A lot of us like to sneak in a cheeky visit to McDonald’s every once in a while. The jury’s still out whether it’s the tasty junk food or our childhood nostalgia that keeps us coming back. Again. And again. Whether you’re a McDonald’s fan or you steer clear of it, you can’t deny that the chain’s restaurants had style and energy in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Bored Panda’s got a wave of nostalgia ready for you with this list of pictures from McDonald’s several decades ago, so scroll down, upvote your faves, and share what you remember about the restaurant from your childhoods, dear Pandas.

We hope that we won’t make you too hungry! When you’re done with this list, check out r/nostalgia who constantly update their collection of photos that give us that bittersweet (or is that sweet and sour?) feeling of nostalgia.

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When Ronald Mcdonald Had His Own “Gang” Of Fast Food Fanatics

When Ronald Mcdonald Had His Own “Gang” Of Fast Food Fanatics

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Unwelcomed Guest
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3 months ago

When I was a kid my mum wore a purple felt tracksuit once and I said it reminded me of Grimace from McDonalds, I have never, and I suspect I never will, see such unadulterated rage in my life

Marin Pasaric
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3 months ago

This made me laugh so hard. You just made my day Unwelcomed Guest...

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Jennifer .S
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3 months ago

Wait, is that where the Hamburglar comes from?

David Dubas
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3 months ago

Those fry guys freaked me out when I was a kid; something about having just eyes and legs was unnerving. I even ran out of a McDonalds and refused to eat lunch there that day because they had people dressed as them.

James Mclean
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3 months ago

Captain crook used to steal.fillet of fish burgers

tuzdayschild
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3 months ago

Loved me some Grimace

Boaty McBoatface
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3 months ago

Is it or is it not a taste bud?!?!

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Just Carmen
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3 months ago

Had a car named Grimace cause it was the same shade of purple.

Analyn Lahr
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3 months ago

*raises hand* I miss those guys.

Sarabelle Palsy
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3 months ago

My spouse dressed as the blue fry guy when they were a child. Years later, my mother-in-law found the old costume and proceeded to wear it around the house. Yes, I did try it on. It was literally a massive dome made of crotchet wire as the frame, covered in blue shag like fabric and two big AF eyes that you could see out of. So cool.

Bernhard Wall
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3 months ago

I preferred the older costumes, with the googly eyes.

Kendra Keller
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3 months ago

I don't remember the pirate or the mad scientist

Spikey Bunny
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3 months ago

I still have a purple plastic fry guy wearing bunny slippers! My favorite!

imontape
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3 months ago

I was so afraid of Ronald McDonald and that blue thing far right. It feels silly now

Melissa Nunya
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3 months ago

I believe the blue thing is a fry guy

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Nico C
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3 months ago

As a little kid, I used to have nightmares about the original version Hamburglar.. before he had red hair. I still get a little uneasy when I see an image of the original.

Michael Hejl
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3 months ago

Fun times. Also can't forget the McDonald's NES game, either

Itzel Anahi
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3 months ago

Yes! Loved this guys!

kAiTLyN
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3 months ago

omg i got the purple guy figurine in a happy meal once

Slinkman
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3 months ago

This guy always creeped me the fuck out. The rest was fine... but the clown. Always the clown.

Ginny Weasley
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3 months ago

...... Creepy...

Jill Kleinowski
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3 months ago

My kids loved these characters back then... bet they don't remember that.

Datsuyama
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3 months ago

There used to be a cop too that chased the Hamburglar around.

Rick
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3 months ago

I'm old enough to remember Ronald and his gang

Randy Klefbeck
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3 months ago

Talking hamburgers......I am speechless.

Bernhard Wall
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3 months ago

I preferred when the costume had googly eyes.

Panda with Heart
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3 months ago

All my friends right there....lol

Katherine Boag
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3 months ago

Grimus oh no

Mieke Fabry
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3 months ago

me! don't know if i'm happy about that...

Hans
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3 months ago

Classic!

Bored Alchemist
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3 months ago

I only remember the burglar but not his name

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Angel Storle
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4 weeks ago

I had my tenth birthday party at a Ronald McDonald Playland...it was AWESOME!!

Dorothy Jenkins
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4 weeks ago

Loved the Hamburgler

Me
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3 months ago

Ok now that I've seen that clown i hate McDonald's even more

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3 months ago

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Jennifer Ness
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3 months ago

I remember being a little kid and feeling they were very off-putting ... just why?

luvu2themoon downbak2thedrt
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3 months ago (edited)

As weird this may seem I was more damn terrified of Ronald McDonald than Penny Wise. Truth,still am 😆 creepy ass MF

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#2

Mcdonalds Fried Apple Pies With The Bubbly, Crispy Outside

Mcdonalds Fried Apple Pies With The Bubbly, Crispy Outside

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Virgil Blue
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3 months ago

And the hotter than solar plasma inside.

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#3

Who Remembers When McDonald's Playland Looked Like This? Memories...

Who Remembers When McDonald's Playland Looked Like This? Memories...

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frederic eeckman
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3 months ago

The worst part was when it was raining then the sun was shining right after, we insisted on going to play anyway, bathing in puddles :D

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You wouldn’t mix up a photo of an old-timey McDonald’s interior with any other fast food restaurant. Nobody else had the same combination of cheeseburger seats, chunky plastic toys, and a loveable colorful cast of characters: from Ronald McDonald and Grimace to the Hamburgler and Mayor McCheese.

McDonald’s has changed a whole bunch over the years. Some might like the modern look, but a bunch of us would love it if the chain went back to its old playful aesthetic. Even if that’s not possible, we’d settle for a time machine so that we can grab one last old-school Happy Meal.

#4

McDonald's Burger Seats

McDonald's Burger Seats

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Kiss Army
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3 months ago

Sit on a happy face...

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#5

I See Your McDonald's Ashtray And Raise You My McDonald's Coke Spoons, Er, Coffee Stirrers

I See Your McDonald's Ashtray And Raise You My McDonald's Coke Spoons, Er, Coffee Stirrers

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Seleta Garcia
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3 months ago

Fun fact: They did away with these because they were being used to sniff cocaine. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/stirring-response

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#6

The Floor Of Every 90s McDonald's

The Floor Of Every 90s McDonald's

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von Funnyname
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3 months ago

Most of them around Baltimore have them too!

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It’s not just the interior and exterior of McDonald’s that’s changed. The food’s way different, too. If you think that McDonald’s fries tasted better when you were young, it’s not just your nostalgia talking. In 1992, the chain changed how they made them. They switched from beef tallow to vegetable oil.

Let’s not forget how darn awesome McDonald’s Happy Meal toys used to be. I’ve still got my collection proudly displayed on my shelf. Now, whenever I go grab a burger at McD’s and glance at their toy display, I feel a bit disappointed. Either the toys aren’t as cool as before or I grew up.

#7

Check Out This Awesome McDonald's High Chair I Got At The Flea Market Today

Check Out This Awesome McDonald's High Chair I Got At The Flea Market Today

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Katie and Jared Coates
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3 months ago

I am JEALOUS beyond words. I have it saved as a search on eBay because if I have another kid I want one safety be damned

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#8

McDonald's Toys From 1987

McDonald's Toys From 1987

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Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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3 months ago

Oh god, I had the burger!

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#9

These Cookies From McDonald's!!!

These Cookies From McDonald's!!!

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SanchaTheSeeker
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3 months ago

We still have cookies https://mcdonalds.com.au/menu/mcdonaldland-cookies

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Finally, let’s remember just how amazing birthday parties at McDonald’s used to be. They were all the rage when I was growing up and they had a bit of everything. We’re pretty sure that kids have a lot of fun celebrating their birthdays at McDonald’s even now, but there’s just something missing. Or that could be the nostalgia talking.

#10

McDonald's Seasonal Happy Meal Buckets

McDonald's Seasonal Happy Meal Buckets

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Susan Harris
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3 months ago

I still have mine!

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#11

Ronald Mcdonald Bench That Was Popular Around McDonald's Establishments Until Sometime Around The Early 2000s

Ronald Mcdonald Bench That Was Popular Around McDonald's Establishments Until Sometime Around The Early 2000s

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Llewella
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3 months ago

The one we had at the McD I worked at was stolen. Returned after a week. Judging from the photo's in an envelop around his neck, someone took him on a roadtrip. We framed the photo's

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#12

McDonald's Birthday Parties... Complete With Ash Trays On The Tables For A Good Smoke After A Happy Meal

McDonald's Birthday Parties... Complete With Ash Trays On The Tables For A Good Smoke After A Happy Meal

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Ilir Ajdini
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3 months ago

My son had his birthday party cople of times in McD in Skopje, some 17-18 years ago

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#13

Styrofoam McDonald's Containers

Styrofoam McDonald's Containers

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Hans
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3 months ago

And we will remember it for 10000 years...

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#14

McDonald's Garfield Mugs

McDonald's Garfield Mugs

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The Emerald Triangle
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3 months ago

I had these as a kid! Oh the memories!

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#15

Our Mcdonalds Hasn’t Changed Since I Was Little

Our Mcdonalds Hasn’t Changed Since I Was Little

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Joakim Utterhall
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3 months ago

Wooow!!

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#16

This Mcdonalds Tray Liner From The 1990s

This Mcdonalds Tray Liner From The 1990s

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SanchaTheSeeker
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3 months ago

Can these come back - instead of ads or generic liners?

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#17

These Batman Forever Cups From Mcdonalds

These Batman Forever Cups From Mcdonalds

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Shadow Fox
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3 months ago

I have all of them worth quite a bit now

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#18

Sometimes You'd Get It At School Events Or Sports Games, Delivered In This Big Yellow Cooler

Sometimes You'd Get It At School Events Or Sports Games, Delivered In This Big Yellow Cooler

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tuzdayschild
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3 months ago

Full to the brim with delicious orange drink (orange in color not flavor).

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#19

These Mcdonalds Halloween Chicken Nugget Toys

These Mcdonalds Halloween Chicken Nugget Toys

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Molly Cule
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3 months ago

These were kind of squashy and had a little hole with a valve at the bottom. I used to use them as water pistols.

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#20

McDonald's Drive Thru Menu In The 80s

McDonald's Drive Thru Menu In The 80s

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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3 months ago

75 cent shakes.

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#21

McDonald's Teenie Beanie Babies

McDonald's Teenie Beanie Babies

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ƒιѕн
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3 months ago

Sad to say but I was one of the collectors of these. I also still have all of them. This just reminded me I have them stored in huge totes in the closet.

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#22

Mcdonald’s Twist Cones

Mcdonald’s Twist Cones

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Ann Sterzinger
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3 months ago

Kerning, people!

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#23

The Mcsalad Shaker From Mcdonalds

The Mcsalad Shaker From Mcdonalds

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Liesbeth Blogt
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3 months ago

I miss those! They where damn good.

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#24

Back In The Day McDonald's Playground

Back In The Day McDonald's Playground

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Hans
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3 months ago

Looks like a detainment center for toddlers.

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#25

Ronald Mcdonald Hand Puppet From '76

Ronald Mcdonald Hand Puppet From '76

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The Emerald Triangle
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3 months ago

Omg! I had dozens of these! My parents hated them.

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#26

Tiny Toons Flip Cars - McDonald's Toys

Tiny Toons Flip Cars - McDonald's Toys

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Ashley Conover
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3 months ago

Had some

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#27

These Old Amber Glass Ashtrays That Everyone Had (Including McDonald's!)

These Old Amber Glass Ashtrays That Everyone Had (Including McDonald's!)

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Tor Rolf Strøm
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3 months ago

Oh my loooord, take me back!!

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#28

90s Mcdonalds Plates

90s Mcdonalds Plates

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Ilir Ajdini
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3 months ago

I have spent so much money on Hercules toys, including McDonald's happy meals, because that animated movie was my than 6-7 yo son's favorite and he watched it on vhs almost every day for some 10 or 12 months

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#29

Birthday Parties At Mcdonald’s

Birthday Parties At Mcdonald’s

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Mademoiselle Mirage
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3 months ago

They even served cake?!

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#30

Mcdonald’s Happy-Meal Transformers. When Mcdonald’s Was Considered A Treat. Thanks Mom!

Mcdonald’s Happy-Meal Transformers. When Mcdonald’s Was Considered A Treat. Thanks Mom!

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Elaine Verhagen
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3 months ago

I still have the left one!

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#31

Did Any One Else Collect The “Disney Video Masterpiece” Toys From Mcdonald’s ?

Did Any One Else Collect The “Disney Video Masterpiece” Toys From Mcdonald’s ?

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Daniel Mason
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3 months ago

These are the best!

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#32

Mcdonalds Gift Certificates. They Were The Golden Tickets Of Trick Or Treating

Mcdonalds Gift Certificates. They Were The Golden Tickets Of Trick Or Treating

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Justine Nicole
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3 months ago

Let's say "or one regular Coca Cola" so it feels like there is options...

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#33

McDonald's Dinosaur Hand Puppets

McDonald's Dinosaur Hand Puppets

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Foxxy (The Original)
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3 months ago

OMG, I remember those. I had a couple of them.

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#34

McDonald's Playground

McDonald's Playground

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Kimberly Greenock
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3 months ago

Oh God and these were lava when it was 110* in Houston Texas in August

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#35

Does Anybody Remember When Walmart Had Mcdonald’s And The Ronald Mcdonald Bench?

Does Anybody Remember When Walmart Had Mcdonald’s And The Ronald Mcdonald Bench?

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Charlotte
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3 months ago

I have an ancient, highly suggestive photo of me and Ronald on one of these benches. Let's just say there's a reason he looks so happy! ;)

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#36

Fisher Price Mcdonald’s Play Toys

Fisher Price Mcdonald’s Play Toys

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Xavier Wescott
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3 months ago

SO THAT"S WHAT THEY WERE??!? My grandma had these as toys for us (born in 2002) but the darn things were so worn away I just thought they were generic toys. Oh the memories are flooding back now

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#37

Mcdonalds 2000 Glasses

Mcdonalds 2000 Glasses

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JuJu
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3 months ago

We only get the colored coca cola glasses in Germany

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#38

McDonald's Back In The Day Had More Charm

McDonald's Back In The Day Had More Charm

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Laura Eastwood
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3 months ago

Ah my pre teen years were spent hanging out in this setting!

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#39

Those Food-Shaped Chairs From The Mcdonalds Kids Playrooms In The Mid 90s

Those Food-Shaped Chairs From The Mcdonalds Kids Playrooms In The Mid 90s

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The Emerald Triangle
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3 months ago

With the same floor tiles from the picture above!!!!

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#40

Super Mario Bros. 3 McDonald's Happy Meal

Super Mario Bros. 3 McDonald's Happy Meal

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JeffC
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3 months ago

EPIC GAME

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