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When you open the gate in your town to allow your friends to visit, certain game areas are temporarily disabled. What changes take place?

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While the gate is open:

  • The Happy Home Showcase is blocked off
  • The Dream Suite is disabled
  • Access to the 'Mayor chair' in Town Hall is blocked
  • Blathers won't accept donations or assess fossils
  • Saharah and similar NPCs seem to leave or are otherwise unavailable (e.g. Gulliver won't wake up) - note this does not apply to Katrina or probably Redd, who have tents.
  • Bees, spiders and scorpions will not appear
  • Favours for villagers, such as deliveries, cannot be performed
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I think Blathers still accepts fossils until guests actually arrive, while many other interactions (the mayor chair) just actually are disabled with or without current visitors. – Ben Brocka Jul 3 '13 at 13:15
Redd, like the other shops, is available to all players. – user2640 Jul 3 '13 at 21:21

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