Chuck E. Cheese’s across the nation have been getting a remodel – here is our review of the Aurora, Colorado location – including their new and improved exterior AND interior, over a dozen new games, and an even more inclusive and family-friendly environment for kids of all ages.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.
New Chuck E. Cheese Design
Growing up, I remember Chuck E. Cheese being the ultimate goal.
My family didn’t eat out much – much less at Chuck E. Cheese. But every so often, my parents would announce we were going there…and I was SO excited.
Now, decades later, I see that same excitement with my children. Anytime we drive past Chuck E. Cheese, they always ask when we get to go next.
Much like when I was little, it’s not a place we go very often – so it feels EXTRA special when we do.
I was recently invited to attend the grand reopening of the Chuck E. Cheese in Aurora, Colorado.
When I told my boys about the event, they were completely beside themselves with excitement. You’d think we were taking them on an exotic vacation with the excitement they displayed!
Chuck E. Cheese has been around for a long time – and many of the stores have been in need of an upgrade. Over the past year, different stores have been remolded to have a fresh and fun upgrade with more food options, new games, and entertainment, and making them a little more “adult-friendly.”
I’d heard good things about the upgrades being made, so I was excited to check them out myself.
We were really impressed with the changes and upgrades. The entire store was so clean and open – it’s easy to watch your kids play from the tables. The food was yummy, and there were a bunch of fun, new games.
My kids thought it was super fun to participate in the ribbon-cutting – and it was nice of them to provide free cake for everyone in attendance!
Here’s a little overview of everything from the night.
Chuck E. Cheese Dining Area
The dining areas have been re-worked to feel a little bit more adult-friendly, and a little less chaotic.
They have more neutral tones and warm wood, as well as new graphics that help make it seem a little more calm and inviting.
The goal is to make it so this is just as much of an option for dinner as other popular chain restaurants – and a place the whole family can enjoy. Not just the kids!
I was actually quite pleased with the sound level in the dining area. You can see all of the games and whatnot, but the sound in that area really didn’t carry over. That makes it easy to enjoy your dinner and conversation without having to yell over one another.
I will say, though, when they have the dance party on the new dance floor, it did get a little bit loud. So just be aware that you’ll have that extra “background noise” every 30 minutes 🙂
Chuck E. Cheese Play Pass and All You Can Play
The Play Pass was introduced awhile back, and I have to say, I love it. I don’t think ANY parent loved dealing with tons of coins (not to mention how germy that is!).
I love that the pass just allows your kids to scan and play, rather than keep track of the coins.
If you are worried about your kid losing their passes, they also have these neat new play bands that you can purchase. They can be used in subsequent visits, and your kid is probably a lot less likely to lose it.
The new feature that I like the most that Chuck E. Cheese has introduced is the All You Can Play plan.
You pay a certain amount of money for a specific amount of playtime, rather than credits. It starts at $10, and your child gets to play as many games as they want in the allotted time.
Honestly, I think it’s so smart! It can be hard to divvy up your coins and decide what you want to spend them on, so just being able to play to your hearts content for as long as you want is pretty cool.
For instance, Jack loved a new game they had – Luigi’s Mansion – but it was pretty easy to die in the middle of it. So he didn’t waste all his coins on it, because he could just scan his band and keep playing.
I also like that you can pause play so you can go and eat dinner, go to the bathroom, redeem tickets, etc. They have a station you can go to do this, so you don’t waste precious playtime.
Chuck E Cheese Games
The games at Chuck E. Cheese are definitely the highlight of the visit for most kids – and I actually enjoy playing them as well.
The new remodel brought several new games to the floor at the Aurora location, and we had a lot of fun with them. As I mentioned before, Jack loved the Luigi’s Mansion game. It was a lot of fun.
I like that they have games for all ages. There are classic games like Air Hockey and Skee Ball, and then newer, more interactive games like the Luigi’s Mansion. The remodeled locations have over a dozen new games for all ages.
I also love that they aren’t impossible to win or get prizes with. Jack actually won 100 and 200 tickets at a couple of games while we were there.
They have the classic photo and sketch stations, which are always fun to make a memory from your time there. I was excited to see that the photo station printed higher quality photos now – not just a piece of paper like in the past!
Not all the games give you tickets, but there is a nice balance. It’s also pretty easy to rack up the tickets – and thankfully, they have these handy ticket counting machines so you don’t have to hand count them!
Chuck E. Cheese Animatronics
One thing you’ll likely notice if you go to one of the remodeled Chuck E. Cheese restaurants is that they no longer have the animatronics.
While these were pretty iconic, I have to admit, I always thought they were a bit creepy…so I was excited to see these were replaced. Instead, they have colorful pictures of all of the Chuck E. Cheese characters with interesting facts.
And now, rather than the animatronics show every hour, they have an interactive dance party with the big ol’ mouse himself! Which brings me to the next topic…
Chuck E Cheese Dance Floor
The interactive dance floor! My boys LOVED this!
Every 30 minutes, they have a big dance party with music and lots of interaction from the staff. Chuck E. Cheese comes out to dance with the kids, and they also have a ticket blaster, which the kids loved.
My boys thought it was SO fun. The floor is interactive, which is a lot of fun. Oliver liked to play there when no one else was around – it really kept him entertained.
I really like this more than the old shows they had because it really gets the kids out there being active and having a fun time. The music was catchy and fun as well.
Chuck E. Cheese Pizza
I think when people think of Chuck E. Cheese, they probably associate it with pizza.
That IS their main food offering, which is nice since that’s a popular food amongst children.
They have introduced some new pizzas that might be more appealing to adults, such as BBQ Chicken and Chicken Alfredo.
However, I like to keep things simple myself – pepperoni is one of my favorite flavors.
I actually really enjoyed the pizza we had. I thought the crust was especially flavorful.
They also offer stuffed crust, but we really enjoyed the simplicity of a traditional pepperoni pizza. Some locations even offer gluten free and cauliflower crust.
Other Food at Chuck E. Cheese
Chuck E. Cheese also offers more than just pizza – they have a full salad bar, wings, breadsticks, and even sandwiches.
Some of the new locations also have self-service kiosks for ordering food to make it even easier to just get in there and start playing.
Forrest and I were very impressed with the salad bar. There was a wide variety of options to create a delicious and healthy meal.
They also have a great lunch buffet which is a good value. I think going during the day is perfect since crowds tend to be lighter than the evening.
Chuck E. Cheese Birthdays
Birthday parties are a popular part of what Chuck E. Cheese offers. I remember going to a birthday party there a time or two as a child and thinking it was so special.
They have a birthday zone with fun seating options, lots of options for different budgets, and a lot of fun for all ages.
The birthday show also takes place on the lightup dance floor.
Overall, we were very impressed with the new remodeled location in Aurora. My boys had so much fun, and we had to drag them away.