We’re about to show you some throwback photos of McDonald’s restaurants, food and toys from the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. So, prepare to kick up your hunger pangs and feel the nostalgia at the same time. They say nothing is permanent in this world and everything constantly changes. True enough, we are a living witness as to how the iconic fast food chain has evolved through the years.
For us who got to experience McDonald’s in the ‘80s and ‘90s, it’s hard not to compare what our favorite restaurant had to offer during our time versus now. Before the restaurants had a playful building design but now the chain has embraced the modern architectural look. Not only did it change the exterior design of its buildings but also the interior as well. We’ve also seen some changes made to its PlayPlace. Shockingly, the once-popular play area has been vanishing in many McDonald’s locations. This is because kids of this era aren’t playing in them as much as we did when we were kids.
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Aside from the architecture, the chain’s menu has also changed over the years. Kids in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s were lucky enough to be present during the time when some of the restaurant’s popular menu items were first introduced. In early 1980, the chain introduced the Happy Meal featuring a red cardboard box containing a small toy included with the food.
McDonald’s Toys From 1987
The chain also added some interesting food onto its menu during this time. There’s the McRib sandwich which was released in 1982, which was later replaced by McDLT three years later. Of course, there’s the fan-favorite Chicken McNuggets which was served internationally in 1983. We also had Baked Apple Pies in 1992 which was advertised as a healthier alternative to its previous Fried Apple Pie. In 1995, the chain introduced the McFlurries much to the delight of all dessert lovers. Some menu items from the ‘80’s and ‘90’s have been discontinued and have long been forgotten. But others have stood the test of time, including the Chicken McNuggets and the McFlurries.
“Fried Apple Pies With The Bubbly, Crispy Outside”
With the emergence of modern technological advancements, the fast food company also tried to innovate ways to make the ordering process more efficient. Traditionally, employees would take your order at the counter. With the introduction of self-service kiosks, customers can now place their orders through these machines. Furthermore, these convenient machines allow customers to take more time to browse the menu.
We’re going to take you down memory lane to show you how the iconic fast food chain was in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. And yes, you’ll be surprised to learn that during these times, we as kids were deeply fascinated by McDonaldland commercials which featured Ronald McDonald together with his lovable gang including Grimace, Harmburglar and Mayor McCheese. Ah, those were the happy times!
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“Ronald Mcdonald Bench That Was Popular Around McDonald’s Establishments Until Sometime Around The Early 2000s”
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Teenie Beanie Babies
McDonald’s Twist Cones
“Back In The Day McDonald’s Playground”
“Ronald Mcdonald Hand Puppet From ’76”
“Tiny Toons Flip Cars”
90s Mcdonald’s Plates
“These old amber glass ashtrays that everyone had (including McDonald’s!)”
Birthday Parties In McDonald’s Restaurants
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Dinosaur Hand Puppets
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“Fisher Price Play Toys”
“Mickey Mouse Glasses”
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