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“Billy Bobs Wonderland made grandson’s dream come true!!!”

Billy Bob's Wonderland
Ranked #32 of 67 Restaurants in Barboursville
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Reviewed 10 July 2021

My grandson is obsessed with animatronics!!! He has been watching every video he can find and talks about them nonstop. We drove from Michigan to go to Billy Bobs Wonderland and it was worth it. On the way there he said that he felt like his dreams were coming true. Even though they were not all operating he still enjoyed every minute. He has a mind of an engineer and is fascinated by animatronics. He stood there and told us all about what the “fails” were as well as the history and how they work. He said when he grows up he is going to have a studio and fix animatronics so all kids get to see them.

Only the two on the sides of the stage are operational but the staff was really great with him and opened the curtain so he could see them all.

There are not a lot of games/rides but it worked out because they were not super busy. We didn’t have any wait and the kids enjoyed themselves. They had a special buy $100 in tokens get $50 free. We did the special and the tokens lasted for hours. We even helped get tickets playing games while the kids played and the tokens lasted a long time.

We didn’t eat there due to food allergies but the pizza looked delicious.

Since they are one of the only places to see anamatronics they should offer a experience. We would have paid to get a tour and hear the history. My grandson would have loved to see how they work and get a closer look.

We had a great time and will make the 7 hour trip again. As long as the anamatronics are operating we will be back at least twice a year.

Thank you Billy Bobs Wonderland for making dreams come true!!!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 6 August 2020

Please call and speak to a real person before you go. Do not rely on the phone message. It says the Rock a Fire Explosion is up and running better than ever. Our sone loves this place and wanted to take his best friend. They are both big fans of RAFE. We checked Facebook and called their phone to be sure they were open. Both indicated the were open. We drove 4 hours to find a sign on the door that they are closed until further notice! Two very disappointed boys and two irate parents! We left a message on the answering machine and spoke to two boys working at the Billy Bob mini golf next door. A week later the phone message is unchanged. Be sure to speak to a person before making the trip.

Date of visit: July 2020
8  Thank tammybC5505WZ
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Reviewed 3 August 2020

A few of the animatronics were slow but overall this was enjoyable. Showbiz was always much better than a yucky cheese pizza place any day. The pizza was good our grandson had a blast and the games were very good. The place is a hoot.

Date of visit: June 2020
2  Thank jeff s
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Reviewed 14 August 2018

Stooped into Billy Bob's Wonderland for some fun after dinner at Shogun. They now have an outdoor Putt Putt Golf Course, and a lot of fun games inside. A great place to take the kids.

Date of visit: August 2018
3  Thank gameguru09
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

So as a pizza place and arcade, this place is average. Similar to a familiar national pizza arcade place, but in need of more attention. But for someone who loves the nostalgia of old school pizza arcades, this is a must visit. In fact, we drove from Michigan just to visit. Billy Bob's has the only original (to my knowledge) Rocka-Fire Explosion animatronic band. The original ShowBiz pizza band before the ShowBiz / Chuck E Cheese debacle. The band is in rough space (Beach Bear was covered in a trash bag), but still entertaining and an instant flash back to my childhood. It might not be worth a 12 hour run trip drive for everyone, but definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

Date of visit: March 2018
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