A showtape (or showdisc) is the containment of information for the animatronic shows at Chuck E. Cheese's and predecessor restaurants Pizza Time Theatre and ShowBiz Pizza Place. It contains all of the programming for the characters, lighting effects, video footage, and show audio.
There have been several different media formats of showtapes:
- Reel-to-Reel - 1977-1990
- Cyberstar VHS - 1988-2005. The computer running the animatronic figures was upgraded to include a special VCR that would play video footage on television monitors mounted to the ceiling of the showroom.
- Laserdisc - 1997-1999 (Awesome Adventure Machine and Studio C only)
- DVD - 1999–present