Sep 9

*CLOSED*New McDonalds Happy Meal & DC Event

*UPDATE* Winners were selected, but I have some big news. McDonald’s of Greater Washington DC has decided to open up this event to all my readers that want to attend! Just stop by Fri. 9/16 at 1:30pm at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 4130 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.

You may have already noticed, but McDonald’s has been making some bold changes in their restaurants and menu. They’ve been listening to their customers and striving to create meals that are healthier.

And now they are proud to announce that our DC-area McDonald’s will be among the first to launch a brand new Happy Meal, which will include:

  • Apple Slices – as part of every order
  • Chicken McNuggets or a Hamburger or Cheeseburger
  • A choice of beverage – including 1% white milk, and fat-free chocolate milk
  • A brand new smaller size French Fry – 1.1 ounces
  • And of course the ever-popular toy

McDonalds knows that parents want their children to eat healthy and meet their daily recommended consumption of produce. But did you know that apples are chosen only 11% of Happy Meal purchases? They’re helping to support parents in encouraging our children to enjoy the foods that are good for them along with the foods they love by automatically including both apples and fries as part of a balanced, kid-appropriate meal.

And did you know the sodium in Chicken Nuggets has been reduced by more than 20% since 2003? They’ve been committed to making improved nutrition choices for years, and will continue to be.

Next Friday, September 16th, 2011 in the afternoon there will be a special celebration in Washington, DC for the launch of the new happy meal. I’ll be there with my picky 5-year old to try out the new Happy Meal. And McDonalds wants to invite 5 Beltway Bargain Mom readers and all their kids to come too!

The first 5 people to comment on this post will receive an invite to this special event including free happy meals for all your kids! I’ll email you the details early next week; it is scheduled to be held at a McD’s in DC. Several of the local McDonald’s franchisees and their children will be in attendance, as well as McDonald’s own local nutritionist to answer any questions, plus Ronald McDonald himself.  Hope to see you there!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Mara C. September 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Yeah for McDs!!!! I like the change!


Trisha September 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Cool giveaway! Am I in?




Laura September 11, 2011 at 7:17 am

You’re in Trisha! I’ll be sending you an email on Mon. or Tues. with more details. Looking forward to seeing you at the event on Fri!


Jen Perez September 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm

That’s awesome! It’s about time. My son loves mc Donalds but I was always worried about the healthiness factor. At least it’s a step in the right direction.


Emily September 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Count me in! This will be a really neat experience! I was just reading about the Happy Meal changes and would love to take part. BTW, my children are a part of the 11 percent who already eat apples with their Happy Meals instead of fries 😉


Laura September 11, 2011 at 7:20 am

Hi Emily, looking forward to meeting you there! And so glad to hear that you love the apple slices options for the happy meals and already choose that instead of fries. My 5-year old loves the McD’s fries, but I have ordered apples many times to change it up and go a little heathier. I’m looking forward to the new Happy Meal featuring both options!


Dan September 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I can feed all 4 of my kids Happy meals for free? Count us in if I am early enough. Thanks


Laura September 11, 2011 at 7:15 am

Hi Dan, Yes you’re in and all 4 of your kids can get free happy meals at the event :) I’ll be emailing you Mon. or Tues. with more details. The event will be held next Fri. afternoon at a McD’s in Washington, DC.


Marian Porter September 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Is it too much to ask for organic or gluten free options?


Laura September 11, 2011 at 7:13 am

Thanks Marian! I’ll pass that along to my contacts at McDonalds. I have some friends who eat GF and I know there’s more folks looking for that and organic options these days!


heather September 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I know you already have 5, but just in case someone can’t make it I thought I would try. Thanks


Laura September 11, 2011 at 7:11 am

Hi Heather,
I’ll be emailing the 1st 5 folks who responded here, and if there are extra spots, I’ll let you know!


Dawn September 10, 2011 at 11:42 am

I think this is a great thing. My kids normally get the apples and (chocolate) milk anyway!


carrie September 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Even without the free food, I’d go just to meet ya. :) Carrie


Laura September 11, 2011 at 7:11 am

You’re sweet Carrie! If there’s room for more to attend the event, I’ll let you know!


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