I originally posted this at the beginning of May, but here’s a pre-emptive repost. It’s slightly revised and contains a small amount of new information…

Whacking Day is the fourth of the Tapped Out events (following Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day) – and it’s only following the Christmas event that the prizes have been transferred to the premium store. During that event, you were able to win Barney’s Bowlarama, Try ‘n’ Save, two of the three Funzos, the Mapple Store, and Santa’s Little Helper. All of these appeared in the premium store once the event concluded on January 11 (although the Mapple Store disappeared from the store very early on in the Android launch, possibly as part of an arrangement with Google). Now, this didn’t happen for either the Halloween or the Valentine’s event, so it’s difficult to say whether we can expect the post-Christmas experience to be repeated following Whacking Day.

But there’s one thing that’s very different about this event compared to any of the others which makes it more of a possibility that they’ll be premium purchases following Whacking Day – and that’s being able to use donuts to accelerate towards a prize. In fact, with the exception of Fort Sensible, all the buildings are coded in the files with a donut price (the number of donuts it takes you to buy the prize when you’re at the right level):

  • Duff Stadium – 90 donuts
  • Springfield Coliseum – 190 donuts
  • Sleep-Eazy Motel – 225 donuts

So, it’s possible that the buildings may be available after the event as premium items, either for a limited time or permanently. I have to stress, though, that this only a guess. There’s really nothing to indicate that they will continue to be available other than the fact that it would make really good business sense for EA. But the post-Christmas experience and the donut price on the prizes certainly makes it a possibility.