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    November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    Two articles today! They're closely related, so I initiated a single MiceChat thread.

    Why eat ordinary french fries when you can eat genuine, brand-name McDonald's French Fries at Yester World?


    There are plenty of attractions sposnored by corporations at the theme parks at Yesterland and Yester World. But here’s a case of a corporation sponsoring an entire land!


    Please discuss the articles here.
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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    I think McDonald's fries are pretty tasty. And I've never had a problem overall with seeing sponsorships inside Disney parks. But for some reason I never much liked seeing the golden arches inside a park. It seemed to cheapen the atmosphere of the place. Plus I just can't imagine waiting in line to only get fries & a coke.

    Thanks for the retrospective!

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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    cool articles and pictures.


    QUICK NOTE: there are several inconsistencies/errors of where the eateries are/were.

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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    Thanks Werner; very interesting info. I can promise you that I would have never purchased McDonald's french fries or anything else McDonald's while inside a Disney park! I've always had the philosophy that if you can eat it at home, don't eat it on vacation-try new things! My 5 yr old however would beg to differ.

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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo View Post
    QUICK NOTE: there are several inconsistencies/errors of where the eateries are/were.
    What are the errors?

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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo View Post
    QUICK NOTE: there are several inconsistencies/errors of where the eateries are/were.
    What are the inconsistencies/errors?
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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    I enjoy a good meal at McDonalds as well, but seeing them in the parks left a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended!). Seeing something as modern and mass-produced as McDonalds just didn't feel right in, say, Frontierland. Personally, I'm glad they're now found only around the property outside the parks. Although it does seem I eat one of those practically every trip!
    Last edited by MarkTwain; 11-06-2009 at 11:42 AM. Reason: Been really sloppy about spelling lately!


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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    Quote Originally Posted by Werner Weiss View Post
    What are the inconsistencies/errors?
    I think they all relate to transposing Animal Kingdom for Hollywood Studios and vice versa

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    Unlike Animal Kingdom and Epcot, this park has two locations selling McDonald’s food.
    That should probably read "Unlike Hollywood Studios and Epcot," as the park you are talking about is Animal Kingdom.

    Later on...

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    At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the former Petrifries is now the
    This should also read Animal Kingdom, as Petrifries was most certainly located in that park.

    Those are the only two that jumped out at me, though somebody who was reading more carefully may have caught more.
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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkTwain View Post
    Personally, I'm glad they're now found only around the proprety outside the parks. Although it does seem I at one of those practically every trip!
    Couldn't agree more. "Corporate alliances" such as these should never have such a bold impact on the magic. Though I will admit that the location near the All Star Resorts was a popular stop for myself after completing my workday at Animal Kingdom. Quite handy to have around.
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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    I don't know it if was one of the errors that the other poster was talking about, but the Safari Amber isn't just for DAK and AKL. It's also sold at the Safari Outpost in Epcot. But other than that, I don't think you can find it anywhere else on property (and definatley not off property for that matter).

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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkTwain View Post
    I enjoy a good meal at McDonalds as well, but seeing them in the parks left a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended!).
    The good news was that the locations selling McDonald's products in the parks did not look like regular McDonald's restaurants.

    At locations like Petrifries and Fairfax Fries, the McDonald's French Fries were essentially just branded food products, just as Coca Cola and Necafé are branded food products. Of course, Coca Cola and Necafé aren't restaurant chains. But, then again, neither are Petrifries and Fairfax Fries.
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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    Thank you to everyone who helped me identify the errors in the McDonald's Food article today. I now fixed the two instances of misidentified park names and the fact that Safari Amber beer is available at Epcot.

    That's what I get for proofreading after midnight when I'm dead tired.

    If there's anything else I need to fix, please let me know.
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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    Quote Originally Posted by Werner Weiss View Post
    Two articles today! They're closely related, so I initiated a single MiceChat thread.

    Why eat ordinary french fries when you can eat genuine, brand-name McDonald's French Fries at Yester World?
    There are plenty of attractions sposnored by corporations at the theme parks at Yesterland and Yester World. But here’s a case of a corporation sponsoring an entire land!
    Please discuss the articles here.
    Werner Weiss
    I think You did a Good Job!
    THANK YOU!

    I have a question?
    But not sure if I understanding about McDonald's /Disney......
    I know at the Disneyland resort ther is no more McDonald's !
    If I understanding right there "NO" more McDonald's anywere
    at WDW resort also?
    Soaring like an EAGLE !

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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    I believe there are no more french fry kiosks in the parks. But there are still 2 full blown McDonald's restaurants on property - just not in the parks.

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    Re: November 5, 2009: McDonald's at WDW

    McDonald's never belonged in a Disney park, but even if it is one of the top perfoming stores, it really shouldn't be in the Marketplace either. Granted, Disney's current vision for Downtown Disney seems to be largely just another shopping mall with 3rd-party tenants (and a limited Disney presence), but at least with T-Rex and Earl of Sandwich most people don't have one back home. I don't travel 1,400 miles to WDW to eat at McDonald's.

    I have somewhat less of a problem with the one near the All-Star Resort entrance, but I'd be perfectly happy if the golden arches were evicted from WDW property altogether.

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