Last week I took a small poll on Instagram about what I should write about this week, the response was overwhelming to do another 90s post. So I got to thinking what kind of 90s things have I not written about? I swear at that exact moment my mom texted me from Cali and asked if I knew if McDonald’s still gave out those Halloween buckets ( she had some kind of project in mind… more on that in a later post) BAM BLOG POST IDEA- McDonald’s in the 90s
Walking into McDonald’s today is NOTHING, emphasize on the NOTHING like it was when I was a little bean. In the 90s walking into those golden arches to me was like walking into Heaven. I honestly thought there was no better place on earth ( until I went to Disneyland…). The esthetic of the McDonald’s by my house I would describe as pure 90s. Off-white creamy with red highlights, with tacky photos on the wall. Now every McDonalds was a bit different, some I remember being littered with photos of the OG characters. Also, some McDonalds had video games in their play places- if you lived by one of these ones I am low key still jealous. Anyways typical 90s McDonalds had these staple very uncomfortable chairs which had french fries and hamburgers these highchairs always lined up ready for battle. Finding yourself in one of those chairs only meant one thing… a happy meal was comin your way.
Now I remember the typical red boxed happy meals but also the WIDE range of different boxes from Barbie and Hotwheels to Disney and Dinosaurs.
In these bad boys you would get your typical toy BUT in the 90s McDonalds periodically stepped up their “toy” game and gave you things like Plates, Glass Mugs, Seasonal things ( these were my fave)
Plates- Hercules… do I even need to say more? There were 6 of them, you know damn well you begged your parents to go there until you got all 6. I’m pretty sure my mom kept these plates until I was like last year. I wish I would have grabbed them, cause I would have put them in my china cabinet.
Glass Mugs- So I was not a fan of these, mainly because my mom didn’t like me using them. They were heavy and I once dropped one on her foot. My bad. From what I remember there were only 2 types Flintstone and Batman… I might be wrong, but that’s what I remember.
Halloween – The buckets!!! a 90s child staple. Candy bucket + Cookie cutter. I don’t even know what else to say about these they were SICK. ( ya I still have one)
At Halloween, there was also there were also nuggets in costume toys and the OG characters in costumes, SO CUTE.
I’m not sure if McDonald’s still does kids coupons but at Halloween and Valentine’s day, I remember distinctly getting coupon packs.
Christmas- 101 Dalmation toys that doubled as ornaments. There were TONS of these little guys TONS, growing up in Victoria I remember one year going and looking at the Christmas Tree display event at the Empress Hotel and there was a FULL TREE of these… and it wasn’t sparsely decorated. It was FULL.
Disney boxed toys- so older Disney movies got their toys given out in cute little boxes that looked the VHS’s. I loved these!!
I hope you enjoyed this blog… If you remember these things or have more to add, comment below and let me bask in the nostalgia of 90s McDonalds!!! – also if you want me to do a full blog on 90s McDonalds toys….