It ain’t easy being green, but Disney World’s new McDonald’s makes it look pretty EFFORTLESS!
The former McDonald’s on Disney World property shut its doors back in October to undergo a major renovation. The new location originally planned on opening sometime in March, but let’s just say their timeline got a little waylaid. 😉 Now, the new McDonald’s is finally OPEN, so let’s go check it out!
We’ve been closely monitoring the construction of the new Mickey D’s since its predecessor was demolished last year. The new location is much LARGER than the previous McDonald’s, plus this newer model comes fully-equipped with lots of eco-friendly bells and whistles!
In addition to a bigger dining room, the new McDonald’s features an enormous outdoor seating area. Solar panel awnings provide guests with some shade while collecting energy to fuel the restaurant!
Believe it or not, the new McDonald’s runs ENTIRELY on energy provided by Florida’s SUN! You’ll see little markers throughout the restaurant with facts about solar energy so you can learn something while enjoying your Big Mac attack!
There’s even an interactive element to the new Mickey D’s — you’ll find some stationary bikes off to the side, and if you pedal them fast enough, you’ll light up the iconic Mickey D’s sign!
Now we’re sooooo happy we’ve been doing all of those virtual spin classes at home these last few months! We can really feel the burn!
There’s also a hand bike for those with better upper body strength than us.
The new McDonald’s still has a drive-thru so you can get your food without leaving your car.
There are multiple pick up windows that span one entire wall of the restaurant. McDonald’s drive-thru is pretty popular with a lot of guests who are either heading to the parks or are on their way home and just need a quick bite or drink!
The pretty much covers the exterior of the new McDonald’s, so now it’s time to head inside. We noticed this enhanced safety measures sign posted on the door which states McDonald’s is conducting wellness and temperature checks of its employees, while they’re also requiring all workers to wear face coverings and gloves. Due to Orange County’s order mandating face masks must be worn in public areas, guests must wear face coverings until they’re seated at the restaurant. Then they’re allowed to remove them to enjoy their meal.
We noticed some nifty foot pedals had been installed at the entrance…
You press down on the pedal with your foot so that you don’t have to touch a door handle!
Once inside, we noticed several hand sanitizer stations had been set up in case you wanted to disinfect! We liked the “free gift” gimmick they were advertising it as! 😉
Guests can use kiosks to place their orders and pay for their food. You can also use McDonald’s free app or, if you prefer, you can walk up to the counter and order your items the old-fashioned way. The choice is up to you!
You’ll either take an order number or be handed one if you place your order with a McDonald’s team member. Then you take it to your table and an employee will bring your food out to you.
Some of the tables were unavailable and had markers indicating guests should find somewhere else to sit. We also saw if we forgot to order something or were still hungry, there was a QR code we could scan to order more food without getting up!
Several tables had built-in tablets, although none of the touchscreens were active when we stopped by.
And while the restaurant is equipped with self-service fountain drinks, the beverage bar is currently closed to guests.
To get a refill, you can ask a McDonald’s team member at the counter for a fill-up!
And now that we’ve got our Happy Meal in hand and have had the chance to explore the new McDonald’s after many days of waiting, we’re feeling pretty happy ourselves!
If you’re looking for a fast (and CHEAP!) meal on your way to or fro from the Disney parks, Disney World’s new McDonald’s is fully operational — and pretty neato, too! Check it out on your next trip for all your Big Mac and Chicken Nuggie needs!
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