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Club Penguin Dies and Generation Z Cries

Dave Parrack 01-02-2017

Disney is shutting down Club Penguin, the social network come virtual world come massively multiplayer online game. And with the passing of Club Penguin, the world will lose one of the first online communities Generation Z forged in its own image. Albeit with penguins.


Disney has announced that Club Penguin will shut down on March 29, 2017. A new app called Club Penguin Island, will launch in its place. However, unlike the original Club Penguin, which was available both in browsers and on mobile, Club Penguin Island will only be available on mobile.

Club Penguin launched in 2005, but was quickly gobbled up by Disney Interactive Studios. Since then, millions of people have visited, and at its height in 2013, Club Penguin boasted 200 million registered users. Even now around 5.6 million users visit Club Penguin every month.

So, why is Club Penguin shutting? Because smartphones rule How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life Your smartphone could be ruining your life, or at least have the capacity to do so in the future. Read More . So Disney are essentially closing down the website to focus solely on a new mobile version called Club Penguin Island. Details are currently thin on the ground, but you can pre-register for Club Penguin Island right now.

A Seemingly Innocuous Backwater of the Web

Anyone over a certain age, which includes the much-maligned millenials, may just now be hearing about Club Penguin for the first time. That’s because Club Penguin was aimed at children, and launched when the internet was already a well established part of everyday life.

However, for those who were venturing onto the internet at a young age, Club Penguin represented a fun place to play before moving onto greener pastures. As an example, Reddit will be filled with people who started out on Club Penguin. Which is why Generation Z will be mourning the death of this seemingly innocuous backwater of the web.


Thankfully for the next generation of youngsters venturing online for the first time there is a plethora of different options open to them. Club Penguin Island is one, as is the new LEGO Life LEGO Launches a Social Network for Kids LEGO has launched a social network for kids called LEGO Life. This can best be described as Instagram for kids who love LEGO. Read More . However, we suspect most kids will head straight for Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat despite the minimum age requirements of those apps.

Are you a member of Club Penguin? Or were you a member at some point over the past 12 years? What’s your abiding memory of Club Penguin? Will you mourn the passing of Club Penguin? Will you be trying Club Penguin Island? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Player#99#
    April 16, 2017 at 2:15 am

    I started playing in 2011 it sucks that everything I had is now gone life will never be the same again without CP :(

  2. woodlandviews
    February 8, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Ahhhh club penguin man I loved that game for ages when I was a kid. I remember my house being a warehouse and turning it into a rave and inviting every penguin I could find and all my friends. I was like 8 lol and I had no idea wtf I was doing then. I cri evry time I see articles about this. I wish I remembered my account...

  3. Nicole
    February 8, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Five been a member of club penguin ever since I was 5 years old.. I'm 19 now and I haven't been on in a few years, occasionally I get on out of curiosity. A piece of me died inside when I found out they were shutting down the site for some app, I grew up with CP, I remember staying up till 2 AM playing online in my room till I passed out. I'll probably download the app to see what it's like then delete it and redownload it when curiosity gets the best of me.

  4. coolred200
    February 8, 2017 at 12:49 am

    I started playing this game in around 2009. I used to call my best friend and meet up with her on Club Penguin and we would play together for hours. I still continued to play even though most of the people in my grade had stopped. I haven't played in two years but am sad to see it go. I have such fond memories of this site and am sad other kids won't know how great and wonderful this site is.
    Waddle On!

  5. Randomer
    February 4, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I've been a player since 2008. I loved the game so much. I swear I've cried to see it go. I'd rather have CP than this new CP island.

  6. Rumpetrol
    February 2, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Man I started gaming om cp. The nickname I use today is the one I got from cp. Memories man, damn.