Eesh, it’s been over ten days since I last updated. I blame the weather, and being under it.

Anyway, don’t want to leave you guys without something to look at, so here is a nice article from Retrojunk which looks back at some of what made McDonald’s fun when we were kids: The Playland, and McDonaldland gang.

Though only the latter for me; growing up in small towns in North Carolina, the local McDonald’s, as much as I would like them, did not have Playlands. That was strictly a “big city” thing, sort of like Toys R Us or the now-defunct Lionel Toy Warehouse.

Times have changed, though, and the McDonald’s I spent my formative years with renovated, adding a big honking indoor Playplace, well after I’d outgrown it. I’ve not stopped by there on my visits since to see if they sport the Nintendo consoles I’ve seen indoors around other McDonald’s, though.

And honestly? Where the playground equipment in this article is concerned, I don’t remember anything like that. It’s some pretty neat stuff.

Say what you want about McDonald’s, but I’ve fond memories of the place as a kid, and it’s something I hope I’m able to share with my kids someday. It almost seems like that whimsical, magical feeling the place had has diminished– it’s probably just me getting older, though it seems like the McD’s characters have less emphasis now. But then, I watch most of my cartoons and such through YouTube and the like, so I guess I really wouldn’t know.

Speaking of the characters, get a load of that old, old version of the Hamburglar; if that’s what Homer-as-Krusty was beating on in that one episode of The Simpsons, I might have been cheering him on.

…I do wish McDonald’s still had the Chocolaty Chip Cookies, though. Those were the kind my mom and I would always stop and get on the way home from somewhere. They should bring the Arch Deluxe back, too. If the McRib can make limited-time comebacks, why not the Arch?

–LBD “Nytetrayn”

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  • VulpesPyromaniacus

    Ah yes, I remember going to Play Places as a kid but despite living in a city of 65,000, none of the McDonalds here had them until I turned thirteen or fourteen so I had to either had to larger cities like Calgary and Edmonton, or to the United States to enjoy it. I remember going to this huge play place in Wyoming in the summer of 1994. The play area had to be twice as big as the restaurant itself I probably spent a better part of an hour scurrying through the brightly colored tubes and diving into the ball pit.

    I’m not certain if you’ll answer this but what’s your take on that Burger Kids club they had back in the late 80s-early 90s?

  • http://www.poisonmushroom.org LBD Nytetrayn

    Burger King Kids Club was kind of cool; I always liked Kid Vid, just because he had all the tech stuff all over him. And the dog.

    I remember they had some neat toys, even some sort of odd SEGA thingamajig as a part of a variety of toys once. But as for the Kids Club themselves? They were neat, but I think they were just a little too focus group-tested, a little too much a product of the times, and apparently didn’t have the longevity that the McDonaldland crew had.

    They were always sort of the SEGA to McDonald’s Nintendo, as it were.

    –LBD “Nytetrayn”

  • http://www.nintendowarehouse.com Catherine @ Nintendo Warehouse

    Hi there, just browsing for information for my Nintendo site. Amazing the amount of information on the web. Not what I was looking for, but good site. Have a nice day.