Chuck E. Cheese's Circus Time

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Chuck E. Cheese's Circus Time Cabinet


Download Original Bimbo 8-Track Audio Tape

Chuck E. Cheese's Circus Time was a custom Chuck E. Cheese branded version of The Original Bimbo 3 Ring Circus machine from United Billiards.

The cabinet would play a single song once a coin was inserted. During the length of the song, the player could press each of the 4 buttons to control Chuck's limbs to make him dance along with the song. A light would light up Chuck while the song was playing, due to arcades of the day being usually dark. Once the song ended, the cabinet would turn off. Each play would continue to the next song on the 8-track tape inside the cabinet.


A lot of cabinet variants were produced for the original Bimbo machine, with the Chuck E. version taking more cues from the wood paneled versions. While the Bimbo cabinets had a painted background, including the custom The Original Luigi Pizza Man variant, the Chuck E. cabinet only featured a red curtain covering the inner walls. The marionette was replaced with a 1978 Chuck E. Cheese plush, removing the original features that had the marionette move its mouth and head randomly during the show.

The marquee was completely replaced with a brand-new Chuck E. variant, displaying Chuck E. Cheese's Circus Time along the top, a nod to its original circus variant.

Audio Tape

The cabinet would use the length of each song to determine the length of each play of the game. Between each song on the tape, a conductive splice was placed. This would normally be used to change the track in an 8-track player, but the cabinet would use this to shut itself off. [1]

The Bimbo cabinet used a tape that was 9 minutes and 35 seconds long, consisting of 8 different songs. While most likely the Chuck variant used a custom tape like the Luigi variant, it is unclear the details on it. The tape's length, songs, dialogue, and voice actor for Chuck is unknown.


Owners / Locations

Location / Owner Address Condition Notes
Private Owner Semi-working Uses 1978 plush
Auction House Working Uses alternate plush