Great Experience Overall, But Less-Great Pizza
My wife, young daughter and I went to this Chuck E. Cheese one day last summer. And you know what? The whole experience was actually much more pleasant than I was braced for, in almost every way. But the weak link in the experience was the pizza itself.
My young daughter had seen "Chuck E. Cheese" advertised on TV and kept asking to go there. I wasn't that enthusiastic because when I first went to a Chuck E. Cheese over 25 years ago as a junior high schooler, I thought it was sort of lame.
But then one day there were these coupons in the newspaper for Chuck E. Cheese that seemed like an insanely good deal. So I bowed to the inevitable and off we went.
I was really pleasantly surprised by the entire experience, to be honest. When we first walked in, there was a very careful child safety system in place, complete with matching florescent stamps for parent and child. And the whole place was very clean. Even the games themselves had clearly been wiped down, which was nice, and the floors vacuumed. Everyone who worked there was really very nice as well, and always smiling.
I was also braced for the whole place to be really loud, a giant cacophony of ringing bells, electronic noises and kids screaming. But it wasn't like that it all. I don't know how they did it. But my wife and I never found the noise excessive, and never had to shout to be heard.
The only real disappointment was the pizza itself. By reputation, their pizza is not the best. And our experience was pretty consistent with that. It wasn't inedible. But we each had ate slice unenthusiastically and then didn't even bother to take the rest home.
I may have left hungry. But I had a much better experience there overall than I expected and I'll definitely go back. (Though I'll probably eat elsewhere.)