Chuck E. Cheese was a vital part of most of our childhoods. It was always the perfect destination for the best birthday parties and quite an exciting treat for any Sunday. Despite the role that this unique location played in the process of growing up, there is still so much that most people remain oblivious to when pondering this fun-zone. To fill you in on everything you need to know about this childhood dream destination, we have compiled this article with everything Mr. Cheese never told you! Don’t forget to return for the debut of our part two article, where we reveal the top eight things that you never knew about Chuck E. Cheese!
Number Fifteen: Fathering Your Childhood
The extensive chain of “entertainment restaurants” deemed Chuck E. Cheese were developed by a man by the name of Nolan Bushnell. If the name doesn’t quite ring a bell, you may know him better as the inventor of the game Pong, or the founder of the Atari company. No matter what we praise him for, this man is responsible for the childhood of almost everyone.
Number Fourteen: Becoming a Mentor
Nolan Bushnell is considered to have a touch of greatness. Back in the day, he actually mentored Steve Jobs in the art of creating video games. He is partially responsible for the production of the classic Breakout.
Number Thirteen: Coyote to Rat
In the early stages of planning for the restaurant, the iconic Chuck E. was meant to be a coyote. The formation of the rat character was actually a mistake on the part of Bushnell’s tech crew after they mistook the coyote costume that Bushnell brought them for a rat. Though, they did save him from putting the word “rat” in the name.
Number Twelve: Dissing the Groupies
Upon the creation of the chain restaurant, Chuck could originally be seen performing with Helen Henny, redneck dog Jasper T. Jowls, purple… creature Mr. Munch, and Pasqually as his backup band. Unfortunately, the band didn’t make the cut and were later thrown out.
Number Eleven: In the Tiki Tiki Room
Creator Bushnell has admitted that the concept of his restaurant was originally inspired by the Tiki Room in Disneyland. The robots that the attraction featured got the man thinking of the entertainment possibilities.
Number Ten: The Big E
With a name like Chuck E. Cheese written in big, bright letters over every location, you start to wonder what exactly the “E” might stand for. Turns out, it actually stands for “Entertainment”. We can’t exactly tell you the reasoning for this, but we sure feel for the rat that has to go through life with a middle name like Entertainment.
Number Nine: The New Menu at Chuck E. Cheese
Unless you have a kid or are a really creepy person, you probably haven’t visited this store in a few years. Since you left, they have vastly improved their menu. They now offer wraps, buffalo cheesy bread, gluten-free pizza options, and even churros. Don’t forget to return for the debut of our part two article, where we reveal the top eight things that you never knew about Chuck E. Cheese!