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    McDonald's/Disney divorce

    So, now that it has been announced that Disney and McDonald's are terminating their cross promotional agreement... I wonder what will happen to the McDonald's locations on property (the ones that should not even be there dragging WDW's quality down?)...

    Any one has any info/rumors on that? Anyone cares to offer an opinion as to what they would like to see McDonald's being replaced with?? How about the new retro Big Boy chain restaurant look... or Red Robin... That would be nice.

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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    I doubt anything will happen until McDonald's lease and sponsoring is up. We should have pleanty of time left until we have to worry about that... it'll be like anything else. Sponsors come and go.
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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    Lets hope that Disney makes a new partnership with Steak 'n Shake

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    The only thing McDonalds and Disney broke off was their happymeal cross promotional items. There has been nothing announced about removing them from the parks. I would assume there will be no announcement, especially since they just opened a new Mcdonalds fry area in the Magic Kingdom.

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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    I noticed when this went into effect this past fall that when all the other McDonalds were passing out non-disney toys (i forgot what it was for, but it was a movie by another company) the MicDonalds at Downtown Disney was passing out Disney Toys still....

    Just something intresting I thought I would share....
    Thank You for dropping by my post. I do hope you enjoyed your stay....

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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    Quote Originally Posted by kcnole
    The only thing McDonalds and Disney broke off was their happymeal cross promotional items. There has been nothing announced about removing them from the parks.
    Oh I see...

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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    Apparently, Disney gets the kids on the weekends and some holidays, whilst McDonalds gets the kids for selected mealtimes.
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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    I've never understood the problem with the food court chains in the park from a "cheapening the park" perspective. They're not tearing out the California Grill or a Blue Bayou for a McDonalds, are they? No.

    DisneyBurgers aren't very good and are very expensive, and thus I think it's very hard to defend them. I ate twice at the DTD McDs because the price over DisneyBurgers was worth it. I did the math and found out I could get 1lb of hamburgers (2x Double Quarter Pounders) and a large milkshake for about the price of a DisneyBurger w/fries & drink! Not that I'd want that much greasy meat and fattening shake, mind you, I'm just seeing what you can get from the food court names for the price.

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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMania
    I've never understood the problem with the food court chains in the park from a "cheapening the park" perspective. They're not tearing out the California Grill or a Blue Bayou for a McDonalds, are they? No.
    NOT yet, that is.

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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    Oh, come on. They won't outsource all their restaurants, there's too much money tied up in them and now that they're paid for it's just about making profit. Maybe if they build a fourth gate I'd be concerned about the lack of fine dining, but that's a ways off.

    The casinos figured it out already, why doesn't Disney? Abandon the whole Disney-run Counter Service thing like Cosmic Ray's and either do something else or replace them with Table Service or buffet casual cafes. Keep the Quick Service eat & run places like Lunching Pad because those always do well.

    When I go to one of our casinos like the lovely new Red Rock, I can pay $10 for a burrito delivered to my table at a Mexican sit-down restaurant with a waiter (who will want to be tipped) refilling my drinks, or I can pay $5 for a burrito from the Rubio's in the food court, fill my own drink, and not have to tip anyone. Guess which one I go for?

    Now some people want to sit down and eat at a nice place, and some people want to buy what is essentially the same thing from a fast food and get back to the tables (or the attractions, as it were.) That's why Panda Express and sit-down Chinese restaurants both live in harmony, ditto the Mexican restaurant example above.

    However, Disney's own places that are essentially a McDonalds with a cutely-themed menu are overpriced compared to the Chain Gang, and don't really offer anything special except maybe mouse cookie deserts.

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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMania
    Maybe if they build a fourth gate I'd be concerned about the lack of fine dining, but that's a ways off.
    They did, all its restaurants are outsourced. No, I know what you are saying.

    The deal is for Happy Meals only...MickeyDs is unhappy with the lack of hot toys Disney has been giving lately. The parks are not changing. Yes I agree it should not be offered in the parks...but if McDonalds wanted to sponsor Disney restaurants I'm all for that. But Disney's fries are better than McDonald's...I am not happy about McDonald's being the new fry shoppe in Fantasyland.

    But I'm not a fan of the outsourcing restaurants in the parks of hotels. DtD is another story.

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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    ...two great chains would have a nice place at Disney...Tommy Burgers and Checkers! Not only are the burgers good, but they both make a mean french fry and milkshake. I'd pay 'Disney prices' to eat this stuff in the park.

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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    TDLFAN, TDLFAN, TDLFAN...

    I think your selective memory is forgetting dear old Uncle Walt was the master of Corporate Sponsership - 'Monsanto's House of the Future', made entirely out of Monsanto plastics is no different to 'Harbour Galley, hosted by McDonald's' serving McDonalds foods. These locations were both sponsored by a corporation, run by Disney and at Disney levels quality-wise. The only difference one was around in Walt's time, the other now.

    If it was OK to 'Cheapen the Parks' by Walt, surely it's ok now?

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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMania
    I've never understood the problem with the food court chains in the park from a "cheapening the park" perspective.
    Because it's bringing the real world into the park. I can't think of anything more synonymous with urban sprawl than McDonald's.

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    Re: McDonald's/Disney divorce

    Quote Originally Posted by drnilescrane
    TDLFAN, TDLFAN, TDLFAN...

    I think your selective memory is forgetting dear old Uncle Walt was the master of Corporate Sponsership - 'Monsanto's House of the Future', made entirely out of Monsanto plastics is no different to 'Harbour Galley, hosted by McDonald's' serving McDonalds foods. These locations were both sponsored by a corporation, run by Disney and at Disney levels quality-wise. The only difference one was around in Walt's time, the other now.

    If it was OK to 'Cheapen the Parks' by Walt, surely it's ok now?
    I couldn't disagree more. Are you familiar with the content of the Monsanto House? Monsanto was presented as a forward-looking company that was improving the world for everyone. It fit in perfectly with the optimistic message of Tomorrowland--and the partnership with Monsanto allowed Walt to demonstrate unique new inventions (like the microwave) in Tomorrowland. Monsanto brought value and content to the park in a way that was consistent with Tomorrowland's message and theme.

    What does McDonald's bring to the park? How does it contribute to the theme of Frontierland, World Showcase, or New Orleans Square?

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