I’m completely swamped by work since we got back from our Orlando trip, and I’m getting very little accomplished, thanks to this time of year which others cheekily call summer “vacation.” However, I’m under an intense deadline to post this one, because this McDonald’s won’t be the world’s largest very much longer. Several sources have advised me that a larger McDonald’s is being built for the Olympics in London, which begins in three weeks.
So technically, we did see this one while it was the world’s largest. And to be fair, it qualifies itself as “the world’s largest entertainment McDonald’s and PlayPlace,” which I assume relates to all the arcade games and other diversions which you won’t find in many other Mickey D’s.
Two Floors of Fun
When you enter the ground floor, you might be greeted/accosted by a person selling theme park tickets from the booth set up along the side wall. There are some games on this floor, and the “jungle room.” Do you remember the borderline creepy 1980’s TV commercials featuring the moon guy named “Mac Tonight” singing to the tune of Mack the Knife? Well, he’s here with his piano, and he’s a little dusty.
The kids gravitated upstairs where most of the games are located, but not without first demanding we hand over all the quarters in our possession.
There are over 100 arcade games, air hockey tables, a gift shop, and of course, that PlayPlace climbing adventure, which here is called the “Toddler’s Clubhouse” and the “Kid’s Clubhouse.” There’s not enough Purell in the world, sorry.
What fascinated me about this McDonald’s was the varied menu. In addition to the classic items, there’s a “Bistro Gourmet” line featuring paninis, wraps, hand-tossed pasta, gourmet breakfast items like “ham and cheese french toast,” and specialty desserts, like the “peanut butter explosion cake.”
I don’t know if these are “fast” food selections, or if you have to wait as you would in a regular restaurant. All I know is we ordered oatmeal, McBites, and a McCafé, and it took over ten minutes–and a request to see the manager–to get our food. So, fair warning…the world’s largest McDonald’s may also be the slowest.
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6875 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL