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Photos & Details of the New Solar Powered Disney McDonald’s – Now OPEN!

At the end of May, we told you that the McDonald’s that is near the Disney All-Stars Resorts was almost complete. The old place closed back in October, and that building was demolished. The reimagined and updated McDonald’s is now open, and it is unlike any fast food restaurant that you have ever seen.

 

You will notice the difference the moment you see the building. The restaurant is powered by the sun, a good part of the roof is made of solar panels. There are plants around the property, giving it an earthy feel. Most of the plants are native to Florida, and they don’t need a lot of water. There is a large outdoor eating area, and you might notice a couple of stationary bikes on the side and one hand bike. These can power the McDonald’s arches on the side of the building! There are plenty of seats outdoors, and some of them are covered.

Inside you will place your order on a touchscreen. Once it’s ready, you can pick it up at the counter. Mobile ordering is also available through the McDonald’s app. An emphasis is placed on recycling. Tables are marked off to allow for social distancing, and hand sanitizer is your “free gift”.  There are different designs for the tables, all of them a bit on the modern side.

On one wall there are screens that will give you information about the new restaurant. You can learn facts about the plants, how the parking lot lights are powered, and more. You’ll learn this in a video with lots of information. The icons at the bottom of the screen let you know which aspect of the restaurant is being shared. At one point the presentation states, “This isn’t just a restaurant, it’s a renewable, clean, energy machine!”

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The updated restaurant was almost empty while I was there, but that could be because word is not yet out that it is open. This is one place that you will want to stop by on your next Walt Disney World vacation. The kids will have a blast on the bikes, trying to power the sign, and you just might be able to eat a meal in peace. Drive through is also available, so you’ll be able to grab something quickly and then take it back to your resort.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.