McDonald's, often abbreviated as Mickey D's, is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast-food restaurants. Although not owned by Disney, it has done several promotional tie-ins with Disney films and properties since 1981. The McDonald's Corporation was responsible for promoting the Pixar movies released between 1998 and 2006. This partnership began from 1987 to 1991, and then again from 1997 to 2006. However, Disney partnered with McDonald's in 1993 to promote the re-release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

In 2018, it was announced that McDonald's will promote new Disney merchandise. The partnership started in June with some of the first promotions including Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet.

List of Disney promotions

McDonald's at Disney parks

Disneyland Resort

West Ward Ho!

It was a McDonald's food stand in Disneyland located in Frontierland from 1998 until 2008.

Harbour Galley

In 2001, the Harbour Galley, a small seafood restaurant in Critter Country which opened in 1989, converted its menu to serve McDonald's fries and drinks until 2008, when it reverted to seafood again.

Burger Invasion

It was a restaurant in Disney's California Adventure that closed in 2007.

Walt Disney World

Frontierland Fries

This was one of two McDonald's locations at the Magic Kingdom, located in Frontierland. In 2009, it was given a new name, the Golden Oak Outpost, and a new menu.

The Village Fry Shoppe

This was the second McDonald's location at the Magic Kingdom, located in Fantasyland. Whereas Frontierland Fries only served fries and soda, the Village Fry Shoppe also served hot dogs, carrot cake, Jell-O, and milk (including soy). In 2009, it was renamed The Friar's Nook and given a new menu, consisting mainly of hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.

Refreshment Port

This was the sole McDonald's location at Epcot, located at World Showcase, near the Canada Pavilion. In addition to McDonald's fries, guests could also get genuine Chicken McNuggets and McFlurry desserts with a choice of Nestlé Crunch, Nestlé Butterfinger, or Orange blended in. In addition to Coca-Cola beverage products, guests could also get Nestlé products.

Fairfax Fries

This was the sole McDonald's location at Disney's Hollywood Studios (back when it was known as Disney-MGM Studios), located in Sunset Boulevard. The place served McDonald's fries, soda, and Dasani bottled water. It became Toluca Legs Turkey Company and then, in 2016, Sunshine Day Cafe.

DinoLand U.S.A.

McDonald's sponsored the land and all of its attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom until 2008. A food shack called Trilo-Bites (originally called Petrifries) in the same area also sold McDonald's French fries until 2008. Restaurantosaurus originally served McDonald's burgers, fries, Happy Meals, Chicken McNuggets, and hot dogs until 2008.

Walt Disney World property

There have been two McDonald's locations at Walt Disney World. One was at Downtown Disney, which opened in 1997 and closed in 2010. The second location, near the All-Star Resorts and Disney's Blizzard Beach, opened in 1998. In 2009, it received an overhaul, but is still there today.

Miscellaneous

McDonald's restaurant in Disney Village

There is a McDonald's located to the right of The Rainforest Cafe in Disney Village, in Disneyland Paris, opened in 1999.

Trivia

  • McDonald's Schezuan Sauce, which served as a tie-in to Mulan, is featured in the TV show Rick and Morty as the favorite food of the main character, Rick Sanchez. This caused a high demand for the sauce that encouraged McDonald's to bring back the sauce. Due to the release of the 2020 version, the sauce was brought back that year.
  • The 1997 The Little Mermaid toys each have a rare gold variation.
  • Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 4 are the only movies in the Toy Story series to be promoted by McDonald's during their theatrical releases. The original Toy Story was promoted by Burger King, while Toy Story 3 wasn't promoted by any restaurant. However, Toy Story was promoted in Europe and Asia in 1996.
  • The Cars movie toys have variations, as there are clean and dirty versions of Lightning McQueen, and purple, green, and yellow versions of Ramone.
  • The Cars character Fillmore was originally going to be called "Waldmire", named after Bob Waldmire, a Route 66 resident whom the crew befriended during a road trip to do research for the film. However, Waldmire was an ethical vegetarian, and since Fillmore toys would be featured in Happy Meals at McDonald's, he did not allow his name to be used.[1]
  • The song "Three is a Magic Number" from Schoolhouse Rock! was used in a McDonald's advert.
  • McDonald's is referenced in the Ducktales episode Attack of the Fifty-Foot Webby as McDuckles.
  • The fries Dr. Tess and Anna Coleman fight over in Freaky Friday are McDonald's fries.

Gallery

Disney Parks locations

Happy Meals toys

References

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