Wandering around I-Drive has always been an adventure, stumbling across various oddities and attractions many would never imagine finding.
But would you ever stop to think that something as basic as a McDonald’s would be one of them?
Yes, a McDonald’s. We all have been to one at some point of our lives. Many of us have grabbed the burger or a cup of coffee from there. It’s an American staple and almost every town has one.
But what makes this McDonald’s different is that it’s epic. Even the sign on their window says so.
Why is it epic?
Well for starters, how many McDonald’s in the world have a fancy set up like this?
And most importantly, how many of them have a fancy pizza oven on site., much less sell pasta and whatever that amazing sandwhich in the back is?
Epic McDonald’s has been a staple in many a Florida vacation for the last couple decades. I remember coming here as a kid and being amazed about everything it has to offer. Just recently, Epic McDonald’s has seen an extensive renovation, but it has kept it’s charm as one of the largest entertainment McDonald’s in the country, quite possibly the world.
This two-story McDonald’s houses not only the pizza and pasta bar, but an epic dessert bar that offers a variety of cakes and baked goods, in addition to the ice cream creations you have known to love from any other McDonald’s you have been to.
Unlike its previous design, which looked very tacky and neon to today’s standards, Epic McDonald’s new look brings a more Modern Cafe vibe, from the seating to the artwork, it doesn’t feel like your typical McDonald’s, even though it hints at it.
On the second floor, Epic McDonald’s houses it’s infamous PlayPlace and arcade. PlayPlaces have become a dying fixture in many McDonald’s due to costs of upkeep and lack of interest, as kids would rather play with their IPad instead. Epic McDonald’s PlayPlace is a rare gem, not to mention huge. If only I were smaller so I could explore this thing.
And of course, my friend Amanda and I had to partake in some fun. Oddly enough, we weren’t limited by our sizes in the toddler area.
In addition to the PlayPlace, an arcade with a variety of modern games and a prize redemption area grace the top floor. From SkeeBall to Jurassic Park and everything in between. It’s indeed a gamer’s dream come true.
Just like the downstairs area, quirky artwork graces the top as well. Even McNight the Moon makes an appearance.
It’s also a great place for a birthday party, as I was able to snap a photo of a set up before it began. I remember having a McDonald’s birthday party when I was little and how awesome it was, I can only imagine how epic one at Epic McDonald’s would be.
Epic McDonald’s is located at 6875 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819-9349. You can read up on EpicMcD at its website here and learn more about the special events they offer as well. Face painting and Magic Shows, anyone?