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McDonald's Was Better When We Were Kids, And Here's Why

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Going to McDonald's was one of the main highlights of our childhoods. It was a rare event, but when it happened, it was basically like going into an amusement park with chicken nuggets.

Not only did you get a great meal that in your opinion was full of nutritional value, but you got a kickass toy and a fun time in an awesome play place.

Let's revisit all the best parts about your childhood trips to McDonald's:

Obviously you have to start with the Happy Meal

Our mom had a rule where we couldn't open our toys until we ate our food because otherwise we would just get distracted and play with it instead of eating.

McDonald's Happy Meal Bag 1996
Happy Meals didn't always come in a boxDinosaur Dracula

Obviously, it's McNuggets or bust right? Everyone with me on that one? The thing was, when we were kids they didn't try to give us healthy alternatives. I don't even think apple slices were an option until I was already grown up, and you can forget about the yogurt they've added in recently.

It was all nuggets, french fries and soda, eaten at a rate one could only describe as inhuman, before ripping into a plastic bag containing some sort of toy that would bring more joy than you'd think possible.

Then it's time to open the toy

So, I learned when I got older that it was weird that my sister and I couldn't open our toys until we finished our meals. But honestly, at the time it made sense. It was our treat for eating our "real food" and we had the attention spans of gnat anyways so if we had opened it up we would never have eaten.

The best toys ever, at least in my opinion, had to have been the Beanie Babies. I was an AVID collector. I had guide books, I had protective cases, and of course, tag protectors. When McDonald's started giving them away for free I was in heaven.

But even a super fun, totally rad toy couldn't keep us entertained forever. We had much more important things to do, and it involved the McDonald's Play Place...

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