Chamber to the Haunted House, I also loved the huge variety of party rooms and the spooky feeling which the party had, it really was incredible!
The Christmas Party had such beautiful decorations, a wonderful catalog and lots of incredible soundtracks, whilst still also continuing the magic of Coins for Change! This party was definitely one of my favourites.
I love how the team were able to recreate the familiar holiday-feel, and I absolutely loved the decorations and outfits.
The 2018 countdown at the Snow Forts was also such a cool touch for the conclusion of the party, especially since it seemed really unique to the island! All of this made the 2017 Christmas Party one of my personal favourite events.
Operation Blackout was one of the most memorable events, this party was executed almost to perfection! There were lots of cool activities, amazing decorations which changed regularly and my personal favourite thing, mascot meet-ups!
There were several mascot visits for this party, but they all had really fun personalities! Herbert even told me to “get off the island” at one point, it was incredibly fun!
Perhaps one of the more underrated parties, I really loved the Wilderness Expedition. It only lasted a few days long, but the maze and puzzle was really enjoyable and fun! In the end, being able to adopt a brown puffle was cool too!
This was the party which I first fully got engaged in and it was great! There were a variety of cool items and amazing rooms, as well as the chance to get the DJ Maxx stamp for the first ever time! It was overall a really cool party.
This party was just really cool, from the exclusive catalog containing the Red Lei, to the party’s rooms and celebrations! I really loved how the Casta Fiesta was almost always busy. This party was just overall really fun!
July was a really amazing month for me on the island. Not only was it the month where I was selected as a Penguin of the Week, but there was a really cool party too!
The Water Party had really cool decorations, including the whale, and there were so many fun events during the time such as Mod Monday! It was a lot of fun.
The Great Snow Maze:
Though a bit more recent, the Great Snow Maze still remains an extremely cool event! I loved being able to explore the maze and the Yeti Costume at the end was really awesome.
Penguin Play Awards:
This event occurred only a few weeks ago, so you may remember it! The month was quite tense for the game, but it still had a really cool party, especially with some of the decorations at the Pizza Parlour. I also really loved the costumes which were brought back.
Club Penguin 12th Anniversary Party:
For the first time ever on Club Penguin Rewritten, we were able to tip the Iceberg in celebration of Club Penguin turning twelve years old! The Coffee Shop also had a really amazing design, which was completely custom.
Although this event was slightly smaller compared to others, I really loved the storm in October, and actually even wish it was permanent. The lighting on the buildings, the rain, the puddles, it was just a perfect addition to the island.
Waddle on Party:
Without a doubt one it was one of the most emotional parties, however it did not disappoint with amazing decorations and even a chance to tip the Iceberg!
But above all, this party had some really special mascot and community events, whether they were unplanned or planned, and I will really miss those.
These were some of my personal favourite parties, but there were so many more, some of which I didn’t even properly experience. The Medieval Party, St. Patrick’s Day Party, Festival of Flight, the Fair, the list goes on. I’m sure you may have had your own preferences too, but either way, I will really miss all these fun events.
Nothing will replace the magic of Club Penguin Rewritten. No other private server or game has such an incredible variety and flow of content, with an amazing community, backed by a trustworthy and professional team who genuinely care. To the Club Penguin Rewritten team, thank you so much.
It’s really been such a fun game to blog about too and really an honour to have helped quite a few people. I’ve loved every single moment and whilst this isn’t the end of this blog yet, I will really miss Club Penguin Rewritten.
I know that you might not be here for the next part of the journey, but I sincerely hope that you find something you enjoy, and I wish you the best of luck at whatever you do next. Thank you, and waddle on.
This post is no longer being updated but will serve as an archive for arguably the biggest day in Club Penguin history.
Join me as I spend my final day on Club Penguin. We’ll cover thoughts from you, breaking news and what I’m doing to act as an archive for this special day in the future. Times are covered in PST which can be found at the Snow Forts.
Red is news, green is thoughts, black is my day. Send in your thoughts on Twitter using #WaddleOn and they will be featured every 20 or so minutes.
11:00: The aftermath. It’s weird knowing that we will never be able to play Club Penguin again and it’s been quite an upsetting day. This morning I had to rush to school but now we can really look back at the final thoughts of this, minutes after the news was announced
Is the community allowed to be hyped for the glory that is Club Penguin Island now? pic.twitter.com/7lPj2LUc2T
— Surge ⚡️α (@SurgeCP) March 30, 2017
— Madzom8ie (@Madzom8ie) March 30, 2017
— FriendlyGhosst (@FriendlyGhosst) March 30, 2017
It's official, Club Penguin is no longer. Thank you for all the amazing memories 🙂
— Adam Hamilton (@Pup1one) March 30, 2017
How i felt watching the last moments of club penguin pic.twitter.com/0oy86mEON5
— Wings5 (@Wings5CP) March 30, 2017
The second to last thing I said on Club Penguin was "Waddle on". The LAST thing I said was "Somebody say something" bc everyone went quiet 😅
— Andrew 🕹 Nachoz Rule 🐧 (@nachozrule) March 30, 2017
And that's the signal! Club Penguin has closed it doors, but there's always a new start on Club Penguin Island! See you there, guys!
— Rookie (@Real_TheRookie) March 30, 2017
— Alana ♡ (@aIanacp) March 30, 2017
Farewell Club Penguin. I will never forget you! <3 #ClubPenguin
— Firepup16 | Brad (@Firepup16Cp) March 30, 2017
— Bosschubby (@chubbop) March 30, 2017
Honoured to have played a small part in a big game.
Thanks to all who played. Thanks to the founders.
— SheepVsGravity (@SheepVsGravity) March 30, 2017
— Jempenguin (@Jempenguin) March 30, 2017
The classic, Flash Club Penguin, where it all started, has pulled the plug. When will it be plugged back in? Dunno. For now, see you on CPI.
— Tech70 (@Tech70CP) March 30, 2017
— Firepup16 | Brad (@Firepup16Cp) March 30, 2017
— Poonchee (@ItsPoonchee) March 30, 2017
30th of March 2017
Club Penguin went offline.
— Altamont – Writer & Blogger #StayHome🏠 (@a1tam0nt_) March 30, 2017
— Poonchee (@ItsPoonchee) March 30, 2017
All traces of Club Penguin have now been officially destroyed except for social media. All media files, gone. The website, redirects to the Club Penguin Island website. But I can safely say:
I have successfully recorded the final day of Club Penguin. Waddle on.
00:03: CLUB PENGUIN HAS CLOSED DOWN. Some got the connection lost message, I just saw that nobody was speaking. I have it both recorded on the app and desktop but right now I’m running late for school. I’ll post everything this afternoon. Waddle on. 🙁
23:50: TEN MINUTES LEFT
23:45: FIFTEEN MINUTES LEFT. We’re remembering the past and celebrating the future as a community at the Snow Forts.
23:33: This isn’t the work of bots. We’re a community.
23:30: ONLY HALF AN HOUR LEFT
23:29: Hard to smile so close to the end but we managed…
23:28: After using the old spam technique, I’m in the Snow Forts. It’s packed with penguins.
23:25: Waiting at the Dock…the end is near.
23:24: I tried…and also the Snow Forts is currently full.
23:15: With famous YouTuber Poonchee! This guy made such awesome videos!
23:10: THOUGHT THIS WAS BILLYBOB. It wasn’t. Still haven’t heard from him about the closure.
23:09: Snow Forts is pretty packed. Even old players are here to see the end.
23:07: On Marshmallow now. Moose just logged off but there is a party soon!
23:00: WE SURVIVED! Oh, who am I kidding, one hour left. 🙁
14:45: Signing off for the night. This will be the last evening where Club Penguin is around, reality is really starting to kick in. I will be back in the morning at 23:50PM PST to witness and record the sunset with you, but still, it’s pretty upsetting.
On a more positive note, thank you for over 2400 views today. This is a record for me with over 1035 people viewing this blog. I had fun hanging out and playing CP for the penultimate time today. Thank you and enjoy the last few hours.
14:43: I have just finished archiving the automatic updated image page. The end is near.
14:40: Final community thoughts
— Matt (@mattkhouser) March 29, 2017
— Altamont – Writer & Blogger #StayHome🏠 (@a1tam0nt_) March 29, 2017
probably the saddest thing I've ever done
— I am Rachel (@thelocalscooter) March 29, 2017
— Canadian bro 💯 (@puplo3) March 29, 2017
— MrEdek (@_MrEdek_) March 29, 2017
14:39: Honestly, this is the reason why Club Penguin is closing. Pretty awful way to end my final full day on Club Penguin but unfortunately I will not be logging back on.
14:36: These are my last teammates, ever.
14:32: And we enter the Dojo for what is likely the last time. So many memories are here, I still vividly remember the old design. Now I shall enter the Snow Dojo. This was huge when it came out in 2013, amazing times.
14:30: Here’s the plan: Card Jitsu Snow, some community thoughts, archive the graphics, sleep. I’ve played for like 6 hours today but I will be here for the end tomorrow morning.
Also, I really miss the garden that used to be here.
14:29: And just like that, the game I loved for years is a game I will not play ever again. That’s kind of upsetting to be honest. This was my last ever run.
14:20: Is it bad I never really played Puffle Rescue? Not that good at it either, but I loved Cart Surfer. I know that many loved this game and it will be missed but for now, farewell Puffle Rescue. It’s time for one last game of Cart Surfer.
14:16: After 3 rounds, I made 99 coins. Goodbye Puffle Park, I remember how it was such a big deal when the dog and cat puffles came out. Puffle Rescue.
14:12: Goodbye Puffle Park. Last game of Puffle Roundup.
14:06: I was never that good at Dance Contest and I failed at hard mode, yet alone extreme. Either way, it will be missed. This is my last time playing it.
14:00: TEN HOURS LEFT OF CLUB PENGUIN
13:59: Single player Dance Contest time!
13:56: I will never successfully complete another Spy Drill again…
13:45: Back to System Defender.
13:43: Hanging out at the Book Room.
13:39: The end is near.
13:36: Just a quick stop at the Coffee Shop. So many familiar faces. The end is near, too near.
13:32: Just played System Defender…defeated Protobot and I will play against the bots now. I love this game.
13:15: I will miss this game. It’s probably my second favourite. Still playing and will be for a while!
13:09: System Defender and Spy Missions time!
13:04: Back on Marshmallow! Trying to play all games!
12:37: Signing out for a bit to eat dinner. See you all soon!
12:36: Just finished my last ever game of Jet Pack Adventure. Oh will I miss this island. 🙁
12:26: Tipping the Iceberg with Screenhog on Marshmallow!
12:21: On Marshmallow awaiting Screenhog.
12:18: Logged off. Screenhog is on Marshmallow
12:16: Jet Pack Adventure for the last time…ever.
12:10: Disconnected. Logging onto Alpine to place every game now. (Flurry is full)
12:03: Won against Danar435 (gg!) in Dance Contest. Time for a single player round!
12:00: 12 HOURS REMAIN
11:54: Lost connection. Logging into Flurry again. Anyone up for a Dance Contest?
11:50: BREAKING NEWS – WE ARE HEARING THAT CLUB PENGUIN ISLAND IS OUT WORLDWIDE
11:49: Going to be playing Astro Barrier now then Dance Contest. Come join me soon for multiplayer Dance Contest!
11:48: Nicoray has pointed out a little glitch where everyone has the first level membership badge.
There's a glitch, doesn't matter at this point but everyone has the first level badge.
— Nico (@Nicosscp) March 29, 2017
11:45: Hitting a puck around for the last time at the Ice Rink/Stadium.
11:42: With people now having access to memberships, I’m seeing a lot of igloo advertisements! Just like the old days!
11:40: Back! I auto-disconnected (probably for the last time ever). Logging back into Flurry now and going to play Astro Barrier.
11:26: Signing off for a bit. I’ll hopefully be back in 10-20 minutes.
11:21: Time for that extra round of Astro Barrier on the server Flurry!
11:19: Courtney Foreman has kindly shared their thoughts with us.
I will miss CP. I played it when I was younger but then stopped. I wish I didn’t stop but I can’t change that. At least I got to play a lil bit before closing. Now I will be playing CPI. #WaddleOn
11:14: This hoodie was the first item I bought as a member back in 2010. It will also be the last. I have also purchased the Thunder Blade, my favourite sword.
11:11: At the Gift Shop on Flurry buying member clothes! People are pouring in, it seems like it’s almost full!
11:06: WE CAN CONFIRM THAT THERE IS NOW FREE MEMBERSHIP FOR ALL
11:04: BREAKING NEWS: Details cannot be confirmed but we believe that free membership is now out thanks to a message from Cookiezito.
11:03: Connection lost. This is scaring me but I hope the free membership update is out. Logging back in now to Flurry
11:00: 13 HOURS LEFT
10:59: Pizzatron for the last ever time in Candy Mode…never really played this much to be honest.
10:52: Roleplaying at the Pizza Parlour. This was so fun back in the day!
10:47: Penguins are patiently waiting for free membership. Currently hanging out with Danar435 and Yehaw (hi!). Come join us on White Out!
10:42: Time for some more community thoughts from Twitter!
Turn with the wind, swirl around, use your wings.Turn windward, whirl, unfold your wings.Turning, whirling wind deploy your wings. #waddleon
— Felix (@meistermaff) March 29, 2017
#WaddleOn Since 2009, I've made so many friends and captured so many memories, sad to see it go! Waddle on, forever.
— Logan (o_Blyzo) (@o_Blyzo) March 29, 2017
— Hameed Club Penguin (@HameedCPI) March 29, 2017
10:40: On White Out. People are sharing their favourite experiences of Club Penguin.
10:38: Lost connection, logging into a more popular server then going to do community thoughts.
10:37: Kinda sad that this is going to be the last ever time I’ll play Ice Fishing. It’s a really great game, had fun back in the day playing it.
10:28: I’m stuck at what to do without membership. Ice Fishing then logging on to a new server to see some protests.
10:27: There have been multiple reports of people losing connection but being able to log back in again. I have not yet experienced this but is this suggesting an update soon?
10:21: Oh, I made it this far and I was quite enjoying it but guess I’ll need to come back when we all get free membership. And I just realised that over 30 people are currently reading so hi and thank you!
10:14: Made it to Stage 5. So close, should probably try this again today. Astro Barrier at the Arcade now!
10:00: Only fourteen hours left..the end is near. Here are some more community thoughts.
We're all going to be a lot more sad than we are now once it officially closes. Speechless #WaddleOn
— Matt (@mattkhouser) March 29, 2017
#WaddleOn I'll be on Club Penguin tomorrow as well. The servers will be known tomorrow, see you there~
— ClubPRYT (@ClubPryt) March 29, 2017
09:57: Club Penguin have addressed the free membership issue saying that they’re working on it and an update will be out soon.
09:56: I HAD FOUR LIVES AND I LOST THEM ALL ON A SINGLE STAGE. I’m not taking this, another round but first we’ll do some community thoughts!
09:48: I’m doing tweets every 20 minutes but my friend Blue21102 has written a great post about his thoughts on the game closing! Check it out!
Ps. I decided to play Bean Counter on the server Avalanche
09:39: Played Hydro Hopper for potentially the very last ever time after ages. Reached level 7, is that bad? I’m stuck choosing which game to play now, I really want to wait for that free membership before I start.
09:26: My puffles have been released. All of these puffles in the image below are now in the wilds.
09:25: Let’s look at our first thoughts of the day. You can send these in by going on Twitter and using the hashtag #WaddleOn if you are over the age of 13. Otherwise, leave a comment!
— Iggy (@Iggy________) March 29, 2017
A Penguin's Salute (Drawing made by me)
— M.A.V.E.R.I.C.K. (@UltraZeroX27) March 29, 2017
09:22: Team have just said that membership should be out soon within the next few hours but are experiencing problems as everything is so busy.
09:13: Calling Club Penguin now to remove the other puffles…also will ask them about that free membership
09:12: Just returned my green and purple puffle to the wild. I’m keeping my white one and my dog one because I’ll adopt them on Club Penguin. I feel horrible. 🙁
09:07: Woah, it’s full. I think I’ll hop onto Avalanche first so I don’t experience too much lag. Come join me!
09:00: Signing in! Hi everyone, time to have some fun on the island for potentially the last time. There are 16 hours left until the end.
This is a special Club Penguin closing edition…a world that has lasted over 11 years, closing in just a matter of hours. The end is near, but I can’t thank the team enough for what they have done for us. Read more here.
As we approach the end (there are 16 hours left at the time of writing), I’m beginning to realise just how much the small things matter, puffles. These cuddly cute creatures have been around for ages and will eventually be back on CP Island.
Puffles are probably going to be the thing I miss the most. However, owners want them to have a good life. I, like many, will be releasing mine to the wild and intend to call Club Penguin as soon as this is published.
Let’s take a moment to realise how fortunate we’ve been to have a sidekick waddling next to us all the time. To think that those pets, who to many of us are more than just coloured pixels, won’t be waddling next to us for a while. And that’s sad. Waddle on, puffles, waddle on.
“POSTCARD ME” is usually what is said at every mod meet-up. But today our postcards will be gone forever. I have printed mine out along with my puffle adoption certificate for free thanks to an app called FreePrints, which you may wan to check out with your parents if you are in the United Kingdom.
But these are the small things that were kind of irrelevant compared to things like puffles. Now I’m beginning to miss them already. Just a friendly reminder, please screenshot all your postcards and puffle certificates. The end is near.
I wrote this a month and a day ago. I’ve not released it until now. Before reading this, don’t get me wrong, I completely believe that Club Penguin Island is the correct route to go down. The game has been dropping in success and popularity and it needed a reboot, something to bring it back to life…the thing is, did it really need to be this way?
The end of Club Penguin was something which I briefly covered but it took a more positive yet not so honest approach, suggesting that I was completely fine with the game closing. If I could narrow it down to one word it would be frustration.
It frustrates me how the decision to close classic Club Penguin has been dealt with. I completely get that Flash is getting old but that appears to be the only reason which the team have let slip on why the game is closing.
It frustrates me how the team went down the path of #ProjectSuperSecret in 2014/2015 and completely abused the classic game. 2013 was such a great (in my opinion, the best) year for Club Penguin yet this one decision to focus on Project Super Secret and use it as an excuse to blame the shortcomings of the team in previous years.
When you’ve made 6 other mobile apps trying so hard to get into the mobile industry and have at least 4 apps completely flop and get shut down with very little new content, it is not a risk going completely into the mobile industry. It’s reckless.
Classic Club Penguin could have continued to be extremely successful up to now. The only way CP Island will even possibly become big is to listen to the community. I have faith in the new game but I feel like it is a completely unnecessary to make such an extreme decision that will either restore the success of Club Penguin (which was abused) or finish the franchise. I completely appreciate the team continuing the franchise, but it is concerning when you just compare CP and CPI.
Of course I’m going to write strongly about this and possibly “bash” the game – no-one is happy to see the game we all know and love go. These are just some more short but more negative thoughts. I strongly support CPI and I will fulfil the team’s wishes of playing that.
I now am going to go and spend my last few hours on Club Penguin and you can follow along with a post which I will be releasing soon.
To the Club Penguin staff members both former and current – all of those around the world, no matter if you were/are in Support, an engineer, an artist, a manager or a co-founder:
There are a matter of hours until Club Penguin ends but many people have argued that the last eighteen years worth of work has gone to waste…I wanted to prove this wrong. Club Penguin has made a difference in the world and progressing to a new island won’t change it:
Club Penguin means something to people. It’s made people’s lives better and I want to focus on that. So thank you, thank you for making the world a better place. I assembled some thoughts from the Twitter community and after 4 hours, this is what I came up with:
And it gets bigger than just personal reasons, from helping people. After all, the 2nd of the 3 rules a potential buyer would have to accept in 2007 was that 10% of profits had to be donated to charity…and when you have over 300 million registered accounts, that 10% makes a huge difference to animals and people.
All we, as a community, would like to say is thank you. Using words makes it hard to describe the massive impact this game has made. This post isn’t scheduled and the reality of the game closing has really made me appreciate how much of a difference it has made personally and internationally. The game that has been out for 11 years may be ending in a few hours but the difference it has made will not. Please keep making the world a better place!