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The Circles of Light stage is a one-character Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic stage show that was first introduced at the Montfort, TX store in 2012, and a botless variant in 2013. It's currently only offered for franchises.

History

Development

In early 2012, Weigl became a Vendor Partner with CEC Entertainment Inc., to help with the new stage design. CEC was planning for the fifth iteration of the main stage attraction (which up to this point were the Studio Cs) when Weigl was asked to engage in the conversation. A major priority was to evolve the technology to allow for more advanced programming and control. Dubbed Circles of Light, the new stage show includes many new elements designed to further engage the guests and highlight the Chuck E. Animatronic, and were to include features such as; a large HD screen on the wall, enhanced theater-quality lighting, and touch-sensitive LED-backlit wall panels. The new stage is fabricated by Corman and Associates, and continues to use the famous Chuck Animatronic produced by the California-based animatronic’s studio, Garner Holt Productions.

First Version and Appearance

This stage was first installed at Dallas "Montfort", replacing their Star Stage. This stage features a large HD screen on the wall, dimer lighting, and a bunch of Circles with lights. Chuck E. (being reused from the Star Stage) is on a stage with a railing around him (taken from the Galaxy Stage) and a giant light-up circle with the half split in the middle. The Circles of Light would be installed with 16-Movement Bots with the exception of Dallas. This version would only be installed in 5 more stores with Springfield, Pennsylvania being the last store to get this version. Los Angles (Wilshire) also had this version they were supposed to open in 2012, but got delayed to 2014, this location has since closed.

Second Version, and Botless verisns

The Second Version would debut at San Diego (Collage Ave), the only change that was made was the giant circle now had lines going down. 16-Movement Bots were still press with this version with the exception of the Florida COLs.

In September 2012, the test stage in Dallas Montfort removed their animatronic. This would not affect Circles of Light installations afterwards until December 2013 when the second animatronic-less store opened their doors in Montgomery, Alabama. From there Circles of Light stage would be installed with or without animatronics until 2014 when Los Angles (Wilshire) opened. After this all stores got botless variants with the exception of franchises like Tucson, AZ, Chandler, AZ and Kapolei, HI. Originally, these botless versions kept the giant circle, but late versions removed it.

From its peak around 100; As of July 2022 only 89 remain.

Trivia

  • This was the last stage for 2 things:
    • The last stage to be created before the Rockstar era.
    • The last stage to feature animatronics.
  • There is a technical easter egg hidden in the Circles of Light stage. During any video segment other than the Chuck E. Live segments or the musical acts, there are three circles that are always changing color while the others remain a single color. Pressing the color changing circle in the center under the screen will cause the stage to flash and shimmer.

Gallery

Stages
Current Stages
1-Stage - 2-Stage - 3-Stage - Road Stage - Studio C Alpha - Studio C Beta - Studio C Cappa - Studio C Alpha Beta Mix - Studio C Beta Cappa Mix - Circles of Light - Chuck E. Live Stage
Test Stages
The Awesome Adventure Machine - Concept Unification Prototype - Star Stage - CU 1-Stage - Galaxy Stage
Retired Stages
The Shelf - Balcony Stage - C-Stage - Rocker Stage
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