Orlando, FL (7419 International Dr)

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The exterior of Orlando (International) as a 2.0 and at nighttime.


7419 International Dr, Store #718 also known as "International" is a Showbiz Pizza/Chuck E. Cheese that opened on July 22, 1981 as a corporate ShowBiz Pizza Place with a Rock-Afire Explosion. It is located next to an unnamed shopping center and across from Universal Studios Florida and Walt Disney World.

Stages

Orlando opened with the Rock afire Explosion in July 1981. Unfortunately, there are no photos or videos to exist of Orlando with the Rock afire, or as a Showbiz in general.

In 1991 or 1992, Orlando received Concept Unification, converting the Rock afire into the Munch’s Make Believe Band 3-Stage. It is one of 6 location in Florida to receive Concept Unification and was also featured in music videos from 1995-1996.

In 1998, Orlando removed the 3-Stage for the Studio C Alpha stage and was one of the first 2 Studio C's in the Orlando area. The other is Altamonte Springs.

In September 2021, Orlando received the 2.0 remodel which involved the removal of the Alpha stage for the Dance Floor. It is the first 2.0 in the Orlando area, and the 7th in Florida.

This location is the 3rd to open in Florida, 2nd to open in the Orlando area, and the 24th overall.

Stage Installed Removed
The Rock-afire Explosion July 1983 1991/1992
3-Stage Fall 1989 1998
Studio C Alpha 1998 September 2021
Dance Floor + Video Wall September 2021 Still in use.

History

Orlando (International) opened its doors on July 22nd, 1981 with a Rock-afire Explosion show. It was originally and currently a corporate-owned store. Like many other ShowBiz Pizza locations, it had a typical SPP layout seen in many other stores across the United States and would eventually receive the 1988 remodel years after it would open. Very little documentation exists back when Orlando (International) the Showbiz Pizza .Like many ShowBiz locations in the late 1980s, Orlando received the Showbiz Pizza Campground upgrade.

In 1991 or 1992, Orlando received Concept Unification which converted the show to Munch's Make Believe Band. In around 1994, Orlando received either Phase 1 remodel which removed some early 90's decor and added new decor, a change to the exterior, and the addition of SkyTubes. In 1998, Orlando removed their 3-Stage for the Studio C Alpha stage. Orlando remained this way until in 2003 when they became one of the first stores to test the 2003 remodel of the 2003 "Cool Chuck" Reconfiguration / Major Remodel Initiative which involved removing the Showroom Walls, balcony Seating, received a new exterior, and also removing some older 90's decor. In September 2021, Orlando received the 2.0 remodel and removed the Studio C Alpha for the Dance Floor. As of January 2023, they still have the 2.0 remodel and the Dance Floor.


On January 3, 2024 a lawsuit was filed against CEC Entertainment over an incident at this location involving an employee sexuallty assaulting a coworker in May 2019. The assaulter allegedly groomed the co-worker in to gaining her trust by giving her rides home and later attempted to force himself on the victim. The victim is seeking $1,000,000 in damages from CEC.[1]

Animatronics

Character Serial Status
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe 1-81 1-7 Unknown/Destroyed
Pasqually / Dook Larue 1-81 2-7 Unknown/Destroyed
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo 1-81 3-7 Unknown/Destroyed
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear 1-81 4-7 Unknown/Destroyed
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella 1-81 5-7 Unknown/Destroyed
Billy Bob 1-81 6-7 Unknown/Destroyed
Pizzacam / Looney Bird 1-81 7-7 Unknown/Destroyed
Munch Jr. / Choo Choo 1-81 8-7 Unknown/Destroyed
Building / Sun 1-81 10-7 Unknown/Destroyed
Moon 1-81 11-7 Unknown/Destroyed
Antioch N/A Unknown/Destroyed
Wink N/A Unknown/Destroyed
Chuck E. Cheese 32m (Animatronic) 011 Destroyed, Head was sent to Orlando (West), destroyed after West got 2.0.
Bird (Animatronic) N/A Sent to Bradenton, destroyed after Bradenton got 2.0.
Pizza Time Clock N/A Destroyed
Pizza Phone N/A Destroyed

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Videos

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References

Trivia

  • In 1995-1996, this location alongside Lakeland was the filming location for the Chuck E. Cheese's scenes for the showtapes.