Disney Canada Inc.

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Disney Canada Inc.
Formerly called
New Horizon Interactive Inc.
Industry MMORPGs
Founded Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 2005
Founder Dave Krysko (as New Horizon Interactive Inc.)
Lane Merrifield
Lance Priebe
Dave Krysko (as Disney Online Studios Canada)
Headquarters Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Area served
North America, Europe, Asia
Key people
Lane Merrifield, Executive Vice President
Chris Heatherly, General Manager of Club Penguin Division at Disney Internet Group
Products Club Penguin
Parent The Walt Disney Company
Website Official Website

Disney Canada Inc. (formerly New Horizon Interactive, and later Club Penguin Entertainment then Disney Online Studios Canada) is a leisure software company, specialized in producing and maintaining MMOGs. It partnered with RocketSnail Games in making Club Penguin, a site which generated significant revenues and attention.


The company became a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company on August 1, 2007 for $350 million.[1][2] New Horizon Interactive achieved growth targets in 2009, and $350 million was added to the existing $350 million, making a total $700 million that Disney had invested into New Horizon Interactive by 2009.

The company dropped the words "Online Studios" from its name[3][4] in 2013.

In late 2012, Club Penguin co-founder Lane Merrifield left Disney Interactive to focus on his family and a new educational product, Freshgrade.[5]


  1. ^ "New Horizon Interactive". BusinessWeek (The McGraw-Hill Companies). Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  2. ^ Blakely, Rhys (2007-08-03). "Disney picks up the Penguin Club children’s network site for £340m". London: The Times Online. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  3. ^ "Club Penguin Trademark Details". Justia. November 20, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Privacy Policy". Club Penguin. November 1, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013. Disney Club Penguin ("Club Penguin") is operated and presented to users in all locations by Disney Canada Inc. (formerly known as Disney Online Studios Canada Inc.)... 
  5. ^ Chmielewskki, Dawn C.; Fritz, Ben (October 17, 2012). "Disney Interactive loses Club Penguin founder Lane Merrifield". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 

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