Disney forgets to renew children's gaming site Club Penguin

Club Penguin
Club Penguin

(CBS) - Break out the Advil, parents! The popular children's gaming site Club Penguin was offline and re-directing to a parked domain site all morning.

We're guessing the masterminds at Disney haven't learned from the Dallas Cowboy's URL debacle last year. ClubPenguin.com expired last week and was in URL limbo this morning. Whois.domaintools.com said their status as "Pending Renewal or Deletion."

Blog ClubPenguinInsider.com reported that Club Penguin denied rumors that the site had been shut down and said that it would go back online within a few hours.

The site, which launched in 2005 and bought by the Walt Disney Company in 2007 for $350 million, is an online world with mini games and chat rooms. The massively multi-player online role-playing domain claims to have 12 million members and is basically a World of Warcraft for tots - without the creepy ghosts and guilds. 

Although the site went back up around noon, users can't seem to log in to play. People are taking to Twitter and reporting...

"Club Penguin is DOWN?!: When I tried to log onto Club Penguin today, this is what appeared!Club Penguin is down!..." -Papichulo366

"ClubPenguin.com, sold for $350 million dollars to Disney, appear to have let their domain expire..." -EwanToo

"Club Penguin Site Down Update. clubpenguin.com is now online but it you are unable to play the game still as..." -MrSnowman3

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