Chuck E. Cheese has been a favorite memory for most kids over the past few decades. How could it be otherwise? There’s the arcade, prizes, pizza, and for some kids there were birthday parties. If you’re over 30, you might even remember the ball pit, which eventually became a thing of the past.
I found a Reddit conversation about what ex-employees claimed to have found at the bottom of the ball pits, circa 1990s. One alleged ex-employee said the pits were cleared and cleaned once a month.
Lost in a sea a plastic balls
- Prizes won in the arcade
- Blankets for small children
- Moldy slices of pizza
Sounds messed up, doesn’t it?
Most kids love all things Chuck E Cheese, but not all. Some kids were terrified of the animatronic performance inside the happy mouse place. I was one of the kids and it’s a real scare. The technical name is automatonophobia.
Automatophobia is a fear of human-like figures, such as mannequins, wax figures, statues, mannequins, animatronics, or robots. – Health line
I’m not a therapist but I wonder if this fear that I finally conquered was related to some kind of dysfunction during the show. Another possibility is that Chuck E Cheese’s animatronics were still active when the performance was down as if they were alive. Or, maybe something creepy like Helen’s missing mouth reveals her insides.
Chuck E Cheese in Rockford is being renovated.
Details weren’t clear, but a post on Reddit says the Rockford Chuck E Cheese Location at 3600 E State St. will be undergoing some sort of renovation. Someone asked what would be done with the animatronics.
Starting today, Rockford IL will start remodeling, but don’t worry, the animatronics and scene are sent to a museum in Orlando FL.
Another Redditor refuted the museum’s involvement.
The answer remains unclear, except that Rockford might completely eradicate its animatronics from the location, which several other locations began doing in 2017.