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CP History

Ever wonder what Club Penguin was like back then. What Beta Testers did and how CP Used to look Like. Well this page has all you need to know about Club Penguin’s Past and Take a Waddle down memory lane!

Club Penguin History

The Idea for Club Penguin:

Development on Club Penguin began in 2003 when Lance Priebe (RSnail) and Lane Merrifield (Billybob), employees at New Horizon Productions (which became New Horizon Interactive in 2005) in Kelowna, British Columbia, saw a need for “social networking for kids”. As Merrifield later described the situation, they decided to build Club Penguin when they were unsuccessful in finding “something that had some social components but was safe, and not just marketed as safe” for their own children.Merrifield and Priebe approached their employer, David Krysko (Gizmo), with the idea of creating a spinoff company to develop the new product.

Prior to starting work on Club Penguin, Lance Priebe had been developing Flash web-based games in his spare time. As part of Rocketsnail Games, Priebe released Experimental Penguins in 2000, which featured game play similar to that which was incorporated into Club Penguin. Although Experimental Penguins went off line in 2001, it was used as the inspiration for Penguin Chat, Merrifield and Krysko decided twhich was released shortly after Experimental Penguin’s removal. Thus, when Priebe, o go ahead with Club Penguin in 2003, they had Penguin Chat on which to base part of the design process. After two years of testing and development, the first version of Club Penguin went live on October 24, 2005! And that is how Club Penguin Began!

Club Penguin

Long Before Club Penguin, a man named Lance Priebe who was the founder of RocketSnail Games which was a website that had consist of many games that him and his team created. He had release a game called “Experimental Penguins” in 2000 but was later closed. Then in 200?, RocketSnail had developed a game called “Penguin Chat” which grew to be the site most Popular Game! Club  Penguin later used this as a rough draft.


A Lot of the rooms in Penguin Chat 3 looked quite similar but different from today-

The Night Looked WAY Different than today’s. A Band  played on the Stage (Instead of a DJ Table was 2 Speakers) and there was no Green Puffle Dancing on the Speaker. (Dj3k Came in July 2008) Another Major Difference was that there was no Upper Level of the Night Club. The Lounge came later on in time. One the same as today is that the Boiler Room was Accessible in the Night Club except Instead of walking to the Top Right-Hand Speaker, you would have to walk onto the Wire of the Right Lower-Hand Speaker.

The Boiler Room didn’t have much a purpose back then. Since the Underground Pool wasn’t created yet, it’s purpose was to heat the Night Club. In Penguin Chat 3, there was no Newspaper, So the filing cabinet didn’t have much a purpose either. (Also the Room was more Dark-ish Looking)

Penguin Chat 3 Boiler Room

There where no snow forts yet. All there was a Coming Soon Sign.

Penguin Chat 3 Snow Forts (Coming Soon)

The town looks the same but its snowing and there was more than one set of tables and chairs outside the coffee shop!

The Coffee shop looked the same as today but it was very boring. In the Old Club Penguin, the Coffee Shop had no Bean Counters (Yet) and no Upper Level Book Room (Yet). Back then, Penguin kept there selves busy by pretending they were waiters and chat with others.

In Penguin Chat 3, there was no way to earn coins or any kind money in any sort of way. So if a penguin where to visit the Gift Shop, they would be transported to a page in RocketSnail.com where they could buy real life merchandise such as key chains and T-Shirts with Real Life Money (No Coins, Remember?).

Gift Shop PC3

In Penguin Chat 3, there were no igloos, however there was a public one with a band in it. Since Penguin Chat 3 really didn’t “Make” Music, they used songs off the Internet. The songs on Penguin Chat were “I’m at 9933″ “I’ve Been Delayed” and “Bannana Phone”.

Penguin Chat 3 Igloo

You could also be a hard hat worker. You had to click on the hook of the crane in the sky (the crane was behind a fence in the back) in the snowfields that were right of the Town to get the hard hat (you didn’t have a player card back then so you didn’t really get a hard hat, you just wore one). If you danced, you would be drilling the ground and if you went into the middle snow fields, you’d be driving a snowcat.
PC3 Snow Chat

In Penguin Chat 3 you could also become a Ninja!  All you had to do was Click the “Color Select” Button on your toolbar. Then Click the “N” in “Select your penguin”. Once you had clicked “N” you would select the Black Penguin and the Ninja would appear! Later on when Club Penguin Came, they decided to Secret Agents and Tour Guides Instead. But Later on in time, Club Penguin created a Card Game where you could earn Belts and then once you got to Black Belt you could defeat the Master “Sensei” and earn your Ninja Mask.
Color Select Ninja

Before Sensei had even Come to Club Penguin, Some Beta Testers Such as JaMeS still had the Ninja Mask and Black Belt.

When Penguins Danced with The ninja outfit they became invisible! This can still be done on today’s Club Penguin While wearing the ninja outfit and the ninja mask!

I’m not really sure if the Penguin is hacking or if that was just one of the abilities of ninjas!

I Guess Snails were mods back then in Penguin Chat 3! I also think that Happy77 used to work for the RocketSnail team even before Club Penguin!

Coffee Shop

Also before Penguin Chat 3, there was Penguin Chat and Penguin Chat 2. Penguin Chat only had about 3 Rooms and not as good

  • Penguin Chat Still Available!
  • Penguin Chat 2 – Closed
  • Penguin Chat 3 -Replaced by Club Penguin

Eventually One Day, the RocketSnail Team Announced that they were creating something called “Club Penguin”. If you had visited the site at the time it would should the site logo saying that the site was Coming Soon. Later, Penguin Chat 3 closed and all the players were for forced to wait on so called “Club Penguin” at the time to release.

Club Penguin

Beta testing for Club Penguin started sometime in September 2005. The whole point of  Beta Testing was so that the public could sign up to help fix the bugs and glitches in the beta version of Club Penguin. Bellow is a pic of one the crazy glitches that happened during the game’s Beta Days.

After hard work of squashing bugs and fixing glitches,
On September 21st, 2005 Club Penguin had it’s first party! It was the Beta Party 2005! The party was on a Wednesday and only lasted about 2 hours and at least 155 Penguin had attended it.

Beta Party

Plus the party gave away Club Penguins First Free Item… The Beta Tester hat! 155 penguins attended that party, that means only 155 penguin actually have the item. At the time the item wasn’t much a big deal but now just about ever one on Club Penguin today who doesn’t have it would do anything to get it, even hack! Most of the REAL Beta Testers where the item just to show it off but other prefer less attention without any penguins surrounding them asking to be there buddies.

Here are some actual pics of the party with many of the beta testers of which most of them still play Club Penguin today. Beta Testers can be found mostly on popular servers such as Mammoth and Frozen or Sleet.

Stimpy1236 even got to back in time! (Pic is Fake)


After the Beta Party had Ended, Club Penguin First Annual Party Arrived! It was Club Penguin’s First Halloween Party!

Halloween Party 2005

Soon after the Party Ended. The November 2005 Penguin Style Catalog Released with a bigger Color Selection!
(Lime Green Came Later on through CP’s History)

New Colors

In November 2005, Club Penguin has a little server testing to the public kinda like CPIP. (Club Penguin Improvement project). It wasn’t much a party but it did give out a few free items! The Free items were Pink Toque, Black Toque, Bowtie, Red Sunglasses, and Blue Sunglasses. Members could also get a few new items as well!
Server Test 05 (Specail thanks to JaMeS)

Soon Many more Members Joined which started over crowding the Gift Shop, thus the Sports Shop was born. But Still both Shops get more customers every time there is a new catalog!

New Sports Shop

Also in November, Igloo Upgrades became available for members and strange puffballs were spotted at the Snowforts!

Later on, Club Penguin’s First Christmas came and at the time, just about every Member Penguin was wearing the latest fashion trend at the time of  a Black Hoodies and Pink and Black Toques.

X-Mas 2005

The Christmas Party 2005 was to celebrate the Winter Holidays toward the end of 2005. During the Party, Over 12,900 Penguins Logged in and over 10,000 Collect the Free items! (Santa Hat and Green and Red Stripped Scarf.) Club Penguin decided to Extend the party and over 3,500 new penguins joined! during the party! The Items where hidden inside present boxes at the Ice Rink and the Ski Lodge! :D

Christmas 2006

Also Around X-Mas, On December 29th 2005, David Krysko better known as Gizmo, Joined the Club Penguin Team. You can Still meet him. He mostly goes on Club Penguin in his spare time on his spare penguin “Vader2006″. He Usually goes on Frozen and Sleet. If you meet a penguin by the name of Vader2006 saying that he is Gizmo, HE’S TELLING THE TRUTH! :P

Along with the New Mod, came a new game in the Pet Shop! Puffle Roundup released an X-Mas Gift for CP’s First Year! The Game was meant so that the Pet Shop would get more pets!

Puffle Roundup

Then in January came Club Penguin’s First Ever Better Igloos Catalog!

Better Igloos Jan 06

Also Speaking of Catalogs, the January 2006 Penguin Style Catalog Released of which Hoodies were available in many colors other than black! The News Colors included The Pink, Green, and Purple Hoodies! (The Red and Blue Hoodies came later on in CP’s Past)

Penguin Style Jan 06

Sometime in January 2006, Club Penguin divided up the Servers by country. At the time there was on United States, Canada, and United Kingdom. (Australia had not been added yet.)
Jan 06 Country Servers

Along with the New Servers came Club Penguin’s First Official Wallpaper!
(Click to Enlarge)
Club Penguin's First Wall Paper

With all the Winter Blues Going On, Club Penguin Decided to throw a Festive Luau! Like all of Club Penguin’s Parties at the time, the decorations were just pretty simply and laid out rather than today were Club Penguin takes there parties to the EXTREME! The Free Item for the Party was the Hawaiian Lei at the Dock.

Winter Luau
-More History on it’s way. At the time, Enjoy what information is currently available. ~20toaster and salwan4



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