38 Nostalgic Photos Of McDonald’s From The 80’s And 90’s That Show How Things Have Changed

Whatever side of the world you may be on, one thing’s for sure — going to a McDonald’s restaurant was a probably big part of your childhood. In fact, aside from Disneyland, you might have even considered it as one of the happiest places on Earth back then. After all, who could ever forget about the joy of running around its colossal and colorful PlayPlaces? Or the excitement of opening a Happy Meal box and the urge to get all the toys in a collection?

Sadly, as we have grown up, we’ve eventually outgrown these childhood memories. What we once considered a happy place is now simply a quick stop to grab some burgers and fries. Apparently, even the fast-food chain itself has outgrown its playful and cheery image. Aside from restaurant makeovers, the fast-food chain has also undergone several menu revisions and recipe changes over the years.

“When Ronald McDonald had his own ‘gang’ of fast food fanatics”

ronald mcdonald and friends
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McDonald’s Dinosaur Puppets

dinosaur hand puppets
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“McDonald’s fried apple pies with the bubbly, crispy outside”

mcdonald's old apple pie
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“Ronald McDonald Hand Puppet from ’76”

ronald mcdonald hand puppet
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Take a trip down memory lane with these nostalgic photos of McDonald’s restaurants from the past!

“Who remembers when McDonald’s playland looked like this? Memories…”

mcdonald's old playland
sugarcain

“McDonald’s Burger Seats”

burger seats in a fast food chain
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“I see your McDonald’s ashtray and raise you my McDonald’s coke spoons, er, coffee stirrers.”

mcdonald's coffee stirrers
BuzzOnBuzzOff

“The Floor of Every 90s McDonald’s”

mcdonald's floor in the '90s
moonshoot3r

“Check out this awesome McDonald’s high chair I got at the flea market today”

mcdonald's old high chair
ToyGameScroogeMcDuck

“McDonald’s Toys From 1987”

mcdonald's toys from 1987
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Indeed, there’s just no way to bring back the good old days. Nevertheless, in this post, we’ve managed to compile some photos of the fast-food chain from the glorious 80’s and 90’s. From the famous burger seats to the iconic Ronald McDonald bench, these photos will surely take you on a trip down memory lane. Keep scrolling to see how our childhood favorite fast-food chain has changed over the years!

McDonald’s Cookies

fast food cookies
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Seasonal Happy Meal Buckets

fast food halloween buckets
t4urie

“Styrofoam McDonald’s Containers”

fast food styrofoam food containers
molrobocop

“Ronald McDonald bench that was popular around McDonald’s establishments until sometime around the early 2000s”

ronald mcdonald bench
endlesswaveofwhat

“90’s McDonald’s Plates”

hercules plates
Closetbigfoot

“McDonald’s Birthday Parties… Complete with ash trays on the tables for a good smoke after a Happy Meal.”

children at a party
MikeTScott

“McDonald’s Garfield Mugs”

garfield mugs
NoTalentAssClown34

“Our McDonalds hasn’t changed since I was little”

mcdonald's interior
whistle_tips

“McDonald’s Teenie Beanie Babies”

mcdonald's teenie beanie babies
angelsgirl2002

“This McDonald’s tray liner from the 1990s”

fast food cookies tray liner from 1990s
Timzor

Whether you like the fast-food chain’s new image or not, it’s undeniable that the 80’s and 90’s were its golden era. Or it might just be the nostalgia talking. Anyway, something’s telling us that you’ll get hungry as you go through our list. So, before you even read further, grab yourself your favorite McDonald’s treats now! Trust us, you’ll thank us later.

McDonald’s Drive-thru in the 80’s

mcdonald's drive thru menu in the '80s
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“These Batman Forever cups from McDonald’s”

batman forever cups
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Large 10 Gallon McDonald’s Igloo Cooler Jug Yellow with Red Top Pull Spout

mcdonald's cooler jug
WorthPoint

“These McDonalds Halloween chicken nugget toys”

halloween chicken nugget toys
PeaceFrog229

“Back in The Day McDonald’s Playground”

fast food playground
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“McDonald’s Twist Cones”

fast food twist cones
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“McDonald’s gift certificates. They were the golden tickets of trick or treating.”

mcdonald's halloween gift certificates
WorstNameEver242

Tiny Toons Flip Cars

tiny toons flip cars toys
PotatoQuie

“These old amber glass ashtrays that everyone had (including McDonald’s!)”

mcdonald's ash tray
shanster925

“Birthday Parties at McDonald’s”

children's birthday party at a fast food chain
Karakurizer

“McDonald’s Happy-meal Transformers. When McDonald’s was considered a treat. Thanks Mom!”

mcdonald's happy meal transformers
gnarrdan

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